Sexual Abuse
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Brooklyn Diocese to pay record abuse settlement

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/19/18, 11:37 am

As fallout continues to spread from the sex abuse scandal within the Roman Catholic Church, the diocese in Brooklyn, N.Y., has agreed to one of the church’s largest-ever settlements to four victims. The diocese will pay out more than $27 million to four men sexually abused as children by a religion teacher in Brooklyn, The New York Times reported.

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The fruits of labor

Culture | Former Cosby actor shows there’s no shame in hard work
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/14/18, 03:17 pm

In the span of two weeks, Geoffrey Owens went from being a B-list actor working at a grocery store to a champion for working people. Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, son-in-law to the Heathcliff Huxtable character played by Bill Cosby, on The Cosby Show from 1985 to 1992. Fast forward 16 years, and he was working at a Trader Joe’s in Clifton, N.J., when a customer recognized him, snapped a photo, and posted it online, mocking Owens. The Daily Mail and Fox News picked up on the story, spreading it far and wide.

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Pope accepts bishop’s resignation, meets with U.S. delegation

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 9/13/18, 12:04 pm

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield amid accusations the bishop sexually harassed adults, Vatican officials said Thursday morning. Francis also authorized the diocese’s new temporary administrator, Baltimore Bishop William Lori, to conduct an investigation into the accusations. Lori set up a hotline for potential victims to call and said he would conduct a thorough investigation. Bransfield has denied the accusations.

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