A New York City academic institution that gained headlines 10 years ago for being the first LGBT-centered public school has been struggling to maintain enrollment expectations.
Harvey Milk High School of Manhattan, a small transfer school that became a fully accredited public school in 2003, was expected upon its opening to enroll 100 students. more >>
Two robbers broke into a New York City church the day after Christmas, stealing cash offerings out of its poor boxes and taking from its donation boxes.
Surveillance video from the Church of St. John the Baptist in Manhattan also shows two men inside the supply room, which they accessed by climbing over a fence and breaking a window Once there, the men notably overlooked valuable gold and silver chalices while looking in vain for unopened collection boxes. They also walked away with a church computer.
Helen Hinbint, a member of St. John the Baptist, said the robbery was disheartening for her. more >>
A "Left Behind" producer and writer recently took on questions from fans of the upcoming end-times film and went on the defensive when he was asked if members of the cast, including lead actor Nicolas Cage, were "believers." Some fans also expressed concern that an actual rapture could take place before the film's 2014 release.
"Left Behind," a remake of the 2002 movie of the same name headlined by Kirk Cameron, unfolds during the immediate aftermath of the sudden vanishing of millions of people from Earth. According to the book series, and many Christians, this rapture of believers occurs at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Cage, born Nicholas Kim Coppola, plays the lead role of pilot Rayford Steele in the apocalyptic film based on the bestselling book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The award-winning actor has been notoriously tight-lipped about his religious faith, although there is speculation that he is a Roman Catholic. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham has been picked by Americans for the 57th time as one of their top 10 most admired men, according to Gallup's annual survey that asks respondents to name, in an open-ended format, the man and woman from anywhere around the world who they find most admirable. Leading both lists, however, were President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said the 95-year-old Christian evangelist was "honored" to be named among the top 10 most admired men for the 57th time in the Gallup poll's 67-year history. Graham first appeared on the list in 1955 but has never managed to snag the No. 1 spot, although he has ranked second several times.
As Gallup notes, the number one spot usually goes to the sitting president, with Obama being named by Americans as the "Most Admired Man" for the sixth consecutive year. Although 30 percent of respondents named him as their number one man in 2012, just 16 percent gave him the title this time around. more >>
The year 2013 is quickly drawing to a close, but there is still plenty of time to do some good, and at the same time, maybe even help lighten your tax burden for the upcoming filing season. Here are 10 ways you can help provide essential resources to those in need in the U.S. and around the world.
World Vision Clothing and shelter, access to education, and even soccer balls are just some of the items donors can choose to provide for economically challenged children living in countries like Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Ghana. A donation of $100 provides a family with a goat and two chickens — or healthy milk, cheese and yogurt and fresh eggs. Learn more: www.worldvision.org
charity: water Working to provide clean and safe drinking water "to every person on the planet," charity: water has managed to fund nearly 9,500 water projects in 20 countries. One hundred percent of donations goes directly toward a water project. Charity: water's online store, with merchandise ranging from playing cards and T-shirts to campaign posters and Pure Fix Cycles, is also an option since a percentage of every purchase supports the nonprofit. Learn more: www.charitywater.org more >>
A Republican senator in New York has opposed and is finding ways to remove a new billboard launched by the American Atheists group in Times Square that claims "nobody" needs Christ during Christmas.
State Sen. Andrew Lanza from Staten Island, N.Y., is running a petition calling for "the immediate withdrawal" of the advertisement, a 40'x40' billboard that uses motion graphics to ask "Who needs Christ during Christmas?" and then crosses out the word "Christ" and replaces it with "Nobody."
The petition will be forwarded to the Mayor's Office, the City Council, the State Attorney General's office and the Times Square merchant community, according to CBS. more >>