In the News / December 4, 2006

In the News: 12/4/06

Episcopal Churches To Vote on Departure Two of the country’s largest and most historic Episcopal congregations — both in Fairfax County — will vote next week on whether to leave the U.S. church on ideological grounds and affiliate instead with a controversial Nigerian archbishop. The decision could lead to a bitter court battle.

‘Nativity’ frozen out Thanksgiving movies usually dominate the weekend after the holiday as well, but Nativity‘s $8 million for fourth place was not a good debut for the story of Jesus’ birth.

Executives Take Time For Prayer Discussions of faith and spirituality replaced chatter about mergers and revenue Thursday morning at the High Tech Prayer Breakfast at the Hilton McLean, an annual event that draws a who’s who of local tech players.

Court to Weigh Race in School Assignments WASHINGTON — The ability to use race when assigning students to public schools is on the line in two cases before the Supreme Court on Monday that could produce the most important decision on school desegregation in decades.

Married couples increasingly relocate for sake of wife’s career More married couples are moving for the woman’s career, especially among better-educated partners who tend to have equal say-so in most aspects of their marriage.

Global warming to gay rights The worldwide trend of recognizing same-sex marriage will likely continue.

Fatness and feelings Fat folks have feelings too. Blamed for rising health costs, chronic illness and escalating rates of diseases such as diabetes, the overweight may now be the majority in this country but remain among the most misunderstood, according to Peggy Howell.

Celebrity files: I love you, you’re perfect, now get out Marriage, they say, is hard. So hard, in fact, that the average length of marriage in the United States, according to one figure from the National Center for Health Statistics, is about 7 1/2 years.

Clinton in ‘extensive’ talks about 2008 run Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is ramping up preparations for a 2008 presidential run, talking to political colleagues in New York.

Annan: Average Iraqi’s life is worse now The level of violence in Iraq is “much worse” than that of Lebanon’s civil war, outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

Backstory: Look, Mom, it’s me. I’m OK! Webcams have been a fixture on college campuses for close to a decade, beaming views of iconic quads and clock towers to would-be students and nostalgic alumni. But this year, Cornell joined a small number of campuses also deploying the cameras in a new way: as a digital tether to parents eager for live glimpses of children on their own for the first time.

Slain Nevada Soldier at Last Gets Wiccan Plaque RENO, Nev. — The widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan saw a Wiccan symbol placed on a memorial plaque for her husband Saturday, after fighting the federal government for more than a year over the emblem.

Breyer: Court Should Aid Minority Rights WASHINGTON — Justice Stephen G. Breyer says the Supreme Court must promote the political rights of minorities and look beyond the Constitution’s text when necessary to ensure that “no one gets too powerful.”

A Different Race Case WHEN THE Supreme Court hears oral arguments today about race-based school placements in Seattle and Louisville, the justices may be tempted to see the cases as the latest showdown over affirmative action. One side casts the matter as a simple issue of governmental race-consciousness; the other talks of diversity. Yet the programs at issue are not classic racial preferences. They deserve to be considered — and upheld — for what they are.

John Bolton Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to U.N. President Bush today accepted the resignation of John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, expressing deep disappointment that “a handful” of senators had blocked his confirmation last year.

America’s Moral Duty in Iraq George Will discusses America’s moral duty in Iraq.

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