If walls could talk, the building housing Pastor Jamal Bryant's Empowerment Temple megachurch at 4217-4221 Primrose Avenue in Northwest Baltimore would perhaps be screaming "scandal."
Before the scandal-scarred Bryant made the fated Primrose Avenue address in Baltimore the home of his church in the early 2000s, he was preceded by church leaders whose spiritual walk was just as spotty.
Twenty-one well-respected law professors, including Harvard's Alan Dershowitz, are arguing that Obama administration directives detailing how universities and colleges should react to allegations of sexual harassment are infringing upon due process and free speech.
In an open letter published on Monday, the law professors warned that a series of guidances issued over the last six years by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) explaining how colleges must define and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations are an act of federal overreach.
The letter explains that although OCR should take action to make sure that institutions can't downplay or ignore sexual assaults or harassment, there is a major issue with the approach that the administration has taken. more >>
Gospel music artist James Fortune revealed what he says is the root cause of his violent outbursts and the physical assault of a family member back in 2014, for which he served time in jail.
"I'm not ashamed but I'm just exposing the enemy. domestic violence is more about power and control, it's not just about physical violence," the 37-year-old singer who has been in therapy for the last 18 months revealed on Periscope, according to First Lady B blog. "I struggle with control and that's what I was dealing with. When you can't control someone, then you feel as though you are losing control."
In 2014, media reports alleged that Fortune was charged with assault of an unnamed family member in October 2014. Although Fortune's wife, Cheryl Fortune, was never confirmed as the victim of the assault that led to the singer's arrest, ABC13 reported that she suffered from broken bones and internal injuries at the time of his arrest. more >>
An assistant professor for finance of the University of Houston was among those arrested in a sting operation out targeting a huge synthetic drug ring operating in Texas and possibly in nearby states as well. According to a report in Washington Times, Omar Maher Al Nasser, 36, has been indicted for two criminal counts, in the Southern District of Texas. He is joined by 15 other individuals who were all named in the indictment.
According to the indictment documents that were unsealed, Al Nasser and his co-defendants were part of a drug ring that manufactured and distributed synthetic drugs, called Synthetic I drugs, or also known as synthetic marijuana or its street name "Kush."
Al Nasser who teaches finance to a class of 40 students at a time at the University of Houston-Victoria's School of Business Administration will be charged with two criminal counts, namely aiding and abetting an unlicensed money-transmitting business and conspiracy to commit money laundering, all of which are related to his area of expertise. His other co-defendants will face charges such as smuggling and mail fraud. more >>
A Georgia jury found a man guilty of a fatal shooting at World Changers Church International, the megachurch of controversial televangelist Creflo Dollar.
Floyd Palmer was found guilty but mentally ill last week in the October 2012 shooting of Greg McDowell, a praise leader and longtime member of World Changers, reported Atlanta news station 11Alive. A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced Palmer to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
McDowell had been on stage leading a 10 a.m. prayer service when Palmer calmly walked into the church's chapel and fatally shot him, authorities said. Palmer shot McDowell a total of 12 times before he exited the church, got into a black Subaru with tinted windows and drove away. None of the other 20 to 25 people inside the chapel were injured. McDowell died after he was transported to a local hospital. more >>
Presumptive Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has said that he will offer Cabinet positions to the Communist Party of the Philippines, including to its exiled founder Jose Maria Sison. Duterte has also pledged that he will re-introduce the death penalty and that he will order military snipers to shoot and kill suspected criminals in a bid to reduce crime.
Duterte's announcement, geared at building the nation's confidence in his presidency, comes ahead of his swearing-in on June 30. His offer to the Communist rebels is part of his incoming administration's efforts to revive peace talks and end the decades-long guerrilla war that has killed tens of thousands of people across the Philippine islands.
Sison, who was incarcerated during the reign of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was released from prison in 1986 by then-President Corazon Aquino. He has since resided in the Netherlands as a political refugee. Talks between the Communists and the government stalled during the term of the outgoing president Benigno Aquino, Corazon's son. more >>