Lynn Vincent

Lynn is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine and the best-selling author of 10 non-fiction books.

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Jumping ship

Politics | Five-term Republican Sen.
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 4/28/09, 12:00 am

With a filibuster-proof majority on the line, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has announced his plan to jump the GOP ship and join the Democrats. The move will boost the veteran lawmaker's chances of winning re-election next year. And if comedian-turned-politician Al Franken, a Democrat, wins his own hotly contested election battle against Republican Norm Coleman in Minnesota, the pair will virtually seal off the Senate against GOP opposition, and hand the Obama administration a blank legislative check in the Senate chamber.

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Defining moments

Marriage | Traditional marriage took a big hit last week, as three different athorities moved to alter the institution.
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 4/25/09, 12:00 am

Across the country, same-sex marriage boosters are celebrating a banner week in what they see as a struggle for civil rights. "We've shown that truth and fairness and justice and love are more powerful than one man's veto pen," said Beth Robinson, chairwoman of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, who sat at the rear of the Vermont statehouse on April 7 and wiped away tears as lawmakers overrode by the thinnest possible margin (100-49) a gubernatorial veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

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After the blaze

Disaster | Eighteen months since the deadly Harris fire, San Diego faith-based groups and volunteers find one thing left unscorched: Need
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 4/25/09, 12:00 am

DULZURA, Calif.-City folk sometimes wonder why anyone would live way out here in the sticks where it snows in the winter, broils in the summer, and often burns -literally-in between. But sitting here on a hay bale with Elsie Campbell, looking out over the valley at the foot of Echo Mountain, the answer becomes clear: It's a little helping of heaven.

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