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NEWS
November 2, 2000
To all of you aficionados of the arts and people to whom I owe money who phoned last week to find out if I had departed this world or had been fired, my deepest thanks. There should have been a block of copy where my column usually appears saying something clever like "Joe Bell is off this week to concentrate on incantations against the New York Yankees." But there wasn't, and I apologize to all three of you. Actually, my wife and I were wallowing in fall colors in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, about which I plan to write later.
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NEWS
May 2, 2002
While the Catholic world is being upended by the exposure of child abuse by priests, while cardinals are summoned to Rome for marching orders on damage control and rank-and-file Catholics express their anger at this violation of trust, a young man named Trenton Michael Veches sits in Orange County Jail accused of similar crimes. His trust was the care of 6- to 10-year-old boys in the Newport Beach city recreation program. There is strong evidence to indicate he violated that trust, strong enough that his bond has been set at $500,000.
NEWS
October 4, 2001
Joseph N. Bell I got a wistful, soul-searching letter this week from my grandson, Trent Simpson, in Boulder, Colo. He had just turned 18 when the two World Trade Center towers came down in New York and the whole country seemed to be calling for war. He was feeling very vulnerable and more than a little confused as "a legal citizen for fighting in our Army and eligible for the draft." His confusion came from his strong feeling that "it isn't right to declare war against a country that is helpless against a full-out U.S. military attack.
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