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Character matters in Baseball Hall of Fame
Tyson Murphy's tribute to his dad Dale Murphy. Courtesy tysonmurphy.tumblr.com
January 8th, 2013
10:01 PM ET

Character matters in Baseball Hall of Fame

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) – Baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday will announce voting results for its 2013 class. But unlike the typical year of discussion and debate over who qualifies or not based on statistics, this year's results will come face-to-face with the issue of character.

Baseball is trying to shake free of its steroid era. This is also the first year that players Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are eligible. But both excelled under a cloud of suspicion.

Members of the Baseball Writers of America vote on the Hall of Fame. One of its members, David O'Brien, says it's an easy decision to ignore the  worthy statistics of Bonds and Clemens:

[1:19] "I just cannot see voting for guys who, in my view and the view of most who cover the sport, cheated by doing steroids and performance-enhancing drugs."

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CNN Radio News Day: January 8, 2013
CNN's Piers Morgan in a fiery exchange with radio host Alex Jones over gun control
January 8th, 2013
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 8, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • The issue of guns in America continues to dominate conversation.   Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman injured in Tuscon shooting two years ago today, wrote a newspaper op-ed taking Congress and the gun lobby to task for not reasonably dealing with gun control.   Later this month, a commission led by Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make recommendations on how to make the nation safer.   But there are other discussions on guns – away from politics.  One is over faith and firearms.  David Heim, executive editor of Christian Century magazine, wonders why America's become so violent:

"Is it because more people in the U.S. are evil than other countries?  I don't think that's true.  So what is the factor that's making the difference?  I think guns are a huge factor."        FULL POST


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Big Boi on Big Boi
January 8th, 2013
11:13 AM ET

Big Boi on Big Boi

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

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(CNN) - Grammy-winning recording artist, Big Boi, recently released his latest solo effort, “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.”

Big Boi is one half of the international music group, OutKast. In this conversation with CNN’s Gavin Godfrey, Big Boi breaks down the stories and inspiration behind some of the tracks on his new album.

He talks about a range of subjects, from his relationship with Andre 3000 and the status of their group...:

[2:50] "You've just really got to understand that me and Dre have a relationship that's bigger than music. Music is a plus - we're best friends. Music just came along because it was what we were put here to do and what God brought us together to do."

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Christians divided on gun control
Gun control is a tense and divisive debate within Christianity.
January 8th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Christians divided on gun control

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – One of the most intense battlefields in today's gun control debate is happening inside Christianity.

Christians of every stripe; conservative, moderate and liberal tend to agree with the Gospel's message of love and peace. However, they don’t agree on what that Gospel message means.

[:43] “Christian Ethics begins with love of neighbor; love and care of neighbor...We live in a country in which we have 10 or 20 times more gun murders than other comparable countries. It seems guns are a huge factor.”  – David Heim, executive editor of Christian Century Magazine.

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