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March 04, 2008

Cleaning Up Foreclosure

Cleaning Up Foreclosure

The spike in home foreclosures is something Mimi Norris knows intimately - she inspects and cleans houses that have been foreclosed.

When a lender tries to contact a mortgage holder and receives no reply, Mimi drives out to the house to find out why. If the owner has fallen behind on payments and moved out in a hurry, it's Mimi's job to clean up whatever is left behind.

She got into the work for a very personal reason - it was a creative way to get a date. Years later, Mimi has seen it all - including mold and Doberman Pinschers.

My Coma

Shiow-Jiau Yung was crossing the street one day seven years ago in Champaign, Illinois when she was hit by a pickup truck. She was in a coma for three days and didn't fully regain consciousness for three weeks. These days, the incident is mostly a source of jokes for Shiow. But she also tells Dick Gordon that the experience opened her eyes to kindness in people, even in those she barely knew.

Music

Our House by Ab Orchestra for the album Melody, Vol. 3

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