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Last updated: April 27, 2012 5:55 p.m.
Editorial: First take
Local woman on 'Today' The Hoagland woman whose lawsuit against the local Catholic Diocese is making national news was on “The Today Show” this morning, and Today correspondent Katy Tur appeared from Fort Wayne with some local scenes in the background.Emily Herx seemed poised and somewhat demure as she discussed her love of teaching and surprise over being fired. Herx sometimes deferred to her attorney, Kathleen Delaney, who appeared with her along with Brian Herx, Emily’s husband.Tur stood in front of the Federal Building on Harrison Street, and she also showed footage of Herx’ former school, St. Vincent de Paul.Herx is a sympathetic figure in this case and certainly does not appear to be someone who would commit “an intrinsic evil,” as Bishop Kevin Rhoades has described in vitro fertilization.Delaney’s comments suggest the legal case may well be complex. The Supreme Court early this year ruled against a Lutheran school teacher who claimed she was the victim of workplace discrimination, giving the religious school a “ministerial exception” to discrimination laws. But, as Delaney noted, the teacher was ordained as a minister and taught religious classes and performed “important religious functions.” Herx, on the other hand, taught English. Helm remembered Friends and fans of Levon Helm, drummer for The Band, will remember him in a public memorial service today in Woodstock, N.Y. A longtime Woodstock resident, Helm held popular “Midnight Ramble” concerts in Hudson Valley, and that’s where the memorial is taking place.Helm will be buried in Woodstock next to Rick Danko, the Band’s bass player, who died in 1999. Keyboard player Richard Manuel died in 1986.http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120426/APA/1204260554 Ex-president convicted In a landmark decision, an international court meeting at The Hague in the Netherlands convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone. He is the first head of state such a court has convicted since the post-World War II Nuremberg tribunal. http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120426/API/1204260536