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Bloomberg Businessweek
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Love in the Time of Mass Incarceration

Mary Pilon Timothy McManus says he was just looking to offer some legal research in 2012 when he wrote to Donna, a woman serving a 20-year sentence at a state prison in Georgia. McManus, who’d finished two decades in a Texas prison earlier that year, knew the power of hearing his name at mail call. Much of what got him through that time, he says, was his correspondence with more than 70 people through websites including writeaprisoner.com, meet-an-inmate.com, and paperdolls.com. After a year and a half of corresponding with Donna, the relationship became romantic. “We certainly understand ea
NPR
2 min read
Society

Judge Dumps Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift, Filed By Man Accused Of Groping Her

Updated 8:20 p.m. ET A judge has thrown out a lawsuit by former radio host David Mueller against singer Taylor Swift, ruling that Mueller hadn't proved that she set out to get him fired. Mueller's claims against Swift's mother and her radio representative continue. The singer's countersuit accusing Mueller of groping her during a photo op also remains. The ruling came one week into the trial in Denver. Swift had requested both dismissal and summary judgment. Closing arguments are set for Monday. Mueller sued first, two years years after the incident — the fact of which is undisputed, even in M
NPR
3 min read
Society

WATCH: Charlottesville Victim's Father Says 'People Need To Stop Hating'

Standing in the dappled shade of a driveway hundreds of miles from Charlottesville, Va., Mark Heyer spoke of the violence that claimed his daughter's life — and, with voice occasionally quavering, called on people to answer hate with forgiveness. "My daughter was a strong woman that had passionate opinions about the equality of everyone — and she tried to stand up for that," the Sharpes, Fla., resident told Florida Today in a videotaped interview. "With her, it wasn't lip service. It was real." Just two days earlier, a driver rammed a car into a group of people protesting a white supremacist r