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TONIGHT: CNN To Air Live Presidential Candidates Forum On Faith Issues'Compassion Forum' Scheduled Nine Days Ahead Of Crucial Democratic PrimaryCNN will serve as the exclusive broadcaster of a presidential-candidateforum on faith, values and other current issues at Messiah College nearHarrisburg, Pa., April 13 at 8 p.m., officials said Monday. CNN ElectionCenter anchor Campbell Brownand Newsweek editor and electionanchor Jon Meacham will moderate what is being billed as The CompassionForum, which will take place nine days before the Pennsylvania primary.
Organized and sponsored by Faith in Public Life, the 90-minute forum willconsist of wide-ranging and probing discussions of policies related to moralissues.

New York Times
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-Extended Forecast: Bloodshed
Here's a forecast for a particularly bizarre consequence of climate change:more executions of witches.
As we pump out greenhouse gases, most of the discussion focuses on directconsequences like rising seas or aggravated hurricanes. But the indirectsocial and political impact in poor countries may be even more far-reaching,including upheavals and civil wars - and even more witches hacked to deathwith machetes.

-Of Witches and the Wait for Justice
In 1662, the colonists of Hartford accused 39-year-old Mary Sanford ofwitchcraft. Based on evidence - drinking wine and dancing around a bonfire -the court pronounced her guilty "for not having the feare of God beforethyne eyes." Sanford was hanged, leaving behind five children and a shakenhusband who was later acquitted of similar charges.

-Faster, Higher, Stronger, No Longer
IN 1894, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, having refused the military andpolitical careers typical of a French aristocrat, settled upon the revivalof the Olympic Games as his life's work. He saw sport as a higher calling, areligion. And he saw the Olympics as an event that would enhance andheighten moral virtue: "May joy and good fellowship reign, and in thismanner, may the Olympic torch pursue its way through ages, increasingfriendly understanding among nations, for the good of a humanity always moreenthusiastic, more courageous and more pure."

-China's Loyal Youth
MANY sympathetic Westerners view Chinese society along the lines of whatthey saw in the waning days of the Soviet Union: a repressive governmentbacked by old hard-liners losing its grip to a new generation ofwell-educated, liberal-leaning sophisticates. As pleasant as this outlookmay be, it's naïve. Educated young Chinese, far from being embarrassed orupset by their government's human-rights record, rank among the mostpatriotic, establishment-supporting people you'll meet.

-A 26 - Year - Old Secret Could Free Inmate
CHICAGO (AP) -- For nearly 26 years, the affidavit was sealed in an envelopeand stored in a locked box, tucked away with the lawyer's passport and will.
Sometimes he stashed the box in his bedroom closet, other times under hisbed. It stayed there -- year after year, decade after decade.
Then, about two years ago, Dale Coventry, the box's owner, got a call fromhis former colleague, W. Jamie Kunz. Both were once public defenders. Theyhadn't talked in a decade.

Washington Post
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-The Pope's Impassioned But Independent U.S. Flock
To Pope Benedict, experts say, the U.S. Catholic Church is a bit like anadolescent: young and unpredictable.

-A Catholic Wind in the White House
Shortly after Pope Benedict XVI's election in 2005, President Bush met witha small circle of advisers in the Oval Office. As some mentioned their ownreligious backgrounds, the president remarked that he had read one of thenew pontiff's books about faith and culture in Western Europe.

-American Returns All MD-80s to Service
DALLAS -- American Airlines on Saturday received clearance from federalaviation officials to return all of its 300 grounded jets to service, anairline spokesman said.

-Oprah Winfrey may have helped Obama, but hurt herself
The TV celebrity's poll numbers have been dropping since she endorsed andcampaigned for her fellow Chicagoan.,1,169307.story?track=rss


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