March 16th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Tiger Woods Returning to Golf: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, Tiger Woods returning to golf, the Democrats continuing their fight for health care reform, and a sexual abuse scandal that has possible ties to Pope Benedict XVI.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
March 16th, 2010
09:22 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Tiger Woods, the Masters, and sex addiction

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Did you hear that Tiger Woods is returning to golf next month? He’ll be back at the Masters, where he’ll try to snag the green jacket for a fifth time. Tonight, we’ll bring you up to speed on his comeback, his breakdown and his recovery. Is sex addiction a disease or an excuse? And is pro golf addicted to tiger woods? What do experts think? What do you think? Weigh in on our live blog during the program tonight.

Also tonight, the back story and the possible fallout from the latest hardball maneuver in the health care battle. Democrats are now considering using a legislative tactic called “deem and pass” to push health care reform through the House. Both parties have used the maneuver in the past. But is it also a way for Democrats to avoid accountability for their vote? Republicans are crying foul. Do they have a point? Are Democrats and President Obama breaking promises? We’ll let you be the judge. We're keeping them honest.

In Crime & Punishment, the deepening sexual abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church continues to be met with silence from Pope Benedict XVI. New allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Germany are raising new questions about what the pontiff knew during his years as a bishop – and what he was doing back then to protect children. Vatican officials are defending the pope, but the pressure keeps building. We’ll hear from John Allen, CNN's Senior Vatican analyst and the Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.


Filed under: Cate Vojdik • The Buzz
March 16th, 2010
07:49 PM ET
March 16th, 2010
07:18 PM ET

How does Buddhism help Tiger Woods?

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On February 19, 2010, Tiger Woods made a statement about his infidelity, and talked about a plan to heal his marriage and restore his fans' faith. While we don't know the specifics about the therapy he received, we do know that he is returning to a lifestyle that includes an observance of Buddhism. Here is what he said:

"Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.

Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes and unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught."

With his past of stardom, wealth, success, and glory, can Woods commit to the principles of Buddhism? Will it help put his family and career back on track? Let us know what you think, and tune in at 10pm ET for more on his return to golf.

Core Buddhism beliefs

Buddha is Not a God

The Buddha was an ordinary man, who 2,500 years ago saw clearly into the true nature of reality. As such, Buddha’s teachings are not set rules to follow, nor the only wisdom in the world. Rather, they should be seen as advice to consider, from someone who has ‘gone beyond’ everyday views, ideas, and conceptions. Many have also become ‘enlightened’ before Buddha, have since the Buddha, and will in the future.

Sex is Neither Bad nor Good

In Buddhism, it is less the act of sex, or when or with whom it is performed that is important. More important is the motivation, attachment, and consequences of any act.

The Afterlife

Buddhism teaches that in an interconnected world, all actions have consequences (karma). The consequences of acts undertaken in this and earlier lifetimes will be felt in a next one, in a process known as reincarnation. It is a Buddhist aim to educate oneself and meditate in order to escape from this cycle of rebirth, to enter Nirvana.


Buddhism believes that our external situation is created by our internal minds. This is equally true for our health and the state of our bodies. Many Buddhists use meditation, mantras, and prayers alongside medicines to help heal themselves – see HealingMeditation.net for more information on how this is done.

It’s Good to Be Good

Buddhists believe in the idea of karma (a logical extension from everything being interconnected). What we do to others will ultimately affect ourselves.

Hence Buddhism advocates doing good deeds, but not just the following strict rules. It is up to the individual to consider the wisest course of action for their future long term happiness. Five precepts, or ‘guides’, are often given as advice as to actions that will often most lead to beneficial outcomes. They are: not to lie, steal or defraud, kill or injure others, hurt via sexual relationships, and to not further cloud your mind with too many intoxicants.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.


Filed under: Religion • Tiger Woods
March 16th, 2010
06:41 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/16/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag (L) reacts as he and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner (R) wait for the beginning of a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee March 16, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine the FY2011 budget and the outlook of the economy. (Getty images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Beat 360° Winners:

Gary Tuchman

"The White House budget director prepares to open a cleverly disguised copy of Playboy magazine."


Mary, Farmington Hills, MI

"Budget Director Orsczag sits down, ready for the tongue-lashing."

________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 16th, 2010
05:52 PM ET

Journey for Change: Day six in Ghana

Editor's Note: Students from Brooklyn, N.Y. are traveling to Ghana as Global Service Ambassadors as part of a trans-Atlantic youth service and advocacy summit, bringing together African-American youth and Ghanaian child labor trafficking survivors. The project is called Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service and is in partnership with the Touch A Life Foundation. The Ambassadors will advocate for the eradication of child slavery when they return and they will visit Capitol Hill and the United Nations as part of their efforts. Read their poetry, writing, and songs from the trip below.

