Residents in Orange County, California are no longer questioning the appearance of "disturbing" porcelain dolls on their doorsteps after learning a member of their local church had dropped off the items as she cleared out her vast toy collection.
Eight residents in the community of Talega, located in San Clemente, contacted police after they discovered porcelain dolls sitting on their doorsteps that resembled their daughters. Parents who received the dolls told police that they found the strange gifts to be "creepy" and "disturbing," especially since they did not know of their origin. All of the girls who received their look-a-like doll attend the same elementary school.
"It's really creepy and disturbing. As a mom with a daughter, it freaks me out," one neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told NBC Los Angeles. "Hopefully it's a prank and not someone with very bad motives." more >>
LOS ANGELES — A majority of California Latinos do not see marijuana possession or non-violent drug possession of any kind as a legitimate cause for deportation, according to a poll released by Latino Decisions and Presente.org Friday.
"Latinos believe that the war on drugs is a failure and that our sentencing system is broken," said Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org. "Families shouldn't be torn apart over marijuana possession."
Carmona adds, "It's time to enact common sense policies and stop wasting money over minor marijuana possession charges. It's time to stop allowing the justice system to prey on America's most vulnerable residents. We need reasonable and responsible drug sentencing reform that ends the war on communities of color." more >>
An Alabama-based Catholic television station will be opening a new studio at the campus of the former Crystal Cathedral of Orange County, California.
Eternal Word Television Network announced Thursday that they plan to have the studio at what is now Christ Cathedral, a Roman Catholic congregation under the Diocese of Orange.
Ryan Lilyengren, director of Communications with the Diocese of Orange, told The Christian Post that the agreement between EWTN and Christ Cathedral was part of a "vision." more >>
An associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara has pleaded no contest to criminal charges related to her assault on a group of pro-life students in March, which was partially captured on video.
The Santa Barbara Independent reported on Thursday that Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, who had been accused of stealing and destroying an anti-abortion posted during an event, as well as pushing and scratching the activist, is pleading no contest to the charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery.
"Today's plea brings us one step closer to seeing justice done in this case," said Katie Short, mother of the 16-year-old activist that Miller-Young is accused of assaulting. "Pro-life advocates should not be subjected to intimidation and violence for lawfully exercising their right to free speech, and we are happy to see that Ms. Miller-Young is being held accountable for her actions." more >>
"Preachers of LA," the faith-based reality show that sparked controversy and critical debate over its flashy season one premiere, returns to the Oxygen network next month with what appears to be more sobering developments in the ministries and lives of its star Christian ministers.
"Season two is full of self-discovery and change with growing families and ministries, incredible women of strength beside them, and ever-changing relationships," according to a press release from Oxygen Media.
What is clear from a new season two supertease trailer is that Bishop Noel Jones and his longtime friend and potential love interest, Loretta are confronted by Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife about the pair's unusual relationship. The confrontation over the status of Jones and Loretta's relationship, which Gibson insists the world needs to know about, apparently causes a "devastating rift" between the couples. more >>
Actor David Henrie, who appeared alongside Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," among other television shows, could have easily fallen into the out-of-control party lifestyle Hollywood is known for, but he credits his Catholic faith for giving him the strength to survive in Tinseltown with his moral values intact.
Henrie, 25, who recently debuted his first short film "Catch" as a director, admitted that being in showbiz is not easy due to constant temptations.
"I've been lucky to have friends who are not in the business, who aren't enablers to the whole crazy lifestyle that can go along with Hollywood ... I think the people in Hollywood who are always working on their craft, those are the most successful people because they don't buy into the whole lifestyle that goes along with it," said Henrie in a "Freefall" audio interview with The Blaze's Billy Hallowell and Raj Nair. more >>