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1,000 Words

This series explores the stories behind some of Newsday’s most compelling photographs. At the time these photos were taken, they were part of a news story. But for many of the men, women and children featured in them, these photos – years later – tell a bigger story. They recall memories of a particular era, summon details of past relationships and represent some of the favorite, and funniest, stories their families have to tell.

Walking the walls

Stony Brook's Experimental College was short-lived but within its walls -- which Rena Kornblum used as her gymnasium -- Kornblum found the freedom to move and eventually, an unexpected career.

Newsday / Rex Lyons

Ticket to drive

Most people dread dealing with the DMV, but for Curtis Long, who was born legally blind, going there and getting his license was one of his most prized achievements. For his son, it meant a lifetime of inspiration.

Newsday / David L. Pokress

beat the heat

Long before he became a star on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, a 16-year-old Rino Aprea was stuck at work in Amityville while his friends headed to the beach. That didn't stop him from staying cool.

Arnold Lewis

don't tell dad

One day, Carl Russo asked his son Jason why the floor of his car was wet, so Jason fed him a little white lie. The next day, Jason was outed by Newsday.

Newsday file photo

big hair don't care

As the '80s came to a close, so did the era of 'big hair.' But the epoch of hair spray and perms did not leave Long Island with a whimper, but a bang during one summer in 1991 at the L.I. Exchange nightclub.

Newsday / Susan Farley

Catching 'Superfrog'

Tom Collery was just doing what boys did -- catching frogs in the woods with friends. But when he nabbed a distinctly peculiar amphibian one day in 1972, someone made a call to Newsday. A story immortalized the find under the name 'Superfrog!'

Newsday / David Pokress

Shelter from the Storm

Alex Kabbaz and Donna Pyne-Trosin expected a quiet winter season in the Hamptons, but an ocean flood changed their plans, and ultimately, their lives.

Newsday / Mitch Turner

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Presidential debate bingo

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

We know presidential elections are not a game. But we also know that talking about politics shouldn’t have to be endlessly painful.

With the third presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton set for tonight, we’ve created these two bingo boards to lay out a set of topics we think the nation needs to hear more about — and a set of topics that will waste our time and wear out our patience. As for the latest revelations about Trump’s disturbing view of women as sex objects and those about the troublesome emails of Hillary Clinton and her aides, we think there is a lot of explaining called for — and no chance of hearing anything tonight that will change any views.

Most of the buzzwords on our “Enough already!!” bingo board are not there because they’re trivial, but because they cover ground so well plowed that there’s no chance of turning up anything new.

What happened in Benghazi matters, as does Clinton’s use of a private server. So does the truth about Trump University and what’s in his tax returns. But the candidates’ oft-repeated answers on these issues aren’t going to change.

Stop bickering about admiring Vladimir Putin and tell us how you’d deal with him.

Stop arguing about the “Muslim ban” and explain how you would combat terrorism.

Don’t tell us about your dad’s drapery business or your real estate empire. Instead, explain, with specifics, how to create a vibrant business climate.

Give us a substantive discussion that lets us see what you’d do as president, and we’ll all shout “Bingo!”

Play this board for a substantive debate

Debate bingo card for a better debate

Play this board for the same trivial topics

Debate bingo for the same old nonsense

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