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Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Employment Discrimination Laws Apply to LGBT Community

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:14

The Supreme Court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people.

Fast charge your iPhone to 80% in under an hour for $29

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:44

Want to fast charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max with accessories from Apple? You'll pay $29 for an 18W wall adapter and another $19 for a USB-C to Lightning cable, for a grand total of $48. That's a lot of money to spend when you've already spent as much as $1,499 on your iPhone. If you're looking for a way to charge your iPhone just as quickly but you don't want to cough up another $50 to Apple, there are two sales right now on Amazon that you should definitely check out. The iClever 18W USB C Power Delivery Charger is down to $14 plus another 5% off courtesy of an on-site coupon, dropping the final price to $13.29. Then you can pick up an Anker USB C to Lightning Cable for $13.99 with the coupon code ANKERCTL. That brings your total to only $27.28, and you'll be able to fast charge your iPhone from 0% to 50% in about 30 minutes, or from 0% to 80% in less than an hour! iClever 18W USB C Power Delivery Charger * Universal Power Delivery USB-C Port: It doesn't matter if it's a phone, a tablet, a power bank, or something in between--if it's a USB-C device, the iClever 18w USB-C Compact Wall Charger can do it all at full speed. Just insert your USB-C cord * Lightning-fast Charging: Bring your devices back to life in record time. This small but mighty adapter pumps 18W of power into your devices for quick, effortless charging. It's ideal for high-powered devices like iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8 Plus/8, Google Pixel 2/2 XL, a variety of Huawei models, and so much more * Safe and Reliable: Worried about device damage? Don't be! We've built in a variety of safeguards to protect your devices from harm. This USB-C PD charger prevents short circuits, over-current, over-voltage, overheating * Compact and Travel Ready: There are few things more annoying than a dead phone in the middle of the day. The travel-friendly iClever wall plug will keep you * What's in My Order? Each order includes iClever 18W Wall Charger and a handy user manual. You'll also get a 30-day money back guarantee, an 18 month replacement warranty, and a lifetime of friendly customer service Anker USB C to Lightning Cable * Power Delivery: Use this cable with your USB-C Power Delivery charger (including Apple 29W, 30W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapter) to charge your iOS device, and access fast-charging for iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XR, XS Max, and later models. * Charge and Sync: Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with Lightning connector to your USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) enabled Mac and iPad Pro to seamlessly sync & charge. * Ultimate Durability: Lasts 12× longer than other cables and proven to withstand over 12000 bends in strict laboratory tests. * MFi: MFi certification and strict quality testing ensure your Apple devices are charged safely, at their fastest possible speed.. * A Cable for Life: We're so confident about Powerline II's long-lasting performance that we gave it a hassle-free, lifetime warranty.

The advice Ilhan Omar, Abigail Spanberger and other freshmen women in Congress get

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:41

Among a record number of women in Washington are a lot of new lawmakers looking for advice. Meet the female lawmakers who seek and give it.

The Latest: UK intercepts total of 36 migrants in Channel

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:16

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants in Europe (all times local):

