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Contest Winners: NPR Listeners Know News, Crafts

Most end-of-the-year recaps include a plethora of notable news stories. Five for Friday's recap is much easier to digest: It consists of 2006-themed ornaments and menorahs submitted for NPR's first craft contest, from a bulb wrapped in telephone records (we're talking about you, Hewlett Packard) to a candlebrum honoring the eight planets (with apologies to poor, demoted Pluto).

We received photos of more than 100 handmade entries — and a few Photoshopped submissions as well.

And then the difficult job of judging began. Rabbi Jack Moline, Carla Sinclair of Craft Magazine, Phillip Torrine of Make Magazine, and our trusty npr.org staff all felt that two entries really stood out: Shirley Short's "Rising Oil Prices" menorah was both playful and poignant (and a reminder of the year when $2 gas suddenly seemed like a bargain). And Julie Jackson's "Truthiness" ornament paid homage to what Merriam Webster has dubbed the "word of the year." We'd like to thank everyone for entering. You can see what our judges had to say about the winners and the runners-up in our photo gallery.

Marc Silver is an editor at npr.org and Melody Joy Kramer is a Kroc Fellow at NPR.

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Marc Silver
Marc Silver, who edits NPR's global health blog, has been a reporter and editor for the Baltimore Jewish Times, U.S. News & World Report and National Geographic. He is the author of Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) During Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond and co-author, with his daughter, Maya Silver, of My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks: Real-Life Advice From Real-Life Teens. The NPR story he co-wrote with Rebecca Davis and Viola Kosome -- 'No Sex For Fish' — won a Sigma Delta Chi award for online reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Melody Joy Kramer