September 15, 2016 5:57 AM EDT

‘This is all that I wanted–for them to let me be me.’

Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army private serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, on being allowed to undergo gender transition surgery. Five days into her hunger strike, the Army agreed to the surgery; Manning said she attempted suicide on July 5

$325,000

Amount of money crowdfunded in four days for 89-year-old Chicago ice-pop vendor Fidencio Sanchez after a photo of him struggling to push his cart went viral online

‘He takes us for idiots.’

Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, writing about Donald Trump’s treatment of black voters, in an Aug. 21, 2015, personal email that was among those leaked by DCLeaks.com on Sept. 13. In another email, Powell said that everything Hillary Clinton touches “she kind of screws up with hubris”

‘I support our players speaking out on issues that they think need to be changed in society.’

Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision not to stand during the national anthem to protest injustices against African Americans

$6,500

Amount the sugar industry paid Harvard University scientists to produce a 1967 review de-emphasizing sugar’s association with heart disease, according to newly published documents; it is equivalent to about $50,000 today

‘Here, people can’t believe anything. But they are always waiting for peace.’

Khaled Khalifa, Syrian author, explaining the national mood in Syria toward the cease-fire in the civil war that began at sundown on Sept. 12

‘We are looking out for … the children who are not even born yet.’

David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and one of many Native Americans speaking out against an oil pipeline starting in North Dakota, which they say could damage both heritage sites and their water supply

America’s median household income increased 5.2% in 2015, the largest annual uptick since the Census Bureau began surveying income in 1967, according to data released on Sept. 13

[The following text appears within a chart. Please see hardcopy or PDF for actual chart.]

Median household income

$56,516

2015

$60K

$57,909

1999

50K

$44,335

1967

40K…

0

’70 ’80 ’90 ’00 ’10 ’15

SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU ESTIMATES

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Age of Angelique Kerber, U.S. Open women’s singles champion, making the German the oldest player to debut at the top of the world rankings in the history of the Women’s Tennis Association

SOURCES: NEW YORK TIMES; THE TODAY SHOW; JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE; DNAINFO; DCLEAKS.COM

This appears in the September 26, 2016 issue of TIME.

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