First Monday in October

The United States Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday, already loaded with blockbuster cases headed for argument in the first several weeks. Some familiar issues -- voting rights, same-sex marriage, cell phone privacy, employee arbitration – will all make an appearance early in the term. Here's a quick look at what's on tap.

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Share the road

“At the end of the day, we’re all just walking each other home.”  Anne Lamott, one of my favorite writers, first introduced me to this quote, taken from author Ram Dass, and I’ve been thinking a lot about it these past several days in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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Make it matter: Hurricane Harvey relief

The silver lining, if any, to a disaster like Hurricane Harvey is that it brings out the best in so many of us, eager to rush in and help out in anyway possible. And certainly we’ve seen plenty of acts of heroism and generosity over the past few days in the Houston area.

Over that same period of time I’ve seen just as many posts on social media by friends and colleagues who can’t be on the ground there asking how else they can help and where best to make a donation.

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Love a library

Beyond the housing of books, libraries have now grown into vital community centers, places where people actually engage with each other on a personal level and share experiences, interests, problems and civic concerns. Dialogue is ever present.

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Stand up and be counted

With just a little more than two years left before the next decade begins, the United States Census is in danger, threatened by a lack of administrative direction and budget underfunding and challenged in an environment where facts are questioned and government data collection is suspect. Here's why we still need it.

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Catching stones

Walter McMillian had already been sitting on death row for more than a year when Bryan Stevenson walked into his life. He’d landed there even before he was tried, convicted and sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of an 18-year-old white woman in Monroeville, Alabama.

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It's Monday. Get out there

If you're having a tough time facing a new work week, take a few minutes to watch this short New York Times video about the Timeless Torches, a dance group featuring more "experienced" performers that's become a crowd favorite at WNBA New York Liberty games.  Just watching them will make you want to get up and get moving.

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