Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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Purported New York crime boss shot dead

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/14/19, 10:08 am

A man federal prosecutors say was a top leader of New York’s notorious Gambino crime family was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island. Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds at his home just after 9 p.m. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to members of the Sicilian Mafia. Police have not arrested anyone in connection with his death.

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Cardinal sentenced to six years for child sex abuse

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/13/19, 10:27 am

A judge sentenced Australian Catholic Cardinal George Pell on Wednesday to six years in prison for molesting two 13-year-old choir boys in the late 1990s. “In my view, your conduct was permeated by staggering arrogance,” Victoria state Judge Peter Kidd told Pell in court. Pell, the most senior Vatican official convicted of child sexual abuse, must serve a minimum of three years and eight months before he is eligible for parole, according to the judge’s order.

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Trump tours Alabama tornado damage

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/08/19, 02:02 pm

President Donald Trump traveled Friday to Lee County, Ala., to view damage from the deadliest U.S. tornado in nearly six years. The storm, now rated a 4 out of 5 on the EF tornado-rating scale, killed 23 people, including 10 members of a single extended family. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey greeted Trump in Auburn, Ala., before he departed with first lady Melania Trump for Lee County, where he spoke with families affected by the tornado and got a briefing from local officials.

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