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Sep 20, 2015

U.S. Catholics expected to turn out in force for Pope Francis

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – Pope Francis is expected to draw huge crowds throughout his first visit to the United States this week, with the faithful and the curious straining to get a look at a man who has fascinated Americans with his humble and open tone.

While holding to Roman Catholic dogma, Francis has focused on different issues than his predecessors, raising concerns about climate change, speaking more frequently about the excesses of capitalism and urging a more forgiving Church, including telling bishops to be more welcoming to divorced couples.

Sep 17, 2015

In early-voting New Hampshire, all eyes on Trump in debate

By Scott Malone

DERRY, N.H. (Reuters) – Voters who packed a New Hampshire bar on Wednesday to watch the second Republican U.S. presidential debate lauded real estate magnate Donald Trump’s performance. But they were not writing off his rivals.

Trump’s clashes with U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drew laughs from the group, whose state will hold the first nominating primary of the White House race early next year ahead of the November 2016 election.

Sep 11, 2015

N.Y. police chief apologizes to arrested ex-tennis star

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – New York City Police Commissioner William
Bratton apologized on Thursday to former U.S. tennis star James
Blake, who was arrested after being wrongly identified as a
suspect in a fraud ring and said he was concerned over how much
force was used.

Blake, who is black, was surrounded by six plainclothes
officers outside a Midtown Manhattan hotel on Wednesday while
waiting for a car to take him to the U.S. Tennis Open. One of
the officers slammed the 35-year-old man to the ground before
handcuffing him.

Sep 10, 2015

N.Y. police chief criticizes use of force in ex-tennis star’s arrest

Sept 10 (Reuters) – New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Thursday he was concerned over the level of force used in the arrest of former U.S. tennis star James Blake, who was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a fraud ring.

Bratton said he wanted to speak to Blake to apologize for the incident, and so police could hear his version of events.

Sep 10, 2015

N.Y. police commissioner criticizes use of force in tennis star’s arrest

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – New York City Police Commissioner William
Bratton said on Thursday he was concerned over the level of
force used in the arrest of retired U.S. tennis star James
Blake, who was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a fraud
ring.

Blake told local media plainclothes officers surrounded him
outside hotel in a Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday and slammed
him to the ground before handcuffing him for 15 minutes.

Sep 10, 2015
via FaithWorld

Before Pope Francis visit, U.S. sex victims say Church remains obstacle to justice

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(The U.S. flag flies as painters work on a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Mark Rozzi says he was 13, a young altar boy, when a priest at his eastern Pennsylvania parish sexually assaulted him in a shower.

Sep 10, 2015

As pope visit nears, U.S. sex victims say Church remains obstacle to justice

BOSTON (Reuters) – Mark Rozzi says he was 13, a young altar boy, when a priest at his eastern Pennsylvania parish sexually assaulted him in a shower.

It took Rozzi, who says the priest spent a year grooming him with trips to McDonald’s and secretly shared beers, a quarter century to talk about the experience publicly. By then it was too late for any legal action.

Sep 8, 2015

Judge delays Massachusetts murderer’s sentencing trial, won’t step down

BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge said on Tuesday he would delay the start of the sentencing trial of a convicted triple murderer but refused prosecutors’ request that he remove himself from the case because of a prior contact with a possible witness.

Gary Lee Sampson was sentenced to death in 2003 by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf, for killing two men while hitchhiking in Massachusetts and a third in New Hampshire.

Sep 3, 2015

Boston relieved as judge overturns Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ suspension

BOSTON (Reuters) – Bostonians ranging from workaday football fans to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker reacted with relief on Thursday to the news that a federal judge had overturned an NFL decision to suspend star New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games.

The city had been on edge since July when National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady, who has led the team to four Super Bowl victories, after a league probe concluded he had been “generally aware” of a team scheme to under-inflate footballs in a playoff game last season.

Sep 3, 2015

Boston brothers in Trump-inspired attack on Mexican to remain in custody

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two Boston brothers charged with urinating on and beating a homeless Mexican man in an attack allegedly inspired by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s views on immigrants agreed on Thursday to remain in custody until their trial in October.

The brothers, 38-year-old Scott Leader and 30-year-old Steve Leader, were arrested last month and charged with assault and battery for the purpose of intimidation because of national origin.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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