Donald Trump takes legal action to block release of his financial records

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:06

Donald Trump and his businesses sued the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight committee on Monday to block a subpoena requesting the president's financial records. It is the latest move in a fierce tussle between the White House and Democrats in Congress amid allegations about the president's finances. In a court filing in Washington, the president's lawyers argued congressman Elijah Cummings "has no legislative purpose" to issue the subpoena and accused Democrats of using their majority in Congress to harass him.   “The Democratic Party, with its newfound control of the US House of Representatives, has declared all-out political war against President Donald J Trump," the lawsuit stated. “Subpoenas are their weapon of choice.” The lawsuit asked the court to block a subpoena issued to Mr Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars, last week demanding several years of the president's financial statements. The lawsuit, which will be fiercely contested in court, follows a string of moves in recent weeks by Mr Trump and his businesses to block the Democrats from getting their hands on his financial records.   Michael Cohen made the explosive claims during his testimony in February Credit: Getty It came after Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's longtime former lawyer, told Congress that Mr Trump had inflated his company's assets to obtain a loan in a failed attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills football team. Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to several crimes including tax fraud and lying to Congress in 2017, submitted portions of documents called "statements of financial condition" to the House Oversight committee ahead of his testimony in February.   Cohen's testimony led Democrats in Congress to demand the release of Mr Trump's statements of financial condition and his tax returns for the last six years - something he has refused to do voluntarily, bucking the trend of recent presidential candidates. In his lawsuit on Monday, Mr Trump called Cohen's testimony "a partisan stunt, not a good-faith effort to obtain accurate testimony from a reliable witness". In a statement, Mr Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said: "We will not allow presidential harassment to go unanswered." A spokeswoman for Mazars said the company would “respect this process and will comply with all legal obligations”. Mr Cummings has previously said his committee has the "full authority" to investigate whether the president engaged in illegal conduct before and during his time in office and whether he had any undisclosed conflicts of interest. He gave Mazars, which prepared financial statements for loan applications for Mr Trump, an April 29 deadline when he issued the subpoena. Responding to Mr Trump's lawsuit yesterday he said there was no “valid legal basis to interfere with this duly authorised subpoena from Congress”.

FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:40

The arrest came two days after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the group of illegally detaining migrants and New Mexico's Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered an investigation. Hopkins, 69, also known as Johnny Horton, was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. "We're not worried about it, he's going to be cleared," said Jim Benvie, a spokesman for the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), blaming his arrest on political pressure from Lujan Grisham.

Today’s best deals: Avengers movies, $10 Philips Hue bulbs, $25 cord-free earbuds, SanDisk microSDs, more

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:35

We've got a fantastic roundup of the best daily deals we could find for you to kick off the new week, and there really is something for everyone. Highlights include Philips Hue white LED bulbs for an all-time low of just $10 each when you buy a 4-pack, top-selling true wireless earbuds for only $25.49, the excellent Yi Dome Camera with automatic motion tracking for only $38 when you clip the on-site coupon and use the code 9XM4WEMZ at checkout, SanDisk 128GB microSD cards for an all-time low of $19.99 each, a big sale on Marvel movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok, HDMI cables for just $4 a piece, a one-day sale on the Dyson V6 cordless vacuum, deep discounts on Brita water pitchers, a best-selling compact air fryer for only $39.99, and plenty more. Check out all of today's best bargains below.

Day flights to resume at Libya capital's airport

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:33

Day-time flights will resume at Tripoli's only functioning airport after it was closed to all but night-time traffic earlier this month for "security reasons", Libyan airport authorities said Monday. "We have received the order to open air space at Mitiga International Airport 24 hours a day", the airport said on its official Facebook page. Mitiga airport had been closed between 0600 GMT and 1500 GMT daily after an April 8 air strike claimed by strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army.

Police find woman stabbed to death, 4-year-old girl, ax inside Brooklyn apartment

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:18

A man has been arrested after a woman who was five months pregnant was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment.

PS5: New console war begins as first details of PlayStation's next generation console are revealed

