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@_FloridaMan calls 911 and reports fake shooting - just to test police response time

Authorities say a Martin County man is accused of calling 911 and reporting a fake crime to check police response time.

Police arrested 19-year-old Christopher James Smith of Hobe Sound, Fla., saying he called 911 on Tuesday night to report a shooting.

Responding officers found no signs of a shooting. But Smith approached an officer to ask why she was there.

The Palm Beach Post reports Smith hung up while the dispatcher was trying to get more information.


http://www.wptv.com/news/region-martin-county/stuart/christopher-smith-stuart-man-calling-911-to-test-response-time-say-police

Man tries to steal plane at Ocala (guess which state!) airport and fly to Chicago

A man accused of trying to steal a plane from Ocala International Airport ended up with a one-way ticket to jail, according to police.

Officers said they found Juan Ceron, 23, tampering with a plane in the hanger Wednesday night.

A member of the plane’s ground crew said Ceron told him that he had to get to Chicago, police said.


http://www.wesh.com/news/pd-man-tries-to-steal-plane-at-ocala-international-airport/31497410

Fr. Ted Hesburgh, longtime Notre Dame president, dies at 97

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as football and who championed human rights around the globe, has died. He was 97.

University spokesman Paul Browne told The Associated Press that Hesburgh died on campus Thursday night.

Hesburgh spent 35 years at the Notre Dame helm, earning a reputation as one of the nation's top Catholic educators. But the man known simply as Father Ted to the thousands who attended the school while he was president from 1952 to 1987 was perhaps even more recognized for his work around the world on issues such as civil rights, immigration, peaceful uses of nuclear energy and Third World development.

That work often took him far from campus — including Washington, Moscow and El Salvador — as he advised popes and presidents, at times challenging their policies. His aim was constant: Better people's lives.


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/27/us/ap-us-obit-hesburgh.html?_r=0

Film profiles bishop who healed Detroit after 1967 riots

Gumbleton, known for his liberal stands on issues such as gay rights and nuclear proliferation, said he had to help local parishes navigate racial issues as well as changes within the church in the years following Vatican II.

“After the 1967 riot, the church went through a lot of dramatic changes. It had a lot to do with leadership style,” Gumbleton said. “I wanted to make sure we carried out the mandate to welcome all people.”

Gumbleton served as pastor of many parishes, including St. Aloysius, Holy Ghost and St. Leo’s, until his retirement as auxiliary bishop in 2006. He remains active as a priest.

Some consider Gumbleton a hero for his work uniting black and white parishes, and that’s what prompted local filmmaker Jasmine Rivera to document the bishop’s life.


http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/02/22/detroit-riots-bishop-film/23855409/

Film profiles bishop who healed Detroit after 1967 riots

Gumbleton, known for his liberal stands on issues such as gay rights and nuclear proliferation, said he had to help local parishes navigate racial issues as well as changes within the church in the years following Vatican II.

“After the 1967 riot, the church went through a lot of dramatic changes. It had a lot to do with leadership style,” Gumbleton said. “I wanted to make sure we carried out the mandate to welcome all people.”

Gumbleton served as pastor of many parishes, including St. Aloysius, Holy Ghost and St. Leo’s, until his retirement as auxiliary bishop in 2006. He remains active as a priest.

Some consider Gumbleton a hero for his work uniting black and white parishes, and that’s what prompted local filmmaker Jasmine Rivera to document the bishop’s life.


http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/02/22/detroit-riots-bishop-film/23855409/

Norwegian Muslims to protect Jews at Oslo synagogue

The group of Norwegian Muslims will form a human "peace ring" around a synagogue in Oslo, according to a Facebook page for the event.

"We think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews that is happening," 17-year-old organizer Hajrad Arshad told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in an interview cited by The Local Norway.

...

Ervin Kohn, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community, said he welcomed the group's initiative.

"What they are communicating is that if anyone wants to do anything against Jews in Norway, 'they have to go through us first,' and I think that is very positive," Kohn said, according to The Local.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/muslim-group-oslo-synagoge_n_6708702.html

Norwegian Muslims to protect Jews at Oslo Synagogue

The group of Norwegian Muslims will form a human "peace ring" around a synagogue in Oslo, according to a Facebook page for the event.

"We think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews that is happening," 17-year-old organizer Hajrad Arshad told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in an interview cited by The Local Norway.

...

Ervin Kohn, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community, said he welcomed the group's initiative.

"What they are communicating is that if anyone wants to do anything against Jews in Norway, 'they have to go through us first,' and I think that is very positive," Kohn said, according to The Local.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/muslim-group-oslo-synagoge_n_6708702.html

Tallahassee (you know which state!) man tries paying bar tab with rock, gets denied, makes bomb threat

A judge has ordered a psychiatric examination for a man who allegedly tried to pay a bar tab with a rock, and then made a bogus bomb threat.

Cops in Tallahassee, Florida say that on Wednesday, Jared Simpson, 24, visited the 4th Quarter Bar & Grill and rung up a $10 tab. When it came time to pay up, Simpson allegedly tried to get the bartender to accept a rock as payment.

When the woman decided that a stone wasn't legal tender, Simpson responded by throwing a ripped-up dollar bill at her and saying he "would pay {her} in other ways," according to the probable cause affidavit.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/jared-simpson-bomb-scare_n_6716366.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000025

Pastor Rob Bell: "We're moments away" from Christian churches embracing marriage equality

"One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness," Rob Bell said. "Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with."

That statement prompted a question from Oprah: "When is the church going to get that?"

"We're moments away," Rob Bell said. "I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone."


http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/02/rob_bell_on_gay_marriage_were.html

What Catholic social teaching can teach the sharing economy

Any Christian reflection on the economy should begin with the voices of the poor and the marginalized. The sharing economy, too, makes much of its promises to make life easier for people with less. But it also tends to focus its attention on people in the ever-deflating middle class—those with extra rooms and cars to let, rather than those who never had those in the first place. Some “sharing” services, such as the app-based selling of parking spots that San Francisco recently banned, seem expressly meant to lend more privileges to those with money at the expense of those without.

Discrimination is a problem, too; racist user behavior on Airbnb has been well documented. Such discrimination may go to the very heart of the “sharig economy” label itself; when people of color set up “gypsy cabs” to cover routes ignored by public transit, they’re banned, but when middle-class whites do something similar with smartphones, it’s called the sharing economy.

*Who really benefits from new platforms, and who doesn’t?
*How would these services look different if they were designed by the poor and marginalized?


http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/what-catholic-social-teaching-can-teach-sharing-economy
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