May 4th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Jewish mourner's prayer used in Kent State memorials

Today marks 40 years since Kent State University in Ohio became a symbol in America of the anti-war movement.

On this day in 1970, as unarmed students - many already angered by the ongoing war in Vietnam - protested the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire, killing four and wounding nine others. Those killed and wounded included both protesters and bystanders.

What many may not know is that three of the four students who died happened to be Jewish. This coincidental fact is all the more surprising given that Jews have traditionally made up no more than 5 percent of the student body at the university, according to Jennifer Chestnut, executive director of Hillel at Kent State, a campus organization dedicated to promoting Jewish life.


- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Judaism • Politics

May 4th, 2010
09:14 AM ET

In Haiti, much was shattered - but not faith

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - At 72, Estenio Coutois is frail and almost blind, but he travels from northern Port-au-Prince  to the central city each Sunday to pray at the cathedral.

Without fail.

“I have been coming here since I was a little boy,” he says.

On this Sunday, the sun beats down on him outside the shockingly damaged Cathedral Notre Dame. It was one of the many historic landmarks that crumbled when a massive earthquake struck on January 12.


- CNN's Enterprise Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Faith • Houses of worship

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