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:45

It was the most low-key of reveals for the next-generation PlayStation console. In an interview with Wired magazine, PlayStation’s chief system architect Mark Cerny unveiled the first details and specs of what will likely be called the PS5. Not that Sony have officially committed to the name, of course, nor what the box will look like or any release date beyond the fact that we shouldn’t expect the console in 2019. Instead the news was heavily technology-focussed, diving into the nitty-gritty of the PS5’s inner workings. It was a rather unusual way to reveal a console. It was both far from the glitz of the PS4’s New York event reveal or the amplification of the E3 trade show; the setting where Microsoft are expected to reveal the next generation Xbox in June. But whether it was to combat a leak or just PlayStation taking a different tack, the details gave a fascinating glimpse into the future of home consoles. While Google and Microsoft are looking to server-based cloud gaming with its Stadia and XCloud projects respectively --and Sony likely to have plans for its own expansion of its PlayStation Now service-- PlayStation and Xbox are also preparing to provide the premium technological performance that only a native console can. This seems to be reflected in the specs that Cerny revealed. PS5 specs: SSD, 8k and ray-tracing The PS5’s main processing power will be provided by an eight-core CPU based on the third-generation of AMD’s Ryzen microprocessors. As you might expect, this is a significant generational leap over the PS4’s AMD Jaguar chip-set which should lead to more stable framerates and higher detail. Perhaps more intriguingly is the introduction of a customised variant of AMD’s upcoming ‘Navi’ line of GPUs. This will support ray-tracing, an emerging technology within video game graphics that, at its core, better renders shadows, reflections and light in real-time. Ray-tracing has come to PC games like Battlefield V via Nvidia's new RTX graphics card range. The reflection of the fire in the car door is done in real time That might not sound like such a big deal on paper, but as Nvidia’s demonstrations of its new RTX graphic cards has shown, ray-tracing is a considerable leap for visuals in practice. It is a technique used by Hollywood for blockbuster computer-generated-imagery (CGI), but is only now beginning to be possible in video games. The PS5 will support 8k displays, even if that TV technology is some time away from being mainstream, and offers 3D audio for richer soundscapes no matter your setup. Generally speaking, nicer graphics and better sound is about the base level you would expect from a next-generation console. Cerny is much more excited about the solid-state-drive (SSD) that is replacing the traditional hard drive within the PS5. SSDs are flash-based and have no mechanical moving parts. The drives are featured in many laptops now and can, generally speaking, retrieve information much faster than traditional hard drives. The PS5’s SSD is customised for video games and Cerny hails it a ‘game-changer’. While it all sounds rather nitty-gritty, the potential advantages are clear: faster downloads, shorter loading times within games and quicker rendering of digital worlds while in play. Loading times and the speed at which the world is rendered in games like Spider-Man will be greatly improved with the new PS5 architecture To demonstrate Cerny showed Wired the PS4 game Spider-Man running on the next-generation PlayStation dev kit. According to the report when Cerny initiated fast-travel around Manhattan, Spider-Man teleported to his new location in 0.8 seconds compared to waiting 15 seconds on PS4. Spider-Man could also move through the world at a much faster rate as the environment was drawn much quicker. The latter suggests that the SSD could have greater ramifications than just the welcome reduction of loading screens, so long as developers can utilise the technology. And while the SSD is one of the main features, Cerny also confirmed that the PS5 will have a disk drive for physical media. While Microsoft has announced it will be releasing a discless version of the Xbox One; Sony are not quite ready to go for digital only console despite the considerable increase in downloaded games. Of the £3.86bn video game sales in the UK in 2018, 80pc was digital. PS5 features: PS4 backwards compatibility and VR to feature This initial reveal was largely technology based, though Cerny did briefly speak to broader features. The most significant of which is likely to be backwards compatibility. Due to the PS5’s architectural similarities to its 90m selling predecessor, it will be able to run PS4 games natively. Backwards compatibility has become something of a hot topic in the games industry over the past few years, with players initially disappointed that neither the PS4 or Xbox One allowed you to play older games. Sony dismissed the feature almost entirely, but Microsoft earned back some lost kudos by implementing a robust backwards-compatibility catalogue for certain Xbox and Xbox 360 games. With the PS5, backwards-compatibility is back on the table; probably a smart move given the PS4’s roaring success. Sony would not be drawn on its 'VR strategy' but the existing PSVR headset will be compatible with the PS5 Elsewhere Cerny would not be drawn on Sony’s virtual reality strategy for PS5, but did say that “VR is very important to us”. The current PSVR headset, which has sold 4m units, will also be compatible with the new console. Nor would Cerny talk about Sony’s surely in-progress plan to take on cloud-gaming, other than to say: “we are cloud-gaming pioneers, and our vision should become clear as we head toward launch”. Nonetheless, despite the industry seeming to be looking beyond fixed-platforms, Sony are certainly putting faith that the traditional console will remain the primary way to play for at least the next few years. PS5 release date and cost The Wired article said that the next-generation PlayStation will not be coming any time in 2019. That is the closest we have got to either of the big platform holders showing their hand in terms of release date. That means that the PS5 will almost certainly release in 2020. What part of 2020, however, remains to be seen. The last two PlayStations have released in November in time for the Christmas rush, which makes a lot of sense. However, Nintendo found success releasing its own Switch console in March 2017 and the timing of the announcements suggest that a similar strategy might not be too much of a reach. In terms of pricing, and with the components already listed, it would likely take some technical and financial wizardry for the PS5 to cost less than the £450 RRP of Microsoft’s premium Xbox One X. Though Sony managed an impressive pricing strategy with the £349 PS4 which afforded Sony considerable goodwill at the start of the last generation. Achieving that balance again will be key to both Microsoft and Sony as they position their technologically advanced next-generation consoles. PS5 games Naturally Sony aren’t talking about any specific games for the PS5 yet, particularly from its own first-party studios (although a ‘smile and pregnant pause’ when asked about Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding suggested the game might be a cross-release on both PS4 and PS5). Bethesda however, have already announced they are working on two games for ‘next-gen’ in the form of sci-fi RPG Starfield and fantasy epic The Elder Scrolls VI. Rumours abound that CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 may also be looking at next-gen, or at least cross-generation, when the game finally arrives. There is the chance that Hideo Kojima's enigmatic Death Stranding may be a cross-platform title on both PS4 and PS5 PS5: What’s next? The unusual nature of the small-scale reveal means that it’s hard to guess when we may hear more about the PS5. We know that Sony will not have a press conference or major presence at E3 this year so that is likely to rule out much news in June. The most likely scenario seems to be a full scale reveal later this year, particularly if Microsoft do as they promise and ‘go big’ at E3 with their own next-gen console. Sony will not want its big rival to dominate the conversation for too long. Unless, of course, the Japanese company pull a fast one and unveil more PS5 details next month as an E3 spoiler. That seems unlikely, but who knows? One thing is for sure, the first shots of the next-gen console war have been fired. What are your hopes for the PS5? And how do you think Microsoft's Next Xbox will stack up. Do you think we even need a new console generation with the oncoming advent of cloud gaming? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here.

