Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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District dollars for abortion

Abortion | Congress moves toward passing a bill allowing local funding of abortions in the District of Columbia
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/09/09, 05:55 pm

WASHINGTON-For the first time in over 10 years, local funds may be used for abortions in the District of Columbia. A pending appropriations bill that covers the district's budget has stripped out prohibitions on the funding of abortions, though using federal funds for that purpose is still banned. Because Washington, D.C., is not a state, the district must go through Congress to have its laws and budget approved.

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Overturning Sotomayor

Supreme Court | Likely future high-court colleagues rule in firefighters' favor
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/07/09, 12:00 am

The Supreme Court issued an opinion on a dispute over promotions among firefighters in New Haven, Conn., overturning a lower court's ruling that had the endorsement of Supreme Court-nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Black firefighters in New Haven had uniformly low scores on a promotion test in 2003 and the city, fearing a discrimination lawsuit, tossed out the results and didn't offer any promotions. Instead, the city got a lawsuit from the white and Hispanic firefighters who said the city was practicing discrimination against them by not awarding their merited promotions.

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A rising tide

Religion | The breakaway Anglican Church in North America gathers for the first time, as it seeks recognition from Canterbury
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/24/09, 12:00 am

Breakaway Episcopalians-now Anglicans-from the United States and Canada gathered for the first meeting of their newly formed province in Bedford, Texas, this week, despite the fact that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has not formally recognized them. Wednesday evening Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh will be installed as the first archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

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