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September 16th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Sisters navigate new Pennsylvania voter ID law

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Philadelphia - Suzanne Williamson is breathing a little easier.

On Saturday, Williamson and her sister, Mattie Lee Williams, were escorted by volunteers to get the proper photo ID that will allow Mattie to vote this November.

Williamson says her sister, who has autism, has voted in every election for as long as she can remember.

But this year, after Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a new law requiring voters to show a photo ID before casting their ballots, was the first time she had to fight to make it to the ballot box. FULL POST

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July 23rd, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Little League team relives Negro League history on road trip

by Sarah Hoye, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Myles Eaddy stands mystified at the edge of the baseball field along the first base line at Nationals Park while the New York Mets warm up for their evening game against the Nationals.

His head traces the ball into the outfield with each crack of a bat.

Nationals Park is one of several Major League Baseball parks that he has visited this summer with his Little League team, the Anderson Monarchs. As a tribute to Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues, the inner city team traveled back in time aboard a vintage 1947 Flxible Clipper touring bus, once used by the Newark Eagles, for the ultimate road trip.

Rare photos of Jackie Robinson, 65 years after his major league debut

The three-week, 4,000-mile journey gave the team from South Philadelphia a glimpse at what Robinson and other players went through during the barnstorming days of the Negro Leagues.

"I'll never forget this," said 10-year-old Eaddy. "It's hard to explain. It's really fun. I get to do all this stuff, meet all these people. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Along the cross-country trip, the Monarchs played games against local youth teams, met surviving players from the Negro Leagues and visited historic sites such as Robinson's grave site in Brooklyn, the Field of Dreams in Iowa and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

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April 5th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

From Philadelphia streets to polo champions

Editor's Note: This is the second of two pieces on Philadelphia's Work to Ride program.  Read the first piece, "Brothers from 'the bottom' find solace in polo."

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN) - ­ Last March, a crew of unlikely polo players made history for being the first all-black high school team to win gold competing in the one of the most exclusive sports.

This year they did it again in a nail-biting double overtime shootout during the Interscholastic Polo Championship held at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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April 4th, 2012
04:00 AM ET

Polo players from 'the bottom'

Editor's Note: This is the first of two pieces about Philadelphia's Work to Ride program.  The second will post on CNN's In America blog tomorrow.

See an earlier story about polo players from Philadelphia's inner-city who are breathing new life into one of the oldest sports.

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN) - Brothers Kareem and Daymar Rosser are riding high in world of polo.

Growing up, the brothers feared the streets in the West Philadelphia neighborhood known as “the bottom.”

It was almost a decade ago when they first stumbled upon a former mounted police stable in the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park being used by a group of kids now making headlines.

There they met Lezlie Hiner who offered the boys - then in middle school - a chance to ride horses in exchange for working in the barn through her non-profit, Work To Ride.

They haven’t looked back since.