Tom Schweich, Missouri's Republican state auditor who was the frontrunner for the governor's office in the upcoming 2016 election who died in an "apparent suicide" at his home Thursday, was worried that his political rivals were planning to spread rumors that he was Jewish even though he was a member of a Christian church.
According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Schweich confided in Post-Dispatch Editorial Page Editor Tony Messenger on Tuesday morning that he believed John Hancock, the newly elected chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, had been misinforming people that he was Jewish. The Post-Dispatch notes that he was a member of the Church of St. Michael & St. George, an Episcopal congregation in Clayton.
The 54-year-old father of two was hospitalized Thursday following a "medical situation at his home," according to Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy in a KSDK report. He said Schweich suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital's trauma center Thursday. An autopsy was expected to be performed at 7:30 a.m. Friday but officers indicated that the evidence so far points to suicide. more >>
Seven people were fatally shot across south-central Missouri on Thursday night before the suspect took his own life, according to reports.
The victims were shot during multiple shootings in Texas County as well as south-central Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed. A ninth body of an elderly woman who apparently died of natural causes was found in a nearby home. The suspected shooter, a 36-year-old male, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his vehicle east of Texas County.
Authorities first received a call around 10:15 p.m. on Thursday by a female reporting gunshots at a residence, according to the Houston Herald. She fled to a neighbor's home and police later found two bodies there. more >>
An American blogger has been hacked to death by a "knife-wielding mob" in Dhaka, Bangladesh, police have said. Avijit Roy, an atheist, is believed to have been attacked for promoting secularism and criticizing religious extremism online, which has angered hardline Islamic groups.
"Avijit Roy has been killed the way other free thinker writers were killed in Bangladesh. No freethinker is safe in Bangladesh," blogger Taslima Nasreen, who left Bangladesh in the mid-1990s after receiving death threats from extremists, said about the killing.
"Islamic terrorists can do whatever they like. They can kill people with no qualms whatsoever." more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Certain labor unions are among the strongest opponents of comprehensive immigration reform, according to experts at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
A Thursday panel called "Immigration: Can Conservatives Reach a Consensus," panel featured U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Mario Lopez of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, and Alfonso Aguilar of the American Principles Project.
In his remarks, held at a meeting room at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Aguilar talked about the opposition unions had to certain immigration reform ideas. more >>
Anti-Christian graffiti written in Hebrew was found at the scene of a Greek Orthodox seminary arson near Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday.
No one was injured during the fire, according to police, who believe the blaze was contained in the bathroom of the seminary.
The slogans written in Hebrew were found in the same area and read "Jesus is a son of a whore" and "Redemption of Zion." The fire reportedly started around 4 a.m. that night. more >>
The Free Methodist Church in the U.S. is now calling for prayers after one of their working missionaries, the Rev. Phyllis Sortor, was abducted by masked and armed men in Nigeria Monday morning who've demanded a $300,000 ransom for her safe return. Her distraught family, however, say they cannot afford it.
"Early this morning we received a report that Rev. Phyllis Sortor, our missionary in Nigeria, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria, by several persons. The U.S. Embassy has been notified, and the State Department and the FBI are working with local authorities to find and rescue her. We are calling on the U.S. church to join together in prayer for Phyllis' safety and speedy release," the church noted in a statement posted on its website Monday.