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Death Penalty's Bad: Author Tim Junkin and Kirk Bloodsworth, of Baltimore, Md., tell their story here next week, Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 22-24. Junkin's book is Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA. They're at UNC Law School, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m., and Duke Law School, Thursday, noon. Also: McIntyre's Fine Books, Pittsboro, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, Thursday, 7 p.m.; and the Regulator Bookshop, Durham, Friday, 7 p.m. Sponsors include N.C. Coalition for a Moratorium,, 1-888-283-4193.

This Week
Wake County Gov't: Candidates for the Board of County Commissioners square off at Wake Citizens for Effective Government forum, Thursday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Borders Books, 8825 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 847-9901.

Let Justice Roll: N.C. Council of Churches sponsors forum for "economic justice in a faith context." Senate candidate Erskine Bowles, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield expected (other candidates invited); Saturday, Sept. 18, noon-4 p.m., St. John AME Zion Church, 119 Pender St., Wilson. (Barbara Zelter), 828-6501.

More Candidates I: Meet folks running for national, state, local offices at Wake Chapel Church, 4509 Bland Rd., Raleigh, on Sunday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m. Co-sponsored by N.C. Black Leadership Caucus. 872-7776 (Shanita Brown).

Ched Myers: He's a theologian-writer on the subject of capitalism and Christianity. Monday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., he's at Christian Faith Baptist Church, 509 Hilltop Dr., Raleigh., 796-2730.

Health Care Costs: John Locke Foundation-sponsored event features WakeMed CEO William Atkinson, N.C. Medical Society's Dr. Lawrence Cutchin, other health-care honchos, for "frank discussion." Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 a.m.-noon, Brownstone Holiday Inn, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. $15, includes breakfast. Register:, 821-1340.

Teach the Children: Isn't it time the school curriculum included international relations (e.g.: Iraq is not Iran)? Panelists discuss a new N.C. social studies plan at U.N. Association's West Triangle meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 22, noon-2 p.m., Holiday Inn, 15-501 Bypass, Chapel Hill. $15, RSVP by Friday, Sept. 17: 967-6853.

More Candidates II: Meet the state, local candidates the Sierra Club endorses. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., Community United Church of Christ, Dixie Trail & Wade Ave., Raleigh.

Peace Vigils: In Durham: Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; In Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O., and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; In Raleigh: First Wednesday of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Voting: It's About Time
Go Vote 04! N.C. Center for Voter Education in Raleigh offers cash prizes for best student-produced PSAs (video, audio, cartoons) that encourage voting. Must be nonpartisan. Submit by Oct. 1. 1-877-253-7819.

Register folks: Democracy N.C. is focusing voter registration efforts on youth, minorities. Volunteers asked to call 967-9942, info: .

Divas & Dudes: Creative folks want to crank up the turnout using visual, performance art. "Politics doesn't have to be all serious and boring," is their take. To join in: (Jane Norton) or (Cathy Kielar).

Not for Bush
In Charlotte: The President campaigns in the Queen City; protesters gather there Friday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m., in Marshall Park (across from the courthouse).

In Chapel Hill: "Run Against Bush Day" is a run/jog/walk starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Community Center, 120 S. Estes Dr. $25, goes to Kerry.,

In Raleigh: Watch John Edwards battle Dick Cheney (the VP Debate) at Raleighwood Cinema & Grill, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5. $25. Sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, 514 Daniels St., Raleigh, 829-9779.

Voluntary Service
NARAL: Pro-choice group seeks volunteers to help at CenterFest in Durham Sept. 18-19, and generally:, 829-9779.

Pennies for Change: Durham thrift store (next to Lakewood Shopping Center) accepts donated goods; the proceeds support sexual assault and domestic violence services. 489-2681.

Carying Place: Helps homeless families with children get situated;, 462-1800.

HopeLine: Free training starts Sept. 27 for volunteers to answer 24-hour crisis intervention/suicide prevention hotline., 832-3326 (Amy Cobb).

Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers for 24-hour crisis/response programs, holding fall training class., 968-4647.

Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x223); general number is 942-4862.

Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.

Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers; store helps build affordable homes. Stop by at 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd., 489-1248.

Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too., 967-6985 (Camella Morton).

SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed., 232-5661.

Kids Voting: If the kids vote, their parents do, too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting needs precinct organizers, volunteers., or 833-1282.

Naming Rights
N.C. Justice: Nominees for its 2004 "Defenders of Justice" awards sought by N.C. Justice Center in Raleigh., 856-2570.

Human Rights: Nominees for 9th annual International Human Rights Award sought by HR Coalition of N.C., 876-0501.

Womens Forum NC: Nominees for its Young Adult Leadership Award, age 18-35, female or male ("especially female"), taken through Oct. 1., 252-636-5074 (Mary Peterson).

Got something for Act Now? Fax to 286-4274; e-mail (put "Act Now" in subject line); mail to: Act Now, P.O. Box 2690, Durham NC 27715. Please include date, time, street address and contact/phone number.

Deadline: Friday for the following week's issue. Thanks!

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