Sharks circling heroes -- sick workers told to avoid predatory lawyers who are after Zadroga cash

Ground Zero responders are being warned to stay away from personal injury lawyers trying to cash in on the recently passed 9/11 Zadroga health bill.
Sick workers have been bombarded by lawyers with letters and calls since Christmas urging them to sign up - or risk missing out.

"Everybody should stand fast," said John Feal, head of the FealGood Foundation, which lobbied hard for the $4.3 billion James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, passed by Congress last week.
Lawyers are eligible to take 10% of an ill responder's compensation under the federal measure.
President Obama is set to sign the proposal into law as soon as Monday.

The barrage of letters from the Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern law firm, which secured an earlier 9/11 lawsuit settlement, has confused - and even frightened - some sick workers and their families.
In bold type, the firm's letters blare, "Attention: You must return your release immediately or risk being ineligible" for the Zadroga bill.
The firm did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.

Lawyer Noah Kushlefsky, who has handled cases under the existing Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, urged caution for ill responders and their families.
"Everybody should wait," Kushlefsky said. "Any alarmism is a bit premature."
The Daily News revealed this week that Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern, which has pocketed more than $100 million suing the city over Sept. 11, bought Web ads touting with the tease:

"WTC Compensation Fund: Free Consultation. Call Us Today."
Firm partner Marc Bern defended his outfit's marketing campaign.
"We're experienced. We're the ones that have the knowledge of what happened at Ground Zero with respect to these cases," he told The News. "We're the ones that have litigated from day one."
The Zadroga bill, which shrank from $7.2 billion to $4.3 billion amid GOP criticism, was ultimately approved by the Senate with a unanimous voice vote on Dec.22.
"With this vote, Congress repaid a long-overdue debt and answered the emergency calls of thousands of ailing 9/11 first responders and survivors," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), a key sponsor of the plan.

Brees marches Saints to 25-22 victory over 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO—For nearly 59 minutes, coach Mike Singletary's bold proclamation that San Francisco would stop Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans Saints looked prophetic. 
Then with one late drive worthy of the Super Bowl champions, Brees eked out another victory for the Saints. 
Garrett Hartley's deflected 37-yard field goal fluttered over the cross bar after time expired to cap the winning drive that gave the Saints a 25-22 victory over the 49ers on Monday night. 
"We won the game and that's all that counts," Brees said. "There were definitely things you wish you would have done a little bit differently but the fact of the matter is we found a way to win at the end." 
The Saints (2-0) took advantage of four turnovers, an errant shotgun snap that gave them a safety and a kick that barely made it through the uprights to spoil the home opener for San Francisco (0-2).  
In a testy television interview last week, Singletary bristled at a question about how the Niners would try to stop Brees. 
"We will not try to stop Drew Brees," he told KPIX-TV. "We will stop Drew Brees. Next question." 
The Niners held Brees and the Saints to 231 yards of offense until the final drive. The game appeared headed to overtime when Frank Gore scored on a 7-yard run with 1:19 remaining and Alex Smith completed a 2-point conversion to Vernon Davis that needed a replay review to count.  
But there was enough time for Brees, who had the wind at his back. He completed two short passes to Pierre Thomas to move the ball into San Francisco territory and a 30-yarder to Marques Colston to get into field goal range. 
"We've been here before," Brees said. "We knew exactly what we had to do, just find a way to win. We've shown that we can win in a lot of ways. To be battle tested like this, just in the first two weeks of the season, is going to serve us very well as we go forward.  
After another short pass to Jeremy Shockey and a false start penalty, Hartley came on with 2 seconds left for his first game-winning attempt since winning the NFC championship with a 40-yarder in overtime against Minnesota in January.  
That kick sailed easily through the uprights. This one had a much more treacherous route. Ray McDonald got a hand on the ball but it still managed to make it over the cross bar for the win.  
"I got half the ball but I didn't get enough," McDonald said. 
The kick was especially sweet for Hartley, who missed two kicks in the season-opening 14-9 win against Minnesota. He came in on his day off for extra work and it paid off with three fourth-quarter field goals. 
"When I went out there to kick, coach (Sean) Payton came up to me and gave me a high-five and said 'Let's go home,'" Hartley said. "And here we are about to get on a plane." 

