Melissa Mark-Viverito (D), the woman expected to be voted in as the next New York City Council Speaker on Thursday, has been slapped with a $1 million lawsuit by a former political rival claiming that she hexed her with a big haunting mural of a bodiless rooster on the side of her building in Manhattan, N.Y.
Gwen Goodwin (D), 52, claims in the lawsuit that Mark-Viverito placed the hex on her through a black-magic mural on the side of the East 100th Street building where she resides while they were competing for the same council seat, according to a report in the New York Post.
The rooster's head sits right below the window of the apartment where Goodwin has lived since 1997. more >>
A family from Greece, N.Y., is thanking God after their missing relative, Nicholas Simmons, was spotted in a photograph posted by a media outlet over the weekend.
Nicholas Simmons, a 20-year-old man, was last seen leaving his family's home on Cider Creek Lane by car on New Year's Day. He was recovered by his family four days later after a photographer for The Associated Press snapped Simmons' photo as he lay huddled in the cold in Washington, D.C. The photo was then printed in a USA Today story covering the east coast's cold temperatures, and Nicholas' parents, Paul and Michelle, were alerted of the photo through a Facebook page they had set up to find their missing son.
"Nick is alive and obviously not well. [We] are going to get him home safe and this is by far the greatest example of God's love and divine intervention I have ever experienced. I am beyond able to put into words how I am feeling," Michelle Simmons wrote on the public Facebook page shortly before Washington police discovered the homeless-looking 20-year-old. The Facebook page appears to have been dismantled since Nick was recovered. more >>
In 2014, parents will likely be sticking with the Bible for inspiration in finding suitable names for their babies and one social baby naming website, using data from 3,500 parents and 25,000 votes from their families and friends, is predicting that biblical names will be a hit in this year. Meanwhile, a separate survey reveals that many Americans agree that "Messiah" and "Christ" are acceptable baby names.
"After a few years of innovations and experimenting, parents are restoring old customs to regain the essence of religious values," Belly Ballot (BabyNames.net) notes in a press release.
While noting that biblical names like Jacob, Michael, or Noah have consistently been popular picks, the website predicts that parents in 2014 will gravitate toward names like Caleb, Levi, Luke, Isaiah, Naomi, Shiloh, or Judith. more >>
The Bible that belonged to 32nd President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio used during his swearing in on Wednesday disappeared after the ceremony, sending authorities scrambling to find the historic book.
De Blasio, 52, was sworn in by former President Bill Clinton during the morning of Jan. 1, but by 2:30 p.m., ceremony organizers had no idea where the Bible had gone.
Philippians 4:13 is one of the most quoted Bible verses and apparently a favorite among athletes, but is the popular passage about doing "all things through Christ" affirming a desire for God to provide favorable outcomes, or a desire to be content even when things seem at their worst?
"I can do all this through him who gives me strength" has become a catchall phrase to mean "I can do anything, whatever I feel like doing God is going to give me the power to do it right there," suggests preacher Francis Chan in a sermon excerpt.
However, Philippians 4 shows that the apostle Paul, writing as a prisoner to Christians in the ancient city of Philippi, was speaking of "the secret of being content in any and every situation" — not necessarily about God giving him favorable circumstances. more >>
Jesus Christ, revered by billions around the globe as the Son of God and savior of the world, has been portrayed in film and on television for well over 100 years. Here are seven actors who have donned a beard and long robes to play the carpenter from Galilee and central figure of Christianity.
Diogo Morgado (2014) While "Son of God" has yet to make its theatrical debut (Feb. 28), millions of viewers are already quite familiar with Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado due to his portrayal of Jesus in the History Channel's "The Bible" series. Morgado, reprising his role as the Son of God in the PG-13 spin-off, not only won admirers for his acting in the 10-hour TV series, but picked up a few fans also because of his good looks — with some dubbing the star as "hot Jesus."
Jim Caviezel (2004) "The Passion of the Christ," top-grossing Christian film of all time that was produced by Mel Gibson, film features Jim Caviezel as the tortured and crucified Jesus. While the star picked up a few nominations and one award for his controversial role and the story in general was lauded, critics could not get over its graphic nature. The late Roger Ebert while praising the film, also wrote that "The Passion of the Christ" was "the most violent [film] I have ever seen." The film critic suspected that it was the subject of Jesus that prompted the MPAA to give Gibson's film an R rating, as opposed to a likely more deserved NC-17 rating. more >>