Courts to Start Managing Non-Essential Cases Virtually
The New York State court system announced today that beginning on Monday, April 13, 2020, its virtual courts will begin handling more than just essential and emergency matters. Judges were directed to review their caseloads and assess in which matters conferences can best advance and possibly resolve a case. Judges... »
Why the Winning Entry for Tokyo's Vertical Cemetery May Not Be a Great Idea
  The rapid decrease of burial space in Tokyo sparked an architectural competition to design a vertical cemetery. Arch Out Loud, the research initiative that issued the challenge, fielded 460 proposals from 54 countries and 6 continents. Architects and designers were asked to incorporate Japan's cultural identity relating to death, as... »
Heart Attack Drives Air Force Colonel to Find Birth Mother
Bruce Hollywood, a Colonel in the United State Air Force, was adopted by an American couple in 1960. Until his heart attack in 2005, he never thought much about his birth parents, but his near-death experience sparked a pang of regret that he had never pursued any information about... »
Overlooked: The New York Times Features Female Heroes Who Never Got Obituaries
New York Times journalist Amisha Padnani lamented that, while the newspaper's obituary section routinely payed tribute to men, particularly white men, who contributed to society over the years, powerful stories about women and minorities have been grossly overlooked. Now the New York Times and Padnani are putting the spotlight... »
Last Living Person Born in the 1800s Dies in Italy at the Age of 117
Yesterday, the world's oldest person--Emma Morano of Piedmont, Italy, died at the age of 117. Born on November 29, 1899, Ms. Morano lived during 3 centuries, through 2 world wars, and witnessed more than 90 Italian governments. To what did she attribute her old age? 3 eggs a day, 2 of... »
Antisemitism on the Campus: Past and Present, and the Wisdom & Wit of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & PresentEdited by Eunice G. Pollack Louis Brandeis graduated from the Harvard Law School at age 20 with the highest grade point average in that school’s history and, after other academic triumphs, was appointed  Supreme Court justice. When Brandeis was studying law at Harvard, an anti-Semitic professor... »