A part-time gospel and R&B singer has accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of making unwanted advances toward her during an event at a church.
The woman, Renee Estill-Sombright, says the incident with Filner happened in June at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church where she was attending a benefit event for an organization that helps African refugees, U-T San Diego reports.
After singing the national anthem, she decided to reintroduce herself to the mayor, who she had met on one other occasion. But when she did so, she says, he asked her if she was married and then asked her out on a date. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, and his wife, Kay, spoke about their grief after the loss of their son, Matthew, and their unfailing hope in God during the Saddleback Church founders' first time back at the pulpit since their son's suicide nearly four months ago.
In an at times gut-wrenching sermon during the first of five weekend services Saturday, the congregation at the Lake Forest campus welcomed the Warrens with a long standing ovation. The couple, who attribute their son's lifelong battle with mental illness as the cause for his death, vowed to remove the stigma of the disease.
"In the middle of all that intense pain, Kay and I have felt the favor of God because of your prayers and we intend to spend the rest of our lives comforting others with the comfort we ourselves have been given by God," said Warren, after reading 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 to open his sermon, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through." more >>
California's Supreme Court ruled in a closed session on Tuesday to deny the request of a San Diego clerk to halt same-sex marriages in the state.
The high court said in a brief statement that it was denying the request of San Diego County Clerk, Ernest "Ernie" Dronenburg, who requested a halt on issuing same-sex marriage licenses while the court considers his legal petition, which was submitted last Friday seeking to clarify the legal standing of Proposition 8.
A San Diego County, Calif. clerk responsible for issuing marriage licenses has requested that the state's Supreme Court halt same-sex marriages, pending clarification on the legal standing of Proposition 8.
San Diego County's clerk, Ernest "Ernie" Dronenburg, is requesting a temporary stay from distributing same-sex marriage licenses while the court considers his legal petition, filed earlier this month that seeks clarification in the federal Supreme Court's June ruling regarding the state's Proposition 8.
In June, the United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold a previous 2010 ruling in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, in which United States District Court Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8, a 2008 California voter-approved amendment that upheld the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. more >>
A 14-year-old California boy, who just graduated from the eighth grade at East Bay Middle School and finds it exciting to learn new things, has scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT exam.
According to an ABC News report, Varun Jain, who took the SAT in June, barely reacted when his excited father, Vivek Jain, a physician, broke the news of his rare achievement at 5:30 a.m. after he saw his score online.
"I was so excited I told Varun, 'Did you know you got a perfect score?' He said 'wow' and then went back to sleep," Varun's dad told ABC. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren is scheduled to preach at Saddleback Church in Southern California next weekend, marking his return to the pulpit about three months after he lost his 27-year-old son.
He will give his sermon from the Lake Forest campus for all of the church's services beginning at 4.30 pm PT on Saturday, with online streaming available on the church's website.
Pastor Warren plans to start a series of sermons titled, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through," according to a spokesperson. more >>