Relying on the Kindness of Strangers

There is progress, but also a mental toll. Teachers see more stuttering.

BY A. G. SULZBERGER A national correspondent for The New York Times, based in Kansas City, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo. THEY arrived in the usual waves. First the police and firefighters came to help comb the rubble for survivors and victims. Then the crush of news media hurried in. They were followed by the relief volunteers, filling the path of the...

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