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Meet the Women Fighting a Voter ID Law

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe U.S. Justice Department has filed suit against the voter ID law in Texas, but two older African American women are behind separate legal challenges to new voter ID requirements in North Carolina. The state has one of the nation’s most wide-ranging voter ID laws and the first to pass since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. In North Carolina state court, Alberta Currie, 78, claims she’s no longer able to vote, as she …

Virginia Johnson: She Helped Bring Sex Out of the Bedroom

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn 1957, Virginia Johnson, a divorced mother of two, saw an ad for a position as a research assistant at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The job turned out to be working for Dr. William H. Masters, a gynecologist who’d begun to study a topic that was largely taboo: sex. Johnson took the job, and it was the start of a partnership that would change America. Johnson, who died on July 24 at age 88 in St. Louis, …

The Beginning of a Beautiful (Long-Distance) Friendship

Posted on 07/23/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeOne Friday last month, I finally broke my news to Arthur. “I have something I need to tell you,” I said, taking a deep breath. “I’m going to graduate school.” “That’s great!” “For gerontology.” “To study old people?” “Yep. And it’s in Ohio.” “Ohio?!” That’s the part I had been nervous about — telling him I’m leaving New York. Apart from his time in the Navy and a year sabbatical in China, Arthur has lived in New York his whole …

Was My Mom Abused?

Posted on 07/19/2013 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthOn July 2, USA Today reported that more than 20 former employees of a Georgia Alzheimer’s care center are facing dozens of criminal charges after a three-month state investigation uncovered allegations of cruel treatments of patients. The cruelty ranged from physical abuse – slapping patients and throwing water on them – to outright neglect and financial exploitation. Other abuse included shackling patients to their beds with sheets and ‘double diapering’ so the staff wouldn’t have to change soiled diapers so often. As it …

The Unwiring of America

Posted on 07/12/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyFour or five years ago, some time after I decided to bite the technological bullet and get fiber-optic broadband phone and Internet service at home, I gave up my “analog” — copper wire — telephone line. I almost immediately regretted my decision. During our first extended power outage — and where I live, we typically have several of them a year — we lost phone service. In the pre-digital days we could call others — starting with our electric company …

In China, Take Care of Your Parents — Or Else

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingBy Louise Watt of The Associated Press Mothers and fathers aren’t the only ones urging adult children to visit their parents. China’s lawbooks are now issuing the same imperative. New wording in the law requiring people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued came into force Monday, as China faces increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population. The amended law does little to change the status quo, however, because elderly parents in …