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U.S. job openings in June hit 13-year-plus high

Source: Detroit News

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.

Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May’s total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.

The report “provides further confirmation that the U.S. labor market has indeed shifted to a period of stronger growth,” said Jeremy Schwartz, an analyst at the bank Credit Suisse.

Known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey or JOLTS, the report provides a detailed look at where employment might be heading. It records job postings, overall hiring and the number of workers who either quit or were laid-off. By contrast, the monthly employment report shows the net total of job gains or losses.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140812/BIZ/308120052

Catholic university raises minimum wage to $15 per hour

A Catholic university in Pittsburgh has raised the minimum wage for its employees to $15 an hour as part of a plan to increase wages for its lowest-paid workers, the university announced.

The wage increase, effective July 1, affects about 100 non-contract employees at Duquesne University, which has a total workforce of about 2,100, including about 1,600 full-time and about 500 part-time employees.

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One employee who has benefitted from the wage increase is Karen Matthis, a full-time residence life employee. Matthis, who has worked at Duquesne for about six and a half years, spoke to NCR while awaiting a shop estimate on the cost to fix her car.

"Last year at this time, I would've panicked when the car was in the shop," said Matthis, whose five adult children live at home while they complete graduate studies and seek employment. "But this year, it gave us some options."


http://ncronline.org/news/people/catholic-university-raises-minimum-wage-15-hour

Cop to attend wedding of baby he saved 20 years ago

On Dec. 28, 1993, Joseph Barca was a sergeant on the Yonkers police force when he got a terrifying call. A baby had stopped breathing. Barca arrived at an apartment home on Linden Street and found the child's father in tears. Mahmoud Hamideh was cradling the lifeless body of his 2-month-old daughter in his arms. Barca managed to breathe life back into the infant, saving her young life.

Next week that baby, Shammarah Hamideh (now a 20-year-old nursing student) will get married in a ceremony outside Chicago, with the cop who saved her life in attendance. (This is where you can stop reading and go dab your eyes for a second.) Barca, now a police captain in the same department, described the harrowing details from the night he saved her life to the Journal News:

After taking the baby from her father, Mahmoud Hamideh, began resuscitation — but knew after two breaths the air wasn't getting to her lungs. Barca flipped the baby over, and hit her back three or four times sharply. Out flew a wad of mucous. Barca began breathing into the girl's mouth and nose again, and kept her blood flowing by pumping two fingers into her chest. A radio car arrived and sped the two to St. Joseph's Hospital.


Barca said the baby was breathing on her own when she got to to the ER. When her father showed up, the cop gave him the good news. "I said, 'You hear that baby crying? That's yours.' Then he started crying."


http://jezebel.com/cop-saves-babys-life-20-years-later-he-attends-her-wed-1619168580

To the Christian Teacher in a Public School

How many times have you heard the term (or one similar) “They’ve taken God out of public schools!”? I’ve heard it many, many times but so far it has failed to worry me.

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But when I get completely worked up over laws and rights, I feel the gentle push of the Holy Spirit saying this to me: “When was the last time you were this sad over the fact that some kids never have clean clothes on? Were you this upset when the boy in time out over there didn’t come to school because no one got up to get him dressed and on the bus? Are you this passionate when the same child just doesn’t get it no matter how much you teach?”

You see, if I’m not careful, I can so caught up in the idea of protecting my Christianity (which does have its place) that I forget to actually live my Christianity. And as a kindergarten teacher in a public school, I need to live my Christianity every second of every day.

I’m not worried that God has been taken out of our public schools. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and Omnipresent. He is everywhere all the time, no matter what laws politicians make up. No man has the power to direct where God can and cannot be.


http://paigegivens.com/2014/07/29/to-the-christian-teacher-in-a-public-school/

Man pretends to be a ghost in a cemetery

An unemployed British man from Portsmouth was arrested April 29 and later fined after pretending to be a ghost near mourners at a grave, according to The Portsmouth News.

While a nearby family was paying their respects to a lost loved one at Kingston Cemetery, a drunk 24-year-old Anthony Stallard was "throwing himself backwards, waving his arms about and going ''woooooooh," prosecuting attorney Tim Concannon said in court.

Prior to his boo-rish behavior, Stallard was seen kicking a ball around with a friend near the graves.

