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PA children’s home approved to house immigrant children

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PennLive.com reports:

A local home for children has been asked by the federal government to prepare itself to take in unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who continue to cross over into the United States.

The United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg has not taken in any children from Central America yet, and it continues to assist children sent to it from the local county courts systems, the group’s Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Best said Monday. But the agency has been contacted to prepare itself to provide shelter and care for unaccompanied minors, she said.

The home has been approved to receive an Urgent and Compelling Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide temporary shelter services to unaccompanied children beginning in August, according to the home’s President and CEO David Reed.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is meeting with religious leaders to discuss housing some of the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children in Maryland (via WBAL Radio):

Among those expected at the meeting, officials from Catholic Charities who are asking the federal government for a grant to use St. Vincent’s Villa in Timonium to house 50 children.

The children and teens come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Baltimore County Delegate Wade Kach, who is running for the Baltimore County Council seat that includes Timonium, has written a letter to Archbishop Lori opposing the plan.

Last week, I wrote about the plan by Catholic Charities to house the immigrant children at St. Vincent’s Villa in Timonium, Maryland. I also previously wrote about CASA de Maryland wanting to house the unaccompanied minor immigrants in Maryland.

Baltimore ranks 3rd in Top 10 Worst Rat Cities in the World

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Animal Planet ranks the Top 10 Worst Rat Cities in the World and Baltimore is #3:

Baltimore’s rat problem is bad enough that at one point, rats tunneled so intensely beneath a particular area of pavement that when garbage collectors drove over it, their truck sunk up to its axles. Rats in the vicinity took full advantage of the mishap and swarmed the truck, gorging on the garbage inside.

Baltimore also enjoys the dubious distinction of being a hotspot for rat-related research, beginning during World War II and continuing today, much of it carried out at Johns Hopkins University.

The full list:

  1. New York
  2. Boston
  3. Baltimore
  4. Chicago
  5. New Orleans
  6. Atlanta
  7. London
  8. Paris
  9. Rat Island (The Aleutians)
  10. Deshnoke, India

OKC Civic Center hosting a Satanic Black Mass led by sex offender

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A group called Dakhma of Angra Mainyu is holding a Black Mass at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21. The permittee (see the permit at the bottom of this post) for the event is Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender. The Civic Center is owned by the city and funded by a foundation that includes a city government official and the head of a Catholic hospital on its board. The event has been condemned by the Archbishop of Oklahoma City. (I first read about this on Fr. Z’s Blog.)

From the Civic Center’s website:

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Adam Daniels has connections to Lucien Greaves (a.k.a. Doug Mesner, a.k.a. Adam Misicko), the organizer of the planned Black Mass at Harvard University (which didn’t take place.)

Dawn Eden had more on that at the time:

Moreover, I am not encouraged by the fact that Greaves is close with registered sex offender Adam B. Daniels, who, along with his wife, run a Satanic worship center in Oklahoma. Here is a video interview in which they talk about why they personally submitted the application for Greaves’ Satanic Temple to build a monument to Satan at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Just this week, Daniels told an Oklahoma news stations of his “conversations” with Greaves.

Look up “Adam B. Daniels” in the national sex offender registry and you will see that he was convicted of sexual battery in 2009. The rap sheet notes that he has satanic tattoos all over his body. The court ruled that he had to remain on the registry for life.

In what appears to be some sort of sick joke, the website of Daniels’ Satanic “church” features a “rape awareness” page decorated with images of flowers.

Greaves too has committed criminal sexual activity. He was photographed last year exposing himself upon the grave site of the mother of the Westboro Baptist Church founder as part of what he called a “satanic ritual,” which you can read about here.

Daniels was previously “Dark Overlord” of the Church of the IV Majesties. That group had planned on holding a fake exorcism at the Civic Center in 2010, which Daniels tried to cancel after he was kicked out of that group. It’s not clear if that event ever took place. Here’s what James Hale, a co-founder of that group, said at the time: “We Satanists don’t deal with sex offenders.”

Earlier this year, The Catholic League was critical of the Civic Center for hosting a performance of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” last December.

The League noted:

When it opened in the East Village in New York in 1998, [William] Donohue said, “it sounds like a routine homosexual play: full-frontal male nudity, filthy language, discussions of body parts, butch lesbians, effeminate gay men, ranting about nature, damning God for AIDS, etc.” The play was a flop, never making it to Broadway. In December, the taxpayers, both nationally and in Oklahoma, paid for it.

If you live in Oklahoma City and you’re offended by this, you should contact the Civic Center and other officials and politely let them know about it. Also, if you’re a Catholic elsewhere who is offended you should make sure your opinion is heard.

