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- Scotland's Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has resigned amid allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980s. It is the second potential scandal to emerge amid preparations for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI this week and the concave to select a successor. On top of O'Brien's resignation, the Italian media has been abuzz recently with allegations that gay clergy may have made themselves vulnerable to blackmail by male prostitutes. That has set off speculation - denied by the Vatican - that a brewing scandal may have triggered Benedict's resignation. Catherine Deveney is a journalist with "The Observer" who broke the story:
"There's been a bit of misunderstanding about the timing of this story, and people are kind of speculating, about, you know, being connected to and trying to prevent Cardinal O'Brien traveling to the conclave. But in fact, the complaints were received by the Vatican several days before the pope resigned. "
- Tomorrow marks one year since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Martin is the Florida teenager who had a fatal confrontation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. The incident sparked protests across the nation over the issue of race relations. It also prompted Florida, and other states, to take another look at the law pivotal to this case: the so-called 'stand your ground' law. Scott Burns, Executive Director of the National District Attorney's Association, says prosecutors are not fans of such laws:
“Under common law principles of self-defense, if you have a means of escape, or a way to vitiate the circumstances to get away to retreat to do anything that would not escalate the confrontation, you're required to do that. Under 'stand your ground' you don't."
- There was a lot of chatter last week about Billboard incorporating YouTube views in its iconic Hot 100 list. The timing of the decision was convenient for a Brooklyn DJ named Baauer. His song “Harlem Shake” started a YouTube phenomenon – launching it to the number one song on the chart this week. Silvio Pietroluongo, director of charts for Billboard, says the trend of discovering new music through a video site is here to stay:
"Teenagers and young adults, [Youtube] is their source of music."
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