"While the football was going on, this defendant was effectively singing loudly and being disrespecting in among the graves," Concannon said.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/man-pretends-ghost-cemetery_n_5661988.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news

Camp unites Israeli, Palestinian kids over love for soccer

Goals of Peace 2014 Summer Camp took place from Sunday to Wednesday in the Wadi Ara region of Israel, according to a press release. About 80 kids, ages 11 to 13, participated in soccer scrimmages, field trips and educational programming while engaging in peaceful dialogue. The camp, sponsored by American nonprofit Soccer for Peace and attended by both Arabic and Jewish children, was staffed by coaches and counselors from both cultural groups.

"The recent World Cup tournament proved that it is possible to unite thousands of people through one shared common ground," one of the event's officials said in a past video promoting the annual camp.

One of the children participating, who lives in the Palestinian city of Jenin in the West Bank, said he enjoyed being the go-to between two other boys who couldn't speak directly due to language barriers.

"I mediate between what he wants to tell him, and what he wants to tell him," the boy said in the video, sitting between his Jewish and Arabic peers. "We have a conversation, you know, we talk. And now he knows things about him, and he knows about him. It's very beautiful."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/09/goals-of-peace_n_5659970.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000023&ir=Good+News

Florida man arrested for stuffing, uh, a certain food item in his pants

A man was arrested on multiple charges Sunday, according to the Palmetto Police Department.

Charles Brent McNeal, 53, was arrested at 11:31 a.m. Sunday.

According to a report, McNeal went into a Family Dollar at 1170 Eighth Avenue West in Palmetto, earlier that day and hid two smoked sausages in his pants before leaving. The complainant tried chasing McNeal, who dropped the merchandise valued at $7 total as he ran away.

A search was launched to find McNeal and, according to police, he ran into someone's apartment along 11th Street Drive West in Palmetto to hide from officers. The victim did not want McNeal in her home and yelled outside to deputies, who ran towards the apartment.


http://www.bradenton.com/2014/08/04/5286499/man-charged-with-stuffing-smoked.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

Florida man calls 911 complaining that cop took too long to write ticket

A Collier County Deputy pulled over 29-year-old Judes Exantus of Immokalee for running a stop sign during a turn at Boston Avenue and 9th Street.

Exantus denied running through the stop sign but the deputy told him he watched him do it according to the report.

The deputy said Exantus started arguing with deputy and while the deputy was writing up the ticket, Exantus called the 9-1-1 center to complain about the deputy's delay.

The deputy admitted there was a delay created by the apparatus that creates the ticket however the call to 9-1-1 to complain warranted a miss-use of 9-1-1.


http://www.nbc-2.com/story/26201426/driver-calls-911-to-complain-about-delay-while-deputy-writes-up-traffic-ticket#.U-PCXFbufwL

The lavish homes of American archbishops

A CNN investigation found that at least 10 of the 34 active archbishops in the United States live in buildings worth more than $1 million, according to church and government records.

That's not counting hundreds of retired and active Catholic bishops in smaller cities, some of whom live equally large.

Among archbishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York leads the pack with this 15,000-square-foot mansion on Madison Avenue, in one of the priciest corridors of Manhattan.


http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/08/us/american-archbishops-lavish-homes/?hpt=hp_c2

Later in the article, they do mention some - such as Cardinal O'Malley - who live in more simple settings.

Still...

Reform coalition nominates seven priests to be Twin Cities archbishop

The group solicited nominations from area Catholics through parish handouts and its website, reaching its seven candidates after whittling down an original list first from 55 priests, then from 23. They are Fr. J. Michael Byron, Fr. Paul Feela, Fr. Paul Jaroszeski, Fr. Phillip Rask, Fr. Timothy Wozniak, current moderator of the curia and vicar general Fr. Charles Lachowitzer, and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.

In the fall, the committee plans to hold "know the nominees" workshops. During the first half of November, an "election-like process" will produce the three names they will send to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States. Per canon law, the nuncio provides the pope three people for consideration when a bishop's see opens.

In determining eligibility, the group weeded out those over the age of 65, those from outside the area and those receiving only a single vote during a nomination process that produced a few hundred names. Also omitted were those with direct ties to the abuse scandal.

A consultant committee of four laypeople and five priests scrutinized each of the remaining candidate's abilities in a range of areas: pastoral experience, credibility, theological aptitude, and experience working in social justice areas, with multiple generations, and in interfaith and diverse partnerships.


http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/lay-coalition-nominates-seven-prelates-be-new-twin-cities-archbishop

Interesting.

Lay people sometimes do have a role in bishop selection - the nuncio's office generally consults 20-30 people who know a potential bishop.

I've never heard of lay people being involved to this extent, though.
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