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This Week in Boomer History: Stonewall … Sotomayor … Pong

Posted on 06/22/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Sonia Sotomayor is born June 25, 1954 in Bronx, New York. In 2009, she becomes the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release “The Tracks of My Tears” on June 23, 1965; the song later resurfaces on the soundtrack of the films The Big Chill (1983) and Platoon (1986). On June 25, 1950, North Korea invades South Korea. In three years of battle, more than 36,000 American …

On First Monday, Some Supreme Court Milestones

Posted on 10/7/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayHappy First Monday! You may know that the U.S. Supreme Court starts its term every year on the first Monday of October. But you may not have realized that all the justices on the nation’s highest court are eligible for membership in AARP. (The youngest is Justice Elena Kagan, who’s 54.) The nine justices are fine evidence for the theory that people who love what they do stay young at heart. The oldest justice ever? Oliver Wendell Holmes, who retired …

Legal Help Available for Older Cook County Residents

Posted on 09/13/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHi there, blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with the AARP Illinois Communications Team. We are certainly grateful for our nation’s laws, but our legal system can often be challenging and confusing, especially for older adults, making them vulnerable to the growing problem of financial and legal abuse and exploitation. Fortunately in Cook County, Ill., the hard work and vision of a judge, a former state government official and a group of volunteers is helping thousands of elderly citizens navigate …

Our Low-Tech High Court

Posted on 08/23/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayAt 53, Elena Kagan is the youngest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The oldest is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who turned 80 on March 15. The average age of sitting justices is 67 years 4 months. Technology has changed a lot in the 27 years since Antonin Scalia took his seat on the court. The typical Fortune 500 CEO (average age: 55) might find it odd that the justices have all but shunned modern methods of communication. As Kagan explained …

The Last Days of Whitey Bulger

Posted on 08/14/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMurder. Bank robbery. Racketeering. Drug dealing. For more than 60 years, from 1956 to 2011, James “Whitey” Bulger was either committing violent crimes or living as a fugitive from justice. Now 83, Bulger has been convicted of 31 separate criminal acts, and today he sits in prison, awaiting sentencing. In all likelihood he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars. Bulger will be far from the oldest person recently sentenced; for example, Brooke Astor’s son, Anthony Marshall, was recently …

Do You Think the Justice System Is Biased? Depends on Your Age

Posted on 07/24/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIs there bias in the U.S. criminal justice system? Unpublished data from a recent Gallup poll point up marked differences in views divided not only by race but also by age. Forty-one percent of 18- to 29-year-olds thought the justice system was biased against blacks. The number dropped to 32 percent for 50- to 64-year-olds and to 26 percent for age 65 and older. (That 15 percentage point difference between the oldest and youngest generations has narrowed by 21 points …