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April 16th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

From sex abuse victim to legal advocate

By Allie Brown, CNN

Vershire, Vermont (CNN) – Armed with a law degree, an SUV that serves as a mobile office and her own harrowing personal history, 58-year-old trucker-turned-lawyer Wynona Ward navigates the back roads of rural Vermont.

Her mission: to aid victims of domestic violence.

Ward is the founder of Have Justice Will Travel, a group that works to end the generational cycle of abuse by giving free legal representation and support services to isolated - and often desperate - low-income people and their children.

"For domestic violence victims in rural areas, it can be very devastating," Ward said. "They're out there on these back roads, with no access to in-town services. Many do not have telephones; some do not have a driver's license or automobile. So we go to them." FULL STORY

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April 16th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Gut Check: Sen. Scott Brown still a Tea Party fave?

By Ronni Berke and Carol Cosetllo, CNN

(CNN) – Is the love affair over between Scott Brown and the Tea Party? Time for a gut check.

Brown, a Republican, won a special election in Massachusetts this year to fill the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat, in part, because of Tea Party financial and political support. Yet, he was notably absent at the Tea Party rallies held this week. He told a local Boston radio station that he was busy – working.

“We have votes that we’re working on,” he said. “That’s my job and I’m here doing exactly what members of the Tea Party and others sent me here to do.”

Some political observers say Brown is tip-toeing away from the Tea Party, because it may cost him reelection in 2012.


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