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Church And State Separation Examined
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 14: The words "In God We Trust" are seen on U.S. currency October 14, 2004 in Washington, DC. Although the U.S. constitution prohibits an official state religion, references to God appear on American money, the U.S. Congress starts its daily session with a prayer, and the same U.S. Supreme Court that has consistently struck down organized prayer in public schools as unconstitutional opens its public sessions by asking for the blessings of God. The Supreme Court will soon use cases from Kentucky and Texas to consider the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on government property, addressing a church-state issue that has ignited controversy around the country. (Photo Illustration by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Alex Wong—Getty Images

Stop Carrying Cash

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1. Stop carrying cash.

By Lisa Rabasca Roepe in The Week

2. Now every city can have locally-grown shrimp.

By Allison Aubrey at NPR’s the Salt

3. If consumers know a product’s carbon footprint, they pick the option that’s better for the planet.

By Roheeni Saxena in Ars Technica

4. Is the future of law enforcement human police officers who — literally — never forget a face?

By Patrick Radden Keefe in the New Yorker

5. One way to boost attendance at low-income elementary schools: install laundry machines.

By Mimi Kirk in CityLab

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