The Public Information Officer for the Civic Center is Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock. You can email her here or call (405) 297-3882 to let her know your opinion on the matter. The main business office number for the Civic Center is (405) 297-2584. The Civic Center is also on Twitter – @okcciviccenter.

The Board of Directors includes City Councilwoman Meg Salyer of Ward 6. You can call her at (405) 297-2402. Her email address is ward6@okc.gov. She is on Twitter and her handle is @MegForWard6.

Another board member is Joe Hodges of St. Anthony Hospital. The hospital’s mission statement is: “Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.” St. Anthony Hospital is part of SSM Healthcare, a Catholic organization which was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. Hodges is regional vice president for SSM.  You can contact SSM about Mr. Hodges role on the board of the Civic Center by calling (314) 994-7800 or emailing them here. You can also possibly contact Mr. Hodges directly at the hospital by calling (800) 227‑6964 or the main number at (405) 272‑7000.

The Mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, might be another good person to contact to express your displeasure. You can reach the Mayor at (405) 297-2424 or email him at mayor@okc.gov. He is on Twitter at @mickcornett.

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Official: Pop tart “gun” suspension of 7-year old should be upheld

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Baltimore Sun:

A hearing examiner recommended the Anne Arundel County school board uphold last year’s two-day suspension of a second-grader who was accused of nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun.

But an attorney for the family of Joshua Welch said if the county board agrees, he’s prepared to take the matter to the state Board of Education.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to clear this little kid’s name and take the brand off his record,” attorney Robin Ficker said.

Hearing examiner Andrew Nussbaum, who was brought in by the school system to hear the case, sided with school officials in the sanctioning of Welch, then a 7-year-old Park Elementary School student whose suspension in March 2013 drew national media coverage and debate. Kimberly and B.J. Welch have since transferred their son to another school.

The school system has tried to say the suspension wasn’t about the “gun”, but the family’s attorney strongly disagrees with that characterization.

11th Circuit grants injunction in EWTN’s HHS Mandate suit

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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted EWTN a temporary injunction that bars the federal government from imposing a $35,000 a day fine on the network.

EWTN Global Catholic Network is facing either a $35,000 a day or $12 million a year fine for refusing to comply with the Affordable Care Act that mandates employers cover contraceptives for employees.

The deadline to comply with this ACA provision is midnight on Monday, June 30.

While WBRC claims it might not necessarily be related to today’s Supreme Court ruling, the actual order itself from the 11th Circuit (below) starts with the following phrase: “In light of the Supreme Court’s decision today…”

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West Africa ebola outbreak death toll rises past 300

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Mashable has the latest update on the ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has now become the “worst outbreak in history”:

The deadly Ebola virus — for which there is no cure or vaccine — has killed more than 300 people in west Africa since March. It’s now the worst outbreak in history, with Doctors Without Borders calling it an “unprecedented” epidemic that is now “out of control.”

The current Ebola outbreak started in Guinea; it quickly spread throughout the country, and then to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak doesn’t seem to be slowing down, despite the intervention of international health authorities, including the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This is worse than expected,” Robert Garry, a Tulane University virologist currently in Sierra Leone, told NBC News. “I am fearful that it could get much worse.”

The chart, below, shows the total number of reported cases this year, the number of deaths and the “case fatality ratio” — the proportion of deaths within the total number of infections — for each country where there have been reported cases of Ebola, according to WHO data as of June 24 .

The below graphic has more data:
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Terps lacrosse player charged with sexual assault at concert

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This story was originally spotted at Eye on Annapolis.

MyFoxDC reports:

A 19-year-old man is behind bars after police say he sexually assaulted a 49-year-old woman after she fell asleep in the grass at a concert at Jiffy Lube Live last weekend.

According to investigators, the incident happened Sunday night during the Zac Brown Band concert at the venue in Bristow, Va.  The victim woke up and found the man—whom she didn’t know—lying beside her and touching her inappropriately.

Prince William County police say the suspect, Benjamin Chisolm of Davidsonville, Md., walked away from the victim, and was eventually detained by police for public intoxication.  He was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Chisolm is being held without bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on July 17.

Chisolm is a lacrosse player at the University of Maryland. As a freshman this past season, he scored two goals. He played high school at South River and was an all-state player.

Pregnant woman and her unborn child murdered

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Baltimore County Police reported that Friday evening (6/20/14) they responded to a home in the Rosedale area of Baltimore County after a 911 call from a resident who found her daughter severely injured. The victim, later identified as Summer Shemida Smith, was declared dead on the scene. Smith was 33 years old and lived at the home with her mother. Media reports indicated that her pregnancy was full-term. Her unborn child also died.

