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Leonard Pitts commentary: Woman runs away but cannot hide from life

5:34 PM, May 9, 2013
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Brenda Heist wanted to run away from life. Naturally, she went to Key West, Fla.

The first time I was down there, I saw a highway sign that, for me, perfectly captured the meaning of that place. North, it said, with an arrow pointing the way.

No South, you understand. Just the one option: North. Not that I didn't know where I was before I saw that, but it struck me as a visceral manifestation of what the little island represents. As the southernmost dot of inhabited land in the continental United States, it is the nation's designated refuge for troubled or nonconformist souls. You end up there because ...

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