- Newsmaker: Iraq Threatens to Halt Oil Exports
World oil prices shot up today after Saddam Hussein said he's halted Iraq's exports of oil for the next month or until Israel withdraws unconditionally from the West Bank. George Beranek, of the Petroleum Finance Company, predicts that unless labor issues in Venezuela become disruptive, Iraq's action will have minimal effect because it comes at a time when demand is traditionally low.
- Reporter's Notebook: Los Angeles Cardinal Mahony Faces Scandal
The scandal over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests has reached America's largest Archdiocese. Leaked e-mails revealed the strategy of Cardinal Roger Mahony for dealing with Los Angeles police and his fear of being called to testify before a grand jury. Richard McBrien, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, defends Mahony's determination to get the story out with the least damage to the Archdiocese.
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