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January 3rd, 2014
05:35 PM ET

TV critic: The shows to watch in 2014

(CNN) - Is "Downton Abbey" past its prime? Why is HBO's "True Detective" the "standout" show this year?

Variety's television critic Brian Lowry dishes on the best shows to watch in 2014.

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January 3rd, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Friend of murdered priest: He opened the church to homeless, downtrodden

(CNN) - Friends and family are mourning the loss of a beloved priest beaten to death inside his church rectory Wednesday, remembering him as a man who practiced what he preached.

"He lived his values," said Humboldt State University professor Stephen Cunha, both a friend and a colleague of Reverend Eric Freed.

"He was very concerned about social injustice, and resolving great social inequalities, which we see here in our small community," said Cunha.

From the pulpit and the classroom, Freed tried to persuade well-off members of the community to be open to those who were less fortunate, said Cunha.

His empathy may have unfortunately contributed to his murder.
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January 3rd, 2014
04:51 PM ET

Did Mayor Bill de Blasio pass the snow test?

(CNN) - In New York City, Thursday's snowstorm presented the first major challenge for new Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"In Manhattan, in terms of the snow plowing, I give him an A, because I have had no complaints drom any of my community boards about the lack of snow plowing," said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

"But our problem with the cold is the lack of heat and hot water in some of the buildings. That's an issue," said Brewer.
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