A bill that aimed to ban sexual orientation change therapy for minors in the Commonwealth of Virginia was defeated in committee.
House Bill 1135 was recently defeated in a House of Delegates subcommittee of the Committee on Health Welfare and Institutions.
With National Youth Enrollment Day just around the corner, new reports say that Healthcare.gov will be shut down for scheduled maintenance beginning on Saturday, February 15-the last day to enroll for coverage beginning March 1.
February 15 is also National Youth Enrollment Day, where the administration is promoting over 200 nationwide events where young people can get covered. Groups such as United Way, Young Invincibles, Get Covered America, and the American Cancer Society are partnering to promote enrollment through different events.
Yet again the administration continues to fail the American people, especially our youth. Young people are the key to Obamacare's success, but they are not enrolling. Obamacare is wildly unpopular among Millennials-not surprising, considering they are the tech-savvy generation, and the Healthcare.gov website is a bungled mess. more >>
A 15-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Houston, Texas, and police believe that her death was part of a satanic ritual led by a 17-year-old and 16-year-old. Both boys have been charged in her kidnapping and murder.
Jose E. Reyes, 17, is accused of the rape and murder of Corriann Cervantes, whom he kidnapped on Wednesday. Her remains were found on Saturday morning. She was found with an upside-down cross carved into her stomach and various religious items around her partially naked body. Police said that her body showed signs of being violently raped.
Reyes confessed to the crime and said he killed Cervantes so his friend could "sell his soul to the devil," according to KTRK. He was arrested after Webster Police received a tip that Reyes had confessed to a family member. Reyes, Cervantes, and the 16-year-old suspect all attended Clear Path Alternative School, but it was unclear why Reyes and his accomplice specifically targeted Cervantes. more >>
Kenny Thompson just wanted to do what was right by the students he helped serve at Valley Oaks Elementary School in Houston, Texas. Thompson is being called a "lunch angel" after paying off over 60 accounts that were overdue, leaving the children eating nothing but cold sandwiches instead of a hot, healthy lunch.
"It was the best money I ever spent," Thompson, who works as a tutor and mentor at the school, told Today.com. "It was the best gift I ever gave myself. I went into my car and screamed."
Thompson got the idea from learning of the Utah school that took away several children's lunches and threw them in the garbage simply because their parents had fallen behind on paying for the school lunch. He was shocked at what happened and wanted to learn if there was anything he could do, or if there was a problem within his own school that needed correcting. more >>
A 5-year-old girl is dead after drinking 2 liters of grape soda and an unknown amount of water in a two-hour time frame. Her parents have been formally charged with first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated child neglect, and aggravated child abuse, given that the excessive fluid was an extreme punishment for "stealing" the mother's drink.
Randall Lee and Mary Lavonne Vaughn forced 5-year-old Alexa Linboom to drink a great deal of soda and water after she reportedly took some of Mary Lavonne's soda.
"They also failed to take care of the child once she was injured," Tennessee Attorney General Berkeley Bell told the Times-News. "Our position is it was a matter of several hours after the child started exhibiting serious symptoms, after the child was screaming out in pain, went into a paralyzed state, and became unconscious." more >>
President of the Idaho campus of Mormon-owned Brigham Young University Kim B. Clark recently explained that "feelings of guilt are very useful" in the school's current "war" on pornography and masturbation made public in a viral YouTube video last December.
In the four-minute video Clark urged students to battle against pornography addiction because it leaves spiritual wounds.
"The temptations of the great war are many. The battles are real. And the strategies are clever. The enemy is cruel, ruthless and relentless. We must not underestimate the danger. We must be vigilant and valiant," warned Clark in the video. more >>