Diocese of Covington releases report on clergy sexual abuse

COVINGTON — The Diocese of Covington has released a report on sexual abuse that found 59 Catholic priests and 31 others associated with the church have sexually abused children since the 1950s.

The report was released Friday on the diocese website along with a list naming the accused, The Kentucky Enquirer reported.

“There are no words to adequately express the sorrow and shame I feel,” Foys wrote in an apology released with the report. “I can never apologize enough to those who have been harmed by any representative of the church. I beg your forgiveness in the name of the church.”

In 2006, the Diocese of Covington paid more than $81 million to sexual abuse victims in a court settlement.

The diocese said the report was compiled by two former FBI agents who reviewed thousands of records dating back to 1950.

Of the accused priests, all but 14 are deceased.

Foys said the diocese has policies and practices in place that will prevent future abuse. To the best of his knowledge, he said, “there is no priest in public ministry in the Diocese of Covington who has abused a minor.”

Shared electric scooters are returning to Chicago streets

CHICAGO (AP) — Shared electric scooters are returning to Chicago's streets, with a new pilot program focused on helping people get around the city's neighborhoods.

City officials announced three companies — Bird, Lime and Spin — will make a total of 10,000 scooters available for rent over four months. That's four times the number of scooters available during the first pilot program last summer.

This year's program is expected to start Aug. 12 and there will be differences from last year's version.

Scooters must be equipped with locking mechanisms, and riders must lock the scooters to a fixed object, such as a bike rack or street sign, to end their trip. That follows complaints during last year's pilot about scooters left strewn along sidewalks.

Scooters won't be allowed on the lakefront or 606 trails, or in the city's central business district. They may travel at a maximum of 15 miles per hour, and operate only between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day.

Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi said city officials learned from last summer's pilot, and now want to test the usefulness of the scooters in neighborhoods.

“Particularly during this public health crisis, it’s important that CDOT continues to pilot additional and innovative options for Chicagoans to get around,” Biagi said.

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