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The Forty-Second Chapter: Peace is Not to Be Placed in Men

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Forty-Second Chapter: Peace is Not to Be Placed in Men The Voice of Christ MY CHILD, if you place your peace in any creature because of your own feeling or for the sake of his company, you will be unsettled and entangled. But if you have recourse to the ever-living and abiding Truth, you will not grieve if a friend should die or forsake you. Your love for your friend should be grounded in Me, and for My sake you should love whoever seems to be good and is very dear to you in this life. Without Me friendship has no strength and cannot endure. Love which I do not bind is neither true nor pure. You ought, therefore, to be so dead to such human affections as to wish as far as lies within you to be without the fellowship of men. Man draws nearer to God in proportion as he withdraws …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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Education

Nova Southeastern University Opens its New Regional Campus in Puerto Rico on Aug. 28

By mc2740 Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is set to reconfirm its commitment to Puerto Rico with the grand opening of a new regional campus in San Juan. The new campus represents an expansion of offerings at NSU and also provides increased opportunities for students university-wide. Nova Southeastern University Regional Campus in Puerto Rico A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled at the new campus at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 28 to celebrate the opening of a new four-story, state-of-the-art building. NSU will be offering master’s and doctoral degrees in pharmacy and education at the new campus, located in San Juan’s Professional Offices Park IV. The new regional campus will have an estimated $27 million economic impact on the island this fiscal year alone. “Nova Southeastern University is committed to helping educate residents of San Juan so they get a quality education leading to good jobs, and allowing them to do so without leaving their families,” said George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., president and CEO of Nova Southeastern University. “It also brings with it a tremendous opportunity for students from the mainland seeking upper level degrees in pharmacy and education to spend time living and studying in a beautiful Caribbean location.” The …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Planned Parenthood Supporters to Host ‘Women’s Rights’ Prayer Rally at Ohio Statehouse

By Heather Clark COLUMBUS, Ohio – A group of Planned Parenthood supporters and so-called faith leaders are hosting a prayer rally today at the Ohio statehouse to entreat God’s blessing on the organization’s work, including the abortion of hundreds of thousands of children each year. “Ohio faith leaders will culminate a week of prayer on issues that affect all Ohioans on Thursday. Join Planned Parenthood supporters and faith leaders from across Ohio at a Statehouse prayer rally,” a page on the Planned Parenthood Action website states. The rally will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the state’s capital. “Moral Mondays was started in North Carolina by Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, to protest that state’s failure to enact the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and other policies that were ‘morally indefensible,’ including attacks on women’s rights. Recently, Rev. Barber put out a call to spread the movement to other states with a week of actions at the end of August,” the website continues. “This week of action provided an opportunity to focus on issues relating to civil rights and social and economic justice.” It then includes a form for visitors to acknowledge their intention to attend, stating, “I am a person of …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Texas School District Duct Tapes Over Plaques Glorifying God Following Atheist Complaint

By Heather Clark MIDLOTHIAN, Texas – A public school district in Texas has covered two dedication plaques that referenced God with duct tape after a prominent atheist activist organization asserted that the displays did not belong on school property. The Midlothian Independent School District has confirmed that a plaque has been covered at Mountain Peak Elementary School and Longbranch Elementary School due to the complaint. “Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God’s children and their faithful teachers in the name of the Holy Christian Church,” the dedication plaques read. “Soli Deo Gloria.” Last year, an anonymous resident contacted the Madison,Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) about the plaques, which in turn sent a letter to the district to demand that they be removed. “It should go without saying that a public elementary school may not proclaim ‘glory to God alone’ nor dedicate itself to a particular church,” FFRF said in a statement to local television station KFOR. “FFRF believes that the district is in violation of the U.S. Constitution in its display of this plaque,” district Superintendent Jerome Stewart further outlined to FOX reporter Todd Starnes. “Although MISD has not been threatened with a lawsuit, the school district’s attorney advised that it …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Local News