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Bloom like a rose/Early in the morning sun/Act like a lion.
Sydney Smart, 13 years old

You were once a slave/Now you are free in God’s hands/No more suffering.
Jasmine Figueroa, 15 years old

Your wings were tied now/they’re free so spread them and fly/Now you’re free, free, free.
Benjamin Hall, 16 years old

Be thankful for all that you may receive.
Don’t complain no matter what you do.
People go through things you wouldn’t believe.
So just look to God, he’ll see you through.
I am hurt, my siblings had to be brave.
Experiencing most of life as a child slave.
Day and night they worked hard and toiled though stressed.
I’m happy, they’re free and they are blessed.
My eyes have been opened to see such hate.
We cannot let this stand, we must advocate.
This has been a journey of love, strength and will.
To make a change from captivity to Capitol Hill.
Joshua Hall, 16 years old


Filed under: 360° Radar • Ghana • Journey for Change
March 16th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Fed holds the line

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

The Federal Reserve today held its key interest rate steady at near 0% and said rates should stay this low for the foreseeable future.

Central bank policymakers repeated their prediction that economic conditions are likely to result in “exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period.” That promise of an easy-money policy has been in place since March 2009.

It was not a unanimous decision, however, as Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig voted against keeping this language in place for the second straight meeting. He and some Fed critics worry that the central bank could be creating new bubbles in financial markets by keeping rates so low.

Read the Fed’s statement here.

Housing starts drop

Construction of new homes and applications for building permits fell in February, but both readings beat economists' expectations.

Housing starts dropped nearly 6%, but remember that snow storms pounded much of the East Coast last month, putting a damper on new construction projects. And building permits, which are considered a good barometer of future building activity, fell 1.6%.


Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance
March 16th, 2010
02:35 PM ET

Teacher suspended for writing "loser" on girl's papers


Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A North Carolina public school teacher has been suspended for writing the word “loser” on a 6th grade student’s notebook. “He thought it was funny, the kids thought it was funny…our school district doesn’t think it’s funny,” said Jan Blunt, Communications Director for Buncombe County Schools.

Rex Roland, who is a social studies teacher at Enka Middle School, was suspended without pay for two weeks, Blunt said. Roland, who has been a faculty member for 12 years, was being playful with the student when he wrote “loser” on the girl’s papers, Blunt told CNN. “She laughed. She knew it was joke,” Blunt said of the child, “but her parent called the superintendent to complain.” CNN was unable to reach the student’s parent for comment.

Blunt said the principal was informed of the matter and last week removed the student from Roland’s classroom. Blunt also believed the incident has been blown out of proportion.

"This is a teacher who is kind of a jokester at the school,” Blunt said, “and his way of relating to his 6th and 7th grade students is to joke with them in their own context, and kids this day call themselves all sorts of things, including loser. That’s been his methodology for some time but it’s not appropriate in the school district.”


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Education
March 16th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

Fly and cry: Babies divide air travelers

A. Pawlowski

You're stuck in a cramped metal tube with hundreds of strangers for hours, when it invariably happens: A baby starts screaming and the passengers' collective blood pressure seems to rise along with the decibel level.

The issue of crying babies and unruly children on flights is a passionate one for air travelers.

Many say they're exasperated by parents who seem to do little to quiet or control their offspring, while others counter that fliers should be more patient and understanding.

The comment section of a recent CNN.com story about a smelly passenger being kicked off a flight soon diverted to a heated discussion about children.

Keep reading...

March 16th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Video: Accused priest still preaches

Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

Why would the Archdiocese of Chicago pay a former alter boy 1.4 million dollars to settle a molestation lawsuit, even though the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services said that credible evidence of abuse had not been found? To answer this question Gary Tuchman and I went to Winfield, Illinois earlier this winter.

The wind was sharp and biting with snow covering the ground when we pulled up to The Shrine of Christ the King church. We braved the weather to meet Father Chester Przybylo, who agreed to an interview about the allegations he was vigorously fighting.  Allegations by former altar boys, Peter Galica and Paul Gil, both of whom say they were sexually abused by Father Przybylo 2 decades ago at a catholic church in Chicago, where Father Przybylo was serving at the time.

We wanted to ask Father Przybylo about our interviews with Peter Galica and Paul Gil.  We also wanted to ask him about documents handed to us by Galica’s attorney.  These documents, held in church archives until recently, uncovered suspicions some priests and parents had about physical and sexual abuse inside the church.


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