Billy Graham Rapid Response Team sends chaplains to Conn. in response to mass shooting

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 2:04 PM
Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 2:04 PM

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is sending chaplains to Connecticut after the school shooting that happened there Friday.

Twenty-seven people were killed in the Newtown, Conn. shooting, the Associated Press reported.

Crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, which also ministered in the wake of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting, will help provide emotional and spiritual care, the organization said.

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Girl turns Justin Trudeau’s office into a pillow fort

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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A 5-year-old girl who got to be prime minister for a day in Canada put Justin Trudeau to work, directing him in building a pillow fort, the Huffington Post reported.

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When Bella Thompson won a CBC Kids’ contest, she went to Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, and made her unique request. Trudeau obliged, rearranging his desk to build the shelter out of couch cushions, wooden chairs and a blanket sporting a maple leaf.

CBC Kids shared the images of the publicity stunt to Facebook on May 16. They are now going viral.

What happens when a 5-year-old gets to be prime minister for the day? Pillow fort! . . . We were in Ottawa yesterday...

Posted by CBC Kids on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Obama meets with Prince Harry in London

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 4:46 AM

Prince Harry (left) poses with former  President Barack Obama following a meeting at Kensington Palace on Saturday in London.
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Former President Barack Obama was welcomed to London’s Kensington Palace by Prince Harry on Saturday, CNN reported.

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"They discussed a range of shared interests including support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations," Kensington Palace said in a statement.

They also discussed the terrorist attack in Manchester, the statement said.

Obama played golf in Scotland before visiting the prince. He also stopped in Berlin, where met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Obama said he was “heartbroken” by the tragedy in Manchester, CNN reported.

"To all the families who have been affected, to all those who are still recovering, to those who have lost loved ones, it's unimaginable to think about the cruelty and the violence that the city of Manchester has suffered," he said.

101-year-old Alabama man gets high school diploma

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 1:20 AM

Goshen High School is located in Pike County , Alabama.
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Thursday night’s graduation ceremony at an Alabama high school included a man who finally earned his diploma after 84 years. At 101 years old, John Presley Motes graduated with Goshen High School’s Class of 2017, but he is older than his classmates — and also older than the school officials who handed him his diploma.

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Motes was born in Pike County, Alabama, on Sept. 10, 1915, according to his World War II draft card information. He grew up in the Goshen area and should have graduated in 1933, but he had to drop out of school because of a health condition, WFSA reported.

When he turned 18, he joined the Air Force as an engineer.

“He was smart as a whip,” Motes’ wife, Bettye Motes, told WFSA. “He just never got a chance to graduate.”

About seven months ago, Motes’ children asked school officials at Goshen High School to see if their father could participate in Thursday’s ceremony.

“We asked the seniors if they would be willing to do it, and they were beside themselves excited,” Assistant Principal Anthony May told WFSA. “It was sprung on us, but we’re so glad it was.”

Motes did not want to go first in the procession. He wanted to go in the traditional alphabetical order. He received a standing ovation as he accepted his diploma, WFSA reported.

Motes wants to continue his education. His next move is to return to Mobile, where he now lives with his wife, and apply to the University of South Alabama in the fall, WFSA reported.

“I’m going to major in music,” Motes said.

Motes’ children said his goal is to live to be 107.

$8 wine at Aldi wins prestigious award

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 11:28 PM

A judge tastes a white wine at the 'International Wine Challenge' event. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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The wine features ripe summer stone fruits, a generous acid palate and a crisp finish, sommeliers note.

It’s called “The Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence Rosé” and it recently ranked as one of the best wines in the world when it earned a silver award at the International Wine Challenge.

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And it sells for about $8 at Aldi.

"We have been working closely with renowned winemaker Jean Claude Mas to change perceptions around French wine, which is often perceived as expensive and intimidating, so it is fantastic to see some of these products acknowledged as some of the best in the world," Tony Baines, manager of corporate buying for the grocery chain, told the Sun.