Religion

Ferguson turmoil draws U.S. evangelist’s Rapid Response Team

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (Police officers respond to a fellow officer hit by gunfire outside the Ferguson Police Headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant/St. Louis American) Hours after two police officers were shot at a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, last week, a black Kenworth truck in North Carolina hauling a collapsible conference room began rolling down the highway toward the scene, intent on bringing peace and saving souls. The truck, one of Christian evangelist Billy Graham’s Rapid Response Team vehicles, sped toward the latest U.S. crisis armed with chaplains trained to help people cope with everything from tornadoes to mass shootings. “The police force needed chaplains after the shooting, and we’ve also been serving the protesters,” said Al New, manager of the team’s U.S. deployments, who drove the truck. Ferguson, reeling since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown seven months ago and subsequent demonstrations, has been thrust into the center of a national debate on race and policing. Tensions flared this month with the release of a U.S. Justice Department report detailing what it called systemic bias in the police force and a court system that disproportionately levied steep fines on Ferguson’s black residents. On Sunday, when officials announced a suspect had been …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Paris kosher grocery reopens two months after Islamist militant attacks

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (A woman lights candles in front of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes in Paris January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau) The Paris kosher supermarket where four hostages were killed in January by an Islamist gunman reopened on Sunday morning to “show that life is stronger than barbarity,” supermarket officials and France’s interior minister said. The Jan. 9 attack on the Jewish foodstore by Amedy Coulibaly, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and also killed a policewoman in a separate attack, had been coordinated with two other gunmen who killed 12 people at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo two days earlier. “There we are, we are open again,” the new manager, Laurent Mimoun, told local media, wearing a black kippa and visibly moved in the supermarket, completely refurbished and bearing no trace of the deadly attack. “We are thinking about all the victims, this has been the driver behind reopening the shop,” he said. The shop reopened with an entirely new staff since those present at the time were still recovering from the attack on sick leave, according to shop managers. “It is important to pay respect to the memory of those who fell under the fire …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Christians say under siege in Modi’s India after nun rape, attacks

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (Christians hold candles during a vigil to show solidarity with the nun who was raped during an armed assault on a convent school, in New Delhi March 16, 2015. Christians in India said on Monday that the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not done enough to protect their religion, after a spate of attacks including the rape of the 75-year-old nun at the weekend. Christians …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Local News

Miami teacher admits to abuse, wanted to see girl cry, police say

Police have released new details regarding an elementary school teacher accused of aggravated abuse of a child. According to the arrest report, Frederick Mena, 25, was working as a kindergarten teacher at Silver Bluff Elementary School when he dug his nails into a student’s hand and left calf. Police said Mena admitted to doing this to the girl on March 5, because he was frustrated that he was trying to help her learn her numbers and she wasn’t getting the answers correct. Police said Mena claimed the girl was growing frustrated and began whining. He said he then became upset and dug his nails into her skin. According to police, Mena said he had an urge for wanting to see the victim cry, wanted to take advantage of her while she was at a low point and said he felt no remorse after digging his nails into her skin. Miami-Dade County Public Schools released a statement last week after Mena’s arrest: “Once these disturbing allegations came to light, the school district took immediate action and removed the teacher from the classroom. Mr. Mena is no longer employed by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and will be prohibited from working for the district in the future. We will …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Religion

Pakistan police use tear gas to break up Lahore church attack protests

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (Pakistani nuns attend a protest, to condemn suicide bombings which took place outside two churches in Lahore, March 16, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro) Pakistani police broke up Christian protesters in the eastern city of Lahore with tear gas and baton charges on Monday, a day after suicide bombers killed at least 16 people outside two churches, police said. The protesters, angry at the lack of security for Christians in the majority-Muslim country, blocked a major highway in the city. “Police wanted them to disperse peacefully and did not take any action,” said Nayab Haider, a spokesman for Lahore police. But a hit-and-run by a car, which injured four protesters, provoked the crowd, some of whom started throwing stones at cars and private property. “When police tried to stop them, they stoned police and beat officials with batons. In retaliation, police baton-charged them followed by tear gas firing,” Haider said. Sunday’s attacks, claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, occurred minutes apart in a majority-Christian suburb of Lahore. Police said they targeted two churches, one Catholic and one Protestant. Islamist militants in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities often over the past decade. Many Christians accuse the government of doing little to protect …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Local News