The near blocked kick typified the night for the Niners. They turned the ball over three times inside the New Orleans 30 to thwart scoring chances and Phillip Adams fumbled a punt deep in San Francisco territory to set up a short field goal by Hartley that made it 22-14. 
That proved to be too much to overcome for the Niners, who are winless after two games after entering the season with high hopes of making it to the playoffs for the first time in eight years. 

"When we stop defeating ourselves, when we stop putting the ball on the ground and we stop doing things to hurt ourselves, we're going to be a good football team," Singletary said. "How good, that remains to be seen."
There were some positive signs for the Niners. Gore ran for 112 yards and scored two touchdowns and Smith put together one of the best drives of his career to tie the game. 
He completed four of five passes on the drive for 51 yards and also scrambled twice for 24 yards. Then after Gore's run, Smith found Davis on the short pass that tied the game. The officials originally said Davis was stopped outside the end zone, but changed the call after replays determined Davis had possession in the end zone before Roman Harper drove him back. 

Smith finished 23 for 32 for 275 yards with one touchdown and threw two interceptions. This came a week after he failed to lead the offense to a touchdown and the Niners struggled even to get plays off on time in a 31-6 loss at Seattle.  
"In the end, it's a loss just like last week," Smith said. "Lose by one or lose by whatever—it doesn't matter. There are some things to take away from it, but still killing ourselves."

Will 'Rally to Restore Sanity' Draw More People Than 'Restoring Honor'?

In response to Fox News host Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, which took place on Aug. 28, Comedy Central host Jon Stewart announced plans for his own Washington, D.C., gathering.

Called the "Rally to Restore Sanity," Stewart's event seeks to poke fun at what "The Daily Show" emcee considers Beck's bombastic grandstanding, while also attempting to return the American political discourse to a more reasoned, less vitriolic volume.

Here's how Stewart describes what kind of people he hopes will attend his march on Oct. 30.

We're looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn't be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it's appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.

But a funny thing happened to what started out as, with tongue in cheek, Stewart continued to describe what he has termed his "million moderate march": People started announcing that they actually plan to show up to it.

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Since Stewart announced the event just three days ago on "The Daily Show" more than 100,000 people have gone to the march's Facebook page and indicated that they will attend. Meanwhile, fellow Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert has heard back from 40,000 fans who say they'll be at the "March to Keep Fear Alive," which will also be held on the Washington Mall on Oct. 30 and will act as a kind of comedic flip-side to Stewart's.

Estimates for the number of people who turned out for Beck's "Restoring Honor" were put at around 100,000 by most news organizations, and even higher by the organizers.

Certainly, an RSVP on Facebook is a far cry from an actual appearance in D.C., but it seems that support of the moderation Stewart is trumpeting may be catching. Fans of Stewart's in Seattle will hold their own march that is meant to emulate the principles outlined for the "Rally to Restore Sanity," The Seattle Weekly reports.

New genetic links to ovarian cancer risk discovered

London, Sep 20 (ANI): Scientists have apparently discovered new genetic variants in five regions of the genome that affect the risk of ovarian cancer in the general population.

The consortium, including scientists from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia, based the new work on their earlier research comparing 10,283 women with ovarian cancer to 13,185 women without the disease.

That effort had found a stretch of DNA on chromosome 9 containing single DNA letter variations (SNPs) associated with ovarian cancer risk.

The researchers have now found additional stretches of DNA on chromosomes 2, 3, 8, 17 and 19 after grouping patients according to the type of ovarian cancer they had developed.

Four out of five of the new DNA variations were more common in women who had developed the most common and aggressive form of disease, known as serous ovarian cancer.

Andrew Berchuck of the Duke University Medical Center and head of the steering committee of the international Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC), said the associations of these genetic variants with ovarian cancer were discovered using genome-wide association studies (GWAS).

"Since the critical validation of these findings was performed by a large consortium of investigators from around the world, we see this research as a triumph of science without borders for the benefit of women everywhere," Nature quoted Berchuck as saying.

"These latest findings raise the possibility that in the future, women in the general population who are at the greatest risk of developing ovarian cancer because they carry these newly discovered DNA variants can be identified and given closer surveillance to look for early signs of ovarian cancer when it is most treatable," added Berchuck.

Ellen Goode of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine said "additional research will be required to learn more about the specific genes and DNA changes in these DNA stretches that could be causing ovarian cancer," but added the newly implicated regions of the genome also contain some familiar suspects.