After an autopsy Saturday ,police announced that Smith’s death was the result of homicide. No cause of death or details on her injuries have been released. The autopsy results for her unborn child have not been announced yet by police either. Police say they don’t believe there is a danger to the community.

Maryland has a fetal homicide law (§ 2-103) which says that a defendant can be prosecuted for manslaughter or murder if (via NCSL.org) the perpetrator “intended to cause the death of the viable fetus; intended to cause serious physical injury to the viable fetus; or wantonly or recklessly disregarded the likelihood that the person’s actions would cause the death of or serious physical injury to the viable fetus.”

Under Maryland law (§ 2-209), viable “means that stage when, in the best medical judgment of the attending physician based on the particular facts of the case before the physician, there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus’s sustained survival outside the womb.”

The fact that Smith’s pregnancy was full-term would seemingly indicate that any homicide prosecution would include a second charge for the death of the child in addition to charges for Smith’s death.

7 Facts you should know about the U.S. Army on its 239th Birthday

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Saturday (June 14, 2014) is the 239th Army Birthday (and it’s also Flag Day.) Here are some facts about the United States Army that you may or may not know already.

  1. Almost 70% of all Medals of Honor have been awarded to soldiers in the U.S. Army. Figures from August 2013 show that 2,403 Medals of Honor had been awarded to soldiers while 3,468 had been awarded to service members in all branches combined. 1198 of the Army Medal of Honor recipients were awarded the medal for actions during the Civil War.
  2. The youngest officer to become a General in the Army was only 20 years old. Galusha Pennypacker, of Pennsylvania, enlisted in the Army at the age of 16 in 1861. He received a brevet promotion in January 1865 to Brigadier General after the Battle of Fort Fisher. He received a full promotion to that rank a month later and also received the Medal of Honor for those actions. After the war, he continued in the regular Army as a Colonel. George Armstrong Custer was also one of the youngest officers promoted to general during the Civil War. He was promoted from Captain to Brigadier General only three days before the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
  3.  Henry “Hap” Arnold was the only person to hold the rank of five-star general in two branches of the military. Arnold became a five-star general (General of the Army) and was only behind Marshall, MacArthur, and Eisenhower in seniority at that rank. He retired in 1946 and a law passed by Congress in 1949 made his last rank General of the Air Force – since the Air Force didn’t exist as a separate branch until 1947.
  4. The oldest active duty regiment in the Army is the Old Guard. The Old Guard has been designated as the 3rd Infantry Regiment since 1815. Before that, it was organized as the First American Regiment in 1784. There have been five Medal of Honor recipients who served in the 3rd Infantry Regiment – the last was during Vietnam. In addition to the ceremonial units at Fort Myer adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Regiment is at Fort Lewis, Washington. That battalion is equipped with Stryker armored fighting vehicles (wheeled) and is part of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division. UPDATE: One highly-knowledgeable reader points out that the “oldest continuously-serving unit in the Regular Army is D Battery, 1st Bn, 5th Field Artillery” that was formed as Alexander Hamilton’s Battery during the Revolution.
  5. The earliest actions that an African-American soldier received the Medal of Honor for resulted in William H. Carney receiving the MOH. While he actually received the Medal in 1900, the actions he earned it for took place on July 18, 1863 at Battery Wagner on Morris Island in South Carolina. Carney served in the 54th Massachusetts, the unit immortalized in the movie Glory.
  6. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an Army operation. Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark could choose any member of the Regular Army or the Militia to be a member of their Corps of Discovery. The expedition was funded by the War Department and the Army Quartermaster procured supplies for it. The soldiers were split into squads and were in uniform for the whole expedition.
  7. The Army Astronaut Badge is said to be the rarest badge issued by the U.S. Army. As of 2008, around 15 soldiers had earned it. Most of them have been graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Report: Meriam Ibrahim to be released from Sudan’s death row

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Daily Mail:

A Sudanese woman facing down a death sentence for marrying a Christian will be freed, it has been reported.

Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth in prison this week, was sentenced to death for abandoning Islam, but is now set to be released in a matter of days.

There was a lot of international pressure regarding this situation but her lawyer isn’t sure he’s buying the reversal:

Abdullahi Alazreg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, announced the decision to the BBC, saying that Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.

However, Mrs Ibrahim’s lawyers said they do not believe the offer is genuine, and is a ploy to silence the growing outcry.

Elshareef Ali Mohammed, one of her legal team, told the Telegraph: ‘It’s to silence the international media. This is what the government do. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison’.

Her husband is an American citizen and we need to do what we can to get her to the U.S.