* Sacramento-area home sales rise for 12th month (Jim Wasserman, Sacramento Bee)
For 12 straight months, home sales in the Sacramento area have exceeded those of the same month a year earlier. That’s a phenomenon typically associated with a housing market recovery which then leads the broader economy out of trouble.
* St. Joseph minister charged with cybersex crime (Meagan O’Donnell, Liberty Tribune)
Robert M. Black, 40, an Independence resident and a minister at New Home Baptist Church in St. Joseph, was taken into custody by the Clay County Sheriffs Office April 8 and charged with attempted statutory rape and the attempted enticement of a child younger than 15.
* Johnson: Taxes and turmoil? Time for a tea party (Greg Johnson, Knoxville News-Sentinel)
commentator Rick Santelli fired a shot heard ’round the nation on Feb. 19 when he ripped President Barack Obama’s mortgage bailout plan and called for a modern-day Boston Tea Party. Since Santelli’s shot, tea parties to protest massive government spending and onerous taxation have taken place across America, the Internet spreading the word infinitely faster than Paul Revere’s ride.