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September 7th, 2009
09:11 AM ET

Registered sex offender to be ordained as a minister

A Louisville, Kentucky church is planning to ordain a registered sex offender as a minister. Mark Hourigan was charged back in 1998 with sodomizing, sexually abusing and intimidating an 11-year-old boy. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, served time in prison and agreed not to serve as a leader in any church where he would have contact with children. The head pastor of City of Refuge Worship Center admits it's the first time he's heard of a church in the United States ordaining someone who is registered for life as a sex offender, but he says the man in question has changed and deserves forgiveness. Some worry Hourigan could be a threat to the children who gather at the church for weekly Sunday school. But the church says Hourigan will not have any contact with children.

We want to know your thoughts.
Do you think this church is right to forgive and accept Hourigan or do you think they are taking too big a risk?

September 7th, 2009
08:18 AM ET

Replacing Kennedy

It's been a week since Senator Ted Kennedy's funeral. There's plenty of jockeying, but no real "frontrunner" in the senate race to replace him.

Or is there???

Fredricka Whitfield talked some Massachusetts politics now with Hillary Chabot, the Boston Herald's statehouse bureau chief.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 7th, 2009
08:17 AM ET

President Obama's issues

Health care reform and government spending aren't the only topics inviting criticism of President Obama.

Just last night, word came that White House Adviser Van Jones had resigned.

A leading house republican, among others, had called for Jones's job because of a petition Jones signed five years ago.

That petition called for an investigation into whether government officials deliberately let the 9/11 terror attacks happen.

Is this an example of the White House caving in to pressure from the right?


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 7th, 2009
06:13 AM ET

Levs on the Lookout

Each weekend, our Josh Levs keeps an eye out for some of the best stories on the web. Sunday, he showed us how Susan Boyle is trumping Whitney Houston and the Beatles; a new generation of robot fish that may be headed to an ocean near you; and world’s newest lion cub.


See a good story we should highlight? Post a note here, or write Josh anytime at Facebook or Twitter.


Filed under: Clips from CNN Newsroom • Josh Levs