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Susan Smith-Harmon

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Slum trip, mass youth meeting await pope in Rio

Thursday, 25 July 2013 03:12 Published in National News

   RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Pope Francis has a packed schedule Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, where he will bless the Olympic flag, visit a slum and address upward of 1 million young Roman Catholics on Copacabana beach.

   On his first full day of activities in Brazil on Wednesday, Francis traveled from one of the most important shrines in Latin America, Our Lady of Aparecida, to what he called a "shrine of human suffering" - a hospital in Rio that treats substance abusers.

   Both events had a common theme that the humble pope has stressed during his young papacy: a denunciation of the "ephemeral idols" of money and power and a need for the Catholic Church to focus on the poor and outcasts of society.

   Francis is in Brazil for World Youth Day, a church event that brings together young Catholics from around the world roughly every three years.

 

   NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Weiner is pressing ahead with his bid for mayor despite growing calls for him to drop out of the race over a new sexting scandal.

   Weiner has been a favorite in the polls since he launched his political comeback attempt in late May. But he was greeted with boos as he took the stage at a public housing meeting Wednesday evening. By the end of his remarks, however, the crowd was cheering loudly.

   Afterward, Weiner said he had expected that revelations would emerge by the end of the campaign, adding "some of them have." But he says his campaign is too important to abandon over "embarrassing personal things" becoming public.

   The latest scandal erupted Tuesday after the gossip website The Dirty posted X-rated messages and a crotch shot it said Weiner exchanged with a woman last year while using the online alias "Carlos Danger."

   The first poll since the latest scandal broke is scheduled to be released Thursday afternoon.

 

   A 150 unit luxury senior living center proposed on a 12 acre site at Clayton and Mason Roads in west St. Louis County is unlikely to happen.

   The Town and Country Planning and Zoning Commission  Wednesday night voted unanimously to turn down a proposal by Allegro Senior Living.  

   About 200 people had attended the meeting and dozens spoke against the project.    Most cited concerns over traffic and property values.  

   The zoning commission will recommend that the Board of Alderman reject the project.  They'll list "no evidence" the community needs such a facility among their list of seven reasons.

   This is the second proposed senior housing development to cause controversy in St. Louis county recently.  The other is a low-income development already under construction along Telegraph Road in South County.  Opponents are trying to get county officials to halt that project.

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