Former Turkish PM Davutoglu sharply criticizes Erdogan's AK Party

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:14

In his first major public challenge to Erdogan since leaving office three years ago, Ahmet Davutoglu, an AKP member, slammed the party's economic policies, media restrictions and the damage he said it had done to the separation of powers and to Turkey's institutions. Davutoglu, a high profile figure in the party, served as prime minister between 2014 and 2016 before falling out with Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey with his AKP for 16 years. In a serious blow to Erdogan, the AKP lost control of the capital Ankara and Turkey's largest city Istanbul in the March 31 elections.

US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower as investors brace for earnings deluge

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:08

About a third of the S&P 500 companies, including Boeing Co , Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc, will report this week, determining whether investors should be concerned about the start of an earnings recession or whether back-to-back quarters of negative growth can be avoided. "Q1 earnings have largely been a pleasant surprise thus far, but have not ignited investor enthusiasm enough to move the needle in a meaningful way," Peter Kenny, founder of Strategic Board Solutions LLC in New York, wrote in a client note. Benefiting from a surge in oil prices and upbeat results was Halliburton Co, whose shares rose 2.4% in premarket trading.

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre-Dame restoration

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 09:07

Serbia on Monday said it will donate one million euros to help restore Notre-Dame Cathedral, after pro-government tabloids said the fire was "God's punishment" to France. The gift comes after two tabloids, Alo and Informer, said the blaze was divine retribution after Kosovo's flag was displayed inside the cathedral during World War I centennial commemorations in Paris last year. Serbia does not recognise the independence of Kosovo, a former southern province that broke away in a 1998-99 war.

