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. cesar

    hi raven my sista! the operation was successful but they don't think i will ever be truly fuctional so i won't be having periods. wah wah wah wah wah wah

    April 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mmmmmmmmmm

    periods mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm tasty

    April 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    cesar, *STOP* the BS out now. Grow up, fool.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lucifer

    it's me banasy. i'm cesar too.
    I own pope bene too, he is my servant as all you sheep are.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have lots of other names on here!!!!!!!! hahahahahaha

    April 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    i'm banasy, raven, mmmmmm, jazzzzzzzzzz, ole lady, joey...............AND MORE! HAHAHAHAHA

    April 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PLAYED

    @cesar et al,
    Whackjob! It started out funny. Then it was mean when you messed with Jazz,and now its kinda scary. You have entire conversations with your own multiple personalities. Waaaay too much time on your hands.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dim Mak

    @Lucifer: Now Lucy you know I'm not your servant.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Quick-Draw McGraw

    "Now Ho-o-o-LLLLLd On Thar Babba Louie! Awl do the thinnin' around heer." And some of this crap needs thinned out. sheesh!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar and all the rest of me's!

    I'm whacky i'm whacky i'm whacky i'm whacky hahahahahaha

    April 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Hello All,

    None of the above is me. I am a good person. Please don't fall for that person's rude games.

    Let's all join as one on this very holy day. The Pope speaks the words of God and we should all listen with open minds and hearts.

    May God truly Bless You All on the very holy day!

    Cesar

    April 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Right on! Let us see if CNN will let me say: EWTN EWTN EWTN-phew! that was close...Happy Early Easter Everyone!

      April 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lucifer

    Cesar, Just wait until you get home tonight. You think your bung holio hurts now, you better bring a large tube of Anusol with you. Oh, and picked up the Anusol HC-1, it helps with itching too!

    April 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    But I do want you to know that my medication is working well today so I will be acting more sanely. I only go off on these multiple personality diatribes when I forget to take my meds.

    So, please be patient with me when I make all those other annoying post with all those other screen names.

    Again, God bless you on this holy day!

    Cesar

    April 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jazzzzzzzzzz

    This whole blog is just SICK and very SAD. If the real cesar / Herbert was here , that was really FUNNY about you being a good person. My My you are a HOOT.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    Sorry folks, some loser loves to post with my name. Any way: Drone ready to fire. Terrorists spotted. Ready, aim, FIRE! Mission accomplished.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
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