The chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, has been named to leadership posts in two national judicial organizations. Heavican, the state's top judge since 2006, will be serving as president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chairman of the board of the National Center for State Courts. These recognitions speak well of both Nebraska's judicial system and its chief justice.

The terrible hostilities between Sunni and Shiite Muslims aren't confined to war-torn Syria. In next-door Iraq, sectarian violence during July took the lives of 1,057 people. That's the highest monthly total for Iraqis since 2008, when the Iraq War was at its height.

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