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Ten years ago: U.S. Roman Catholic bishops opened an extraordinary closed-door meeting in Dallas on the sex scandal that was shaking the church as they crafted a plan for a zero-tolerance policy for pedophile priests. Backed by the United States, Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye) overwhelmingly won 18 more months as leader of Afghanistan's fledgling government. The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in game 5 of the finals.
Five years ago: In Beirut, Lebanon, a powerful car bombing killed Walid Eido (wah-LEED' eye-EE'-doh), a prominent anti-Syrian legislator. Insurgents blew up the two minarets of a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra, Iraq, a year after the shrine's golden dome was destroyed in a bombing.
One year ago: Facing off in New Hampshire, Republican White House hopefuls condemned President Barack Obama's handling of the economy from the opening moments of their first major debate of the 2011-2012 campaign season, and pledged emphatically to repeal his historic year-old health care overhaul.
Today's birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 80. Artist Christo is 77. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 73. Singer Bobby Freeman is 72. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 69. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 68. Singer Dennis Locorriere is 63. Actor Richard Thomas is 61. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 61. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 61. Comedian Tim Allen is 59. Actress Ally Sheedy is 50. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 50. Rock musician Paul deLisle (Smash Mouth) is 49. Actress Lisa Vidal is 47. Singer David Gray is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Deniece Pearson (Five Star) is 44. Rock musician Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 43. Actor Jamie Walters is 43. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 42. Country singer Susan Haynes is 40. Actor Steve-O is 38. Country singer Jason Michael Carroll is 34. Actor Ethan Embry is 34. Actor Chris Evans is 31. Actress Sarah Schaub is 29. Singer Raz B is 27. Actress Kat Dennings is 26. Actress Ashley Olsen is 26. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 26.
Thought for Today: "Fear has its use but cowardice has none." -- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
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