Pope Francis's open attitude towards gays is just one example of how he has broken with tradition, startling the Catholic world. James Carroll writes about Francis's controversial first year as pope in "The New Yorker."
Legislative committee looking into synthetic drugs again
The Senate Judiciary Committee today takes up the latest measure to combat synthetic drugs, like bath salts. House Republican Eddie Farnsworth's bill is aimed at making the use of the latest compounds to mimic a marijuana-like high illegal. Senate Democrat Steve Gallardo says he knows it's repetitious but he's happy to address the problem.
“This is about protecting our kids; this is about making our community safe,” Gallardo said. “It’s unfortunate that we have to continue to deal with this type of policy every year. However, that’s the day and age that we live in.”
Gallardo says he's willing to address the issue, every legislative session, if need be.