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Kiwi quake

"Kiwi quake" Continued...

Issue: "The rise of localism," March 12, 2011

Gosnell trial

The trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell is underway, and the man who faces eight murder charges claims he is destitute and cannot afford a lawyer-a claim the judge rejected since Gosnell holds 17 properties and a boat. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has fired half a dozen state employees who failed to inspect Gosnell's center, where he carried out late-term abortions that allegedly led to the deaths of seven infants and a mother. The state Senate has held hearings on the matter, which Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, described as "very somber." The district attorney may seek the death penalty if Gosnell is convicted.

Church to court

St. Nicholas Church-the only church destroyed on 9/11-is suing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for not allowing it to rebuild. The two parties originally agreed that the church would switch to an adjacent site, ceding its air space in exchange for $40 million to rebuild. But negotiations dissolved in March 2009 with Port Authority officials alleging that the church made unreasonable demands and the church claiming the Port Authority stopped returning phone calls. If St. Nicholas Church succeeds, it will once again delay efforts to rebuild Ground Zero.

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