Some eight people are now dead and 10 others injured after a church van traveling from a convention crashed in a canal in Moore Haven, Florida, early Monday.
The Florida Highway Patrol told NBC Miami that the van, which was carrying 18 people, was heading eastbound on SR-78 when it passed through a stop sign in Moore Haven after midnight, according to preliminary investigations.
The vehicle then moved across all the lanes of US-27 before crashing into a steep and partially water-filled canal. more >>
A woman arrested for attempting to remove a Satanic display placed in the rotunda of the Florida capitol building will not be charged with vandalism.
Susan Hemeryck, a self-described "Catholic warrior" who was arrested last year for attempting to destroy the display, will not go to trial for her actions.
Charges against the Tallahassee woman were dropped when prosecutors were unable to note what sufficient damage was done to the display, which had been donated last year by the group known as the Satanic Temple. more >>
A church on the gulf coast of Florida has lost its tax-exempt status after authorities discovered that its building was being used to host nude parties with "the sexiext ladies on the beach" and served as an after-hours nightclub to avid college party-goers visiting the town while on spring break.
Beginning on Feb. 28, the Panama City Church Life Center: A Spiritual Community, run by pastor Markus Bishop, opened its doors to the Spring Break crowd by hosting a week-long event, which has been labeled as "Spring Break Amnesia: The Tabernacle."
According to a schedule for the tabernacle obtained by the Panama City News Herald, events hosted in the church included a "slumber" party with a dress code of pajamas and lingerie, an "anything but clothes" party, a "Mardi Gras" themed party where the schedule asks "what will you do for your beads?" The week-long event also included the "wet and wild" party, a rave-style event, and was capped off with an all-night-long party on Friday. more >>
After developing a bad reputation in the minor leagues for his me-first attitude, addiction to partying and use of a "performance enhancing" drug, Major League Baseball outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is saying that it wasn't until he finally found God that he was able to turn his personal life and playing career completely around.
Souza, a 25-year-old coming off of an International League most valuable player award and who is now trying to make the Tampa Bay Rays' opening day roster, began his professional baseball career in 2007 when he was drafted in the third round of the MLB first-year player draft by the Washington Nationals.
Being what they call a "bonus baby," a minor league player with a healthy signing bonus, Souza seemingly cared more about living the flashy lifestyle of a professional baseball player rather than focusing on improving his game so that one day he could actually be called up to the major leagues. more >>
The Rev. Chris Schuller, former rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, who posted a video on YouTube calling on people to "thank God for marijuana" and stop being judgmental by "throwing stones at people who are already stoned," might soon face punishment from his bishop for the public statements supporting the recreational use of the drug.
While the video was posted back in December it was recently brought to the attention of Bishop Dabney Smith, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida.
An eight-year U.S. Army veteran in Florida has started an initiative calling on experienced military veterans to join him in traveling to Iraq or Syria to fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization.
Fed up with the U.S.'s lack of a physical presence in Iraq and Syria in order to help defend the millions of people who've been affected by ISIS' uprising, Army veteran Sean Rowe founded the group Veterans Against ISIS last Wednesday and is asking for donations and other veterans to join his cause and take a stand against ISIS' radical Islamic oppression.
"We are tired of seeing what's going on, and it doesn't look like anything is being done," Rowe told ActionNews Jacksonville. "These guys are slaughtering and beheading people. We're going over there to stop that. It's not about the money." more >>