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Carolyn Elfland gets the lead out

Lead in drinking water has been a problem since the days of the Roman Empire. This heavy metal can harm the nervous system and brain development, and is especially dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children.

For Carolina nurse, big ideas bring big results

From the time she was small, Debra J. Barksdale thought big. At the age of 9, she was inspired by the television show Julia, starring Diahann Carroll as a black American nurse. “Everything I did from that point on was so that I could be a nurse,” she says.