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Veniamin Gonikman asks to temporarily return to Ukraine

A man convicted in Detroit of luring European women to the U.S. to work as strippers has asked to temporarily return to Ukraine to help an ill daughter. Veniamin Gonikman’s lawyers link the request to the extraordinary events in Ukraine. Russia has annexed Crimea, and Ukrainian officials say they fear military action elsewhere. Gonikman has served a three-year prison sentence, but his travel outside the U.S. is restricted until 2016. He’s now living in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. His request to leave the country for up to 90 days was filed Thursday with a Detroit federal judge. Gonikman is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ukraine. The U.S. government says he helped smuggle two Ukrainian women into the U.S. before the women were forced to serve as exotic dancers in Detroit. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Teen who bludgeoned his parents with hammer gets 2 life sentences

A man accused of killing his parents and then hosting a party while their bodies were still inside the house has been given two life sentences without the possibility of parole. Tyler Hadley was charged in the July 2011 deaths of his parents, Blake and Mary Jo Hadley. Hadley pleaded no contest in February to two counts of first-degree murder. He couldn’t receive a death sentence because he was 17 at the time of the killings. Police said Hadley, who was 17 at the time, used a hammer to kill his parents and hid their bodies while he hosted a party for his friends. After killing his parents, Hadley used “books, files, towels, anything that he could find inside the home to cover the bodies” in the bedroom, Port St. Lucie police spokesman Tom Nichols said at the time. Hours before killing his parents, Hadley posted an invitation to a party at his home on Facebook. During Thursday’s sentencing in St. Lucie County, Judge Robert R. Makemson said the crime was brutal, heinous and premeditated. Hadley’s attorney had argued for two 30-year sentences, to be served concurrently, with a review after 20 years. A fellow inmate has said Hadley signs autographs and refers to himself as “hammer boy” …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Floridians rent out cars to strangers for money

Kevin Paul Martyn loves his Toyota Prius for its fuel economy and high-tech feel, which explains why so many people want to drive his car. “I get probably 10 times as many rental requests as I can fulfill. I end up turning them down all the time,” Martyn said. Martyn is one of about 50 people in the Tampa Bay area currently making their cars available for rent on RelayRides.com, a peer-to-peer website based in San Francisco that promises to put your idle car to work for you. “The average owner on RelayRides is making about $250 a month, with many other folks making upwards of $1,000 a month,” RelayRides spokesman Steven Webb said. Car owners post photos and other details on the site and name their price, which averages $30 to $50 a day, but can go much higher. RelayRides handles the money exchange, taking 25 percent. For that you get a million-dollar liability policy with each rental. “In the worst-case scenario or a minor fender bender, you’re not on the hook and your insurance is not on the hook,” Webb said. What’s to keep someone from trashing your car? First of all, renters have to have good driving records and both the renters and the …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Atheist Activists Demand that Wisconsin Governor Remove Scripture from Social Media Pages

By Heather Clark MADISON, Wisc. – A prominent atheist activist group is demanding that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker remove a Scripture from his Twitter and Facebook accounts, alleging that they imply the government promotion of religion. The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Walker this week after becoming aware that he had simply posted “Philippians 4:13″ as his status on his social media accounts on Sunday. The Scripture reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Walker’s Facebook status on Sunday. “This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” FFRF wrote in the letter. “To say, ‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,’ seems more like a threat, or the utterance of a theocratic dictator, than of a duly elected civil servant.” It demanded that the governor delete the post, contending that it is unlawful for Walker to endorse religion on his official social media pages. “On behalf of our membership, we ask you to immediately delete this religious message from your official gubernatorial Facebook and Twitter,” the letter stated. “May we hear from you at your earliest convenience?” “The question is will Walker be able to get …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Religious groups play key role in Obamacare insurance sign-up

By Adelle M. Banks WASHINGTON (RNS) As the national deadline for health insurance enrollment looms and with President Obama’s encouragement, organizations across a range of faiths are working to sign up uninsured Americans by the end of March. The post Religious groups play key role in Obamacare insurance sign-up appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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ANALYSIS: Fred Phelps’ hateful legacy may be the opposite of all he intended

By Cathy Lynn Grossman WASHINGTON (RNS) The image of Christianity that Fred Phelps painted was a hateful, judgmental collection of rabble-rousers — an image that, paradoxically, did more to help his targets than it advanced his message. The post ANALYSIS: Fred Phelps’ hateful legacy may be the opposite of all he intended appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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