Quote of the day.
“This is a kingdom thing. In order for us to involve all churches, it has to be distinct from any one church.”Walter Draughon III, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., on why the church founded Rise Up, St. Pete! as a 501(c)3 ministry dedicated to racial and economic healing that could be shared by all of the churches after a wave of violence that deepened racial divisions in the city.
(Associated Baptist Press)
1. Arizona to appeal judge's ruling against part of immigration law.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer plans to fight a federal judge's ruling against a part of Arizona's tough immigration law that would have made it a crime to harbor illegal immigrants, court papers showed on Thursday.
2. Justices to revisit affirmative action in higher education.
More than a half-century after the Supreme Court ordered the University of Texas to admit a black man to its law school, the sprawling live-oak-and-limestone campus is again the site of a monumental battle over the use of race in university admissions.
3. Veterans wait for benefits as claims pile up.
For hundreds of thousands of veterans, the result has been long waits for decisions, mishandled documents, confusing communications and infuriating mistakes in their claims.
(New York Times)
4. California farmers examine climate change issues.
New science and research has San Joaquin Valley farmers taking a harder look at the effect that climate change may have on their industry. If researcher's predictions hold true, the Valley's multi-billion dollar agriculture industry will be hit with longer stretches of hot temperatures, fewer colder days and shrinking water supplies.
5. Christians flee town after militant threats.
Coptic Christian families have fled their homes in a town in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, fearing for their lives after receiving death threats from suspected Islamic militants, a local priest said Thursday.
6. 'All-out war' rages in Syria's Aleppo.
Syrian government forces and rebels are engaged in what has been described as an all-out conflict in Aleppo, the country's largest city and commercial hub, according to activists.
7. Netanyahu demands 'red line' to stop Iran nuclear program.
Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has called on the international community to set a "clear, red line" to stop Iran making a nuclear weapon, a line he claimed would be reached as early as next spring.
8. Abbas seeks upgrade of Palestinian UN status.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will seek to have the Palestinians' U.N. status upgraded to a sovereign country and cautioned that Israeli settlement expansion meant time was running out for a two-state solution.
9. Fear and suspicion in Pakistan hamper global polio fight.
Yet evidence from Pakistan and Afghanistan, two of only three countries where polio is still endemic, suggests a battle lies ahead to overcome Taliban opposition, vaccine refusals, security and funding gaps to beat out that last one percent.
10. As Nato troops pull out, Kabul has the task of rebuilding society.
The military campaign in Afghanistan has been the focus of international attention over the last decade, but that is shifting markedly as Kabul tries to make sense of what will be left behind when Nato's combat troops disappear.