The misidentified Boston suspects: News Roundup

The communications team is attending the Peacemakers retreat this week – or as I'm calling it – the best week ever.  Check out yesterday's blog post for more info.

And below, the biggest news from last week (from our perspective).

As a nation lived in fear in the days following the Boston Marathon bombings two innocent Massachusetts residents have described being wrongly run off a train and swarmed by reporters outside their home.

In all of these scenarios they say there was one thing that linked them together: A New York Post cover splashing their faces as wanted suspects in the deadly attack.

Now they are suing the paper, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the April attack leading to inflicted emotional distress and even near loss of their jobs.  New York Daily News

She rose to the podium and cast her eyes skyward. The mayor of Monterrey then entrusted her Mexican city to God and Jesus Christ as the crowd around her cheered.

“I open the doors of this city to God as the maximum authority,” Mayor Margarita Arellanes said. “I recognize that without his presence and his help, we cannot have real success.”

Whether a sign of desperation for how dire things are in northern Mexico, which is plagued by drug violence, or simply a profession of faith, Arellanes’ weekend speech has rankled many in this country where the separation of church and state is a founding principle — one that helped spark a violent uprising a century ago.  Los Angeles Times

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is requesting an investigation following repeated vandalism to a Minnesota mosque.

The Muslim Society Center in Owatonna, Minn. told CAIR-MN that a window had been broken early Saturday. Mosque leaders said it appeared someone broke it using a bat or other object. This incident marks the second window in two weeks and third time in a year that a window has been broken at the mosque.

CAIR-MN executive director Lori Saroya said the repeated nature of the vandalism could indicate subversive motives.  Fox Minneapolis

Graduation, religion and free speech combined for the perfect storm at the conclusion of the 2013 high school year.

The most recent flap came out of Texas, where school district officials cut the mic after Joshua High School senior Remington Reimer strayed from his pre-approved text and started talking about his faith and constitutional rights.

A Huffington Post account of the incident noted the ceremony ended in prayer and turning off the microphone was pursuant to district policy that warns if students deviate from their approved speech the sound will be shut off.  Deseret News