Sister Helen Prejean holds copies of her book The Death of Innocents in this 2005 photo. Prejean wil...

Fighting for a more compassionate society

Sister Helen Prejean was a young Catholic nun devoted to serving the poor in Louisiana in 1982 when she was asked to be the penpal of death row inmate Elmo Patrick Sonnier.

Following several letters, she became Sonnier’s spiritual advisor, and before long, she went to visit him. She admits she had some misgivings going into that first visit.

“I had never met anyone who had murdered anybody before,” Prejean...

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Enviro center event to feature documentary

The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center will present its 13th annual REEL Environmental Film Experience on Thursday at the Smiley Auditorium with a screening of “DamNation.” Doors open at 5 p.m.; the film starts at 6 p.m.

The documentary, which examines a growing movement in the U.S. to decommission obsolete dams, follows the rebound of newly free-flowing rivers across America and looks at the individuals whose lives are devoted to fighting for healthy watersheds.

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