A civil court has found a California church financially liable for over $100,000 after the church recommended an employee for a daycare job where he molested children, after he had been let go by the church three previous times for inappropriate behavior with youth.
Church on the Hill in San Jose, Calif., was ordered to pay three girls $185,762 or 17.5 percent of the total $1,061,500 award on Dec. 18, after jurors found the imprisoned former counselor, Keith Woodhouse, 27, and the daycare, Child Development Inc., financially liable for Woodhouse's abuse of three girls, reports The San Jose Mercury News.
Robert Allard, who represented the girls, alleged that Woodhouse, who was employed by the church in 2004, 2007 and 2009, had been fired three times by the church for acting inappropriately around children and that the church had never reported his behavior to police. more >>
The Los Angeles Dream Center is currently gathering signatures to object to a possible ban on publicly feeding the city's homeless, with an online petition directed at the city's mayor.
City councilman Tom LaBonge introduced a motion recently that has sparked controversy and initiated conversation about the lack of solutions for L.A.'s homeless population. If passed, the bill would prohibit organizations from providing outdoor food services to the needy because such actions get in the public's right of way and sometimes they have "negative impacts to the surrounding community," according to LaBonge's official motion document.
"If feeding were to be banned or restricted, it would cut off our lifeline to not only feed the homeless but families," said Pastor Matthew Barnett to The Christian Post on Thursday. "Tens of thousands of people would be impacted. Mobile trucks are the only way to reach people. We've been doing this for nearly twenty years. Mobile outreach meets people in their world and that's where the impacts are made." more >>
A&E Networks has suspended indefinitely "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson from its popular reality show after the conservative Christian shared his belief that homosexuality is a sin in the January issue of GQ magazine. However, Robertson's Christian fans, expressing their outrage on social media, have vowed to boycott the network.
A&E said in a statement Wednesday evening that it was disappointed to read Robertson's remarks and the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch's beliefs were personal and not a reflection of the network's views.
"His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely," reads the statement. more >>
Rumor has it, teenage pop star Justin Bieber might be retiring from music, two days before Christmas. But not everyone believes the teen icon's announcement.
"I'm retiring man, I'm just going to take some time, I think I'm going to probably quit music," Bieber said in an interview with Power 106 FM, a Los Angeles radio station, on Tuesday. The news has exploded that, after his newest album, Believe, releases on iTunes Dec. 23rd, the pop star plans to fade from the public scene.
Signs to the contrary abound, however. Sources "in Bieber's camp" told TMZ the young star was joking. "As one source put it, 'the kid's got ambition.'" TMZ also reported on Bieber's surprise appearance at the comedy show "Laugh Factory" on Friday, where he was "ROASTED" for his "ridiculous fashion choices." After that performance, this "news" is a joke – "apparently he thinks he's on a comedy roll." more >>
The family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath won the right to keep their loved one on life support despite a hospital's initial insistence that she be removed from the support. The family is banding together and asking for prayers for Jahi, fully believing that God can perform a miracle and Jahi can wake up.
"I don't want her off life support because I really feel like she can wake up," Naliah Winkfield, Jahi's mother, told CNN's Piers Morgan. "I feel like it's just been a rough week for her and, if they just give her some more time, then she'll be able to wake up."
The family and Children's Hospital in Oakland were at odds over removing the teen from life support after she suffered complications from a routine tonsillectomy. Jahi went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced brain dead, which led officials at the hospital to suggest, then order, that she be removed from the machines. Yesterday doctors performed one more EEG before preparing to remove Jahi from life support. more >>
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department arrested nearly two dozen students after seizing an array of illegal drugs such as crack, crack cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine in an undercover operation at a two California high schools last Thursday.
A press release from the sheriff's department said the students were arrested after a long-term investigation of illegal drug sales at Perris High School, in the city of Perris and Paloma Valley High School in the city of Menifee.
Investigators identified 23 juvenile students as well as two adult students between the two schools involved in the sale of illicit drugs, but only arrested 22 of them including the two adult students identified as Serina Ramirez, 18, and Erick De La Cruz, 19. Both of the students were arrested on the Perris High School campus. more >>