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10.06 Teachers vs. Prisons

10.05 The Shame of Yale's Calhoun College

10.05 America Needs to Let Go of Its Reverence for the Bachelor's Degree

10.04 The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland

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Health Care & Environment

10.06 The 4 Kinds of People Who Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids

10.06 Seven practical steps to protect our cities from the effects of climate change

10.06 Chile to Create One of World’s Largest Marine Parks

10.06 Citigroup Becomes Third Major Bank to Cut Financing to Coal Industry

10.05 A story of hope: the Guardian launches phase II of its climate change campaign

10.05 Climate change is a global problem. Climate action is a local solution

10.05 Think dairy farming is benign? Our rivers tell a different story

10.04 Watch out for the MEGATSUNAMI: Scientists find evidence of 800ft wave caused by a collapsing volcano and say it could happen again

10.04 Most Efficient Commercial Solar Panels In USA To Come From SolarCity?

10.04 Air quality: governments woo the motor industry with dire results [The Big Issue: Letters to The Observer]

10.04 Car emissions test body receives 70% of cash from motor industry [It's the "conservative" model of regulation]

10.04 Right-wing hate can't kill widespread love for Planned Parenthood

News Media Matters

10.04 Robert Reich: The Washington Post’s new attack on Bernie Sanders is bunk

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The Daily Howler

US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'

10.06 Stephen Colbert to Donald Trump: ‘There Is Zero Chance’ You’ll Be President [7:58 video]

10.06 Watch John Oliver Explain Broken U.S. Mental Health System [11:54 video]

10.05 Paul Krugman: “The GOP has become fossilized”

10.05 Hillary Clinton unveils plan for tougher checks in bid to reduce gun violence

10.05 Bernie Sanders thrills Boston with call to fight racism and reform gun law

10.03 Oregon shooting occurred in state that 'actually forces colleges to allow guns'

10.03 Oregon shooting: Jeb Bush says 'stuff happens' as left calls for gun control

10.03 Oregon shooting aftermath: eight ways to stop gun massacres in the US

10.03 'Thoughts and prayers are not enough': Why the US has so many mass shootings [Graphic: 994 mass shootings in 1,004 days]

10.03 Obama, Guns, and the Politics of Hopelessness

Justice Matters
High Crimes?

