Update 8:21 am ET: The number of confirmed deaths in the shooting spree at a satirical newspaper in Paris is now 12, up from 11.
At least 11 people have been killed in Paris after two masked gunmen stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande confirmed. The newspaper attracted controversy and was burned in 2011 after it published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, deemed insulting to the Muslim world.
Episcopal Church of Maryland Bishop Heather Cook, 58, may have been too shocked to check if she really hit a cyclist in an incident that claimed the life of 41-year-old married father of two, Thomas Palermo, on a Baltimore roadway on Dec. 27, according to a conversation she had with a clergyman shortly after the tragedy occurred.
Her shock after the incident was highlighted in a statement from the church after a closed door meeting with more than 100 Episcopal clergy at the Claggett Center in Buckeystown, Maryland, on Tuesday.
According to the statement, Rev. Scott Slater, chief assistant to Diocesan Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton who fielded a call from Cook immediately after the incident and later joined her at the scene, addressed the clergy and fielded questions from them to take back answers to their concerned parishioners. more >>
In a statement that appears to silence any speculation of unsafe riding on his part, the family of 41-year-old cyclist Thomas Palermo, who died after he was hit in a car crash with Bishop Heather Cook of the Episcopal Church of Maryland on Dec. 27, remembered him Tuesday as a passionate and "seasoned cyclist" who advocated bike safety.
"Tom was a seasoned cyclist of 25 years, with a passion for mountain biking as well as logging countless miles on the road. In addition to cycling, Tom loved to build custom lugged steel road, fixed/single-speed and touring framesets. Along with other members of the Baltimore cycling community, Tom was an advocate for bike access and bike safety," the family said in a statement to The Christian Post on Tuesday.
Cook, who was elected as the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church of Maryland in May and is the second-highest ranking official in the church, hit Palermo as he cycled in Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2014, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Instead of stopping to help the married father of two, however, Cook allegedly fled the scene as he lay dying and only returned after other cyclists reportedly chased her down. more >>
Although the U.S. Constitution states that impoverished citizens cannot be jailed because of their inability to pay fines and other debts, a church music director in Alabama and his wife were jailed because they were incapable of paying court costs that stemmed from expired license plate violations.
Tim Fugatt, a music pastor at Valley View Church of God in Sylacauga, and his wife, Kristy, were going through a financially tough time in December of 2010 when they were both pulled over and cited for having expired license plates in the town of Childersburg.
The couple had recently found out that their new-born son, Cole, was diagnosed with a rare brain disease that forced them to keep their son in the hospital. With Kristy not working, and Tim living off a modest church music director pay, the two appeared in Childersburg municipal court and pled for the judge to rule them "not guilty" and explained the situation with their son and their financial struggles. more >>
Two plainclothes NYPD officers were shot on Monday night while trying to stop a robbery in the Bronx.
Officers Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellarano returned to the scene of a robbery in the Bronx after finishing their shift and were shot by suspects. Dossi was hit in the stomach and arm while Pellarano was shot in the arm and a bullet grazed his chest. The suspects fired at other officers before stealing a Chevrolet Camaro and fleeing the scene. They then crashed the stolen car a few blocks away and fled on foot.
Both officers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and treated for their injuries. Fortunately, both are expected to make full recoveries, and a group of officials gathered at the hospital to show support and address the situation. more >>
Teresa Giudice officially began her 15-month prison sentence, and the Catholic "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star was sure to take rosary beads with her.
James J. Leonard Jr., Giudice's attorney, handed Giudice into authorities at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, where she will be serving time after being convicted of committing bankruptcy fraud. Before leaving her, the lawyer gifted his client with a set of rosary beads and a necklace with two medals that symbolized St. Christopher and St. Teresa.
Leonard told People that officials in the prison allowed the reality television star to keep the faith-based articles. more >>