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Pittsburgh Catholics react to report detailing sexual abuse by clergy:

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh was about half-full at 8 a.m. mass on Sunday morning when Rev. Kris Stubna stepped up to the altar to deliver his homily.

“These have been very painful and difficult days for all of us in the church,” Stubna said.
Stubna was addressing the elephant in the room: a grand jury report released earlier this week that accused more than 300 Catholic “predator priests” of abusing more than 1,000 children over the past 70 years in six Pennsylvania dioceses. The report’s findings contributed to a growing international scandal over sexual abuse in the church, with incidents reported in the United States, Ireland, Australia and Chile, among others.
Today marked the first Sunday of Catholic church services around the United States since the scathing report was released. During some of the masses attended by CNN, churches addressed the report by reading a statement from their bishop, or printing it in their weekly bulletin. Other congregations said a prayer for the victims of sexual abuse.

Simone Biles Becomes 1st Woman to Win 5 US All-Around Gymnastics Championships:

Simone Biles has added another milestone to her historic gymnastics career with a gold medal at the 2018 United States Gymnastics Championships on Sunday.

Per The United States Olympic Team, Biles is the first woman ever with five U.S. Gymnastics all-around titles:

Who’s Trump attacking on Twitter?:

President Donald Trump has long used Twitter to define — and defame — his political opponents, but about 18 months into his presidency it’s become blindingly clear that his use of social media to target critics, disloyal former lieutenants and the media tells us more about himthan anyone else.

Trump’s attacks may have hit a new low this week with his dehumanizing tweet about former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling the only African-American to serve in a senior role in his White House a “dog.”
Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has directly insulted, attacked or otherwise maligned nearly 100 individuals, according to our unscientific review of his feed. And that doesn’t account for his broadsides against the FBI and other institutions in and outside of government. (Hat tip to this New York Times compendium, which traces back to before his candidacy.)

Tribute concert for Aretha Franklin in the works ‘months’ before her death:

Aretha Franklin’s life and legacy will be honored with a tribute concert later this fall.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells CNN that music producer Clive Davis had been planning a concert in Franklin’s honor for “several months” before her death on Thursday.
The tentatively titled “Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” is set to take place November 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Following Franklin’s death at the age of 76 on Thursday, Davis told CNN’s Don Lemon, “I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”

‘The Last Sharknado’ serves up stale buffet of warmed-over gags:

Proving even bad things must come to an end, the “Sharknado” franchise breathes its last — at least for now — with its sixth installment, “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time.” Ridiculous even by the title’s standards, this loud, obnoxious time-travel parody perhaps appropriately underscores the limits of gluttony — embodied in this case by NBC Universal’s hunger for synergistic profits.

Fans will remember that the first “Sharknado” took off all on its own, with people responding to the sheer absurdity of the title organically, amid a sea of Syfy exploitation movies. That made the inevitable sequel, “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” something of a “So bad, it’s good” celebration, and the parent company responded by piling on high-profile celebrity cameos, including plenty of NBC News talent.
Since then, however, subsequent efforts to replicate the recipe (cheekily subtitled, in order, “Oh Hell No!,” “The Fourth Awakens” and “Global Swarming”) have yielded diminishing returns, with the fifth installment dropping more than 50% from the second’s peak ratings bite

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