Doug Marlette, whose editorial cartoons often lampooned fundamentalist religion but whose folksy comic strip Kudzu celebrated a rural Southern Baptist pastor, was killed in an automobile accident July 10. He was 57.
Black-church scholar Robert M. Franklin has been named president of Morehouse College in Atlanta. Franklin, 53, professor of social ethics at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, began his new position on July 2, succeeding current president Walter E. Massey, who is retiring.
Where the money is: The Congressional Research Service reported that CEOs are paid, on average, 179 times more than rank-and-file workers—almost double the 90-to-one ratio of 1994. If the federal minimum wage had risen as much as executive pay has since 1990, it would now be $22.61 an hour, according to the Institute for Policy Studies. Instead, it increased to $5.85 on July 24, the first increase in a decade (AP).
After more than four years of delays, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has reached a landmark $660 million settlement with 508 alleged victims of sexual abuse, the largest such payment thus far in the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandals.
Governor Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana has signed into law two bills banning a controversial form of late-term abortion, making that state the first to outlaw the procedure after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal ban in April. Under the two laws, which went into effect July 13, anyone convicted of performing “a partial birth abortion . . .