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Manslaughter charge prompts church to examine relationship with alcohol

Bishop Heather CookWith a history of sherries at church coffee hour and wine during Holy Communion, Episcopalians have long endured — and shared — jokes about their drinking. (For example: “wherever two or three are gathered, there’s a fifth.”) Yet the relationship is complicated.

The denomination stood out a century ago for saying alcoholism wasn’t an evil. And Episcopal clergy played a significant role in the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous.


Samsung Smart TVs suspected of recording conversations

Samsung tv spies Privacy concerns surround Samsung after its Smart TV privacy policy notes personal information spoken in front of the TV can be transmitted to a third party.

In words that are set to arouse Orwellian fears, the policy warns anyone speaking in front of the TV with its voice activation may have their conversations transmitted to a third party.


Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest

costa rica cloimate changeThe cloud forests of Monteverde are known around the world for their biodiversity. But locals and scientists are warning the delicate ecosystem is increasingly without the clouds.

Increasing temperatures have caused the clouds in the mountain forests around Monteverde to rise, and scientists believe the warming climate is leading to the redistribution of species in the highlands, renowned for the striking biodiversity that draws in hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.


'Rape dungeon' allegations emerge in abuse report on Florida Dozier School for Boys

Florida 'rape dundeon'Forensic researchers sifting the grounds of a notorious Florida reform school at the centre of a decades-long abuse scandal have identified the remains of two more bodies from 51 recovered so far from unmarked graves.

The investigative team has also revealed horrific new allegations about the extent of physical and sexual abuse inflicted on the mostly African American students at the now-closed Arthur G Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, including details of a secret “rape dungeon” where victims younger than 12 were taken to be molested.


Tensions high in South Dakota after alleged assault on native students

lakotaAn alleged hate crime against a group of Native American students at a hockey game in Rapid City, South Dakota, last month has raised racial tensions between local Native and non-Native Americans, sparking a series of reported assaults against native community members and a firestorm on social media.

The 57 students, members of the Oglala Lakota tribe, were bused to a hockey game at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Jan. 24 as a treat for their participation in an afterschool program.


What the Warren Commission Didn’t Know

JFK assassinationHalf a century after the Warren Commission concluded there was no conspiracy in John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the commission’s chief conspiracy hunter believes the investigation was the victim of a “massive cover-up” to hide evidence that might have shown that Lee Harvey Oswald was in fact part of a conspiracy.

In new, exclusive material published today in the paperback edition of a bestselling history of the investigation, retired law professor David Slawson tells how he came to the conclusion, on the basis of long-secret documents and witness statements, that the commission might have gotten it wrong.


Revenge-porn website operator convicted in San Diego

revenge porn website eoperator convictedA San Diego man who prosecutors say ran a "revenge porn" website featuring nude pictures of women often posted by jilted ex-lovers was convicted on Monday of identity theft and extortion charges, prosecutors said.

Kevin Boellart, 28, was found guilty on 27 felony counts by a San Diego County Superior jury after 2-1/2 days of deliberation, according to the California Attorney General's Office, which prosecuted the case.


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