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NEWS
June 23, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Rev. Norvel Goff, standing at the pulpit where murdered Emanuel AME Church Senior Pastor Clementa Pinckney had long preached, yesterday electrified grief-stricken congregants and dignitaries with a sermon that stressed the importance of leaning on God in times of crisis. The packed historic African-American church erupted in applause and shouts of "Amen!" when Goff said, "No evildoer, no demon in hell or Earth can close the doors of God's church," in explaining why it was important for Emanuel to have services on the first Sunday after Pinckney and eight other church members were shot to death there Wednesday night.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
COULD "JURASSIC World" become a reality some day? According to Jack Horner - the world's most renowned paleontologist and a consultant on "Jurassic World" - the answer is yes. "I think one day in the not too distant future, we're going to have the ability to create any animal we want," Horner said. "That includes dinosaurs and even - though it may sound silly - unicorns. " Although Sam Neill's original "Jurassic Park" paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant was based on Horner, he feels it is more of an honor and more important that Steven Spielberg chose him to give the film some scientific plausibility, rather than take the easy way out and do a movie that was science fantasy.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
PHILLY JESUS has started a digital collection plate for his ministries on GoFundMe.com, with a goal of raising $70,000. "We chose 70 because the number seven is God's number," said Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant. Grant, a 29-year-old recovering heroin addict, has been dressing as Jesus and hanging out at LOVE Park since April 2014. He has a large following on Twitter and Instagram and said he dresses as Jesus as a way to get others to approach him so he can share the story of Christ.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
ANY GIVEN Sunday, open the blue door to the storefront Church of the Living God at 2nd Street near Somerset in West Kensington, and you won't be able to sit still. The band, including a 10-year-old boy strumming a guitar and a 14-year-old girl on the drums, could pass for a professional rock/soul group. Even the oldest member, 100-year-old Anna Lee Green, stands, claps, dances and sings in this self-proclaimed "Happiest Church In The City of Philadelphia. " Happy it is. The church exudes joy even when parishioners cool themselves with fans that depict an ad for a funeral home in the Powelton neighborhood.
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | BY NATALIE POMPILIO, For the Daily News natalie@nataliepompilio.com
ANTONIO ANDERSON heard the call in 2013 to "plant" a church in his hometown. He and his family were living outside Manhattan. He and his wife had well-paying, steady work. Their two daughters, now ages 11 and 9, were happy in their schools. They were all active members of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, a megachurch with more than 4,000 members. But there was that call. "I told my pastor, 'God is calling me back to Philadelphia.' I was listening to the news and the crimes against children, and I wanted to come back and make a positive difference," recalled Anderson, who was born and raised here.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elva Parker was a familiar face in downtown Chester. On her good days, she picked up trash in a patch of parkland off the Avenue of the States where she liked to sit. She gave away some of the little money she got from Social Security to people who said they needed it. But on her bad days, she screamed, cursed, and threw things at passersby on the street whenever she thought they got too close. She was arrested for hitting an officer who told her to move along. She lived on the streets.
NEWS
March 26, 2015
I AM COMPELLED to write this letter as the result of a judge's decision to allow a very hurtful anti-Islamic ad to be placed on SEPTA buses. I am well aware of the First Amendment right to free speech, but in my humble opinion to place an ad of Adolph Hitler on these vehicles is not only insensitive and incorrect, but also causes great harm to many people. A federal judge has ruled that since SEPTA has accepted religious, political and public-service advertising in the past, it cannot refuse ads that call for ending U.S. aid to Islamic countries that compare Islam to Hitler.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
THERE'S A FUNNY T-shirt available for sale about the importance of punctuation. It points out the different meanings of "Let's Eat Grandma!" and "Let's Eat, Grandma!" Tattle thought of that yesterday when Rolling Stone mentioned the title of Kanye West 's next album as "So Help Me God. " All we could think of was a perhaps more accurate title, "So Help Me, God. "   The daily Cosby Bill Cosby 's lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to throw out a defamation suit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses.
NEWS
February 22, 2015 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
FIRE AND brimstone messages that she read as a kid from the back seat of the family car put the fear of God into West Chester photographer Stephanie Kirk - and the fear of church signs. "They were often punitive. Mean," she said. "I can't in my heart of hearts believe that God's mean or nasty. " Kirk, raised in an interfaith household - Catholic and Eastern Orthodox - grew up to become a Quaker. And those dread-inducing church signs stayed in her mind. "As an adult, I said, I have to go back and explore that.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Monmouth County, N.J., lawsuit alleging that the words under God in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the rights of an atheist schoolchild and sought to have them stricken has been dismissed. For a local high school senior, that was good news indeed. Samantha Jones, 18, who attends Highland Regional High School; her parents; and two of her siblings had intervenor status in American Humanist Association v. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District . The decision "does affirm our right to say under God in the Pledge of Allegiance," Jones said.
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