A lawsuit filed by teacher Emily Herx against the Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., diocese after she was fired for undergoing in vitro fertilization will be brought before a jury Dec. 16.
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Updated 11 a.m. central time: The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate with a history of schizophrenia, just hours before he was to be put to death in Huntsville. Read more: Federal Appeals Court Issues Stay For Panetti
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How did I miss this one in Morning Briefing?
It is a form of “public shaming,” like “putting people in the stocks” as the “Puritans used to do.” Only Puritans “at least had to prove to their satisfaction that the person had done something wrong.”
“What we’re doing to kids is worse than that.” We shame them at “detention hearings, during their trial — in all proceedings.”
Retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen says he will be risking arrest by Chinese authorities Wednesday, joining leaders in the months-long Occupy protests there who are handing themselves over in a bid to stop violence against the protesters.
According to reports by Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK Tuesday, Zen said he would be joining three of the Occupy group leaders in turning themselves in.
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Pope Francis is perhaps the best ambassador the Catholic Church has ever had. Most popes didn't practice much outside Rome and John Paul II was no slouch as he successfully barnstormed the world. But Francis has the blend of glad-handing and gravitas that may set the record. He could teach Dale Carnegie a thing or two about how to make friends and influence people.
Maybe the protestors in Ferguson are trying to tell us that in order to do better as a community, tragic police shootings should not be routinely justified.