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'I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat'

A photo of Newtown shooter and mass murderer, Adam Lanza, with his father, Peter Lanza, on a hike when Adam was about 10 years old (Credit: The New Yorker)"With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he'd had the chance."  So says Peter Lanza, the father of the Sandy Hook killer, in an interview just released by The New Yorker.  One reason he is now speaking out: "I want people to be afraid of the fact that this could happen to them."  He wishes his son had never been born.

Meanwhile, police in northern Ohio say they've arrested the suspect in a shooting last weekend that killed three men, including an off-duty police officer.  According to relatives of two victims, the shooter punched one of the victim's wives, left the bar, and returned with the gun he used to kill the men.

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Pope Francis a year later: how does he do it?

Pope Francis attends a prayer calling for peace in Syria, in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 7, 2013 (Credit: Reuters/Tony Gentile) On March 13, 2013, Argentinean Cardinal Mario Bergoglio was introduced to the world as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.  Much has happened in a year.

Pope Francis' work ethic has become legendary.  His day is crowded with liturgies, meetings, and public appearances.  His humility is striking: he schedules his own appearances, lives in guest quarters, and forgoes the trappings of his office.

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Honor student sues parents for school fees

Rachel Canning is sworn in during a hearing at the Morris County Courthouse, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Morristown, N.J. Canning, an honor student who says her parents kicked her out of the house when she turned 18, is now suing them, asking a court to make them support her and pay for her college. (Credit: The Star-Ledger/John O'Boyle) Rachel Canning is an honor student, cheerleader, and lacrosse player in New Jersey.  She moved out of her parents' home last November, on her 18th birthday.  Now she's suing them, demanding that they continue to pay her private school tuition as well as the legal fees she has incurred in her lawsuit.  She claims to be a victim of domestic abuse.  They claim that she is "spoiled" and is lying about their family.  Her father says, "This is terrible.  It's killing me and my wife.  We have a child we want home."

David Schorr refused to take his four-year-old son to McDonald's.  The boy had been eating "too much junk food," he explains.  He gave the boy two options: another restaurant or no dinner at all.  He chose not to eat dinner, so Schorr returned the hungry boy to his mother.  The two are separated and are involved in a bitter custody battle over their son.

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Why did 'Son of God' exclude Satan?

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey at Celebration Cinema in Grand Rapids to promote their new movie Son of God on Thursday, December 5, 2013. (Credit: MLive.com/Andrew Kuhn) "Son of God" grossed $26.5 million at the box office on its opening weekend, far surpassing predictions of $17.5 million.  Yahoo fans gave the movie 4.5 stars; on March 4, it became the No. 1 fan-rated film on Fandango.

The film was adapted from the mega-popular miniseries, "The Bible."  It includes Jesus, his mother, his disciples, and his enemies.  But one figure it excludes is Satan.  Even though the devil tempted Jesus early in his ministry (Matthew 4:1-11) and again at Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:23), even though he sought to destroy Peter and the other disciples (Luke 22:31) and led Judas Iscariot to betray our Lord (Luke 22:3-6), he appears nowhere in a movie about Jesus and his movement.  Why?

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Muslim barber refuses to cut lesbian's hair

Faith McGregor, stands outside Toronto's Terminal Barbershop on Bay Street where she was refused a haircut after the barber said it is against his religion to touch a woman outside of his family (Credit: National Post/Peter J. Thompson) A lesbian walks into a Muslim's barbershop and requests a "businessmen's haircut."  It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it's a very real dilemma in Toronto.  The Muslim doesn't believe in touching women other than his own wife.  The lesbian doesn't like the haircuts at women's salons, and wants a man's hair style.  So she appeals to the Human Rights Tribunal of Toronto, demanding that the Muslim give her a haircut.  This conflict was quietly resolved, but attacks on religious liberty are making the news more frequently than ever.
 
Christian baker in Colorado faces a year in jail for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.  The ruling party in Quebec wants to ban religious symbols from public work places.  As I noted last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently claimed that "extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay . . . have no place in the State of New York."

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