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. Joey

    One day Cesar, ersatz or not, highjacks me. The next day he tells me to shut up when I'm not in the room. The next day he includes me in a list of ladies and gentlemen who were already superstars here when I walked into the room recently. (That last attack felt great, alexandrite-like Cesar. Do it again. Pretty please.)
    What did I ever do to Cesar?

    April 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzz

    Hi I'm Jazzzzzzz and I'm stupid. Please forgive me.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    No, non sei Jazzz.
    With how many z's does the one true trumpet player who can jaser spell his name?

    April 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    See?
    I stopped the rain.
    I must be–Benedict.
    Oh, and questioner back there re murdered popes, were you thinking of John-Paul?

    April 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @Joey: this person, (not necessarily the real Cesar) hijacks all posters who regularly post here. Now that you're one of the regulars, (and you are, y'know) you will now be fair game to the trolls. Isn't this FUN? You didn't do anything but show up for the party.

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

    @Joey: Superstars? Huh.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John McClain

    Welcome to the party pal! Jesus might be the anti-christ pretending to be the christ. Hmmmm....

    April 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jinx

    Lol.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jinx

    @John McClain:
    Is that Jesus, who might be the Anti-Christ pretending to be Christ, actually Jesus Christ?

    April 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey

    It's hard to believe that anybody would want to act that way.
    Now how can I make this new information useful...
    Anyway, hi, banasy!

    April 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    Cesar,

    I forgive you for your transgressions. I know that you are plagued by that nasty Lucifer. Fight him off with all your strength. We are brothers in the battle of good vs evil. We will triumph. And not the triumph that likes to poop on things.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ole Lady

    Hijacked again!!!! Dag Nabbit!!!! I pray one of your multiple personalities crucifies your butt on this holy day of obligation!!!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzzzz

    Hey is this just Lucifer or is it other ppl? I'm not gonna see your answer Banasy till around 10:30 NY time and thanks for the response in advance.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    Hi, Joey.
    ________________________________________

    *Facepalm*

    April 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jj

    happy easter all! hi banansy

    April 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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