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Christopher Vondracek

Christopher Vondracek

Christopher Vondracek reports on The Washington Times' National desk with a beat in culture. He previously covered education and civil legal affairs for The Rapid City Journal in South Dakota. A native of Minnesota, he taught English in various colleges before leaving the classroom for the newsroom. Vondracek can be reached at cvondracek@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Christopher Vondracek

In this file photo, Metropolitan Police Department officers are shown in this video screen capture, just before they arrest two pro-life demonstrators with Students for Life of America in Northeast D.C. on August 1, 2020. The demonstrators were chalking the public sidewalk Saturday morning, an act an officer in the video said violated a law against defacing public property. On Nov. 18, 2020, Students for Life of America and the Frederick Douglass Foundation filed a lawsuit in federal court asking a judge to declare the city's defacement ordinance unconstitutional. (Video courtesy of Students for Life of America)  **FILE**

D.C. government sued by pro-life chalk artists

Students who staged a "Black Pre-Born Lives Matter" rally in August have sued the District of Columbia over law enforcement officers shutting down their attempts to paint the slogan on a city street. Published November 19, 2020

In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, right, of Los Angeles, with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, left, of Arlington, Va., and Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, of Newark, N.J., exits a news conference after being elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, Gomez addressed an online national meeting of bishops. During the previous week, Gomez congratulated Joe Biden on his presidential election victory. Now, Gomez is sounding a different tone, saying some of Bidens policy positions, including support for abortion rights, pose a difficult and complex situation for the church. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File) **FILE**

Catholic bishops wary of Biden undermining church doctrine

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued Tuesday a statement about Joseph R. Biden, saying the presumptive election of the nation's second Catholic president "presents certain opportunities but also certain challenges." Published November 17, 2020

Sunlight pours into Grace United Methodist Church during the annual Historic Houses of Worship Tour Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in Hagerstown, Md. (Dave McMillion/The Herald-Mail via AP) **FILE**

Methodists on the cusp of divorce

A committee for the United Methodist Church says it will decide soon on a plan to formally separate the denomination. Published November 13, 2020

Peyton, a black cat, is held while in her temporary foster home in Lacey Township, N.J., on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.  The founder of a cat rescue group that placed Peyton in a temporary home says black cats are the hardest to place for adoption because some people don't want them, based on superstition.   (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Friday the 13th? Just another day in 2020

In a year in which many days have felt as ominous as Friday the 13th, we now face an actual Friday the 13th — only the second one of 2020. Published November 12, 2020

Speculation has begun on who a Biden-Harris administration will pick to replace Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

For-profit schools losing influential Education Department friends after election

For-profit colleges never had a better friend in the Cabinet than outgoing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Michigan Republican fundraiser and investor joined the Trump administration with a history of financing firms that worked with proprietary colleges, and her agency has spent the last four years snipping away regulations the industry found burdensome. Published November 9, 2020

In this April 25, 2006, file photo, U.S. Attorney John Durham speaks to reporters on the steps of U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

DOJ, Connecticut town reach agreement on mosque

The Justice Department says it has reached agreement with officials in a Connecticut town where a Muslim community's plan to build a mosque in an industrial park was denied. Published November 6, 2020

NEH bestows grants to repair statues damaged during riots

The National Endowment for Humanities is providing $120,000 to repair statues that were damaged in this summer's rioting against racial injustice, insisting that their survival is key to youngsters' understanding of American history. Published November 2, 2020