10.06 U.S. General Says Afghans Requested Airstrike That Hit Kunduz Hospital

Economics, Crony Capitalism

10.06 Obama faces TPP deal balancing act as Congress considers approval

10.01 Gauis Publius: What Sanders Can Accomplish by Not Acting

10.01 Toys ‘R’ Us Brings Temporary Foreign Workers to U.S. to Move Jobs Overseas

10.01 How the banks ignored the lessons of the crash [the Long Read]

10.01 Senator Elizabeth Warren to Join Call to Alter Sales of Distressed Loans


10.06 Israel demolishes homes of Palestinian attackers as clashes escalate

10.05 Aided by Climate Change, ISIL wages Water war on Shiites of south Iraq

10.05 Civil War: Israeli troops shoot 96 Palestinians after 4 Israelis Killed

10.05 Binyamin Netanyahu vows 'harsh offensive' on Palestinian violence

10.05 Driverless robot taxis to be tested in Japanese town

10.05 Germany expects up to 1.5 million asylum seekers in 2015, says report

10.04 Nineteen feared dead amid heavy flooding in French Riviera

10.04 Paris’s first attempt at car-free day brings big drop in air and noise pollution

10.04 Inside the Indian village where a mob killed a man for eating beef

10.04 Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

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The Twelve Step Recovery Workshop hosts a weekly meetings
Special Advocates For Children Needed
Family to Family Education Program Starts Sept. 29
“Road to Recovery” Volunteers Needed
Study Group on Single Payer Health Insurance meets First Mondays of Every Month @ 7:30pm
Baltimore Green Forum meets the last Sunday of every month in Towson
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
State Bar Assn. Offers Free Legal Guide on Foreclosure
Maryland Science Center Seeks Volunteers
Become a Tutor of Adults
Lawyers available to speak on 41 legal topics
Maryland State Bar Association Offers Free Consumer Legal Guides
Help for Young Adults with Cancer
Parents Without Partners Meetings at White Marsh Public Library
Volunteer to be an advocate for children
Twelve Step Recovery Workshop
Health Care for Uninsured Baltimore City Residents
Help for osteoarthritis of the upper spine
Power wheelchairs available
The Twelve Step Recovery Workshop hosts a weekly meetings
The Twelve Step Recovery Workshop hosts a weekly meeting, free of charge, for people suffering from any addictive or compulsive problem, including compulsive eating, anorexia-bulimia, codependency, alcoholism, emotional or behavioral compulsions. The Workshop meets at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Rd., Towson, 21204, every Thursday at 7 p.m. (410) 880-2439;
Special Advocates For Children Needed
Thousands of Baltimore City children are not safe living with their families. Members of the public are invited to volunteer to serve as their Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Volunteers, who must be at least 21 years old, will be professionally trained and supervised. Attend the next information session to learn more about Court Appointed Special Advocates of Baltimore on April 6, 2010 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, 19 West Ostend Street, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21230. For information, call Phyllis Kolman at 410-244-1465, ext. 103.
Family to Family Education Program Starts Sept. 29
Family-to-Family is a 12-week course for close relatives of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). Trained family members teach the course. All course materials are furnished to participants at no cost. The curriculum discusses the clinical treatment of major mental illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. The commitment is two and one half hours per week for twelve weeks. It is essential that participants attend all 12 classes because each class builds on the prior class. Starting date is Tues., September 29, 2009 from 7pm to 9:30 pm. The last session will be held on Tues., December 15, 2009. The location is Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, 5210 York Road. The sponsor is NAMI-Metropolitan Baltimore. Call 410-435-2600 about this course, and about other dates and locations in the region when this course will be offered this fall.

NAMI also offers a Peer to Peer Recovery Education Course on Thursdays at Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, same hours as above, starting Oct. 8 and continue until Dec. 17.

“Road to Recovery” Volunteers Needed
Imagine being diagnosed with cancer. Imagine being told that you have two scheduled surgeries, six months of Chemotherapy, and an uncertain amount of radiation therapy. Now imagine that your most pressing concern is how you will get to this life-saving treatment. Many Baltimore area residents who have recently been diagnosed with cancer face this same uncertainty every day and they need your help.

"Road to Recovery" is an American Cancer Society service program that provides transportation for cancer patients to their treatments and then back home. Transportation is provided according to the needs and available resources in the community.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, please call 410-933-5130. The American Cancer Society will provide a simple training program and an opportunity for you to meet other volunteers throughout the year. Whether you can drive on a regular basis or only have a few hours a month to donate, the American Cancer Society will appreciate your help.

Study Group on Single Payer Health Insurance meets First Mondays of Every Month @ 7:30pm
All meetings are held at St. John's United Methodist Church, St. Paul St. at 27th St., Baltimore. According to the group's organizers, a "single payer" system means that only one agency would pay for medical services—in contrast to the roughly 1500 insurance companies now operating in the US. The rough model is the Canadian system. It is suggested that participants read basic introductory material that includes the "Executive Summary" of THE LEWIN REPORT, a 2000 study of the prospects for reform in Maryland.

Meetings on this topic are held on the first Monday of every month. The convenor is Bill Harvey, who has been active on this issue since 1989 and works with HealthCare Now of Maryland (formerly Maryland UHCAN: Universal Health Care Action Network. For more information, call or e-mail Bill Harvey at 410-467-7756 or

Baltimore Green Forum Meets Monthly in Towson
The Baltimore Green Forum, a monthly environmental and discussion forum, is usually held on the last Sunday of each month. Its events are open to the public, free of charge, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church, where the meetings are held, are appreciated. Address is 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286 (just north of the Beltway). For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact , e-mail, or call 301-345-2234.

Co-sponsors of Forum events include Simplicity Matters Earth Institute, Baltimore Climate Action Network, Green City Baltimore, Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, Hooked on Nature, Parks & People, Network of Spiritual Progressives in Maryland, and MD League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Inc.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
The South Distribution Site for the Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland program is in need of volunteer drivers and visitors to deliver meals to homebound residents in the area. The Distribution Site is located at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 South Charles Street. Meals are picked up by volunteers at the site and delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To volunteer, contact Dejanelle Peterkin at 443-573-0926 or e-mail

State Bar Assn. Offers Free Legal Guide on Foreclosure

With 25,000 foreclosures expected in Maryland this year, and one in every 200 homes now in some stage of a foreclosure proceeding, many families across the state face losing their homes. To help these thousands of people, especially in light of new state foreclosure laws, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) has just released a newly revised foreclosure proceeding legal information guide and is giving it away free to Maryland consumers as a public service.

MSBA’s "Foreclosing Proceedings in Maryland" public awareness brochure offers assistance to consumers facing or fearing a foreclosure. This free pamphlet provides legal information to help the public better understand the new foreclosure law, effective April 4, 2008, which offers new protections for homeowners. It explains the new law in basic terms and outlines the steps of the revised foreclosure process, including new notice requirements and extended time periods for foreclosure sales, so consumers know what to expect when facing a foreclosure situation.

