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The town of Centralia has been left to die - but its last remaining church is thriving. In Pennsylvania's coal-mining mountains, there's an empty grid where a town once lived. Once, there were homes and gardens. Now there are weeds. Before Centralia started burning from below, more than a thousand people lived here. At the last count, there were six. On the horizon, though, a piece of Centralia survives. A white church rises between black trees. A blue dome shines against the snow. Its congregation has left town, but Centralia's Ukrainian Catholic Church isn't going anywhere.
Twelve prized camels have been disqualified from a beauty contest in Saudi Arabia after their owners tried to tweak their good looks with Botox.
Irony Alert: A Thousand Private Jets Deliver Globalist Elite to Davos for Climate Change Summit
More than 1,000 private jet flights have been delivering globalist elites to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, where attendees are discussing — among other topics — the ‘major threat’ of climate change.
Bishop of Peterborough breaks ranks over Church's handling of George Bell case
The Bishop of Peterborough has broken ranks after the Archbishop of Canterbury declined to rescind a statement saying a 'significant cloud' hung over the late Bishop George Bell's reputation after he was accused of abusing a young girl. Donald Allister said George Bell's 'reputation has been severely damaged' by the allegations, which a legal expert reviewing the case suggested would not have led to a guilty verdict 'beyond the balance of probabilities' in a criminal court.
Pope Francis released a message condemning "fake news," saying that it's a "sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred." The Vatican says the message is part of the Pope's World Communications Day, but some at St. Peter's Square say the Pope was probably sending a message to Donald Trump and other world leaders who have been using the phrase "fake news."
WOMAN SENTENCED FOR PASSING METH THROUGH BREAST MILK
A Coulee City woman will be spending time in jail for transferring methamphetamine to her infant son through breast milk. The boy died a month after he was born as a result of acute meth intoxication. Heather Chapman, 34, of Coulee City, pleaded guilty in Grant County Superior Court to endangerment with a controlled substance. The charge carried with it a standard sentencing range of three to nine months in jail. Chapman was sentenced under a first-time offender waiver of a standard sentence and received a 90-day jail sentence.
How Planned Parenthood Turns Birth Control into Cash (and why Politicians Help).
The Washington State legislature likes birth control – a lot. Currently, there are three separate bills in one way or another making it easier to get birth control and ensuring that no one taking the birth control will actually have to pay for it. (SB 6102, SB 6105, SB 6219). All of them work to make sure that women won’t ever have to pay for their birth control or abortion. One of the bills has already passed the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee, SB 6219, and the other two are poised to do the same. The fixation with birth control isn’t new either.
We May Finally See the End of Compulsory Union Dues
By the end of next month, public-sector employee unions will be up to their eyeballs in the orgy of obfuscation sure to accompany the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of a case that could once and for all strip organized labor of its power to skim dollars from the paychecks of virtually every government worker in the state.
What Are "European Values" Anyway?
As the Brexit negotiations progress and the European Union attempts to prevent more member states from turning against the EU, the question of "European values" is raised constantly. Those who criticize the union are said to be ignorant of the fact that Europe shares common values that it needs to protect. One has to wonder: what are European values anyway? "European values" are the poor excuse for a political project that doesn't have a monopoly on them anyway.
Magazine of The Living Church Foundation (Anglican)
Calming the Storm
After a contentious national vote on same-sex marriage, a new commission will explore how Australian law protects freedom of religion. When the Australian Parliament voted to allow same-sex partners to marry, 61.6 of Australians took it as a Christmas gift, and affirmed the decision in a national referendum. The significant minority that opposed the move (38.6%) included many Christians and churches. During the long voting period, debate became acrimonious. There are some real questions about the freedoms of those who cannot in conscience endorse same-sex marriage.
Coulee City woman sentenced in meth-related child endangerment case
A Coulee City woman has been sentenced after she pleaded guilty to transferring methamphetamine to her infant son through breast milk resulting in the boy’s death. Heather Chapman, 34, pleaded guilty in Grant County Superior Court to child endangerment with a controlled substance. Chapman was sentenced to 90 days in jail under a first-time offender waiver of a standard sentence.
Rattlesnake Ridge still moving, but landslide predictions have stopped
Due to a sharp decrease in how quickly 20 acres are accelerating down Rattlesnake Ridge, officials say it’s difficult to predict when the impending landslide will happen.