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Weekly Wrap 9.13.13: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. My Year of Modesty

What happens when you decide to live as if appearances really don’t matter? One woman’s quest to find out.

2. The First Victim of September 11

A fascinating portrait of the first person killed on September 11, 2001 — whom, as it happens, was an entrepreneur trained to combat terrorism.

3. Which Niebuhr, President Obama?

In 2007, the President professed his love for Christian ethicist Rienhold Niebuhr. But it’s Rienhold’s younger brother, H. Richard, whose argument for self-reflective “moral inactivity” has particular implications for the President on Syria.

4. Letter to the Editor, from the Pope

Pope Francis discussed his own faith in a letter written in response to editorials by the atheist founder of an Italian newspaper. The Pope also addressed themes of God’s mercy and Christian relations with Jews.

5. This Is a Complete List of Wall Street CEOs Prosecuted for Their Role in the Financial Crisis

The Washington Post's Wonkblog hitches a ride on the lists-as-blog-posts train, featuring Homer Simpson...and a twist. Read up on what’s happened to Wall Street’s CEOs in the wake of the financial crisis.

6. Learning Life Lessons from an Obituary

Ever wondered what people will say about you when you enter eternal life? The family of Mary Agnes Mullaney honored her memory by passing along her love of life in this obituary.

7. The Ups and Downs of Fighting for Gender Equality

Laura Barton of The Guardian reflects on Harvard Business School's nurturing of female students. Bottom line: while there have been great improvements in equality, we've still got a long way to go. 

8. Syria's 99 percent: The Problem with Focusing on Chemical Weapons

If Assad agrees to forsake sarin, how can we intervene if he continues to slaughter civilians while technically playing by our rules?

9. Smoking Spells High Cost Under Affordable Care Act

As the Affordable Care Act comes closer to going into effect, tobacco use is one provision that raises costs for people under the new plan. “Tobacco disproportionately targets low-income communities.”

10. Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference

It might not surprise you that despite wars and rumors of war, many of us are more concerned that our favorite TV shows may be interrupted by breaking news from the President. Brian Konkol argues that this indifference to indifference is one of our major spiritual challenges today.

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