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WATCH: Two Florida Teens Who Prayed as They Nearly Drowned at Sea Are Rescued by Boat Named Amen

A pair of Florida teens who nearly drowned at sea had their prayers answered when an appropriately named  boat called Amen came to their rescue.
Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, both 17, who attend Christ Church Academy in Jacksonville, decided to visit Vilano Beach with a group of friends for senior skip day on April 18, ABC News reported Friday.
The trouble started when the teens decided to swim out farther than they were able, they said in an interview that aired on “Good Morning America.”

“Me and Heather’s idea originally was to swim to an island,” Smith said. “Me and her were like the strong, courageous ones of the group. Eventually one turned around and the next.”
“I asked Tyler, ‘Do you want to keep going?’” Brown added. “He said, ‘I don’t care...

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Abuse of Faith: Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News Release Part 1 of Extensive Investigation Into Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse Committed by 330 Church Leaders and Leaving Over 700 Victims Since 1998

Abuse of Faith
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms
First of three parts
Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez’s voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders.

She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. It was the first of many assaults that Vasquez said destroyed her teenage years and, at 18, left her pregnant by the Southern Baptist pastor, a married man more than a dozen years older.
In June 2008, she paid her way to Indianapolis, where she and others asked leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention and its 47,000 churches to track sexual predators and take action against congregations that harbored or concealed a...

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Winners and Losers from College Football Early Signing Day

Good news — no, great news. Your team’s head coach believes this year’s signing class is chock full of difference-making talent, with a steady mix of plug-and-play athletes and developmental prospects set to contribute once they acclimate themselves to the college game. That quarterback your team signed? Well, he’s a future star. Likewise with the rest of the future student-athletes, including that two-star recruit — he’s a diamond in the rough.

Hope springs eternal during the early signing period. Instituted a year ago in the Bowl Subdivision, this change now gives a prospective recruit a second window to sign his letter of intent, joining the traditional signing day in early February. A year ago, nearly 75 percent of prospects signed in the early period.
Some big-name recruits will...

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Texas Baptist Disaster Relief Continues in Northwest Florida

A Texas Baptist Men chainsaw crew prays with a homeowner in Florida. TBM disaster relief work is expected to continue in Florida through Dec. 15. (TBM Photo)
Nearly two months after Hurricane Michael made landfall, Texas Baptist Men chainsaw crews, emergency food-service workers, heavy equipment operators and other volunteers continue to offer disaster relief in the Florida Panhandle.
So far, TBM disaster relief workers have contributed more than 22,400 volunteer hours and prepared close to 53,000 meals, with their deployment to Florida expected to conclude Dec. 15.
On Dec. 3, 58 volunteers were serving in the area around Blue Spring Baptist Conference center, northwest of Tallahassee, Fla., including four chainsaw crews.
Since mid-October, TBM volunteers have completed more than 130 chain...

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The Winners Of The 2018 Kirkus Prizes

The 2018 Kirkus Prize winners (from left to right): Severance, by Ling Ma; Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James; Call Them by Their True Names, by Rebecca Solnit.Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Agate Bolden; Haymarket Books
Three books have emerged with one of the world’s most lucrative literary awards. At a ceremony Thursday in Austin, Texas, judges named the winners of the Kirkus Prize — the select few plucked from among 1,193 books published in the past year.

Ling Ma’s novel Severance took home the prize for fiction. Call Them by Their True Names, an essay collection by Rebecca Solnit, won in the nonfiction category...

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Florida Man Walks Into Police Station, Asks to Go to Jail for Downloading Child Porn

Cory Hinsch (Courtesy of Escambia County Jail)
A Florida man was arrested after he walked into a police station and asked to go to jail for downloading child porn on his phone, police said.
Cory Hinsch, 24, from Pensacola, was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and released from Escambia County Jail after posting $10,000 bond on Tuesday.
Hinsch was cuffed after walking into the Pensacola Police Department on Nov. 9 and showing an officer at the front desk images of a young girl engaged in sexual acts that he said he downloaded from the so-called dark web, according to an arrest report obtained by the Pensacola News Journal.
After being read his Miranda rights, Hinsch gave a statement without the presence of an attorney and allowed police to look through his phone...

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WATCH: Crowd Sings “Amazing Grace,” Recites Lord’s Prayer at Trump Rally During 10-minute Pause for Elderly Woman’s ‘Medical Emergency’

The crowd at Donald Trump’s Missouri rally burst into a rendition of Amazing Grace during a ten-minute long ‘medical emergency’.
The crowd at Donald Trump’s Missouri rally burst into a rendition of Amazing Grace during a ten-minute long pause for a ‘medical emergency’.
The president’s speech at the rally in Cape Girardeau, came to a sudden halt on Monday night when one of his female supporters suffered a medical emergency.
As Trump paused on stage, and waited for paramedics to reach the fan, the crowd began singing the rousing rendition of the Christian hymn.

Another large group in the crowd started to recite The Lord’s Prayer.
‘That was beautiful,’ ...

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Mental Stress Mounts Among Residents of Hurricane-Stricken Florida Panhandle

A resident walks past a shattered window of a room at a damaged motel, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Panama City, Fla., where guests continue to stay in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the stress of living in a city that was splintered by Hurricane Michael. She’s fearful after hearing gunshots at night, and she’s confused because she no longer recognizes the place where she’s spent her entire 45 years.
“I just know I don’t feel real, and home doesn’t feel like home at all,” Cross said.
Health workers say they are seeing signs of mental problems in residents more than a week after Michael, and the issues could continue as a short-term disaster turns into a long-term recovery that will take years.
Tony Averbuch, who...

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5 More States Join New Jersey and New York in Investigating Catholic Church Child Sex Abuse Cover-Up

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury’s investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims. The people seated behind Shapiro included some of those affected by the clergy abuse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Last month, after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a bombshell 1,300-page grand jury report detailing the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in his state by hundreds of Catholic priests, American Catholics called for more investigations into church documents. Some even demanded the federal government step in.
Now law enforcement officials in at least seven states — New York, New Jersey, Nebraska, New Mexico, ...

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Florida Priest Accused of Stealing $200,000 from Church Resigns

Father Henryk Pawelec at St. Coleman’s Catholic Church in Pompano Beach. (Courtesy/Archdiocese of Miami)
A South Florida priest has resigned after being accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the church.
The Archdiocese of Miami said in a statement that Father Henryk Pawelec has paid the money back to St. Coleman Catholic Church in Pompano Beach. But he still could face legal action after the church reported the incident to the state attorney’s office.
Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said the breach of trust “saddens and disappoints” him.
The Sun Sentinel reports the archdiocese reviewed the congregation’s financial records after receiving reports that Pawelec was diverting money. He agreed to resign on Wednesday.
Parish Adminstrator Father Michael Garcia has taken Pawelec’s pl...

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