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  • The return of Driscoll: A new gig in Arizona and gigs on the road

    06/10/2016 12:51:35 AM PDT · by ppaul · 13 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | 05/31/2016 | JOEL CONELLY
    The ex-senior pastor at Seattle's Mars Hill megachurch, which imploded in 2014, formally launches his new operation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Driscoll is still facing a federal RICO racketeering suit by former church members in Seattle. But he is preaching at evangelical conferences around the country... He was brought down, in Seattle, after a complaint by 21 Mars Hill pastors and worship leaders that Driscoll had bullied, intimidated and manipulated those who worked at the church. The charges were sustained, in a report never released by church elders. Driscoll brought misogyny and homophobia to the pulpit. He famously called women "penis...
  • Federal Lawsuit: Controversial Pastor Ran Mars Hill Megachurch Like a Crime Syndicate

    03/10/2016 12:15:02 AM PST · by ppaul · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/29/2016 | Brandy Zadrozny
    Just when controversial pastor Mark Driscoll was hoping to make a new start, former members of his old stomping grounds at Seattle’s Mars Hill Church have filed a lawsuit alleging Driscoll and his chief elder ran the now-shuttered megachurch like an organized crime syndicate, in which church members became unwitting participants. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the Western District of Washington U.S. District Court in Seattle under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a law originally created for prosecution of Mafia figures. Former members have been threatening to file such a lawsuit for months to find out...
  • Police: Man in Bra and Wig Found in Women's Bathroom

    01/27/2016 8:26:07 AM PST · by ppaul · 37 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 03/15/2013 | KOMO Staff
    EVERETT, Wash. - A man wearing a bra and wig was arrested Friday after he was spotted in a women's bathroom at Everett Community College, police said. Officers responded to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. after a college staff member said she saw the man go into the women's rest room and alerted security personnel. An investigation found that the suspect had gone into the rest room while two women were inside, according to a police report. The women were later interviewed and said they had no idea that the man was there. When police interviewed the man, he...
  • Protesters face off with police during Black Friday festivities - officer injured

    11/27/2015 10:50:58 PM PST · by ppaul · 12 replies
    KIRO News ^ | Thursday, November 26, 2015 Updated: 5:36 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2015 | Natasha Chen
    UPDATES: 6:30PM After the tree lighting ceremony, shoppers and revelers dispersed from the area while protesters sat down in a circle in front of the entrance to Westlake Center. Speakers continued to address the rally for the next hour while officers in riot gear stood guard blocking them from entering the shopping center.
  • 2013-Sweden in flames: Gangs of migrants riot for 5 nights now. Multicultural utopia turns to ashes

    10/10/2015 11:58:50 PM PDT · by ppaul · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2013 | Christian Gysin
    It is supposed to be the model multicultural state. But Sweden is facing problems of its own after gangs of immigrants spent a fifth consecutive night rioting in Stockholm. Officers are battling to keep the capital under control after hundreds of cars were torched, a police station set alight and fire services kept from a major blaze by a stone-throwing mob of youths. To make matters worse, rioting has now spread to Sweden’s two other major cities, Gothenburg and Malmo... Growing unrest turned to violence last Sunday in a north-western suburb called Husby – where more than 80 per cent...
  • Thought the Republicans Were Nuts? Wait 'til Bat**** Craziness of Next Week's Democratic Debate

    10/08/2015 1:22:45 PM PDT · by ppaul · 42 replies
    The Stranger ^ | 10/08/2015 | Matt Baume
    I started with a simple enough question: how do I watch the October 13 Democratic debate on CNN? And I wound up learning the answer to so many more questions I didn't know I had. Among those answers: Cheryl Crow, virtual reality, Las Vegas, and maybe Joe Biden or maybe not. Crazily, CNN itself seems to be offering no information about whether they will livestream the debate, as they did with the Republicans last month, or whether they'll shunt it over to cable-only like Fox did with their debate. Mashable is the only site reporting that CNN will be livestreaming...
  • Student Punished for American Flag Tshirt

