Katherine Hamilton Naples Daily News Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 A group of children holding a giant $5,000 check excitedly huddledby the Coastland Center carousel while a parent led a blindfolded woman through glass doors. Once inside, she slipped the mask off and opened her eyes to something she did not expect. "Surprise Miss Mary!" the children and parents cheered together as tears streamed down the woman's smiling face. The check — raised to help pay for Mary Warder's car repairs so she can drive to work — was made out to her: it read, 'For being a blessing to all of us.' Anyone who has visited the Naples mall — a popular local landmark —probably noticed the whirling, light-laden carousel tucked on the south end of the food court. More: A Florida teacher didn't have enough sick days during chemotherapy, so his fellow educators donated theirs Warder, better known as Miss Mary to all those who frequent the … [Read more...] about Naples moms raised thousands for woman who runs the Coastland Center carousel
U.S. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement A former special agent at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was arrested earlier this week, accused of sexual assault and rape against multiple women. According to the agency, 43-year-old John Jacobs Olivas was arrested Wednesday morning by agents from the FBI and ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). He is alleged to have abused his position to convince victims to not report his violent actions, which reportedly included the assault of one women and two rapes against another, a release said. Olivas was arraigned in United States District Court in Riverside. He entered a not guilty plea and was ordered released on a $50,000 bond. The suspect will stand trial on Oct. 9. According to ICE, an indictment alleges Olivas attempted to rape one victim in January 2012 after making it clear to her “that the police would not be responsive to any report she may make about defendant Olivas … [Read more...] about Former ICE Special Agent Who ‘Abused Position’ Accused of Sex Assault, Rape
For months, people have been approaching shoppers at stores across the Buffalo Niagara market, striking up conversations with them, then inviting them to Bible studies at their church to learn about a holy figure they call "God the Mother." The encounters at places like Wegmans and Walmart have prompted viral social media posts, frightened calls to police and wild rumors. But if you ask members of the World Mission Society Church of God, they'll tell you they're simply devoted members of an Amherst church trying to share their faith. And these days, they say, stores are where it's easy to strike up a conversation. The World Mission Society Church of God was founded in South Korea in the 1960s. Members believe that Jesus Christ returned to Earth in the form of Christ Ahn Sahng-hong, a Korean man, and God the Mother Jang Gil-ja, a still-living Korean woman. Though its Millersport Highway congregation has just 50 members, the religious movement claims more … [Read more...] about Who is the Bible study group ‘shopping’ for members at Walmart?
DEAR ABBY: I am in my late 20s and dating a man in his mid-30s whom I am crazy about. We have been dating for a year and are starting to discuss marriage and children. He’s kind and hardworking, gives back to the community, and does everything he can to make me happy. My problem is his family. His mother curses and yells at him every few months, usually around the holidays when he tells her he’s splitting his time between his family and mine. She breaks him down any way she can, such as finding fault with me or bringing up mistakes he made 10 or 15 years ago. His sister tells him often that she doesn’t like me because of things she claims I said or did. She has also attacked me on social media. The rest of the family gets involved in the drama and even blackmailed him (insinuating they would get him fired) when he tried to ignore them. A week or so after these outbursts occur, his family pretends nothing happened. He admits his family has “issues,” but he … [Read more...] about Dear Abby: Man who’s wonderful to me lets family be awful to him
U.S. The 2018 midterm elections are already historic in a number of ways as a record number of women and minorities run for office and voter turnout in primary races across the nation is at an all-time high. Pundits predict everything from a Democratic "blue wave" to a "pink wave" that will push women into office. First Muslim Women in Congress Tlaib is a current member of the Democratic Socialists of America and is running on a progressive platform including medicare for all, $15 minimum wage and strengthening unions and workers' protections. Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and was already the first Muslim woman to be elected to Michigan's legislature, where she served from 2008 to 2014. Omar, a mother of three, came to the United States more than two decades ago as a refugee. She is campaigning on issues like guaranteed access to public education and housing as a human right. Washington is going to be changed! @RashidaTlaib & @IlhanMN - need I say more? … [Read more...] about Midterm Elections 2018: Here are the Candidates Who Can Make History in November