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Indiana Jesuit school refuses to fire teacher in same-sex marriage over archdiocese’s order

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first_imgNilvarda/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — A religious school in Indiana broke with the archdiocese after refusing to fire a teacher who was in a same-sex marriage.Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School announced in a statement Thursday that they had a “sincere and significant disagreement” with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis over the issue.“Brebeuf Jesuit has respectfully declined the Archdiocese’s insistence and directive that we dismiss a highly capable and qualified teacher due to the teacher being a spouse within a civilly-recognized same-sex marriage,” the letter from the school states. The teacher’s name and gender were not identified.The regional Jesuit community appears to be supporting the decision, with Brian Paulson, the leader of the Jesuits Midwest Province, writing a letter about the “disappointing development” posted to the group’s website.Paulson noted that the teacher’s same-sex union has been known within the community since the summer of 2017 when “this act became publicly known via social media.”The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Paulson wrote, “requested verbally two years ago that Brebeuf Jesuit not renew this teacher’s contract because this teacher’s marital status does not conform to church doctrine.”The disagreement appears to have now come to a head as the archdiocese is expected to formally withdraw support from the school.Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1962 as an independent Catholic school and has “enjoyed a collaborative partnership with the Archdiocese for nearly 57 years,” the school’s letter states. It noted that the school always had control of the school’s governance, which included staff hiring and firings.Paulson wrote that on Thursday, the Jesuits received an advanced copy of a canonical decree set to be published Friday that states that the Archdiocese will no longer recognize Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as a Catholic school.The Midwest Jesuits will be appealing the decision, Paulson wrote.“This is an issue that cuts to the very heart of what it means to be a Jesuit institution with responsibilities to both the local and universal church, as well as for the pastoral care we extend to all members of our Catholic community,” Paulson wrote.A statement from the archdiocese published by local station WISHTV said, “All those who minister in Catholic educational institutions carry out an important ministry in communicating the fullness of Catholic teaching to students both by word and action inside and outside the classroom. It is their duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice.”ABC News was not able to reach the archdiocese, whose office is closed on Fridays.“To effectively bear witness to Christ, whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching,” the statement added.The statement goes on to say, per WISHTV, that “regrettably” the school does not subscribe to the belief that all teachers must be seen as ministers of the church and “be supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church.”The issue has drawn national attention, and the school is getting support from one of the best-known Jesuits, James Martin, a Jesuit priest and outspoken supporter of greater inclusion within the Catholic Church.Martin, who regularly speaks publicly about the church, tweeted that he supports “my brother Jesuits who stand with our LGBT colleagues and stand against the relentless targeting of LGBT people.”“Other employees do not conform to, or agree with, church teaching: straight couples living together before marriage, practicing birth control, etc…..as well as employees who are not Catholic, not Christian, or not believers. Yet they are not targeted. The targeting of LGBT employees must cease, and Brebeuf and the Midwest Province are here standing with the marginalized. This is the most Catholic thing that they could do,” he wrote in two tweets.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Students walk into Wyoming high school dressed as KKK members

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first_imgiStock(RIVERTON, Wyo.) — Two Wyoming high school students who walked into school wearing outfits typically associated with members of the Ku Klux Klan are facing disciplinary action.A photo circulated on the Internet of what appeared to be two students walking into a school wearing white robes, pointed hats and crosses. One holds an American flag.A statement from the school’s superintendent confirmed that the students in the photo attend a high school in Fremont County School District No. 25 — a public school district based in Riverton, Wyoming.“Yesterday, two students entered the school building with white robes and a white hood pulled over one of the student’s faces,” Terry Snyder superintendent of the Fremont County School District No. 25 told ABC News.“The high school administration was informed and they immediately investigated it and identified the behavior to be intentional as to their intent to represent KKK attire.”A post on the school’s Facebook page also mentions disciplinary measures.“We are aware of the photo circulating social media. We do not condone or support the student’s actions,” the post states. “One student’s decision does not represent our school or district. We are an inclusive school that is proud of our diverse population and celebrate that fact regularly.”“We will not tolerate anything that remotely looks like a racial position being taken,” Snyder said. “We live in a diverse community and celebrate diversity and when we have these kinds of actions, we have to deal with them swiftly and that’s what we did.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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USU Men’s Basketball To Face South Florida On A Neutral Court