    09/17/2015 2:50:34 PM PDT · by ppaul · 42 replies
    FOX5 News ^ | September 17, 2015 | Staff
    A North Texas student was punished recently for wearing an American flag T-shirt to school. An administrator at Seagoville High School determined that the shirt violated the dress code...an administrator asked Jaegur to lift his hoodie. “Underneath that shirt, he was wearing [the American flag] shirt,” said Shelly. When Jaegur lifted his hoodie, he was sent to in-school suspension...
  • Council postpones vote on Columbus Day renaming [Seattle]

    09/02/2014 6:57:27 PM PDT · by ppaul · 28 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 09/02/2014 | Michael Konopasek
    SEATTLE– The vote to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in Seattle has been postponed so the Mayor and other elected officials can hold a signing ceremony next month to mark the change. Columbus Day has been celebrated throughout the United States for decades, but the Human Rights Commission pushed for the name change. The proposal is being sponsored by council members Bruce Harrell and Kshama Sawant...
  • President Obama honors Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey with Presidential Medal of Freedom

    11/20/2013 12:37:22 PM PST · by ppaul · 47 replies
    President Barack Obama opened a day of tributes to former President John F. Kennedy on Wednesday by bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on prominent Americans, 50 years after Kennedy was assassinated weeks short of the medal’s first award ceremony. Obama presented the medal — the highest award the U.S. gives a civilian — to Oprah Winfrey, former President Bill Clinton...Gloria Steinhem...
  • Obama honors Clinton, Oprah with Medal of Freedom

    11/20/2013 12:27:05 PM PST · by ppaul · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 11/20/2013 | David Jackson
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on more than a dozen prominent Americans 50 years after the death of the award's founder, President John F. Kennedy.</p>
  • The Tea Party's War on America

    08/02/2011 9:09:40 AM PDT · by ppaul · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 8/2/2011 | Joe Nocera
    You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them. These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took. Like ideologues everywhere, they scorned compromise. When John Boehner, the House speaker, tried to...
  • Husband Explains Why Mother Of 5 Disappeared

    04/20/2011 12:29:17 PM PDT · by ppaul · 39 replies
    wsb-tv 2 ^ | 04/20/2011 | Linda Stouffer
    The husband of a Bartow County woman who went missing for nearly a week has explained why his wife disappeared. Abed Suleiman said it all started as a misunderstanding..."Problem No. 1 was she lied to me," Abed Suleiman said. He then texted her, stating, "I'm gonna kill you."
  • Arizona Sheriff’s News Conference No Place For Personal Political Opinion

    01/09/2011 10:37:43 AM PST · by ppaul · 45 replies
    Gulf1 - Straight Talk ^ | 1/9/2010 | Dr. Alan Bates
    In the midst of a local tragedy committed by a young man with some type of mental derangement, the Democrat Sheriff of Pima County in Tuscon hosted a news conference which violated the code of conduct of such informational sessions by repeatedly injecting his personal political views and opinions rather than sticking to the facts of the case. His comments are an insult to upstanding law-abiding citizens who support Arizona’s immigration law and Americans who find the secular progressive destruction of our Constitution outrageous. Every reasonable person knows the Arizona law was the consequence of willful failure of the Federal...
  • Osama's Niece Strips for US Magazine

    12/25/2005 11:25:14 PM PST · by ppaul · 13 replies · 6,143+ views
    SofiaNewsAgency ^ | 12/25/2005 | staff
    The niece of Osama Bin Laden has posed for provocative photographs for an American magazine. Wafah Dufour, the al Qaeda leader's niece, who took her mother's maiden name after the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11 is an aspiring musician struggling to make a name for herself, GQ magazine wrote. She appears stripped to ostrich feather lingerie, and in a bubble bath, in photos for American GQ magazine. She says she has never met Osama bin Laden. "Everyone relates me to that man, and I have nothing to do with him," she said in the article. "There are...
  • New Orleans mayor seeks gambling to rebuild city

