The First Year College Reading List

Many colleges and universities require first year students to take a “great books” course that introduces them to the classic works.

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Sidebar: Supreme Court’s End-of-Summer Conference: Where Appeals ‘Go to Die’

On Sept. 28, justices will consider roughly 2,000 petitions from the summer and grant about 0.6 percent of them — roughly half the rate for the rest of the term.

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First Draft: Valerie Plame Is Among Hillary Clinton’s September Fund-Raisers

Valerie Plame, the former C.I.A. officer, and her husband, Joseph C. Wilson, will take part in an event next month for Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of a number of campaign fund-raisers scheduled in California.

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Paula Deen’s Ex-Chef, Making It Herself

Dora Charles, who worked with Ms. Deen for 22 years before the celebrity chef’s empire crumbled, now has her own book, filled with the flavors and culture of black life in the South.

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Prosecutors Say Shannon Miles Shot Texas Deputy 15 Times

A 15-round handgun was emptied into Deputy Darren H. Goforth’s back and the back of his head, the Harris County authorities said in the suspect’s first court appearance in the killing.

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White Supremacist Convicted of Killing 3 at Kansas Jewish Centers

Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 74, a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of racist and anti-Semitic actions, could receive the death penalty.

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Supreme Court Says Kentucky Clerk Must Let Gay Couples Marry

The new case from Kentucky, Davis v. Miller, was the court’s first opportunity to consider whether government officials may refuse to recognize same-sex marriages on religious grounds.

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