The Top 10 Stories of March 14, 2012

By Duane Shank 3-14-2012

Quote of the day.
“A huge problem is that the soldiers are not given time to heal before they are redeployed. It is a military-wide problem, and there is a lot of it going on at this base.” - Jorge Gonzalez, a veteran from Joint Base Lewis-McChord who served 15 months in Iraq and now is executive director of Coffee Strong, a coffee house and nonprofit resource center for soldiers.
(New York Times)

1. Salvation Army youth programs in high demand during recession.
"Unfortunately, the report, … , also reveals that many such programs have at the same time had to make cuts in staff and programming, and in some cases have even closed down, due to a lack of funding."
(Christian Post)

2. Cuban church has become more public.
"Since Pope John Paul II's visit in 1998, the church is more unified, more public, more likely to work with the government in accomplishing specific goals, more involved in providing assistance to the Cuban people, more comfortable in its place in society."
(Catholic News Service)

3. Santorum wins Alabama and Mississippi primaries.
"Former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) pulled out narrow wins in the Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries Tuesday, bolstering his claim to being the conservative alternative to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney."
(Washington Post)

4. Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge.
"The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project."
(McClatchy News)

5. Detention center for immigrants looks less like prison.
"On a patch of Texas farmland near the Gulf of Mexico, immigration officials on Tuesday unveiled one of the most visible results of a three-year-old plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration detention system: a brand-new center intended to provide a less penal setting for detainees."
(New York Times)

6. Rising sea levels seen as threat to coastal U.S.
"About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming."
(New York Times)

7. U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan as bombs kill 9.
"Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit today, as the U.S. tries to contain potentially violent fallout from a massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by an American soldier."

8. Syrian troops take control of northern city of Idlib.
"Security forces are now reportedly carrying out house-to-house searches in the area, which has been a stronghold of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)."

9. Government rocket attacks sow fear in Sudan's Nuba mountains.
"The Sudanese Army, according to aid workers such as Mr. Boyette and weapons experts in East Africa, has begun using long-range, Chinese-made rockets to bombard the Nuba Mountains, adding a new weapon to an increasingly unsparing counterinsurgency strategy."
(New York Times)

10. ICC finds Congo warlord guilty.
"The International Criminal Court (ICC) has found the Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga, guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers between 2002 and 2003."

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