"Foreclosing Proceedings in Maryland" is one in the series of 24 legal information guides offered by MSBA’s Public Awareness Committee; all are free to the public.

"Foreclosing Proceedings in Maryland" is also available online or in print; to obtain print copies of the brochure contact Jason Zeisloft, Communications Assistant, or call (410) 685-7878 x 3028.

Maryland Science Center Seeks Volunteers

The Maryland Science Center seeks volunteers to serve as greeters, assistants in exhibit areas, science demonstrators, and IMAX Theater ushers.

Orientation will be provided. Benefits include free parking, a 30% discount in the Science Store, a 25% discount in Beakers Café, and free admission for volunteers and their families to the St. John Properties IMAX Theatre and Davis Planetarium.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and available to work a minimum of one four-hour shift per month for at least three months.

For more information, call Tony Washington at (410) 545-5894 or email

Become a Tutor of Adults

30% of Baltimore City Residents can’t read but you can help! The Greater Homewood Adult Literacy Program is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in math, reading, and/or writing. Free training and materials. Located across from JHU in Charles Village. Call (410) 261-0022 for more details.


What is the punishment for drunk driving? What happens during a divorce? Why do you need a will?

If your group would like a lawyer to discuss these or other legal issues, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) will provide a lawyer as a free service to the community. MSBA Speakers’ Bureau is a collection of over 200 volunteer attorneys, throughout the entire state, who are willing to speak to the public about numerous legal issues. The Bureau’s 41 topics range from adoption, bankruptcy, wills and estate planning to taxes and the legal needs of senior citizens. MSBA attorneys are willing to speak and inform the public about the law.

Any group interested in having a member of the Speakers’ Bureau visit their organization should contact Jason Zeisloft of the MSBA at, or 410-685-7878. For more information on the MSBA or the complete listings of topics, visit the MSBA website,

Maryland State Bar Association Offers Free Consumer Legal Guides

Maryland consumers seeking basic information about the law--wills, bankruptcy, nursing home admission, automobile accidents, divorce, child custody, etc.--should call the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) at (410) 685-7878 or (800) 492-1964. Twenty-four legal information pamphlets are available free of charge as a public service. They are also available online at, by clicking on public resources.

Help for Young Adults with Cancer

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is presenting a six-week series of educational topics and conversations for young adults affected by cancer. Professional speakers, community educators, and young adult survivors will discuss issues that young adults living with cancer face today. All sessions will be held at the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore, MD, and are free of charge. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Esther Ehrmann, Volunteer Coordinator, at 410-964-0202. Visit this webpage for more information.

Parents Without Partners Meetings at White Marsh Public Library

Parents Without Partners, a non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer educational organization of single parents who are bringing up their children alone, offers a balanced program of educational, family and social /recreational activities for both adults and children. Orientations are held on the second Thursday of every month at the White Marsh Public Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle, from 7 to 8pm. The registration fee is $28. Please direct questions to Jeff Newberry 410-667-0275 or Ben Hall 410-282-0655.


8000 children in the city of Baltimore are in and out of home placements each year because of abuse and neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides a voice for these children, ensuring their placement in safe, permanent homes. CASA's trained advocates inform the court regarding the child’s placement as it pertains to their educational, medical and mental health needs and overall well being.

Volunteers are trained and supervised to advocate for the best interests of the child. An advocate must be at least 21 years of age, attend 30 hours of training, have a background check, and make a commitment for a period of at least one year.

Please visit or call 410-244-1465 and ask for Cindy.

Twelve Step Recovery Workshop

The Twelve Step Recovery Workshop is an open meeting, free of charge, for people suffering from any sort of compulsive problem, including alcoholism, compulsive overeating, anorexia-bulimia, codependency, emotional compulsions, etc. The meeting is at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Rd. (Towson), every Thursday at 7 p.m. Call (410) 880-2439.

Health Care for Uninsured Baltimore City Residents

Adult residents, ages 18-64, without health insurance, can gain access to health care through a grant program in the Baltimore City Health Department. Seven federal and one state Community Health Centers in the City are accepting patient referrals. Clinic fees are based on a sliding scale. Residents should call 410.396.9996 to get an appointment at a health center.


Approximately one million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis of the upper spine, which causes severe pain attacks and slowly decreases neck mobility. In the new magazine Arthritis Info, the American Arthritis Society has compiled practical tips from spinal experts. For a free copy, visit or write: American Arthritis Society, 28 State Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02109 (please enclose a 37-Cent stamp for return postage).


Wishes on Wheels makes available power wheelchairs for non-ambulatory senior citizens (65 years old & up), usually at no cost if they qualify. No deposit required. This service may also be available to the permanently disabled of any age.

Call 1.800.823.5220, or visit


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