Donald Departs: Earlier this week Donald Trump, hotel / casino / golf course magnate and reality TV star, finally dropped his bid for the presidency. If anything, though, Trump is getting out of the hot seat. In his place, however, the Republican Party is sitting down to fry. Primary season is fast approaching, and pickings are still slim among the current pool of Republican candidates. Trump was number one among Republican candidates in the polls for some time—that should say plenty about the electability of the others who have thrown their hat into the ring. By next summer, one will have to emerge from the pack to take the Republican nomination. So who will it be? Gun-toting Sarah Palin? Health care-passing Mitt Romney? Scandalladen Newt Gengrich? Right now, no matter who wins this race, Republicans lose .
Pray and Be Gay! Last Tuesday, May 10, Presbyterian Church USA, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States, voted to replace a section of its constitution which forbade gay clergy. Since 1998, Presbyterian Church USA has required that its clergy either live “in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” That provision was removed after The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area cast the 87th vote in favor of removal, gaining a majority and ending the need for either a heterosexual marriage or chastity in its clergy. Not all congregations have accepted the new measure. It is still up to individual congregations to decide who they will ordain, so gay clergymen will not find acceptance everywhere. Still, this is a huge step for homosexuals who just want to find acceptance in their church.
Filching footballers: It seems that the Auburn football program will be better off without these guys. Back in March, four Auburn players, Antonio Goodwin, Shaun Kitchens, Mike McNeil and Dakota Mosley, were arrested after allegedly breaking into a trailer and robbing its residents at gunpoint. All were dismissed from the football team shortly afterwards. The four men were indicted earlier this week on five counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of third-degree theft of property. A preliminary hearing was held last month but was closed to the public because all of the accused accept for McNeil are eligible for youthful offender status. The accused are to be arraigned in Circuit Court on May 26, with a trial tentatively set for June 16.
Tallying Tuscaloosa: It’s safe to say that the damage to Tuscaloosa caused by the tornadoes on April 27 was tremendous. For the last few weeks, the Red Cross has been asking exactly how tremendous. Their disaster assessment teams have been working around the clock and, according to The Tuscaloosa News, have managed to inspect 99 percent of areas affected in Tuscaloosa County. According to Red Cross, 4,724 homes were either destroyed or received major damage. 4,500 of those homes were single-family houses, 154 were apartment units and 70 were mobile homes. As of writing, the final assessment will be finished within a few days. The assessments do not carry the same weight as the city’s condemnation of a structure, but are meant to give an approximate dollar figure for the city to use to secure financial aid. With numbers looking like they do, they’ll need all they can get.