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Late Monday, Utah State men’s basketball announced an additional neutral site game to its 2019-20 non-conference schedule as the Aggies will face South Florida December 18 at Toyota Center in Houston, the home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets.This game is part of the inaugural Battleground 2k19. This three-game slate also features Baylor, Texas-San Antonio, Oregon State and Tennessee Martin.The Aggies lead the Bulls 1-0 all-time, having previously beaten them 69-66 at the Top of the World Classic at Fairbanks, Alaska during the 2000-01 basketball season.The Bulls are coming off of a 24-14 campaign which saw them win the College Basketball Invitational title.South Florida returns all four of their leading scorers last season. This quadrant consists of junior guard David Collins (15.9 ppg), senior guard LaQuincy Rideau (13.4 ppg), sophomore forward Alexis Yetna (12.3 ppg) and junior wing Justin Brown (8.3 ppg).Yetna also amassed a team-best 9.6 rebounds per game last season and Rideau bolstered the Bulls with a team-best 5.4 assists per contest in 2018-19. September 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball To Face South Florida On A Neutral Court Written by Tags: Alexis Yetna/David Collins/Houston Rockets/Justin Brown/LaQuincy Rideau/South Florida/Top of the World Classic/Toyota Center/USU Men’s Basketball Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Samuelson helps Montana hold off Southern Utah 60-58

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJared Samuelson tossed in 21 points and Sayeed Pridgett scored on back-to-back layups late to lift Montana to a 60-58 victory over Southern Utah.Samuelson knocked down 9 of 14 shots from the floor for the Grizzlies (7-7, 3-0 Big Sky Conference), who shot just 41% from the floor (24 of 58). Kendal Manuel added 17 points and Pridgett finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.Maizen Fausett had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Thunderbirds in the loss. January 2, 2020 /Sports News – Local Samuelson helps Montana hold off Southern Utah 60-58 Written by Associated Press Tags: Big Sky/Montana Grizzlies/SUU Thunderbirds Basketballlast_img

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Old Stagers: Costume in the Theatre

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first_imgCostume is an integral, if not essential, part of any piece of drama – be it stage, film, or serialisation. It would certainly be a shock if actors entered the stage sans costume, that is to say stark naked. In the case of many prestigious actors – Judi Dench, Richard Griffiths, Patrick Stewart – the sensation would be an entirely unwelcome one. Some productions might be fittingly performed without clothes on, however. Pinter’s Birthday Party, for example, would be absurd if the actors performed in their birthday suits.It is taken for granted in most forms of theatre that costume is a part of the illusion of reality on stage used to create suspension of disbelief. It is easy to bring to mind period dramas where every element of costume is painstakingly reproduced to an incredible degree of accuracy. There was even a fad in the nineteenth century called ‘archaeological realism’ in which costumes and sets were historically accurate to the point of having actual functioning war engines on stage during siege scenes. However, this is an extraordinary length to go to in order to establish suspension of disbelief – too far, in fact, were the siege engines to go off accidentally.Consider a school nativity play: a horse costume does not have to look exactly like a horse in order to tell the audience of beaming parents that the character actually is a horse and to capture their attention (however, small children may attempt to authenticate this by urinating on stage). In fact, the real function a costume serves is to tell the audience something about the character wearing it. In some modern theatre, the actors will simply wear neutral, black clothes; they can change character easily, the spectacle of the costume doesn’t detract from the action on stage, and any individual detail of costume employed stands out much more.Sometimes, the idea of costume at all is a hindrance. Some performances of forum theatre are conducted in a public space, without making it known that the drama is a fiction; the actors then try to get any spectators of the action involved. The whole idea, in this instance, is to appear inconspicuous – the actors do not want to alert the public to the fact that a performance, as such, is happening. Costume becomes ‘anti-costume’: it attempts to show that the character is not a character at all.So, thesps: dress up, dress down, or take a leaf out of Daniel Radcliffe’s book and undress. Avoid horses, though. There are laws about that. Whatever you do, you’re showing us a part of your character.By Ryan Hockinglast_img read more

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Uniq turns profit in UK but suffers overall loss

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first_imgUniq, the European convenience foods group, returned to profitability in the UK, according to preliminary company results for 2007. However, the group’s overall pre-tax losses stood at £44.1 million after significant items, including restructuring costs.Overall group sales for the full year were up by 2.9% to £736.1m.Uniq said its Northampton operation continued to lead the way in terms of “customer intimacy and innovation”. It supplies Marks & Spencer and airline caterers with sandwiches, wraps and other food-to-go items.The sale of St Hubert, the French spreads business, and the Belgian salads operation, for a total of £288m, allowed the firm to pay off its bank debt.The firm admitted progress in Northern Europe in the second half of 2007 had been disappointing, with a 2% decline in sales. Chief executive Geoff Eaton said: “Our progress in 2007 was delivered in the face of increasingly harsh economic circumstances, which have continued into 2008.”last_img read more

