A 400 pound asthmatic father of six died Thursday after an NYPD officer locked him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against a sidewalk in Staten Island, New York, according to witnesses, after he tried to break up a fight.
A nearly 3-minute video of the encounter posted on YouTube, shows the father, identified as 43-year-old Eric Warner by the New York Daily News, screaming "I can't breathe, I can't breathe," repeatedly before falling silent as cops swarmed him when he refused to be handcuffed after expressing surprise that the officers were harassing him for trying to break up a fight.
He also told an officer on the scene "… every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It stops today," as community members watched the encounter unfold. more >>
Dan Courtney, the atheist selected to deliver the invocation at Tuesday's town board meeting in Greece, New York, focused his brief speech on the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence.
Courtney, a mechanical engineer from Hamlin, requested to deliver the convocation in Greece shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the city in May, saying that sectarian prayers at town board meetings were constitutionally permissible, as long as board members didn't discriminate against other faiths.
While delivering his invocation, Courtney, a former president of the Free Thinkers of Upstate New York, focused his brief speech on the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence. more >>
Just months after the New York town of Greece won a Supreme Court ruling permitting it to open its community meetings with sectarian prayer, an atheist is set to lead the invocation on Tuesday night.
Dan Courtney, whom the Associated Press identifies as a mechanical engineer and a member of the Atheist Community of Rochester, made his request to Greece leaders following the Supreme Court decision in May.
In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the highest court ruled 5 to 4 that Greece could select Christian ministers to offer explicitely Christian prayers before their town meetings. more >>
An unconventional metal band made up of three eighth graders from Brooklyn, New York, called Unlocking The Truth just signed a deal worth a potential $1.7 million with Sony and they are taking the Internet by storm.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Sony has agreed to produce at least two albums for the young band and could produce four more if the band does well commercially.
The band, comprised of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13; bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, shot to Internet fame after one of their recorded Times Square performances went viral when it was posted to YouTube. more >>
Carl Lentz, the popular pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City, officiated the wedding of Raptors' shooting guard Landry Fields and his model girlfriend, Elaine Alden, Saturday.
Lentz shared in an online photo of himself, wife, Laura Lentz, and the bride and groom, "It's a special thing to be a part of a couples wedding and marriage." He added, while tagging Fields and Alden, "Love you both!"
Landry, formerly of the New York Knicks and who considers Hillsong NYC his church family, also shared an image online of he and his new bride making it official and described his wife as a "trophy of God's GRACE." more >>
Ja Rule, rapper and I'm in Love With a Church Girl star, shares in a recent radio interview how his early experiences as a Jehovah's Witness left him disenchanted with religion, why he and his wife decided to get saved at Hillsong NYC church, and why he finds Pastor Mason "Ma$e" Betha's explicit rap lyrics "very confusing."
Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, appeared on the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" on Thursday to promote his new memoir, Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, a new MTV reality show with his family, and other projects. The bulk of the interview, however, centered around religion.
Ja Rule, who previously shared being raised as a Jehovah's Witness, revealed that what turned him off from the religion was how his family members shunned his mother once she was disfellowshipped from the faith community. more >>