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Open Letter to My High School Class. Especially Paula.

-Donna Trussell
High school was not a happy time for me, and I don't blame people for disliking who I was. But 40 years have passed, and I'm not the same person. I like my life now.
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-Eleanor Clift

A light comedy from France has echoes of the heated debate in Wisconsin over collective bargaining.

Can the Girl Scouts Help Balance Georgia's Budget?

-Joanne Bamberger

A bill in the Georgia legislature would reduce taxes on corporations to generate jobs but make up for the lost revenue in part by taxing nonprofit fundraising efforts, like Girl Scout cookie sales.

Mom Has Cancer. Her Son Reacts.

-Donna Trussell

A teenager provides moments of grace during his mother's long struggle with cancer.

Lara Logan Assault: Why Female Foreign Correspondents Need Self-Defense Skills

-Mary Winter

Here's what self-defense expert Melissa Soalt says female journalists need to have: The mindset of a Marine, the heart of a lioness, and the knowledge of a security director.

In Today's Manic Journalism World, What Would Lou Grant Do?

-Suzi Parker

The gruff newspaper editor from the 1970s TV show would curse today's digital media. But he'd hunker down, learn it, and spend his day on the heart of all good journalism -- story-telling.

Are Social Media the Future of Local Government?

-Delia Lloyd

Officials in small British communities are using social media to publicize their services and address local problems. But technology alone won't create change -- volunteerism must flourish too.

Race, Crime and Justice: It Was Never Just About Henry Louis Gates

-Mary C. Curtis

In the summer of 2009, a Harvard professor was arrested for breaking into his own house. The incident sparked a national discussion of race in America -- a discussion that's far from finished.

Women in Politics: Groups Aim to Increase the Numbers in 2012

-Sandra Fish

With the 2012 elections in mind, several groups see an opportunity in the upcoming redistricting and are gearing up to recruit and train women candidates.

Outlaw Justice: When Hackers Retaliate Against Cyber Security

-Bonnie Goldstein

I have a fondness for the current generation of hackers -- inveterate snoops and mostly harmless believers in open access, driven by a commitment to transparency and a subtle addiction to cyber safe-cracking.

Participatory Budgeting: In a Chicago Ward, Residents Call the Spending Shots

-Alison Fairbrother

The exercise in democracy, happening in more than 1,200 cities around the world, lets ordinary people directly decide how a portion of their municipal budget is spent.

Sarah Palin: Could She Run as an Independent or Third Party Candidate?

-Suzi Parker

The field of conservative 2012 presidential hopefuls is crowded. To stay in the game, Palin may have to split from the GOP and go rogue. It wouldn't be the first time.

Open Letter to My High School Class. Especially Paula.

-Donna Trussell

High school was not a happy time for me, and I don't blame people for disliking who I was. But 40 years have passed, and I'm not the same person. I like my life now.

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