Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

Photo by Randi Anglin/Genesis Photos for WORLD

Campus divide

Religion | A controversial new requirement that religious ministries affirm a nondiscrimination policy has Vanderbilt groups split over what's at stake
by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/12, 04:29 am

NASHVILLE-At dusk on the first Sunday after Easter, a small procession led by 10 white-robed men filed slowly out of Vanderbilt University's Benton Chapel, the school's interfaith worship space. The leader held high a crucifix. Someone behind him rang bells. A heavy and bitter coil of incense smoke rolled over the rest of the column.

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Rick Baker (Photograph by Jay Carlson)

Midtown's mayor

Cities | Conservative Rick Baker pioneered a conservative approach to urban revitalization
by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/27/12, 01:03 am

When Rick Baker walks into the Sweetbay Supermarket in St. Petersburg's Midtown, a woman in the produce section elbows her companion, smiles, and nods with raised eyebrows toward the tall white man who looks slightly out of place. A man picking out vegetables drops his bag to shake Baker's hand as two little girls run over and beam up at him with wide-eyed admiration.

"Hello, Mayor," their mother says, laughing a little at the girls' reaction.

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Ave Maria University (Associated Press/Photo by Mitch Stacy)

Spread attack

Religion | Attorney strategy could help ensure the contraceptive mandate issue goes before the Supreme Court
by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/22/12, 08:45 pm

Ave Maria University filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court against the federal government over the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate, bringing the total number of lawsuits filed against the policy to six. (See "Colleges in court," Feb. 20.)

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