    10/08/2005 7:01:17 AM PDT · by ppaul · 30 replies · 786+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 7, 2005 | Matt Daily
    New Orleans' mayor on Friday proposed building a casino zone near the historic French Quarter to jump start the hurricane-ravaged city's economy, saying a bold move was needed to restore lost tax revenue. "I'd like to have another solution for the citizens ... but I don't know what else we can do at this point," Ray Nagin told a news conference. New Orleans is struggling to rebound from Hurricane Katrina in August which fractured flood walls and flooded 80 percent of the city. Hurricane Rita hit the Gulf Coast on September 24, triggering renewed flooding in parts of the city....
  • Supreme Court Rules for Lesbian Couple in Bias Dispute With Country Club

    08/03/2005 1:23:07 AM PDT · by ppaul · 14 replies · 717+ views
    Metropolitan News-Enterprise ^ | 8/3/2005 | KENNETH OFGANG
    A private club violates California’s law prohibiting discrimination by businesses if it fails to extend to members’ registered domestic partners the same privileges it grants to spouses, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday. While the granting of special privileges to married couples by businesses is consistent with longstanding public policy, Justice Carlos Moreno wrote for the court, the Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003—operative Jan. 1 of this year—requires that those privileges extend to domestic partners who have registered with the state. “The Legislature has made it abundantly clear than an important goal of the Domestic Partner...
  • Attacks on UK will continue, radical cleric says

    07/23/2005 7:07:39 AM PDT · by ppaul · 114 replies · 2,480+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/23/05 | Gideon Long
    LONDON (Reuters) - Militant Islamists will continue to attack Britain until the government pulls its troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the country's most outspoken Islamic clerics said on Friday. Speaking 15 days after bombers killed over 50 people in London and a day after a series of failed attacks on the city's transport network, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed said the British capital should expect more violence. "What happened yesterday confirmed that as long as the cause and the root problem is still there ... we will see the same effect we saw on July 7," Bakri said....
  • Harry Potter and the Lavender Brigade

    07/23/2005 6:56:25 AM PDT · by ppaul · 452 replies · 9,582+ views
    VisionForum ^ | 7/23/05 | Douglas Phillips
    As well as being extraordinarily popular, the [Harry Potter] books have encouraged millions of children to start reading for the first time.... For those who have a problem with the idea of fantasy and alternative universes alongside ours, we need to recognize that almost all children play imaginative games in their minds starting at a very young age and have no difficulty whatsoever in distinguishing between fantasy and reality.... Additionally, the Harry Potter books send a strong message about moral order. There are beautiful and enjoyable human relationships among the characters, and there is a depth of commitment and service...
  • LONDON Suspect's killing by police rattles a city on edge

    07/23/2005 5:26:00 AM PDT · by ppaul · 119 replies · 2,421+ views
    San Francisco Chronicile ^ | 7/23/05 | Alan Cowell, NYT
    London -- At about 10 a.m. on a sunny, summery Friday morning, London crossed a once-unthinkable line in its unfolding war on terror. In a city where most police officers do not carry guns, the shock from the shooting death of a man in a subway car was palpable. It raised questions about police firearms practices, kindled uncertainty among Muslims and deepened the anxiety of a city that looks, these days, under siege. The police said they had trailed a man, described as South Asian in appearance, from a house in Stockwell, a hardscrabble neighborhood of South London. He was...
  • Police in huge manhunt for London bomb suspects

    07/22/2005 9:34:20 PM PDT · by ppaul · 15 replies · 593+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/22/2005 | Gideon Long (Additional reporting by Peter Griffiths)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Police were engaged in one of the biggest manhunts in British history on Saturday, scouring London's streets and houses for four suspects who botched their attempts on Thursday to bomb the city's transport network. Police released photographs of the suspects hours after plain-clothes officers shot and killed a man in front of shocked passengers on an underground train following a chase. Armed officers later swooped on an apartment block in south London, arresting a man in connection with Thursday's failed attacks while rooftop snipers covered them. It was one of a series of raids across London by...