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Coffee Republic goes into administration

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first_imgUK coffee chain Coffee Republic (UK) Limited has gone into administration alongside Coffee Republic Franchising and Goodbean Ltd, following the suspension of its shares yesterday.Richard Hill and David Crawshaw of KPMG Restructuring have been appointed joint administrators of the coffee bar and deli chains.The company’s shares were then temporarily suspended on Monday 6 July, after the board of Coffee Republic requested their suspension pending clarification of the financial position of certain subsidiaries, including Coffee Republic (UK). The holding company, Coffee Republic plc, is not in administration.“Coffee Republic has a strong brand and I expect considerable interest in the profitable parts of the business. We will be doing whatever we can to find a buyer for the residual business as a going concern as quickly as possible, so interested parties will have to be prepared to move fast,” commented Hill.Coffee Republic was founded in 1995 and currently employs 153 staff. It operates a total of 187 coffee bars in the UK and 10 international locations, including Ireland, Turkey and Romania. Twenty of these outlets are owned by Coffee Republic (UK) and 70 are franchised through Coffee Republic Franchising. A further 97 concessions operate within cinemas, retail outlets and hotels throughout the UK.The administrators are currently assessing the outlets on a case-by-case basis, and are expecting inevitable job losses through the closure of loss-making stores.Coffee Republic plc has seen year-on-year growth and signed its first franchising agreement in 2005. It also made a number of acquisitions, including the Goodbean chain.last_img read more

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Indiana reaches 50,000 positive COVID-19 cases

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first_img Facebook By Tommie Lee – July 10, 2020 5 587 Twitter Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp New numbers released Friday have put Indiana over 50 thousand positive COVID cases.748 new positive test results put the state’s number at 50,300. Indiana health officials also announced nine new deaths, for a total of 2,555.More than 550 thousand tests have been performed on Hoosiers with a positive result rate of 9.1%. Facebook Twitter Indiana reaches 50,000 positive COVID-19 cases Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleMichigan Attorney General’s office to look into potential charges over Diamond Lake partyNext articleGOP delegates unseat Hill for AG nomination in favor of Todd Rokita Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Director of Innovation Lab named

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first_imgGordon S. Jones has been named the inaugural director of the Harvard Innovation Lab, a new and innovative initiative set to launch in late 2011 that will foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities, and provide a forum, both physically and virtually, for interactions among students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community. Located at 125 Western Ave. in Allston, which formerly housed the WGBH-TV offices and studios, the Innovation Lab will complement Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s innovation agenda and help revitalize Western Avenue.Jones, who will officially assume his duties on May 9, will serve as a key part of the lab’s planning and design team, helping to define and develop programs, build relationships within and beyond campus, and create an environment that will attract and support student innovators and enhance team activity. Additionally, he will develop and manage the operations of the lab and design programs to link thought leaders together with Innovation Lab occupants.In addition to 15 years of marketing and sales experience with Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies in the consumer goods industry, Jones has both an impressive history of entrepreneurial activity and academic experience mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs. “With his extensive background helping undergraduate and graduate students, as well as his work with entrepreneurial ventures and his strong ties to Harvard University, Gordon is a superb choice for this new and important position,” said Joseph Lassiter, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and faculty co-chair of the Harvard Innovation Lab. “He has the skills to build relationships between students and local entrepreneurs, create partnerships with area small business organizations, and develop a center of innovation that fully brings to life the spirit of innovation present throughout the wider University and community.”Read the full announcement.last_img read more

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CDC Issues Travel Advisory For New York Tri-State Area

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first_imgCutout Photo: chensiyuan / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0NEW YORK – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been placed under a 14-day travel advisory in the latest effort by United States officials to slow down the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus.More than 121,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in the US and more than half are in those states, according to a tally of cases reported by health officials.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new travel advisory Saturday night, urging people in those states to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” after President Donald Trump announced on Twitter he had asked for it.The CDC said this advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services and food supply. Trump also said a quarantine would not be necessary in those states. Earlier on Saturday, Trump tweeted that he was considering a two-week quarantine due to the pandemic, even though the governors of New York Connecticut and New Jersey were unaware of the possibility.In an interview over the weekend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a quarantine “would be chaos and mayhem.”“It’s totally opposite everything he’s been saying. I don’t think it is plausible. I don’t think it is legal.”In the past days, federal and state authorities have been scrambling to slow down the spread of the deadly virus. The US surpassed Italy and China this week to become the country with the most coronavirus cases in the world.At least 121,285 people in the US have contracted the virus since the first case was reported in late January. The death toll has reached 2,043, doubling in the last two days. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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