World Olivet Assembly has acquired a property once owned by the New York City Mission Society, which was used for the past eight years as shooting grounds, with plans to restore the land for Christian mission.
The acquisition of the property, about 70 miles north of New York City, was publicly announced on March 5 after the completion of the closing process.
Over the course of its 200 year history, the Society provided Christian tracts, relief, education and vocational training to New Yorkers. The New York City Mission Society used the property's campgrounds to offer summer activities for inner-city teens and adults until it was sold in 2005 to a former IBM executive who used the property as shooting grounds. more >>
ABC TV network is set to debut the risque "soap opera"-like drama "Of Kings and Prophets," a series with graphic sex and violence said to be inspired by the Bible's Old Testament that has prompted the Parents Television Council to issue a warning to advertisers.
"We are urging each potential sponsor of 'Of Kings and Prophets' to carefully weigh whether an 'extraordinarily violent' and 'sexual' broadcast TV show that has been compared to an explicit premium cable TV show is truly a good fit for their corporate image," said PTC President Tim Winter in a statement Tuesday. "TV shows that are filled with sex and violence will only remain on the public airwaves as long as advertisers are willing to sponsor them. We urge companies to use caution when considering whether or not to advertise on this show … "
ABC execs admit that they're intentionally pushing the limits with the new series. more >>
A regional body of the United Methodist Church announced its plans to ignore the denominational rules barring non-celibate homosexuals from ordination.
The New York Annual Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry released a statement Tuesday noting that they will no longer consider the sexual orientation or gender identity of an ordination candidate.
A fraud case alleging that Donald Trump defrauded thousands of students through the now-defunct Trump University moved forward in New York, and Forbes Magazine says the Republican presidential frontrunner has a history of exaggerating his wealth.
Trump has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world's richest people in its 30th annual list. His net worth was estimated at $4.5 billion by Forbes, leaving him 324th amongst the richest people in the world, according to the list.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates was named at the top of the list for a third consecutive year, bringing in a net worth of $75 billion, while Spain's Aamancio Ortego came in second, with business magnate Warren Buffet in third. more >>
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing controversy after initially saying he did not know enough about Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke to disavow him, and for a separate incident where he re-tweeted a quote by Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
As CNN pointed out, Trump has been backed by the infamous white supremacist group, and in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday he said that he did not know enough about Duke to disavow his support.
"Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?" Trump said. more >>
Immigration reform is hot on the heels of the government, especially with the upcoming elections, and along with the reforms that Barack Obama is trying to implement before his reign ends, New York has decided to give more hope for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Ever since the Obama administration introduced the policy in June 2012, certain individuals who moved to the United States as children have been given a two-year work permit that could be renewed. However, it does not ensure one's citizenship and not everyone who came to the United States is eligible to be part of the program.
New York has recently decided to give more chances for students under the policy to earn a living through providing them with the power to obtain professional licenses including teacher certification. While DACA recipients are authorized to work, they are not allowed to get licenses in certain professions such as teaching and engineering. more >>