The city of Cleveland, Ohio, has been reveling in yesterday's discovery of three women, Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus, who went missing around 10 years ago and were reportedly being held captive at a home just a few miles from where they previously lived.
One person celebrating their return is Gale Mitchell, aunt to Amanda Berry, now 27, who went missing in April 2003 after finishing a work shift at Burger King, one day before her 17th birthday.
Mitchell said in a recent interview that she never gave up hope that Berry would be found, and that she used her faith to guide her through the decade she spent unsure of her niece's whereabouts. more >>
After a judge denied a request to delay the start of his nearly 14-year prison sentence, music producer and convicted financial fraudster Michael Winans Jr. is making an appeal to the public in an attempt to set the record straight about the investment scheme that prosecutors said netted him $8 million from 1,200 people, many of them churchgoers.
"There are numerous stories out there claiming I stole millions of dollars from innocent people. That is not true," says an emphatic Winans in a video statement sent this week to The Christian Post and many other media organizations. The video, included in a press packet, is part of Winans' efforts to revamp his case after he was convicted of wire fraud and sentenced to 13 years and nine months in federal prison in February in a Detroit, Mich., courtroom.
"I'm not blameless and I'm willing to take responsibility for my mistakes, but I am not willing to take responsibility for what others did in my name," Winans states in the video. "Let it be clear, I did not start this investment. My name was used without my permission to solicit money by a lot of people, including Tim Hunt, the creator of the fraudulent [Saudi oil bond] investment." more >>
Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who on Monday helped three kidnapped Ohio women escape the house they had been kept in for 10 years, recently revealed what exactly transpired.
"I heard screaming. I'm eating my McDonald's, I come outside, I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house. So I go on the porch, I go on the porch and she says 'help me get out, I been in here a long time.' So you know, I figured this is a domestic violence dispute, so I opened the door, but we can't get in that way because how the door is, it's so much that a body can't fit through, only your hand. So we kicked the bottom and she comes out with a little girl, and she says 'call 911. My name is Amanda Berry,'" Charles Ramsey told reporters with ABC News.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, the three women who went missing in separate incidents between 2002 and 2004 in Cleveland, were all rescued after the 911 call. DeJesus, Knight, Berry and her 6-year old daughter, who she gave birth to while captive, were all taken for evaluation at a hospital and reunited with their families. more >>
No cemeteries in Massachusetts will bury Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body, according to Peter Stefan of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors of Worcester, Mass.
Tsarnaev's body was released by the medical examiner on Thursday. It's been 17 days since he died after a shoot-out with police in Watertown, Mass., on April 19.
The Associated Press reported that Stefan might ask the city of Cambridge to bury him there, but according to a statement the Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy gave on Sunday, there has been no formal application for a burial permit or purchase of a cemetery plot. Healy urged Stefan not to request a burial permit for the city-owned Cambridge Cemetery, saying that the city "would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment." more >>
A cold-case homicide detective, once a devout atheist, is one of several Christian apologists scheduled to speak and participate in panel discussions at Stand To Reason's 20th Anniversary Conference at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., this coming weekend.
J. Warner Wallace told The Christian Post that he plans to talk about how he has used his investigative experience to prove that parts of the New Testament that have been questioned by atheists with Bible knowledge can be authenticated as truth.
Wallace said that he once had the same objections that atheists such as Bart D. Ehrman have, "this idea that there are so many changes in the New Testament, so many variations that are covered in various documents." more >>
Massive riots in Dhaka and other Bangladesh cities have left at least 36 people dead and 60 injured after tens of thousands of Islamists clashed with police demanding stricter penalties for atheist bloggers.
The demonstrators "were very aggressive, some people were throwing stones and the situation quickly become violent ... the police had no option but to respond," one eyewitness told BBC News.
"Rioters vandalized markets and set fire to bookshops where the Holy Koran is sold. Thousands of Koran and religious books burned. They also attacked the ruling party's political office and national mosque," the man added. more >>