When the verdict was handed down on Nov. 24, 2014, exonerating the officer that killed Michael Brown, civil unrest erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, and many African-Americans were understandably distraught, but Lance McCarthy saw opportunity.
Right from the start, after rioters looted many minority-owned small businesses in town, McCarthy was on the scene with solutions. He and a friend who is in the plastics business were able to install clear, unbreakable, plastic windows — as opposed to plywood — in several shops to communicate to the city that they were indeed still open.
Such an act reflects not only who this man is but is itself a sort of metaphor for his life. His decades of economic and policy research have installed many proverbial windows for many to now see how God is redeeming a troubled city. McCarthy's insights into systemic poverty and its root causes have propelled him to do what he calls "the consummation of his life's work." more >>
An elderly Belgian priest was stabbed inside his home in the town of Lanaken by an alleged asylum seeker who demanded cash after he was allowed to use the shower.
The Telegraph reported that Father Jos Vanderlee sustained hand and tendon injuries, and was rushed to the hospital. He is expected to survive, however, and make a full recovery.
Local newspaper Het Nieuwsblad revealed that Vanderlee received a knock on his door at home Sunday by a man who said he was an asylum seeker. The man asked the priest to use his shower, and was invited inside. more >>
Antonio Armstrong, a pastor and former Texas A&M and Miami Dolphins linebacker, and his wife, Dawn, dearly loved each other and their three children, including the 16-year-old son, who allegedly shot them to death and would often bragged about his "attractive" girlfriend on social media.
The teenage son of Antonio and Dawn Armstrong, both 42 and who were shot early Friday in their home in Houston, Texas, was identified by local media as Antonio Armstrong Jr., or A.J. Armstrong, who has been charged with double homicide and will be tried as a juvenile.
A note found lying near the gun that was used in the shooting, said, "I've been watching you." Police have not disclosed who wrote the note – one of the parents or the son. more >>
A 38-year-old man fatally shot his 36-year-old wife as she came out of her church in Chicago, Illinois, after Sunday service, and then shot himself to death. Both were found dead on the scene.
The shooting took place shortly after the morning service ended at Second Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church on the West Side of Chicago on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Kenneth Giles, the church's pastor, said, according to Chicago Tribune.
The woman, identified as Trinyce L. Sanders-Wilson, attended the service and was just leaving when she was shot, Giles added. "I think they were probably estranged at this time. I think there was probably some things going on between the two of them." more >>
The father of a 16-year-old Pakistani Christian girl who was sexually assaulted by Muslim attackers in Sheikhupura, Punjab, has said that he sees no hope in his quest to find justice for his daughter, criticizing the country's legal system.
"Obviously the police will not implicate them," Nasar Masih said of his daughter's rapists, according to Christians in Pakistan.
Masih's daughter was reportedly raped by 23-year-old Muhammad Iqrar and his accomplices on July 7. The father managed to break into Iqrar's house after hearing his daughter's cries, though the attackers fled the scene of the crime. more >>
Just before Bishop Hezekiah Walker performed his song "Better" at the funeral of slain police officer Montrell Jackson, the gospel musician asked for prayers.
Jackson, 32, was "intentionally targeted and assassinated" along with police officer Matthew Gerald and sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola who were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 17. Before the police killing, national protests ignited after a black man named Alton Sterling was killed by two Baton Rouge police officers while selling CDs outside of a convenience store on July 5.
Walker, the gospel singer who also heads the Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York, took to Instagram to announce that he would be singing at Jackson's funeral. more >>