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Bethlehem, the popular West Bank destination for religious pilgrims and tourists, will be a ghost town this year, victim of the October violence between Palestinians and the Israeli Army that left 23 dead. Local leaders blame the Israelis for bankrupting their town, saying the military occupation of the city has left it in desperate straits. Others say Bethlehem's woes are the unavoidable fallout of life at the crossroads of three major religions. We ask experts and leaders here and in the Middle East to reflect on this sad microcosm of conflict in the Holy Land. (Syndicated columnist and co-host of KCRW's Left, Right and Center, Matt Miller guest hosts.)
  • Newsmaker: Airline Security After Attempted Bombing On Paris-Miami Flight Investigators are investigating how a potential bomber got aboard an American Airlines flight from Paris. The passengers and crew heroically subdued the man who tried to set off explosives hidden in his sneakers. The latest air-scare has passengers worried and authorities rushing to add random shoe searches at checkpoints. Steve Elson is a former FAA security inspector who made unannounced assessments at airports and airlines nationwide.
  • Reporter's Notebook: To Err is Human, to Forgive Divinely Healthy
    The ability to forgive and the confidence that one has been forgiven are important to good health - and age makes a difference. These are the conclusions of a recent survey of 1400 Americans, conducted at the University of Michigan. Lead researcher Loren Toussaint, now assistant professor of psychology at Idaho State University, reviews the findings.

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