Our choice for news of the year should be no surprise since it has taken more column inches in this paper than any other story. Mazzoni Center seems to have gone from one turmoil to another. That story didn’t start this year, but this year saw continual upheavals, staff changes, resignation of board members and its new executive director quitting.

In journalism school, students learn that there are two sides to every story. But the real question is, are there two equal sides?

This week, we tell the story of a local couple who fell in love and decided to celebrate their union by inviting their friends and family to a destination wedding at a spectacular beachfront resort in Cancun.

Kevin Hart’s refusal to apologize for anti-LGBTQ tweets and jokes years ago cost him a job hosting the Oscars. The furor continues, with commentaries and opinion pieces demanding Hart apologize. The cycle of build-up-tear-down-rehabilitate celebrities is not complete without the requisite tearful atonement. Then, chastised celebrity disappears for a period of time and re-emerges to rebuild his/her damaged brand.

LGBTQ Catholics and allies are reacting harshly to comments by Pope Francis in a forthcoming Spanish-language book about religious vocations. 

The 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day takes place Dec. 1 with the slogan “Know your status.” In Philadelphia, several organizations are already working to ensure everyone has access to that information, even if unable to pay for a test.

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