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The New York Times has an online feature from Ohio University student Ian Bates. Bates has spent the last few months hanging out with kids in New Straitsville, Ohio, a coal town in southeastern Ohio. He’s put together a feature titled “Growing Up Lost in Appalachia.” To our eye, these kids don’t seem any more lost or aimless than teenagers elsewhere. (They seem pretty inventive and, heck, they chop wood.) Good photos, though. Check ’em out here.

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