"What is surprising is that we found that three of the most common SNPs for ovarian cancer lie quite a distance away from this bunch of troublemakers - in an apparent gene desert - which suggests they may be causing functional problems by a very different mechanism," said Goode.

A second study found a region of DNA on chromosome 19 that also affects ovarian cancer risk. And a third study found that variation in this same region of chromosome 19 also increases the risk of breast cancer in women who already carry a faulty copy the BRCA1 gene on chromosome 17.

Researchers have known for some time that heritable mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can dramatically increase a woman's chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer, but these mutations only account for a small percent of ovarian cancers.

Because DNA variations such as those described in these new studies are much more common in the general population than BRCA1 and BRCA2, researchers concluded that they probably cause a much greater proportion of all ovarian cancers, even though the overall cancer risks associated with these SNPs are smaller.

Simon Gayther of the University of Southern California said: "Our study shows that the same genetic region plays a role in both breast and ovarian cancer, suggesting that the same faulty pathway can cause both diseases, just like BRCA1 and BRCA2 do. This is important because it suggests that women who carry certain versions of this stretch of DNA could benefit from closer monitoring for both breast and ovarian cancers."

The studies appeared in the journal Nature Genetics. (ANI)

Mark Cavendish takes green jersey in Vuelta a España

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Mark Cavendish claimed the green jersey as points winner at the end of the Vuelta a Espana in Madrid. Photo by Zipi
Mark Cavendish was unable to take a fourth stage win in the Vuelta a España in Madrid today, but second place on the final leg, behind the American Tyler Farrar, ensured that the Manxman took home the points winner's green jersey. It is the first time that he has taken a points prize in one of the three major Tours. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won the overall title.

Cavendish is the second Briton to win the Vuelta points jersey, after Malcolm Elliott in 1989, and has taken the first step towards one of his career goals: points victories in the Tours of France, Spain and Italy. He will lead the Great Britain team at the world road race championships in Australia on 3 October, where he will start as one of the favourites.

At the end of today's 85km stage to the Paseo de la Castellana in the heart of Madrid, Cavendish's HTC-Columbia team-mates seemed to mistime their effort. The Manxman had only his final lead-out man, Matthew Goss, for company in the final kilometre. After winding up the pace with Cavendish on his wheel, the Australian hesitated for a split second before swinging off. Cavendish was forced to come around him, losing vital impetus just as Farrar made his effort on the left.

"I didn't expect it when I came here, but I really am pleased that I managed to achieve it," Cavendish said. "It's my first green jersey in a major tour and that's something very special. The Vuelta is different from other races because there are equal points on offer in the mountains and in the flats but at the end of the day it's all about being consistent.

"I'm very happy for HTC-Columbia all round. We took five stages, led overall, and we got on the podium as well as the points. It has gone perfectly."

The team also dominated the Tour of Britain for a second year running, taking four stage wins – three for the German André Greipel, including yesterday's finale in east London – and the overall standings for the Swiss Michael Albasini, the race leader since Monday's stage into Swansea. That was on a par with 2009, when Edvald Boasson Hagen won four stages and the overall standings.

On the other hand, Britain's flagship squad, Team Sky, performed below expectations, with a single stage win from Greg Henderson, on stage two. Sky lost their chance of an overall win when Bradley Wiggins lost contact with the lead group shortly before  the Kiwi's victory. That meant Sky had no climber capable of staying with Albasini when he and his team-mate Tony Martin made their move in south Wales. After that, the team in green and black were chasing shadows.

After the most successful event ever in terms of crowds and racing the Tour of Britain organiser, Mick Bennett, said he hoped the race would not be affected by the disappearance of the Regional Development Agencies, which have provided much of its funding since its rebirth in 2004. "The cuts are a concern but we have agreements in place taking us to 2013," he said. "The emphasis has shifted from RDAs to cities and boroughs but we also need big-company involvement for jersey sponsors."

This year's Tour attracted crowds that in East Anglia at least approached Tour de France proportions. There were also massive attendances at stage finishes, with crowds drawn by activities in adjacent open spaces. Bennett said the goal was for the event to be promoted to hors-category status, one level below the major Tours, which would result in a higher allocation of world ranking points.

