Emergency officials from Florida to the Carolinas are watching Hurricane Irene as it churns a destructive path through the Caribbean. The hurricane is the first to seriously threaten the United States in three years.
Forecasters predicted that Irene could become a disastrous Category 4 storm with winds over 131 mph before it is expected to hit the U.S. mainland. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Hurricane Irene should reach Category 3 strength on Tuesday.
As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, the core of Irene was headed toward the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas the NHC stated. more >>
Tropical Storm Irene became the first hurricane in the 2011 Atlantic Season, moving over Puerto Rico and hitting the U.S. Caribbean territory with heavy winds and rain.
The storm left over a million Puerto Ricans without power and residents awoke Monday morning to flooded and debris-strewn streets. Hurricane Irene knocked down trees across the island and caused several rivers to overflow, according to The Associated Press.
There were no reported deaths or injuries, but Puerto Rico’s Governor Luis Fortuno declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay inside to avoid fallen power lines and other hazards. more >>
Students in the town of Joplin, Mo., returned to school yesterday as the city continues its attempt at a return to normalcy following the devastating EF-5 tornado that ravaged the town on May 22. What isn't normal, however, is the renovated department store in a local mall that has temporarily become the Joplin Public Schools' new high school.
Greg Boyd, Joplin High School's assistant principal, told The Associated Press that school officials expect to call North Park Mall the school's home for the next three years.
Interestingly, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Washington, D.C. has offered to donate up to $1 million toward the new school building and the purchase of new laptop computers for all of the high school's students. more >>
A Christian minister and activist wants to send a message to President Barack Obama while he and his family are vacationing at Martha's Vineyard this week: remember the nation's poor and needy.
The Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, plans to hold a demonstration on Thursday, Aug. 25, in front of the White House to protest what he sees as an "irresponsible" decision by Obama to leave Washington, D.C. while the nation is in turmoil.
"It's clearly irresponsible and sends the exact wrong message when we are struggling with these hard economic times...and it shows a profound disrespect for the poor and for the struggling for the president to take this incredibly expensive vacation," Mahoney told The Christian Post Thursday. more >>
The "going green" movement isn’t just attracting hippie tree huggers. There is fresh evidence that church congregations around the country are moving toward a more environmentally friendly plan to save money and mother earth.
From a religious perspective, some congregations believe that global climate change is a moral crisis.
U.S. congregations are examining their habits and asking what their faith demands of them in response to the mounting concerns of global warming. more >>
A flat tax advocacy organization recommends states cut taxes and discontinue retail tax holidays, saying the temporary tax break for parents shopping for school supplies does not benefit low-income individuals as previously believed. However, retailers, threatened by a possible drop in anticipated sales, point to their own evidence suggesting that both businesses and state’s benefit from tax holidays.
The Tax Foundation asserts that the retail tax holiday is "poor tax policy," that does not increase spending or help low-income families.
According to the foundation, the nine to ten day period in late July and early August when some states offer consumers the opportunity to buy office necessities, clothing, computers and even U.S. Energy Star label appliances and guns without paying state taxes, is decreasing. more >>