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The next Pope
Editorials
Benedict XVI has begun his new life as Pope emeritus. So far, he has spent his time in contemplation, prayer, and catching up on TV. Meanwhile, the 115 voting members of the College of Cardinals are about to begin the pragmatic work of selecting the next head of the Roman Catholic Church. …

Published 15 hours ago
Kirk-- Dennis Rodman
BY KIRK WALTERS

Published 16 hours ago
Digital estates
Editorials
Who owns your digital remains after you die? As more people live more of their lives in the virtual world of the Internet, states must grapple with that question. …

Published 16 hours ago
Marriage and Mars
Editorials
The tag line for the movie Alien, in 1979, was: “In space, no one can hear you scream.” Investment consultant Dennis Tito plans to test that notion by launching a married couple on what would be humankind’s first journey to Mars. …

Published 16 hours ago
Commentary on Pope disturbing
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
As a Lutheran, I find The Blade’s antipathy toward Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman Catholic Church disturbing. …

3/4/2013 2:17 AM
Toledo special spot in Naama’s story
BY DAVE HACKENBERG BLADE SPORTS COLUMNIST
The saga of Naama Shafir always seems to return to one place, Grand Forks, North Dakota, where winds beat the temperature down to minus-40, icicles-in-your-nostrils type stuff, where the Toledo basketball player had a 30-minute walk from the hotel to the gym. …

3/4/2013 12:00 AM
Faiths must practice inclusiveness
BY DR. S. AMJAD HUSSAIN BLADE COLUMNIST
Whenever there is a human tragedy, national or local, Americans of faith come together to express their sympathy and show solidarity with victims and their families. Usually during such gatherings, clergy lead people in prayer. …

3/4/2013 12:00 AM
Bell fails spinal-cord integrity test
Letters to the Editor
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell claims he has demonstrated more “spinal cord” than mayoral candidate Joe McNamara by taking steps that the former City Council president wouldn’t (“Mayor slams new rival as McNamara enters race; Council chief scoffs at Bell’s economic record,” Feb. 13). …

3/4/2013 12:00 AM
Ohio’s yellow light
Editorials
In another sign that Ohio and the nation are moving backward on highway safety, teen driving deaths rose during the first half of last year, after nearly a decade of decline. …

3/4/2013 12:00 AM
Safe haven
Editorials
Few news stories would disturb readers more than the recent report about a Toledo mother who got a life sentence for killing her newborn. Nothing can bring that baby back, but government and the community must always ask what might have prevented such a tragedy. …