...Animals were property, the Supreme Court ruled, but they were not like other types of property. If this were true, the plaintiffs argued, one could seek sentimental damages for the destruction of a “taxidermied” pet deemed an heirloom, but not for a euthanized animal....
Does property law apply to animals, or doesn't it? Is an inanimate thing really more emotionally valuable than a beloved pet? And why, if judges believe an animal to be a special kind of property—“not a fungible, inanimate object like, say, a toaster,” as one court writes—is the law still so unclear?
Behavioral Economist Sendhil Mullainathan argues that qualities often considered part of someone’s basic character—impulsive behavior, poor performance in school, poor financial decisions—may in fact be the products of a pervasive feeling of scarcity. And when that feeling is constant, as it is for people mired in poverty, it captures and compromises the mind. “To put it crudely,” he explains, “poverty—no matter who you are—can make you dumber.”
Martin studied at BU, Coretta at the Conservatory; both strolled the same Boston city blocks. "People often don't remember that King was in Boston because he wasn't yet the famous Dr. King when he was here," said John Cartwright, the Martin Luther King Jr. professor emeritus of social ethics at Boston University and a contemporary of King's as a graduate student in the 1950s. "He was a struggling doctoral student who was a normal guy - even a bit of a playboy. He joked around, he dated - he was a man about town with a new Chevy."
Two nuns standing in the concessions line at the Arlington Regent Theater lobby were comparing wimples and scouting out men in lederhosen. So far, they'd seen only one - a man whose traditional Austrian outfit was fashioned from a pair of knee-high tube socks, black Bermuda shorts, and clip-on suspenders with a handmade cloth crossbar taped to his chest. Welcome to the Singalong Sound of Music Film Festival.