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  • Homer and his mother returned home from his Little League All-Star game to find their front door kicked in, half-burned legal papers demanding child support on the floor, and Clyde watching cartoons, waiting.

    Parents Behaving Badly

  • The assassin left a gun with a silencer in a half-burned car that was found several blocks away from the shooting, the Investigative Committee said.

    Ex-Russian officer who killed Chechen shot dead

  • Sela quickly extracted herself from the airpod and spun around, prepared to see the half-burned, half-contorted figure of Rehaek bounding at her.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

  • I stand there for a long time, thinking about those half-burned balanced beams.

    The Other Side of Dark

  • Dark curtains cover the walls; animal skulls—mostly rams and goats—hang suspended from the ceiling; half-burned unlit candles line the walls on the dirt floor, and there is what appears to be an altar at the far end of the room in front of several rows of crude pews.

    Heaven’s Fury

  • Farther on, after the tip of the early sun had broken the horizon and slanted its light through the treetops, he began to see other signs on the forest floor: the heavy boot marks of stragglers, cartridge papers scattered behind a rotten oak stump, a dead campfire with a half-burned dressing in it, and finally a distinct trail of broken branches where a column must have passed.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • Mama Ntsiangani followed me outside, a machete in one hand and a half-burned cigarette in the other.

    In the Shadow of Freedom

  • All that remained was a blackened ruin, a wall standing here, half a wall there, glassless windows like potholes, and on those walls the old paper still clinging, half-burned pink roses and faded butterflies peeling off.

    Portobello

  • The thatch on the half-burned roofs was stained red and had a shellacked stain under the afternoon sun.

    THE RIVER KINGS’ ROAD

  • They found Ernesto Lockerty down by the water, shot dead, his house half-burned down.

    DEVILS IN EXILE

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