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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows 74 percent of Americans rarely or never use mass transit. The same poll, however, says they “still tend to believe the government should back mass-transit projects as long as they don't lose money.” But how many mass-transit projects in the United States don't lose money? ... Some of the 2,200 solar panels atop a parking garage at Manchester (N.H.)-Boston Regional Airport have been covered by tarps for the past year because of the glare the sun creates when it strikes them. A federal grant paid for the $3.5 million installation. Now, officials are talking about repositioning the panels. Anybody doubt that the Obama administration will say those hired to fix the first mistake will be engaged in “green jobs”? ... State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki is getting quite the reputation among reporters for doing everything but answering their questions. Oh, she answers but her words are nonsense. To wit, this response when an Associated Press reporter pressed her on whether the Obama administration considers the coup in Egypt a coup or not: “There was a determination made that we need to — not need to make a designation.” Yeah, and who is you are and the geese fly north by eastwest on the seventh Sunday of every month divisible by 5 — but only when crickets run the 440 (hey, we're old school here) in :49.9.

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