On the Radar: Good Friday, Earth Day, Texas fires, Mideast protests
Christian pilgrims carry wood crosses on Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa in a Good Friday observance.
April 22nd, 2011
09:41 AM ET

On the Radar: Good Friday, Earth Day, Texas fires, Mideast protests

Good Friday - Non-Orthodox Christians are observing Good Friday, the solemn commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Pope Benedict XVI will lead a "Way of the Cross" ceremony at 3:15 p.m. ET at the Colosseum in Rome, followed by Mass at the Vatican at 5 p.m. ET.

A prosecutor and a public defender in Richmond, Virginia, will put on a mock trial with Jesus facing capital punishment. The audience will be the jury in the sentencing phase and decide his fate.

Meanwhile, a pastor looks at the connections and possible conflicts between Earth Day and Good Friday.

Earth Day - Friday also is Earth Day, an observance meant to draw attention to environmental issues, including energy conservation. Here's a list of 10 simple things you can do to go easy on your world.

Sen. John Ensign - The political worlds of Washington and Nevada are responding to Republican Sen. John Ensign's announcement Thursday that he will resign May 3. Ensign previously had said he would not run for re-election in 2012 following revelations that he had an affair with a female aide who was the wife of another top aide, and that his parents subsequently gave money to the aides' family. Political watchers are speculating over whom Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, will appoint to complete Ensign's term.

Lohan hearing - Lindsay Lohan returns to court Friday for a preliminary hearing that will decide if her necklace theft case will go to trial. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner also is scheduled to consider whether Lohan violated her probation for a 2007 drunken driving conviction by being charged with the felony.

Libya - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, made a surprise visit Friday to the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi. McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has argued that the U.S. should step up efforts to end Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year rule. Large explosions and the sound of jets over Tripoli on Thursday night indicated NATO likely has increased the intensity of its airstrikes on Gadhafi's key command and control military sites.

Middle East - The protest movement that has roiled the Arab world since January seems to gain steam on Fridays as protesters hit the streets after weekly Muslim prayer services. Demonstrations were seen breaking out in Damascus and Daraa, Syria, and violence was reported in Yemen. Meanwhile, a third human rights group accused Bahraini authorities of raiding hospitals and torturing doctors and patients in an effort to quell protests there.

Texas fires - Thousands of firefighters will try to seize the upper hand against nearly two dozen wildfires that have burned 1 million acres in hot, dry Texas. The fires claimed the life of a second firefighter, Elias Jaquez, on Thursday, officials said.

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  1. policy of truth

    That jewelry store got way more than $2500 dollars worth of publicity.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. policy of truth

    Surprised she would wear such an inexpensive necklace anyway.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frankenstein

    Papocrisy, Papee doodle dandy, ay Papi, Papsi cola, Paps blue ribbon..

    April 22, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. this just isn't

    Why is Dr. Drew alway fearful for Lindsay and Charlie. Does he always have to exploit celebrities to get attention.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. God

    My children, there is only one God, who loves all his children regardless of organized religion.
    For the Christians, I say BEWARE!
    The anti-Christ is right in front of you, he is Pope Benedict XVI. Do not fall for his lies and deceivery. Pray to God, ignore The Evil One.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. aladdin

    In celebration of both Earth Day and Good Friday I'm not wearing pants. Because Jesus didn't and neither do trees.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @aladdin: Oh? Are you wearing panties instead? If so, fat so, what color are they?

    April 22, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • les

      i wonder what color the pope is wearing today and is the plastic or leather cat of nine tails he is carring ???

      April 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @fake God: I think it is a sin to play with his name. You just might get punished. Maybe you'll catch a STD or something.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    We've had enough days that draw attention to environmental issues. Nix Earth Day.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Vision Quest

    Had a dream someone killed a pope, but it wasn't Benedict Arnold XXL

    April 22, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    mommy, please stop them hijacking me. wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah

    April 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Knock it off phunnie boy. Religion only makes things a sin so the devil masquerading as a good person can steal your virgin girls and ruin them.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    i am the real cesar. Hi Hons! please don't pick on me anymore, Lucifer will punish you if you do.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    help, i need teepee for my bung holio, its bleeding because lucifer was too rough with me last night.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    hey my sista cesar! r u on ur period today. u seem so grouchy my sista.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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