A Los Angeles church known as a home to transformed gang members and drug addicts in the early 1990's is set for a facelift. While a majority of its original members have left, a new pastor has been named, and a building renovation is in the works.
The new look includes a name change, from Boyle Heights Christian Center to Cityscape: Church of Los Angeles, once their run-down building is renovated. Pastor Joey Oquendo hopes the move marks the beginning of a new community church for its gang-ridden neighborhood.
"There are members who have been here forever, but in essence, a new church is starting," Oquendo said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Gang members want better things too. But because of who I am, and because of who my members are, we're going to get more of the post-gang era." more >>
Actress, model and activist Pamela Anderson shared publicly for the first time that she suffered extensive sexual abuse as a child. She said that her love for animals "saved" her at the time.
Anderson, most famous for the hit '90s TV series "Baywatch" and who has appeared numerous times on Playboy covers, shared a number of traumatic experiences she went through as a child in remarks on Friday at the launch of her animal rights charity at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
"I was molested from age 6-10 by my female babysitter," the 46-year-old American-Canadian actress revealed. "I went to a friend's boyfriend's house - while she was busy. The boyfriend's older brother decided he would teach me backgammon which led into a back massage which led into rape – my first heterosexual experience. He was 25 yrs old; I was 12." more >>
Christian band member Tim Lambesis, singer in As I Lay Dying, has been sentenced to six years in jail for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife. Lambesis pleaded guilty to hiring an undercover policeman to kill his wife, Meggan, in February of this year.
Lambesis was reportedly upset over the separation from Meggan and wanted revenge.
"After our separation, I was only allowed to see the kids twice a week," he told Alternative Press West Coast. "And it had to be somewhere Meggan could sit in the distance and literally watch me watch the kids. I know what it's like getting ready for a tour," he said of preparing for his prison term. "The problem is, this isn't a long tour. Career-wise, and as a father, I don't want to depend on getting in a van or on a bus to make a living. I need to have a backup plan. It's hard to prepare without knowing how long I'll be inside." more >>
A megachurch pastor confessed to covering up sexual abuse claims during this week's trial of a youth leader accused of molesting several boys. Nathaniel Morales, 56, was convicted Thursday of sexually abusing three young boys between 1983 and 1991.
Covenant Life Church former pastor Grant Layman admitted on Tuesday while testifying about allegations against Nathaniel Morales that he withheld incriminating information from the police about the abuse.
Public defender Alan Drew asked Layman if he had an "obligation to report the alleged abuse?" more >>
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is already awaiting trial for the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, last year was indicted Thursday for the double murder of two Boston men on July 16, 2012.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley called him "the principal, the shooter, the person responsible for taking the two lives – the lives of the two victims," at a morning news conference, according to USA Today.
The murder victims are identified as Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. They were reportedly ambushed as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston's South End. more >>
Abortion advocate Planned Parenthood is under investigation after it was revealed that one of the organization's counselors in Arizona failed to report a rape allegedly carried out by accused 18-year-old serial predator, Tyler Kost, because it was too much of a "hassle."
Kost, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, was recently charged with assaulting 11 girls between the ages of 12 and 17, spanning the period from October 2009 to April 2014, according to Fox News.
Authorities, however, believe that he has assaulted at least 18 students from Poston Butte High School. more >>