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Newsweek: From Silence to Circus

From Silence to Circu

Two of my classmates, Eliot Caroom and Lakshmi Gandhi, produced a multimedia package for Newsweek on the Quaker vote in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can find the video and story here.


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Lost and Found

    Last Sunday, on my way home to southern New Jersey to attend a funeral, my brother and I stopped off at the pizza place around the corner from me. I pulled out my wallet, ready to pay, when my brother, the gentleman he is, paid for me. I put my wallet down on the counter, and sprinkled some crushed red peppers on our slices. I left, pizza box in hand.

Fast forward to an hour later, when I start digging through my oversized purse to pay for my bus ticket at Port Authority, to find, no wallet! As I rewinded my actions in my head, I realized that I left my wallet on the counter of the pizza place. We needed to leave, so, my brother paid for my ticket, and we left. I called the pizza place while we were waiting, but they had found no wallet. Convinced someone had taken the wallet I stupidly left on the counter, I called my bank and canceled my debit and credit card. Despondent, I laid back and prepared for the three hour ride to Atlantic City.

I woke up two hours later as we were cruising down the parkway. I checked my phone for the time to realize I missed a call from my roommate. She left a message. A message that said a girl that lives in the apartment down the hall from us returned my wallet – money and credit cards in tact. She told my roommate she found the wallet in the hallway of our building. I don’t know how that happened. I know I had my wallet at the pizza place. Anyway, I came home on Monday to a wallet with everything in it.

So, whoever you are, thank you! I owe you more than you will ever know! If you ever read this, email me, tell me the story, and I’ll buy you a beer or three!

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Death in Greenpoint

Two candles encased in red glass, one with a gold cross imprinted on the front, burn in front of a lamppost on the corner of Nassau and Manhattan avenues in Greenpoint as a memorial to Stanislaw Mazur.



Mazur, 53, of River Edge, N.J., died on October 24 from blunt impact to the head that caused his skull to fracture and his injured brain to hemorrhage. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death a homicide, according to medical examiner’s spokeswoman Ellen Borakove.


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Bloggers’ Rights

Bloggers' Rights at EFF

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Genarlow Wilson Freed

It’s long overdue. The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of Genarlow Wilson, the Douglas County teenager who has been serving a controversial 10-year sentence for consensual oral sex, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Find the details here.

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A theft of services?

      Philadelphia Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni dropped all sex and assault charges on a defendant charged of forcing a prostitute to have sex with him and three other men at gunpoint. The prostitute, a 20-year-old single mother, agreed to $150 for an hour of oral and vaginal sex on Sept. 20, according to assistant district attorney Rich DeSipio. The arrangements were made through her posting on Craigslist, according to Jill Porter’s Philadelphia Daily News article. The Judge charged the defendant with “theft of services” because he didn’t pay for the sex, though the prostitute made no agreement to being gang raped at gunpoint. A case like this, the Judge told Porter, “minimizes true rape cases and demeans women who are really raped.”

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

– Frederick Douglass 

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