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Rape Jokes, Rap Scandals, and Fedoras: The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing

The most intriguing articles about entertainment we've come across in the past seven days<p>Click the links in the article titles to read the full pieces, and let us know what we've missed:<p>Last week's best pop-culture writing

Americans Aren't Really Paying Attention to the Gosnell Case

Gallup pollsters report that the Kermit Gosnell case is "one of the least followed news stories Gallup has measured."<p>Despite conservative outcry over the extent of coverage of the trial of Kermit Gosnell (the physician charged in the death of one adult and four infants at his Philadelphia abortion …

The Cesspool: Why Youth Sports Stink

<i>(Flickr/Public Affairs Office, Fort Wainwright)</i><p>Last weekend, I had the great joy of being a judge at the 2013 DC, Maryland and Virginia Louder than a …

High School

This Week in Poverty: Twelve Things You Can Do To Fight Poverty Now

<i>Farmworkers pick tomatoes in Immokalee, Florida. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)</i><p>This is a tough moment in the fight against poverty.<p>The sequester is the …

Income Inequality

Race, Redemption and Charles Ramsey

<i>Credit: CNN.</i><p>This past March, a Philadelphia man named Christopher Knafelc jumped onto the train tracks at a local SEPTA station to save a man who had …

Domestic Violence

Politics of redemption and forgiveness

Mark Sanford’s election victory in South Carolina may bode well for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who also left office amid scandal and is …


The Ascension

Bereft, the disciples stare at the empty sky. The Master has disappeared, this time for good. He turned their worlds upside down, set their hearts …


Being hated should not be a point of pride for Christians

Emily Timbol, writing at Huffington Post, says that being hated by the world should not be a point of pride for Christians:<p>Last Friday, Gawker, no …


Two months in, first woman dean of Wales cathedral resigns

Just two months into the job, the first female dean of Llandaff Cathedral in Wales has resigned. Apparently she encountered a certain amount of …



<i>Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying,</i> …