The mix of teams from all three levels of professional racing resulted in spectacular competition, with the Dutch Vacansoleil squad particularly aggressive. "We want to keep the blend," said Bennett. "Big teams and stars have come in the past and not raced hard. It's also critical to us to keep the British teams there, they have invested hugely in getting to the right level and they have held their own."

There was no British stage winner in this year's Tour. The best overall finisher was Wales's Rob Partridge in eighth, with six other home riders in the top 20.

Kelly McGillis Weds Girlfriend Melanie Leis

The pair met in Key West, Florida in 2010 when Leis was bartending at a restaurant the actress owned with her second husband, Fred Tillman.
McGillis has two daughters with Tillman, Kelsey Laure, 20, and Sonora Ashley, 17.

Last year, McGillis announced she was a lesbian in an interview with Her decision to come out was due to the fact that her daughters were grown and no longer needed to be shielded from the media.
"That was one of those moments when somebody asked me a question, my kids had gone from home, so I really didn't have to protect anyone by skirting the question, and I just decided to be absolutely honest," McGillis said this week.

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Messi injury sparks 'special protection' call

An injury to Lionel Messi on Sunday has revived debate about whether outstanding players such as the Barcelona forward and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo need special protection from referees.
Messi was felled by a badly timed challenge from Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi that damaged ligaments in his right ankle. He will miss Barca's La Liga match at home to Sporting Gijon on Wednesday (1800GMT) and Saturday's trip to Athletic Bilbao (2000) and may be out for longer.
Real coach Jose Mourinho suggested recently that players are targeting Ronaldo's troublesome ankle, while Messi's Barca team mate Gerard Pique accused opponents of "hunting" the World Player of the Year.
"Right now it seems that anything goes in the world of football and that saddens me," Pique said on Spanish radio.
The challenge by Ujfalusi in added time at the Calderon, which led to the Czech being shown a straight red card, had been "very ugly" and could have put Messi out of action for a long time, Barca captain Carles Puyol told reporters.
"We have to stamp these things out but the referee did his job by showing the red card," the Spain defender said.
"People are always talking about how we need to protect this or that player but you have to protect everyone."
Barca's 2-1 win over Atletico put their bid for a third straight La Liga triumph back on track after the previous weekend's shock 2-0 home defeat to promoted Hercules.
Coach Pep Guardiola rested key players for that match with an eye on midweek Champions League action but fielded his strongest team on Sunday.
Atletico were unable to cope with the champions' fast-flowing play and customary domination of possession and the 2-1 scoreline flattered the hosts.

With three matches played, Valencia are the only team to have a perfect nine points, with Barca's arch rivals Real, who won 2-1 at promoted Real Sociedad on Saturday, on seven, level with Sevilla. Barca are on six along with Atletico, Villarreal and Espanyol.
Real can stretch their lead over Barca to four points with a win at home to Espanyol on Tuesday (2000). Atletico play at Valencia on Wednesday (2000) and Sevilla host Racing Santander on Thursday (2000).
Hopes are high at Real, who have spent around 350 million euros ($458 million) on players and coaching staff since Florentino Perez returned to the presidency last year, that they now have what it takes to topple Barca, according to midfielder Esteban Granero.
"We have started the league well and we have to continue on the same path," he said at a news conference on Sunday.
"We are convinced in the dressing room that this year we can and must be ahead of Barcelona."

Typhoon Fanapi Hits China

Typhoon Fanapi made landfall in eastern China Monday morning, after ripping into Taiwan Sunday.

Authorities in southeastern Fujian province ordered fishermen to stay away from the coast.  Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated while many business closed Sunday in preparation for what the government says could be the strongest storm to hit China this year.

Fanapi, this year's 11th typhoon, is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Guangdong province.

It made landfall in Taiwan Sunday, cutting off power to more than 300,000 homes and bringing commerce and travel on the island to a halt.  Scores of people were injured.  Schools and offices remained closed Monday.

Typhoons regularly hit China, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines in the second half of the year.  They gain strength from the warm waters of the Pacific or the South China Sea before making landfall, where they weaken rapidly.

Liverpool supporters plan Anfield sit-in protest against US owners

The Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly has called for two days of protest against the current owners of the club, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, and the financial institutions who have lent them money in the past.
The supporters union will hold an emergency general meeting on Saturday morning before the home game against Sunderland at Anfield, followed by a protest at the match. "We would like as many supporters as possible, to make their feelings known towards the owners during the Sunderland match, using banners, flags and songs," said a statement from the association.

