ICYMI from the Editor

(CNN)Meredith Artley is the Editor in Chief for CNN Digital. This is her occasional column in which she selects some of CNN's strongest digital work.

CNN publishes a few hundred stories a day. In the event that you don't keep track of every single one, here are some of our most distinctive recent stories:

Friends never saw Carson anger, violence

Ben Carson's origin story surprises Detroit neighbors
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Given its impact, it's unlikely you missed "A Tale of Two Carsons." Maeve Reston and Scott Glover talked to classmates and friends who grew up with the GOP presidential candidate, and who were surprised at the stories of Ben Carson as an angry or violent young man.
    Their report has made waves and has been watched, read and shared in massive numbers.

    'We sit down the girl, someone blindfolds her'

    These Kenyan women explain their support for FGM
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    Nima Elbagir and Antonia Mortensen journeyed to a "cutting room" in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a place where girls are brought to be mutilated to limit their sexual desires, a horrific tradition that some communities in Africa are unlawfully continuing. Nima and Antonia talked to two cutters about what they do, and why. This is storytelling at its most grim, and most powerful, in exposing a dangerous and illegal practice.

    Parents of dead students left in the dark?

    Sara Ganim often writes about the practice of fraternity hazing, and she found that in five hazing-related deaths, the universities were aware of previous violations while the parents of the students knew nothing. Her story shines a light on some murky questions about the relationship between fraternities and universities, and the difficulty parents face in getting information about past violations.

    Fighting Alzheimer's: Your time to act

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    Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the CNN health team have been visiting Alzheimer's patient Sandy Halperin for the last three years as his dementia intensifies. Sanjay writes that funding for Alzheimer's research is falling short of what is needed to make an impact for Sandy and the millions of Americans who will be diagnosed with the disease. This is a call-to-action piece, in which Sandy and Sanjay make a passionate and logical case to readers to give money and time.

    The massacre that didn't happen

    Teen: 'I was planning to dispose of my family too'
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    What happens when a planned massacre is thwarted? Wayne Drash and Tawanda Scott Sambou's story on foiled "Columbine-style" plots follows the outcome of one surprising and twisted case -- and the questions raised.

    When possibility gave way to horror

    CNN's journalists rarely tell their personal backstories. Jessica Ravitz has a penchant for the personal, and recalls what it was like to be in Israel 20 years ago on the day Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Jessica was living there at that "magical' time" and she takes us through the moment that changed history and lives.
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