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March 30, 2010

TONIGHT ON LARRY KING LIVE!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

The Catholic Church has been rocked by a sexual abuse scandal!

Tonight several victims reveal their childhood nightmare of a  priest who may have molested up to 200 boys!  What happened to them decades ago? And what do they think of the Vatican’s response?

Plus!

Singer Sinead O’Conner’s very personal reasons for getting involved.

And!

Then, was a Massachusetts teen bullied to death? Nine teens have been charged in the case. Why didn’t anyone stop it?

What do YOU think about the Pope’s handling of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals?

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To Sinead O'Connor, the pope's apology for sex abuse in Ireland seems hollow

Posted: 06:50 PM ET

SINEAD O'CONNOR WILL BE LARRY'S GUEST TONIGHT!

Via WashingtonPost.com

By Sinead O'Connor

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The expression was more accurate than we knew. This month, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter of apology - of sorts - to Ireland to atone for decades of sexual abuse of minors by priests whom those children were supposed to trust. To many people in my homeland, the pope's letter is an insult not only to our intelligence, but to our faith and to our country. To understand why, one must realize that we Irish endured a brutal brand of Catholicism that revolved around the humiliation of children.

I experienced this personally. When I was a young girl, my mother - an abusive, less-than-perfect parent - encouraged me to shoplift. After being caught once too often, I spent 18 months in An Grianán Training Centre, an institution in Dublin for girls with behavioral problems, at the recommendation of a social worker. An Grianán was one of the now-infamous church-sponsored "Magdalene laundries," which housed pregnant teenagers and uncooperative young women. We worked in the basement, washing priests' clothes in sinks with cold water and bars of soap. We studied math and typing. We had limited contact with our families. We earned no wages. One of the nuns, at least, was kind to me and gave me my first guitar.

An Grianán was a product of the Irish government's relationship with the Vatican - the church had a "special position" codified in our constitution until 1972. As recently as 2007, 98 percent of Irish schools were run by the Catholic Church. But schools for troubled youth have been rife with barbaric corporal punishments, psychological abuse and sexual abuse. In October 2005, a report sponsored by the Irish government identified more than 100 allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Ferns, a small town 70 miles south of Dublin, between 1962 and 2002. Accused priests weren't investigated by police; they were deemed to be suffering a "moral" problem. In 2009, a similar report implicated Dublin archbishops in hiding sexual abuse scandals between 1975 and 2004.

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Bullied to Death?

Posted: 05:55 PM ET

NOTE: WE WILL BE DISCUSSING THE PHOEBE PRINCE CASE TONIGHT ON LKL.

By Kevin Cullen
via Boston.com

Like a lot of kids her age, Phoebe Prince was a swan, always beautiful and sometimes awkward.

Last fall, she moved from Ireland into western Massachusetts, a new town, a new high school, a new country, a new culture. She was 15, when all that matters is being liked and wearing the right clothes and just fitting in.

She was a freshman and she had a brief fling with a senior, a football player, and for this she became the target of the Mean Girls, who decided then and there that Phoebe didn’t know her place and that Phoebe would pay.

Kids can be mean, but the Mean Girls took it to another level, according to students and parents. They followed Phoebe around, calling her a slut. When they wanted to be more specific, they called her an Irish slut.

The name-calling, the stalking, the intimidation was relentless.

Ten days ago, Phoebe was walking home from school when one of the Mean Girls drove by in a car. An insult and an energy drink can came flying out the car window in Phoebe’s direction.

Phoebe kept walking, past the abuse, past the can, past the white picket fence, into her house. Then she walked into a closet and hanged herself. Her 12-year-old sister found her.

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Hadron Collider breakthrough as beams collide

Posted: 05:17 PM ET

(CNN) - Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider managed to make two proton beams collide at high energy Tuesday, marking a "new territory" in physics, according to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. 

The $10 billion research tool has been accelerating the beams since November in the LHC's 17-mile tunnel on the border of Switzerland and France.

The beams have routinely been circulating at 3.5 TeV, or teraelectron volts, the highest energy achieved at the LHC so far, according to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The first two attempts Tuesday failed, said Steve Myers, CERN's director for accelerators. He said the beams were lost before they reached their full energy.

Experiments at the LHC may help answer fundamental questions such as why Albert Einstein's theory of relativity - which describes the world on a large scale - doesn't jibe with quantum mechanics, which deals with matter far too small to see.

The collider may help scientists discover new properties of nature. The as-yet theoretical Higgs boson, also called "the God particle" in popular parlance, could emerge within two or three years, Myers said in November.

Evidence of supersymmetry - the idea that every particle has a "super partner" with similar properties in a quantum dimension (according to some physics theories, there are hidden dimensions in the universe) - could crop up as early as 2010.

The collider has been dogged by problems. It made headlines late last year when a bird apparently dropped a "bit of baguette" into the accelerator, making the machine shut down.

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Karl Rove heckled, called 'war criminal' at book event

Posted: 04:47 PM ET

By the CNN Wire Staff

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Former White House chief of staff Karl Rove was heckled and branded a "war criminal' at a book signing in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday night. 