New video released in fatal Miami hit-and-run

Police have released surveillance video showing the moments an 18-year-old girl was struck and killed by a driver in Miami. Dericka Banks, 18, was hit by a car while crossing Northwest 54th Street, just east of 13th Avenue on Feb 28. The video shows a 2008 green Toyota Corollas driving away the scene after Banks was hit. Police said the right-front light cover was found at the scene. “You are a monster, because you left her there to die,” said Derrick Banks, Dericka Banks’ brother. “You didn’t turn around. You left her to die.” “Whoever did this to my child — my family is grieving, they are hurting, they are mad,” said the victim’s mother, Veronica Banks. Dericka Banks died last week at Jackson Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. “Right now, I am just trying to be strong for my child and get justice for her,” said Veronica Banks. “I just want to let you know, whoever you are, you hurt this family. We are going to find you,” said the victim’s brother. Anyone who recognizes the car in the surveillance video is asked to call police. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Man begins sentence in son's dog-mauling death

A South Florida man convicted in the dog-mauling death of his 4-year-old son turned himself in to police on Monday to begin serving his sentence. Javon Dade Sr. accepted a plea deal March 2, under which he was sentenced to 30 years in prison but requires that he serve only four. He must also serve six years of probation. According to police, Dade and his girlfriend were sleeping off a hangover last August when Dade’s son, Javon Dade Jr., got outside through an unlocked door. He was reported missing by the couple and later found dead in their back yard, mauled to death by a dog. Police said the couple had spent the previous night smoking marijuana laced with cocaine. Six dogs were removed from the property, including three adults and three puppies. An adult male pit bull was euthanized because of its temperament. Miami-Dade County Animal Services fined Dade $1,040 for violating the county’s dog ordinance. A judge also required Dade to write a letter of apology to the toddler’s mother. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Ryan Yescas back in court after telling girlfriend to dig own grave, deputies say

A South Florida man accused of punching, choking and shooting at his girlfriend before handing her a shovel and telling her to dig her own grave was back before a judge Monday morning. Ryan Yescas, 36, has been held without bond since his arrest on an attempted murder charge in February, but he was in court Monday on secondary charges. Broward County Judge John Hurley ordered that Yescas remain in jail until trial. According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Yescas and his girlfriend were driving home Feb. 3 when he became angry at her and punched her several times in the face. Yescas pointed a gun at her, told her that he was going to kill her and then fired a shot, shattering the front passenger window, the report said. Yescas then put his hands around her neck and started to choke her, the report said. When they arrived at their Dania Beach home, Yescas took her to the back yard, handed her a shovel and told her that “she was going to dig her own grave,” the report said. At some point, the woman was able to call deputies, who noticed that her face was severely swollen and bruised, the report said. Yescas was …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Education

NSU Aquatics Offers Water Safety Instructor Courses in April

By wlchrist The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course trains instructor candidates to teach swim lessons. Instructor candidates will have four practice-teaching assignments that will give them experience in teaching participants in the aspects of presentation, demonstration, organization, and feedback. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive American Red Cross instructor certification in Water Safety. Schedule: Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Cost: NSU Students, Faculty, Staff Members, and Alumni: $175 General Public: $250 For more information, please visit www.nova.edu/nsuaquatics/red-cross-training/wsi.html, contact Daniel Kifle at dkifle@nova.edu, or call (954) 262-6804. …read more Source:: NSU News       ...
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Former University of Miami baseball coach pleads guilty to drug possession in Biogenesis case

A pitching coach whom the University of Miami once noted as being “one of the most respected” in the country pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges in a drug dealing case linked to Biogenesis of America. Lazaro “Lazer” Daniel Collazo played for UM in 1985. He was known for his “eye for pitching talent,” his UM profile once said. Collazo also recruited players for the University of South Florida. He coached UM and Florida State University staff, and the U.S. senior national team. Collazo recruited many top names in college and professional baseball, his former Miami Sports Consulting profile said. The list included Alex Fernandez with the White Sox, Joe Grahe with the Angels, and John Jay with the Cardinals. After prosecutors dropped more serious steroid distribution charges and recommended probation rather than prison time, Collazo was charged with two testosterone possession charges. U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga sentenced Collazo to two years’ probation and fined him $2,000. The Major League Baseball had accused him of recruiting and referring clients to Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables. Porter Fischer, the whistleblower who used to work for the Biogenesis clinic, said clinic clients included players from the NBA, NCAA, professional boxing, …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Education

Book Club in a Bag 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM

– Weston Reference Desk Interested in starting your own book club? Join the book-club-in-a-bag program today! When you join, you will receive a kit that contains 10 copies of a title, and all the tools you will need for your own book club. To get started, please contact Linda Abraham 954-357-5304, or stop by the Reference desk. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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