"We ask everyone in the ground to make their voices heard – let everyone know you will no longer tolerate the current owners. Following the match, irrespective of the result, we intend to hold a sit in protest. Regardless of where you sit, remain in the ground and make your views heard. Gather at the front of the stand you are in, with flags and banners, and make your voices heard."

The protests will resume eight days later for the home match against Blackpool. "To build on the momentum of this protest and to increase pressure on the owners, we are also proposing a day of action at the match against Blackpool," Spirit of Shankly said.

"We will start this day with a mass march to visibly show our anger towards the owners and those responsible for our current situation. It will also be an opportunity to show support for what we want to achieve – genuine supporter involvement in how Liverpool Football Club is run. Following on from the march we want fans to take the atmosphere generated into the ground and make sure the whole world knows how we feel."

Spirit of Shankly said its current plans were just the start and it would continue their campaign against the club's American owners until Liverpool had been sold.

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Young QB shows Mark of a winner

The sky was falling. Darrelle Revis came up hamstrung on a Randy Moss touchdown catch and wasn’t going to be available for the second half. Rex Ryan and his Jets appeared headed for Grievous Island. But Mark Sanchez (21-for-30, 220 yards, three TDs) wouldn’t let the sky fall.
The mettle of the young quarterback was tested yesterday, in a way that only New York can test you. The Jets’ history is littered with quarterbacks who would have buckled and crumbled under a searing microscope that spares no one and nothing, and stayed down in the face of bloodthirsty doomsayers and naysayers.

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SAN-SATIONAL: Mark Sanchez celebrates his third-quarter touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery.
Not this kid. Not this quarterback. Who only went eyeball-to-eyeball with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and did not blink. Who only outplayed Brady and led the Jets to their 28-14 win over the Patriots.
Who only stranded Brady and Belichick on Sanchez Island. Of course he had help. Ryan fueled his defense with belief it could shut out Brady without Revis. Braylon Edwards awakened with a vengeance and maybe gave pause to Joe Namath, who derided him this week.

LaDainian Tomlinson looked forever young. Dustin Keller looked like Dallas Clark. But it was Sanchez who lifted his game and lifted his team in its most desperate hour. “This guy’s more confident than I am, which is saying something,” Ryan said on the podium in the interview room and in the corner, behind him and to his left, you could see Sanchez smiling beneath the eyeblack. “You gotta have broad shoulders, especially in this media market. “We got the right guy pulling the trigger for us.” The moral of the story: If you believe you have the right guy pulling the trigger for you, then let him pull it.

Don’t reduce him to a gunshy scaredy cat. Let him play. Because when he plays like this, he can beat Brady and Belichick. With his legs, with his head, and with his arm. If Sanchez (a 124.3 quarterback rating) and playcaller Brian Schottenheimer can bottle the kind of telepathy they enjoyed yesterday, then the Super Bowl is no pipe dream. “This is exactly the way we knew how to play, the way I knew I could play,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez stepped up into his critical leadership role once he was done watching Brady keep the ball for most of the first quarter.  “I told guys, after the first drive of the game to ‘smile, have a little fun,’ ya know?” he said. “ ‘Get animated out here. We’re grown men, but we’re playing a kid’s game. Be smart, but have fun.’ “
Keller placed both hands over his eyes, making like he was looking through binoculars: “He kept on going like this, putting his hands over his eyes, telling guys, ‘Focus. Focus on the play at hand.’ ”
After Moss plucked his 34-yard TD pass out of the air with his right hand, Sanchez, from his 20 with 53 seconds left in the half, engineered a psychologically important field-goal drive in large part thanks to a 22-yard bullet over the middle to Keller.

But then Gerard Warren greeted Sanchez on the first play of the second half with a sack that left him wobbly and doubled over in pain. “He readjusted my back,” Sanchez said, and laughed. He wasn’t leaving the game. “He’s a tough guy,” Keller said. “He came back strong.” On third-and-1, Sanchez bootlegged left, clear sailing to the first down. Except when he looked downfield, he saw Keller past Darius Butler. It went for 39 yards and soon there was another Nick Folk field goal and it was 14-13.  “I told the guys, ‘There’s nothing that can stop us, there’s nothing that can stop us from getting first downs.’ That’s the way we gotta think,” Sanchez said.

