NEW YORK — The Jewish actor portraying Peter, the disciple whom Jesus Christ described as the "rock" on which he would build his church, insists that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's new "A.D. The Bible Continues" series is not targeted only at Christian viewers.
"The words I use are faith, hope and love. It affects us all, so I don't think it matters what you are," Adam Levy told CP last week at the "A.D." premiere reception in New York City when asked if the series was primarily for Christians.
"At some point I will sit down with my children to watch it and I would say it's a universal story to be told to the world," he added. more >>
NEW YORK – A few hours before renowned neurosurgeon and potential GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson arrived at the Al Sharpton-led National Action Network's annual convention in New York City on Wednesday morning, people were reacting to the mere mention of his name, like a foul odor in a locked and crowded room.
By the time Carson, 63, was finished speaking to the same crowd later that evening, however, many were clamoring to shake his hand.
The country will have to wait until early May to find out whether or not Carson will run for presidential office in 2016, but until then, Carson has been quietly making the rounds, whittling away at public misconceptions about who he is, to define the man he wants America to see — the patriot, the Christian, the family man who believes in hard work, common sense and diversity. more >>
NEW YORK — Potential 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson called the shooting death of 50-year-old father of four Walter Scott by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, which was caught on video, "an execution" and a clear-cut case of police abuse.
"This situation with Walter Scott in South Carolina, you know I viewed that video with the same horror as I'm sure everyone here did. I was aghast that an execution could have occurred without a trial in the streets of America," Carson said to cheers in an address to members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network at the organization's annual convention in New York City Wednesday.
"This is such a clear-cut case that I believe it's going to give law enforcement in this country an opportunity to really tell us where they are in this controversy. They will have the opportunity to demonstrate which side they come down on. And I think that's actually a good thing because we need these clear-cut cases," Carson explained. more >>
Lacey Spears, the young mommy blogger recently convicted of secretly poisoning her late 5-year-old son and documenting his decline on social media, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison on Wednesday.
Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary handed down the minimum sentence in the Westchester County Courthouse in Valhalla on April 8, more than one month after a New York jury convicted 27-year-old Spears of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of her son, Garnett-Paul Spears. Prosecutors had requested the maximum penalty of 25 years to life.
"By not imposing the maximum, I'm exhibiting something you didn't show your son - namely mercy," Judge Neary told an emotionless Spears in court. more >>
NEW YORK — Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on a video showing 50-year-old father of four Walter Scott being fatally shot in the back multiple times by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager on Wednesday and called it "disturbing and so painful."
De Blasio, who was speaking at the National Action Network convention headed by civil rights activist Al Sharpton, said while the video was difficult to watch, members of the civil rights organization should not allow it to push them into despair, but reflect on the changes that have resulted from their activism.
"We're all feeling some pain today, I can imagine. I certainly am. We watched a video yesterday. Once again we are watching a video. Watched a video that is so disturbing and so painful. You can't watch that as a human being and not feel pain. It makes no sense, according to what our core notions of humanity and decency and justice are. And it is tempting, when you see something that painful, it is tempting to feel despair," said de Blasio. more >>
NEW YORK — As members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network get ready to hear an address from renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson Wednesday afternoon, the civil rights leader urged them at the opening of the organization's convention Wednesday morning to show the doctor respect when he addresses them.
In the run-up to the discussion of Carson's appearance, Sharpton explained that he disagreed with the conservative star on many issues and quipped that he didn't believe that they even agreed that "today is Wednesday."
Many in the audience reacted with disdain at the mention of Carson's name sighing and snickering as a hum of their disapproval filled the room until Sharpton intervened. more >>