Body found in vacant lot in Pompano Beach

A body was found in a vacant lot Wednesday in Pompano Beach. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said the body was discovered in a lot off Hammondville Road. Sky 10 was above the scene as deputies were covering the body. The body was tucked in the corner of the lot next to a concrete wall and fence. Homicide detectives said the body was of a homeless person and foul play was not suspected. Follow Peter Burke on Twitter @PeteBurke Follow Local 10 on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Hollywood motel fire forces tenants out

Occupants of at least five motel units were forced to evacuate Wednesday night after a fire started on the second floor. The fire happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday at a motel on Scott Street in Hollywood. A worker with Florida Power & Light Co. was fixing a transformer next to the building just before the fire started. A resident said while the FPL worker was working, he walked up to his place and that’s when the motel caught fire. A worker ran up with a fire extinguisher and put out most of the fire, but it had already spread to the attic. The fire department was then called. No injuries were reported. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Police: Miami Fire Rescue lt. responds to teenage girl classified ad

A Miami Fire Rescue lieutenant was arrested Wednesday after Pembroke Pines police say he responded to a classified ad posted by an undercover detective. Police said Ramon Marti, 48, answered an ad from a detective who was posing as a 15-year-old girl. Police said Marti engaged in sexually explicit verbal conversations with the detective, and also sent obscene materials of himself to her during one of their conversations. Marti is charged with online solicitation of a minor, providing obscene material to a minor and unlawful use of a two-way device (cellphone). Police said Marti confessed to all of the charges. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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ChildNet caseworker, 3 others charged in autistic girl's death

A grand jury has charged a child welfare caseworker and three other women following the death of a 12-year-old autistic girl who died while under state care. The cousin who was given custody of Tamiyah Audain after her mother died was among those indicted by grand jurors Tuesday. Audain’s emaciated body was found in her caregiver’s home last September. Latoya Patterson faces life in prison after being charged with felony murder. She was arrested Tuesday and was being held without bond. ChildNet caseworker Jabeth Moye faces second-degree child neglect charges. She remained in jail Wednesday on $7,500 bond. According to a Lauderhill police report, Audain had extensive bed sores and bone-deep wounds. She weighed only 56 pounds at the time of her death. Two psychologists, Juliana Gerena and Helen Richardson, both of whom were involved in the girl’s care, are charged with failure to report child neglect. Court records show they failed to report evidence of neglect to the Florida Department of Children and Families. “The death of a child is a tragedy whether they are involved in the child welfare system or not,” ChildNet spokeswoman Elizabeth Wynter said in a statement. “As this case has now become a legal matter, it would be inappropriate for …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Homeless teen held against her will by man at Miami home, police say

A 25-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday after holding a homeless teenage girl against her will for several days, police said. According to detectives, Jazzima Barnes, 19, met James Myles through an online dating site and made plans to visit him over the weekend. Barnes told police she tried to leave Myles’ home at 26221 SW 123 Ave. in Miami around 7 p.m. Tuesday night, but he wouldn’t let her leave. Barnes called 911 around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on her disconnected cellphone. Police said she did not know her whereabouts and stayed on the phone with the complaint officer for several hours as police tried to locate her. Barnes was eventually able to provide more detailed information about her location, and police were able to find her and arrest Myles. Myles’ sister told Local 10 News her brother and Barnes had been dating for a few weeks, and had an argument Wednesday morning. She said Barnes lied to police about being held against her will. “He left several times, and she never attempted to try and leave or nothing,” said Anquette Myles. “If she really wanted to leave, she could have. There was no one here but her.” According to police, the complaint officer heard …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Police seek 76-year-old Hialeah man

