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Dozens Of Georgia Churches Split From United Methodist Church Over LGBTQ Issues
Seventy churches in Georgia split from the United Methodist Church (UMC) last week largely over LGBTQ issues, marking the latest in a growing divide within the third-largest Protestant denomination in the United States.
The North Georgia Conference voted last Thursday to allow the churches, most of which were in rural areas, to disaffiliate from the UMC. The process for disaffiliation was laid out by the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church through 2023, according to the North Georgia United Methodist Church Conference website.Read More
Jan. 6 Panel Seeks To Break Through With Primetime Programming
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is preparing for a crucial week as it prepares to finally share with the public the fruits of its monthslong investigation into the riot in primetime on Thursday.
The 8 p.m. hearing kicking off a series of meetings shows the committee is eager to reach a broad segment of Americans and relay the extent to which democracy itself was at stake that day.Read More
The U.S. Has Wasted Over 82 Million Covid Vaccine Doses
Pharmacies, states, U.S. territories and federal agencies discarded 82.1 million Covid vaccine doses from December 2020 through mid-May — just over 11 percent of the doses the federal government distributed, according to data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared with NBC News. That’s an increase from the 65 million doses the CDC told the Associated Press had been wasted as of late February.
Two retail pharmacy chains, CVS and Walmart, were responsible for over a quarter of the doses thrown away in the United States in that time period, in part due to the sheer volume of vaccine they handled.Read More
Hollywood, Law Firms Battling To Hire Camille Vasquez After Johnny Depp Trial Win
Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez has been flooded with offers from Hollywood and is at the center of an ongoing bidding war between law firms that want her on their team following her victorious performance in the actor’s trial, sources told The Post.
The tough-as-nails attorney, 37, became a star in her own right in the drawn-out defamation trial — sparring with Amber Heard during intense and sometimes vicious cross-examination and becoming a darling among Depp fans.Read More
D-Day – June 6, 2022
D-Day, observed annually on June 6, brings overwhelming memories of the brave men and women who fought a strategically planned and well-executed battle that ultimately led to the end of the Second World War. More than 75 years after the end of World War II, these memories remain fresh to the over 300,000 living U.S. veterans of the war. The rest of us look to their legacy and the rich history of events told through museums and memorials. There is not a more important time than today for us to remember and honor them as we reflect on D-Day, June 6, 1944.Read More
A Former Judge Was Killed In His Wisconsin Home In A Targeted Attack, Officials Say
A former Wisconsin judge was killed Friday in what authorities are calling a targeted attack by a suspect who also had other government officials as targets, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.
Former Juneau County Circuit Court Judge John Roemer, 68, was killed in a New Lisbon, Wisconsin, home, the Wisconsin Justice Department said in a statement. The killing stems from a court case or cases, the department explained, but did not give further details.Read More
Wisconsin Man Charged With Killing 6 In Botched Drug Robbery
A 34-year-old Wisconsin man has been charged in the deaths of six people who were found dead in January at a Milwaukee duplex. Court documents said the killings happened during a botched drug robbery.
Bail was set at $1 million Sunday for Travis Lamar Birkley who is charged with six counts of felony murder.Read More
Democrats Challenge Republican Tim Michels' Nominating Petitions In Race For Wisconsin Governor
Wisconsin Democrats are seeking to block Republican Tim Michels from getting his name on the ballot in the governor's race, saying Michels failed to follow the law when he circulated his nominating petitions.
A formal challenge filed Saturday with the Wisconsin Elections Commission argues 3,516 of Michels' nominating signatures are invalid because they failed to list both Michels' voting address and his mailing address as required by state law. If the Elections Commission were to agree with the complaint, it would leave Michels well short of the 2,000 signatures required to get on the ballot for governor in Wisconsin.Read More
A Fight Over Wolves Pits Facts Against Feelings in Wisconsin
Maybe it was the heat that afternoon in Madison, or maybe it was sheer exhaustion as the meeting approached its sixth hour. Either way, tempers were flaring.
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board, a politically appointed body that advises the state’s natural resources agency, met on Aug. 11, 2021, to debate a seemingly narrow question: How many wolves should hunters be allowed to kill during the upcoming hunting season?Read More
Wisconsin Faces A ‘Tangled Series’ Of Abortion Laws Dating Back To 1849 As It Heads Into A Possible Post-Roe Future
About 50 abortion rights supporters stood on the bridge over the Wisconsin River into Sauk City on a sunny Saturday morning in mid-May.
They held signs reading “CHOICE” and “PROTECT ROE v. WADE” and cheered when passing cars honked in support.
Jennie Klecker brought three generations of her family out on the bridge for the demonstration: her mother and her daughter and niece, in the sixth and ninth grades.Read More