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Line to come off King memorial

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar endorsed a plan Tuesday to remove a disputed inscription from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, rather than cut into the granite to replace it with a fuller quotation. Salazar said he had reached an agreement with King's family, the group that built the memorial and the National Park Service to remove a paraphrase from King's "Drum Major" speech by carving grooves over the lettering to match existing marks in the sculpture. Critics including poet Maya Angelou complained after the memorial opened in 2011 that the paraphrased quotation took King's words out of context, making him sound arrogant. The paraphrase reads: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." The full quotation reads: "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter."

Pope reveals a sensitive side

A children's picture book about the goldfish pond at the pope's summer residence reveals a side of him few may know. Every day while Pope Benedict XVI is on vacation at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome, he feeds the goldfish after praying by a nearby statue of Mary, tossing them pieces of bread. The little-known factoid was revealed in The Mystery of a Small Pond, published Tuesday. The pope's private secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, says the book reveals the "mystery" of Benedict, "who we all know is a great theologian with a powerful mind, but who has a very, very sensitive soul."

Associated Press

. By the numbers

232

Number of journalists imprisoned worldwide as of Dec. 1. It's a record since the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists began counting in 1990.

Daily Briefing news in brief 12/11/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:11pm]
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