The Top 10 Stories of July 24, 2012 | Sojourners

The Top 10 Stories of July 24, 2012

Quote of the day.
“Everyone deserves compassion. Everyone deserves dignity. Everyone, everyone, everyone deserves love. Why am I telling you this? Because the Aids disease is caused by a virus, but the Aids epidemic is not. The Aids epidemic is fuelled by stigma, violence and indifference.” - Sir Elton John addresses the International Aids Conference in Washington DC.
(The Guardian)

1. Suspect in Colorado theater shooting appears in court.
James E. Holmes sat impassively through his first court appearance on Monday, a starkly different figure from the once-promising student recalled by acquaintances or the black-clad gunman accused of striding into a crowded movie theater and fatally shooting 12 people.
(The New York Times)

2. Philly priest gets three to six years in abuse case.
The highest-ranking Catholic Church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark Philadelphia child sexual abuse trial was sentenced to three to six years in prison Tuesday.

3. Obama team: Millions face tax hikes if all Bush rates expire.
Some 114 million families would see average tax hikes of $1,600 next year if all the George W. Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire, says a new White House report.
(USA Today)

4. Remembering Sally Ride: A pioneer who changed everything.
Sally Ride's death today at age 61 from pancreatic cancer is being mourned around the world. If you believe the headlines, it's because Ride was the first American woman to fly in space.
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Gunmen shoot dead American civilian in Afghanistan.
Gunmen killed three people in an ambush on a van in northern Afghanistan, including an American electrical engineer who had lived in the country for decades, Afghan and U.S. authorities said Tuesday.
(The Associated Press)

6 .Ghana President Mills dead: presidential statement.
Ghana's President John Atta Mills has died unexpectedly, a presidential statement said, and an aide said his death occurred on Tuesday after he took ill on Monday night.

7. Two ex-editors for Murdoch charged in phone hacking scandal.
After a year of furious controversy over the widespread phone hacking by one of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid newspapers, British prosecutors brought criminal charges on Tuesday against eight of the most prominent figures in the scandal, including Andy Coulson, who was Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief at 10 Downing Street until the scandal forced his resignation last year.
(The New York Times)

8. Egypt's Mursi names little-known minister as PM.
President Mohamed Mursi appointed Irrigation Minister Hisham Kandil as Egypt's prime minister-designate on Tuesday but critics questioned whether the little-known technocrat had the political or economic experience for the job.

9. Syria conflict: Aleppo bombed by fighter planes.
Fighter jets have bombed eastern areas of Syria's second city Aleppo, a BBC reporter near the city says. The attack, which followed an artillery barrage, is seen as a significant escalation in the conflict.

10. Clash between worshipping Muslims and Hindus leaves one man dead, 20 injured in northern India.
Police say a communal clash between Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan and Hindus offering alms to one of their gods left one man dead and 20 injured, including policemen, in northern India.
(The Washington Post)