By Nova Safo, CNN
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Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - A Chicago priest is making headlines for having done something that likely no other American has experienced: he crossed into Mexico – and then crossed back into the U.S. illegally. He says he did it to understand what many in his mostly Latino congregation have gone through. And he has a message for them: apologize if you’ve come here illegally.
Father Gary Graf of Chicago’s Saint Gall Catholic church on the city's south side serves a predominantly Latino and immigrant part of town. He’s a charismatic figure, in his 50’s and in good shape. He used to be a boxer and he’s got a deep, dark tan. The tan is the result of his walk through the desert at the U-S-Mexico border, where he crossed back into the U-S illegally.
[1:25] “I’ve lived in Mexico, know language, culture. Lived among them here in the states. But have never experienced getting here the way they got here – the vast majority of them,” he says.
The experience, he says, has resulted in a simple message to illegal immigrants:
[4:40] “Sorry. Thank you. I need your help.” FULL POST
By Edgar Treiguts, CNN
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(CNN) – Saturday afternoon, 21 horses will go to post at the famed Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Atop those horses will be their jockeys, looking to ride them to victory in the sport's crown jewel – the Kentucky Derby. But the appearance of one of those riders will shake back to life a largely forgotten time in horse racing's history when African-American jockeys dominated.
Kevin Krigger could become the first black jockey to win the Derby since 1902. He understands the historic significance, but also wants to win to validate his talent:
[4:02] "It's everything that I want to say that I stand for if I get to win the Kentucky Derby...and that is a major goal of mine."
Krigger is the second African-American jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby since 1921.
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"There's some reason to believe that the sequester related slow down in defense spending is having an unusually large impact here. FULL POST
By Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNN
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(CNN) – "Terrorists use Guantanamo Bay prison to recruit new members."
Aasif Mandvi, "The Daily Show's" senior correspondent, passionately made this argument as our first guest ever on the weekly CNN podcast "The Big Three."
Mandvi thinks it's time to close Guantanamo Bay now - and I couldn't agree with him more. Should the U.S. government close Gitmo and put the prisoners not cleared for release on trial? That's the first issue in this week's episode of "The Big Three," which features CNN contributors Margaret Hoover, John Avlon and me.FULL STORY
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(CNN) - I have just spoken to one of the most influential women in the fashion world.
I tried to unlock the mystery of how she decides which designers should make the cut.
“If my covet radar goes up, most likely it will go up with other people.”
What an original expression of self-confidence. Trust your "covet radar."
It’s more complex than that, as you’ll hear. But that quote gives us a little window into Linda Fargo.
Fargo is the head of women’s fashion at the fashion mecca, Bergdorf Goodman, 5th Avenue in New York.
She is featured in the new film “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman” – which is sort of an ode to a place where fashion lovers worship. FULL POST