Rove, who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President Bush, was at the Saban Theater to discuss his new book, "Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight," to an audience of about 100 people who paid up to $40 to hear him.

But the audience members were unable to get their copies of the book signed after Rove was shouted down and forced to leave the stage, reported CNN affiliate KCAL-TV.

The event was heated from the onset as several anti-war protesters interrupted Rove's talk to accuse him and the Bush administration of lying to Americans about the threat Iraq posed to the United States - and thus, taking the country into war.

Rove called one heckler a "lunatic." He told another to "get the heck out of here."

At one point, Jodie Evans, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, rushed toward Rove waving a pair of handcuffs and saying she was there to make a citizen's arrest.

"Look what you did ... you lied to take us to war. You ruined a country. You totally ruined a country," she shouted.

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Sandra Bullock has no plans to adopt Jesse James's kids

Posted: 04:11 PM ET

By Alexis Chiu and Catherine Donaldson-Evans, PEOPLE.com 

Via People.com 

Despite reports, Sandra Bullock isn't aiming to become a legal parent to her husband's three kids. 

"There are no plans, nor have there ever been any plans, for Sandra Bullock to adopt any of Jesse James's children," her rep told PEOPLE.

James, 40, has been taking care of his kids Chandler, 15, and Jesse Jr., 12, and Sunny, 6, from his two previous marriages, since news of his alleged infidelity broke days after his wife of four years won her first Oscar. Friends of the couple have said the children's welfare is the priority for both Bullock and James as they cope with the crisis in their marriage.

To date, four women have claimed to have had affairs with James during his marriage.                 

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Palin's Alaska vs. Levi's Alaska

Posted: 01:53 PM ET

By Lisa DeMoraes
via WashingtonPost.com

Levi's re-loading!

Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin's grandbaby-daddy and the bane of her existence, is pitching his own docu-series in which HE will introduce viewers to Alaska.

The news comes just days after Discovery Networks announced that its TLC network would air "Sarah Palin's Alaska" in which SHE would introduce us to Alaska.

Yes, TV is about to erupt in warring Palin-clan docu-series. Life could not get better.

"If I could wave my magic wand I would want it to premiere at the exact same hour, minute, and second as Sarah Palin's does," Stuart Krasnow, the executive producer of Levi's series, told The TV Column.

Levi's show, tentatively titled "Levi Johnston's Final Frontier," is " 'Jersey Shore' on ice," Krasnow said.

We, however, like to think of it as a much hotter "Ice Road Truckers."

Levi and his pals "put jet fuel in their snowmobiles - they trick them out," the producer said. "They drive Ford pickups. They don't go on the Internet often. That's what we're interested in about him."

Levi, who was foisted upon an unsuspecting public during the 2008 presidential campaign as the fiance of Bristol Palin and father of Bristol's baby, was seen around Los Angeles Monday in an RV that had been gussied up to have "a party-bus kind of feel to it," Krasnow says.

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GOP fires employee over $1946 bar tab

Posted: 01:23 PM ET

via wsj.com

The Republican National Committee said Monday that it had fired an employee involved in running up a bar tab of nearly $2,000 at a risqué Los Angeles-area nightclub that was later charged to the committee.

The announcement came after a political Web site reported that the RNC's February financial filing showed it had paid the bar bill at the club, Voyeur. The item in The Daily Caller caused a small tempest and threatened to become a distraction for RNC Chairman Michael Steele, whose leadership and spending decisions have been criticized by party officials and rank-and-file members.

Voyeur is an erotic-themed club inspired in part by the racy movie "Eyes Wide Shut," according to an October review of the venue in the Los Angeles Times.

The expense was incurred after an RNC event for young Republican donors in Los Angeles, according to a memo issued Monday by Ken McKay, the committee's chief of staff. After the event, several Republicans went to the club on their own, Mr. McKay wrote.

The $1,946 tab they ran up was covered by GOP donor Erik Brown and later submitted by him to the RNC for reimbursement. On Monday, after news of the event became public, the RNC said Mr. Brown had agreed to repay RNC. Mr. McKay also said the committee fired a staffer who was at the bar and had told Mr. Brown he could obtain reimbursement for the tab.

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LKL last night: Inside the Tea Parties

Posted: 11:13 AM ET
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Ricky Martin says he's 'a fortunate homosexual man'

Posted: 08:55 AM ET

Pop singer Ricky Martin declared publicly this week what he avoided discussing for years: He is gay.

"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," Martin wrote on his official Web site. "I am very blessed to be who I am."

A decade ago, when ABC's Barbara Walters pressed Martin to address rumors about his sexuality, he declined to confirm or deny them. "I just don't feel like it," Martin said.

Now, Martin wrote, "these years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed."

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican native started off with the Latin boy band Menudo before launching his solo career in 1991.

His song "Livin' La Vida Loca" rose to the top of the music charts in 1999 and propelled Martin to stardom.

Martin said he decided years ago to not share "my entire truth" with the world because people he loved warned him that "everything you've built will collapse."

"Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage," he wrote. "Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions."

The decision to come out was initiated a few months ago, when he began writing his memoirs, he said. "I got very close to my truth," he wrote.

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