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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Pew: Americans Who Identify As 'Strong' Catholics At Four-Decade Low

Mar 13, 2013
Originally published on March 13, 2013 2:48 pm

The percentage of American Catholics who identify as "strong" members of the church has declined to a 40-year low.

That's according to new analysis of the General Social Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

The analysis found that in 2012, only about 27 percent of American Catholics called themselves "strong Catholics;" that's a down more 15 points since the mid-1980s and among the lowest level since the GSS started asking the question 38 years ago.

"The decline among U.S. Catholics is even starker when they are compared with Protestants, whose strength of religious identification has been rising in recent years," the report finds. "About half (54%) of American Protestants – double the Catholic share (27%) – described their particular religious identity as strong last year, among the highest levels since the GSS began asking the question in 1974."

Here's a graph that illustrates that point:

The full findings are posted on Pew's website. But here are a couple of more highlights:

-- Strength of religious affiliation is connected to the frequency of attendance to worship services. So, as you may have guessed, "the share of all Catholics who say they attend Mass at least once a week has dropped from 47% in 1974 to 24% in 2012."

-- Among protestants "self-reported church attendance has been fairly stable."

-- While the percentage of "strong" Catholics is in decline, "the share of the public that identifies as Catholic but not "strong" Catholic, on the other hand, has risen slightly, from 14% in 1974 to nearly 18% in 2012."

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