Police are searching for a 76-year-old man who was last seen Wednesday around 8 p.m. Jose Leonardo Puig reportedly went to move his gray 2000 Nissan Maxima car and instead, he just drove away. Puig is described as standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 243 pounds. He has brown eyes and is bald. Puig was last seen wearing a white tank top, khaki shorts and green sandals. The car Puig is believed to be in has a Florida tag of X11RML. Police said Puig suffers from Alzheimer’s. Anyone with any information on Puig’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Hialeah Police Department at 305-687-2525 …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Deputies: Tri-Rail train collides with truck

Broward County sheriff’s deputies were called to the area of Northwest 49th Court and Northwest Ninth Avenue in Deerfield Beach Wednesday night around 7 p.m. after a Tri-Rail train collided with a truck. Officials said the collision produced a small fuel leak that fire rescue crews quickly contained. Two passengers in the truck were transported to Broward Health North. It’s unclear whether any of the 250 passengers aboard the train were injured. Northwest 49th Court remains closed in both directions as officials work to clear the scene of the crash. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Gov. Scott persuades government to back off Fla. school grading system

Fresh off his cruise to victory in Tuesday’s primary, Gov. Rick Scott embarked on a new voyage Wednesday, persuading the federal government to back off its recent warning that Florida needs to toughen up its school grading system. “We’re doing the right thing. We don’t need the federal government to tell us how to run our school system. We care about our kids, they are our kids,” Scott said during a visit to Southside Elementary School, where he was joined by Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and state Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. The trio was at the school to explain why Florida doesn’t include an English Language Learning student’s assessment test scores in their schools overall grade until after that child has been in school for two years. The federal government wants the state to count all student scores equally and under the No Child Left Behind Act, those schools that perform poorly could face strict oversight, mandated tutoring programs and possible closure. “We have 72,000 children who are currently learning English — that’s the equivalent of being a large school system anywhere in America”, Carvalho said. “We believe school that have English language learners should not be penalized. Unfortunately federal officials disagree,” Scott …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Suspect in deadly shooting, chase denied bond Wednesday

Rodney Louis, 27, was denied bond by a Miami-Dade County judge on Wednesday, a day after he allegedly shot a wheelchair-bound man and then led police on chase that ended on Interstate 95 near the Miami Gardens exit. Louis is charged with first-degree murder, grand theft, fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest. Police said Louis approached the victim, 58-year-old Israel Zerquera, from behind and shot him, before leading police on a high-speed chase throughout the county. Louis’ public defender asked the court to zoom in on his face Wednesday morning to document the injuries he received in the crash that ended it all. Meanwhile the victim’s wife, Carmen Perez, told Local 10 News she has no idea why someone would want to kill her husband. In Spanish, Perez said the only ones who know what happened are Rodney Louis and her husband, but her husband is dead. Zerquera was a fixture at the exit ramp on Northwest 95 Street and Seventh Avenue where he was killed. Neighbors saw him there daily asking for money and selling water. Now flowers, balloons and an unmistakable stain of blood mark the spot where he died. His daughter-in-law, Nancy, said she will continue selling water on the opposite corner …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Unruly passenger diverts Miami flight headed to Paris back to Boston

A flight from Miami to Paris was forced to divert to Boston because of an unruly passenger on board. The incident happened Wednesday on American Airlines Flight 62. Authorities said the unruly passenger was removed from the plane. “The aircraft is safely on the ground in Boston and there are no reports of injuries,” authorities said in a statement. “Massachusetts State Police informed Massport that a male passenger was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew.” The plane was expected to be back on its way within an hour. The flight had 212 passengers on board. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage

Florida’s highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional. A majority of judges with the state’s 2nd District of Appeal on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to “great public importance.” The ruling is connected to a divorce case involving a same-sex couple who had been married in Massachusetts. Their petition to dissolve their marriage was rejected by a Florida judge who noted that state law does not recognize gay marriage. Voters approved the ban in 2008. But judges in four Florida counties — Palm Beach, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward — have overturned the ban. Last week, a federal judge also overturned the ban. No marriage licenses have been issued so far. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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