Turkey detains 9 people over attack on main opposition leader

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:30

Turkey has arrested nine people, including a member of the ruling AK Party, after the country's main opposition leader was punched and his car was stoned at a soldier's funeral at the weekend, the interior minister said on Monday. Kilicdaroglu was attacked on Sunday as he attended a funeral in a northern district of Ankara for a soldier killed in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. The incident took place after his Republican People's Party (CHP) defeated President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party in March 31 mayoral elections in the capital Ankara and Turkey's largest city Istanbul, painful losses for the ruling party.

Bowers & Wilkins announces its Formation Suite, a very high-end wireless multi-room audio system

Macworld - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:15
The all-new mesh wireless system streams audio with up to 24-bit resolution and at sampling rates as high as 96kHz, but it also supports AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth.

US STOCKS-Futures pull back ahead of earnings; oil stocks jump

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:56

U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday as investors returned from their Easter break and took a cautious stance at the beginning of what is expected to be the busiest week of the first-quarter earnings season. The S&P 500 closed slightly lower last week, ending its three-week winning streak, but hovered about 1% away from a record high hit in September on U.S.-China trade hopes and a largely upbeat earnings season. More than a third of the S&P 500 companies, including Boeing Co, Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc, will report this week determining whether investors should be concerned about the start of an earnings recession or whether back-to-back quarters of negative growth can be avoided.

Philips Hue white LED bulbs still cost $10 each, but they won’t be this cheap for long

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:54

Amazon is running a sale right now that lets you save a bunch of money on popular Philips Hue products, like $12 off the company's wildly popular A19 color LED bulbs. But that's not the most notable sale on the site. Last week we told you that Philips Hue White A19 Dimmable LED Smart Bulbs were down to just $10 each when you bought a 4-pack, and we have some seriously great news if you missed it: the deal is still going! There's no telling how much longer this killer deal will be around, so if you want Philips Hue white bulbs at their lowest price ever, now is the time to get them.Here's more info from the product page: * VOICE ACTIVATED: The Philips Hue White Starter Kit works with Alexa for voice control (smart hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately). For the full Hue experience and to take advantage of voice activation purchase the Philips Hue Hub (Model: 458471). Search "Philips Hue Hub" or "B016H0QZ7I" to find this product on Amazon. * LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES: Add additional Smart light points to your smart home and expand your Philips Hue ecosystem with this 4-bulb White Smart Bulb pack. Requires the Philips Hue Hub for full experience, sold separately. * TAKE CONTROL: Turn smart lights on/off, dim to the desired level and set up schedules from wherever you have WiFi connection using the Philips Hue App (iOS and Android). Control your Philips Hue lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. * EASY INSTALLATION: To install the Philips Hue white 4 pack starter kit, simply screw the smart bulbs into your desired light location, download the Hue mobile app and pair your Hue Bridge (sold separately). Control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App. * EXPAND YOUR SMART HOME: Connect the smart bulbs directly to your other Smart Home Devices like Amazon Echo Plus, Nest, or SmartThings systems. Easily expand your smart lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor

How to scan documents and make PDFs using Notes on your iPhone or iPad

Macworld - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:00

Sometimes, you need to turn a piece of paper into a digital file. Maybe you need to include a receipt, registration, or other form of proof in an online form. Or, you want keep copies of your important documents in the cloud, so they’re always accessible and safe from being lost or destroyed. Such documents are often digitized as Portable Document Format files, or PDFs.

It used to be that you needed to use either dedicated hardware or a third-party iPhone app to take a photo of a document and convert it to PDF. In iOS 11, Apple added a very handy document scanner into the Notes app, and it does a surprisingly good job of capturing most documents and converting them to PDF. Because it’s not very obvious, you’d be forgiven for not even knowing it exists. Here’s how you scan, convert, and store documents with Notes.

