"There's not a lot of options": Metro homeless encampments grow as temperatures drop, shelters fill up

MINNEAPOLIS -- As temperatures drop to their lowest levels in quite some time, more concern is being raised about the homeless population in the metro area.Despite removal and sheltering efforts, several encampments have grown in size in recent weeks.Allen Christian is the owner of the House of Balls Art Studio, just a stone's throw away from U.S. Bank Stadium. In between the studio and the stadium--this homeless encampment he says has multiplied in size since August. "First it was one, then three, then six and now I think there's…we counted over 100 tents," said Christian. "The two issues are sanitation and...

‘Unveiled: Surviving La Luz del Mundo’ Is a Horrifying Exposé of a Megachurch’s Pedophilic Predators

Religion, self-help, and horrific sexual abuse are frequent bedfellows, as detailed by Spotlight (about the Catholic Church), The Vow (about NXIVM), Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (about the FLDS), Wild Wild Country (about guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s New Age movement), and numerous other modern exposés. In terms of sheer despicableness, however, few nonfiction affairs can match Unveiled: Surviving La Luz del Mundo, a three-part HBO offering (Dec. 6) about La Luz del Mundo (“The Light of the World”). A Christian church-cum-cult that now spans the globe with a reported 5 million members, its doctrine revolves around strict loyalty and obedience...
International Business Times

Palestinian Santa Brings Festive Cheer To Jerusalem

In Jerusalem's Old City there are dozens of churches, but as Christmas beckons there is just one Santa Claus -- a towering Palestinian former basketball player. Each December, the streets sparkle green and red as Christian pilgrims and others arrive to celebrate Christmas in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. Seven years ago...

49ers place RB Elijah Mitchell on IR again

For the second time this season the 49ers have placed running back Elijah Mitchell on Injured Reserve. Mitchell in the 49ers Week 13 win over the Saints suffered his second MCL sprain of the season. He sustained one in the season opener against the Bears and missed seven games. This time he sprained the other knee and will likely miss the rest of the regular season.
Citrus County Chronicle

Like columnist, letter writer does not have answers

“I have no idea” was Nancy Kennedy’s answer in her recent Chronicle’s religious column as to why there are so many Christian denominations. If, however, current statistics and projections hold up from Pew Research and U.S. Religious Census there will be increasingly fewer denominations and fewer Christians. By 2070, the religiously unaffiliated will be the majority, and nondenominational churches will represent the majority within Christianity.

Parade Winners Announced

The Orange Christmas Parade sponsored by the Kiwanis Club was held on a Saturday for the first time in a long time as close to 40 entries made their way through downtown Orange in front of a big crowd. Winners were announced in three different categories. Funtown RV (above) won...
Lake Charles American Press

Prep box scores from Dec. 3

Fairview (14-3): Ella Reeves 26, Kaylee Guillory 15, Reese Jinks 12. Parkway (5-3): Mikaylah Williams 19, Chloe Larry 15, Ty’lissa Henderson 13, MaKenna Miles 11. Lafayette Christian (7-1): Jada Anderson 47. Wossman (8-2): Anyra Wilson 19, Da’Naya Ross 17, Brittany Burton 10. Championship. Lafayette Christian 78. Fairview 71.
Ozark Sports Zone

Bears fall in Valley home opener to Bradley

SPRINGFIELD – In its long-awaited return to Great Southern Bank Arena on Saturday, Missouri State ran into a determined Bradley squad and couldn’t seem to gain a foothold against the more-experienced Braves in a 58-40 MVC setback. The Bears (4-4, 1-1 MVC) shot just 31.4 percent from the...