What Milwaukee Archdiocese documents reveal about priest sex abuse As more victims of clergy sex abuse came forward, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan oversaw a plan to pay some abusers to leave the priesthood after writing to Vatican officials with increasing frustration and concern, warning them about the potential for scandal if they did not defrock problem priests, according to documents released Monday.The Daily Circuit, July 2, 2013
Legalese aside, how do we talk about race nowadays? This was a week in which the country was reminded of our continuing struggle with race -- and how we're still not quite sure how to talk about it.
The conversation started with the actions of the Supreme Court: A key provision of the Voting Rights Act was dismantled, and the University of Texas was told to re-evaluate its affirmative action policy. But it soon moved to events outside the Supreme Court -- to the murder trial of George Zimmerman and celebrity chef Paula Deen's self-defense against accusations of racism.June 30, 2013
Status of the states on same-sex marriage The Supreme Court issued a pair of decisions this week with major consequences for efforts to legalize or bar same-sex marriage. One ruling opened the way for California to become the 13th state to allow same-sex marriage; the other struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and directed the government to recognize legally married same-sex couples.June 29, 2013
Same-sex marriage: In states, a hodgepodge lies ahead Across the country, this week's landmark Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage have energized activists and politicians on both sides of the debate. Efforts to impose bans -- and to repeal them -- have taken on new intensity, as have lawsuits by gays demanding the right to marry.June 29, 2013
Marijuana goes mainstream In just a few short years, public opinion on marijuana has moved so dramatically toward general acceptance that even those who champion legalization are surprised at how quickly attitudes are changing and states are moving to approve the drug -- for medical use and just for fun.June 29, 2013
Supreme Court voids key part of Voting Rights Act The justices said in 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that doesn't reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.June 25, 2013
Smithfield drops Paula Deen as spokeswoman The announcement came days after the Food Network said it would not renew the celebrity cook's contract in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.June 24, 2013