Then he promptly directed touchdown drives of 70 and 63 yards in crunch time. A 2-yard TD pass to Jerricho Cotchery, followed by a premature two-point conversion to Edwards, followed by a 1-yard TD pass to Keller. “When he gets in a groove, it’s scary,” Cotchery said. Why? “ ‘Cause he hits everything. He’s gonna be on the mark — pun intended.” Then Cotchery cracked up. On the mark.
On Sanchez Island.

Pope's visit hailed a success by Vatican

LONDON — Pope Benedict XVI's historic visit was hailed a success by the Vatican and commentators Monday after he condemned the crimes of paedophile priests and sought to ease tensions between Catholics and Anglicans.

The first ever state visit to Britain by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and the first papal trip to predominantly Anglican Britain since John Paul II in 1982 took place under intense scrutiny.
But after four days which took the pope to Scotland and England before climaxing in a beatification mass for 19th century cardinal John Henry Newman, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi declared the "wonderful" visit a "spiritual success".

"Hundreds of thousands of people have met the pope personally in the street and at the major events and also, through television and the Internet, many others have seen him and heard what he has to say," Lombardi said.
"I think also that the message that he has about the positive contribution of the Catholic Church and of Christian faith to society has been received very well." During the visit, Benedict returned again and again to the damaging scandal of paedophile priests which has shaken the Catholic Church, condemning their "unspeakable crimes" and meeting a group of victims. But perhaps the lasting image of the trip may be the blessing and kissing of babies at masses he celebrated, which helped to soften his image.

"Rottweiler? No, he's a holy grandad," headlined the Sunday Times newspaper over a double-page photospread of Saturday's prayer vigil in Hyde Park. A coalition of protesters -- at least 10,000 according to the organisers of the "Protest the Pope" march but less than half that number according to police -- made their opposition known in London on Sunday. But their numbers were dwarfed by the 80,000 people who attended the prayer vigil. The visit, which ended Sunday, took the 83-year-old pope first to Edinburgh where he was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II, before an open-air mass in Glasgow and then two packed days of engagements London. The climax of the visit came with the beatification of a famed Anglican convert to Catholicism, 19th century cardinal John Henry Newman, before 55,000 pilgrims in the city of Birmingham.

The pope also warned of the risks of "aggressive secularity" in an increasingly multi-cultural Britain.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the pope had made people in Britain take a fresh look at faith.
"You have really challenged the whole country to sit up and think, and that can only be a good thing," Cameron said at Birmingham Airport before Benedict's departure for Rome.

The Sunday Telegraph said in an editorial the pope had shown "great courage" by "throwing down the gauntlet to our overly secularised society and insisting... that religion still has a vital role to play within our culture."
Catherine Pepinster, editor of The Tablet newspaper, a British Catholic weekly, said the pope had managed to shed his "Vatican Rottweiler" image and Britons had warmed to him. "What the visit accomplished above all was to unify Catholics and humanise a pope who has so often been perceived as cold, aloof and authoritarian," she wrote.

Andrea Tornielli, a Vatican journalist for the Italian daily Il Giornale, said the trip was marked by symbolic moments that had made it into a success. A pope had been welcomed for the first time to Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the head of the world's Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, said the journalist, Benedict had also addressed an audience in the Houses of Parliament that included former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, and attended a service at Westminster Abbey.
These were places that "represent the heart of Anglican London," said Tornielli.

Herriman Fire – 1,250 Homes Evacuated

A massive wildfire has been moving to Herriman and as a result, around 1,250 homes have been evacuated.

Salt Lake county residents have been asked to stop using cell phones to free u the lines in case of emergency. Salt Lake County sheriff’s Lt. Don Hutson said “It’s chaos” referring to the current situation in the area, adding that he saw some houses catching fire. The evacuation center is located on Herriman High School, 11917 S. Mustang Trail Way (6000 West).

In the meantime, Herriman Mayor Josh Mills has signed a declaration of State of Emergency. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: “Evacuations have expanded to include all addresses in a zone bounded by the county line at the south, 14000 South on the North, 5575 West on the east and 8400 West on the west, according to Herriman City emergency management coordinators.

All Rose Canyon Road, south of Butterfield Park Drive (14200 South) and south of Emmeline Drive as far east as Black Ridge Reservoir were under mandatory evacuation as of 8:15 p.m., said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Brad Taylor.”