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Notre-Dame, Saint Patrick’s, and the Cathedrals That Are Our Lives

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 06:30

The Wi-Fi on my flight from Rome to Newark wasn’t working, so phones were buzzing about Notre Dame in France as soon as we hit the runway. After the initial shock and sadness, gratitude was expressed. There are upsides to being disconnected: At least we didn’t have to watch, on live television, something we couldn’t control. That seemed to be an instant lesson, before we knew much of anything, including the cause or the damage.I’ve never been to Paris, so I’ve never been to the cathedral there. But on Monday I did the closest I could after I cleared customs: I went to the cathedral in Newark, N.J. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is, as it happens, an under-appreciated treasure. It’s safe to say that most people do not travel to New York City only to hop on the train to Newark to pray. More should. As it happens, the Mass schedule was changed up for Holy Week, so my visit was short that day. But had I stayed on, I might have run into the man who would be arrested later that week in my home cathedral of Saint Patrick’s on Fifth Avenue. On Monday, he had been removed by police at Sacred Heart Cathedral, for refusing to leave. On Wednesday, he was caught trying to set fire to “America’s Parish Church” over the Hudson.I mention all this not only because it hits a little close to home but because the reactions people have had to Notre Dame in flames is a sign of hope in the world, isn’t it? We live at a time when so many of us seem to be living lives as partial spectators, upset about things we can have no control over, letting our moods and even health be affected for the worse by politics, primarily. Not only is there more to life than the Mueller report. There’s even more to life than people’s takes on it.I got into Saint Peter’s Basilica only once on this trip to Rome. Security has been stepped up in recent years, and my old ways of going in as often as I can have become a thing of the past, given the line to get in. I was immersed in prayer and thanksgiving this time and didn’t really have the thought I did on a previous visit: This could be my last time here. Rewind a bit and the so-called Islamic State was openly calling for attacks on the pope and the Vatican and I had very much considered the possibility. When a priest friend from the U.S. was called to assignment there, the terrorist-attack concern was one of my first thoughts, which became prayers for protection. But I do think about it now and again at Saint Patrick’s, as a counterterrorism police officer seems to be patrolling by the confessional as I wait in line. I sometimes think: This is not a normal church experience.But then it is, isn’t it, living in these times? It seemed all the more part of the fabric of our lives when on Tuesday, about 24 hours before the gas-can incident that would lead to the scare and the arrest at Saint Patrick’s, I watched a counterterrorism cop holding one of his children by the hand, showing his family one of the side chapels during his break. Churches are full of stories. People who gave from their earnings to help pay for them, the skill by which others created a gift to God, and to man, to help us reach Heaven. They continue to be full of stories, even Notre Dame. People can’t seem to get enough of the story of the fire chaplain who, in the days after the fire, was talking about the the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist, which Catholics believes is the Real Presence of Christ. It seemed to me a miracle of God that during Holy Week — which would become Mueller Report Week by mid Wednesday — so many on both sides of the Atlantic were talking about “Our Lady” and were transfixed by a church.The questions remain not about whether or how France will rebuild, because money is clearly being raised, and I assume the pressure will be high to not mess with something so seemingly close to perfection. What I wonder — and pray about — is whether this shared experience that people had of watching the burning of Notre Dame will keep us from the false security and complacency that can be our lives.It is striking to me that at the churches in Rome you always run into someone looking for money. This happens in urban areas, especially in the U.S., but in Rome the churches, sad to say, are tourist attractions even more than they are places of worship these days. That person sitting outside is not a nuisance. It’s easier here, where we probably speak the same language, but you’d be surprised how far you can get with hand gestures and a little bad Italian and how many people know just a little English. We can build great cathedrals with the way we live our lives, by how we love. Next time you are in a church with even an inch of beauty — maybe it can be today — don’t miss the opportunity to remember that this could be your last chance to begin really to live by the measure of love, reaching, with virtue, high above the mud and muck and news frenzies. So many people seemed to have their selfies to show from Notre Dame, but what about the stories of conversion?The smoke and flames at Notre Dame, the scare at Saint Patrick’s, can light a fire under us. We won’t be here forever, and there’s much work to be done on the infrastructure of love in our lives, reaching out to anyone whose path we cross, with beauty that can be more than a vacation visit — with every word and glance of our lives.This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association.


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