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William Shatner can't escape 'Star Trek,' but his voyage has gone well beyond it

William Shatner chided me when I interviewed him in 1987. The actor wanted to keep the focus on his move into directing, politely objecting when I asked about his relationship with the "Star Trek" faithful after a "Saturday Night Live" skit the year before in which he famously told cast members playing trivia-obsessed fans to "get a life."

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Priest: The question I was asked after the French Catholic Church sexual abuse report

The faithful of the Catholic Church in France -- and indeed worldwide -- are reeling from a commission's report documenting that between 2,900 and 3,200 church workers have abused more than 200,000 minors over a 70-year span. Upon hearing the news, a parishioner of mine asked, "Father, is this abuse stuff starting all over again?" Gratefully, I was able to say, no, however, the continued reckoning of the Catholic Church and other institutions continues because of years of denial and cover-up. Yes, things have changed, but change has been too long in coming.

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Noem says she didn't ask for 'special treatment' for daughter seeking appraiser certification

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said in a new video Friday that she never asked for "special treatment" from the state for her daughter as she was seeking to become a state-certified real estate appraiser, and that her daughter completed the same requirements as every other applicant seeking that job. But Noem acknowledged that her administration has made changes to a process that she described as "way too difficult."

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