A bittersweet "Vows" column in the NYT tells the story of Doreen Noone, who married her fiance's best friend, Brooklyn police sergeant Edward Wheeler, after the fiance, Brooklyn firefighter Kevin Prior, was killed on 9/11. After struggling with guilt for months, Wheeler proposed to Noone last September on a memorial bench dedicated to his late best friend. "I told her I did it here because I wanted Kevin to be a part of it, because he gave me the greatest gift in the world."
TODAY IN SLATE
The Right Target
Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
The NFL Has No Business Punishing Players for Off-Field Conduct. Leave That to the Teams.
Meet the Allies the U.S. Won’t Admit It Needs in Its Fight Against ISIS
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.
How to Stop Ebola
Survivors might be immune. Let’s recruit them to care for the infected.
- School District Wants to Censor American History Curriculum to Make It More Patriotic
- U.S. Federal Prison Population Drops for the First Time in Decades
- Conservative Star D’Souza Avoids Jail Time for Illegal Campaign Contributions
- Moderate Chinese Intellectual Sentenced to Life in Prison After Show Trial
America in Africa
The tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.