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2008-08-28 21:00:17

By Rusty Marks Charleston-based street evangelist Brandt Russo was in jail Wednesday after trying to hold services at a church in Lakeland, Fla. Russo was arrested Tuesday at Lakeland's Ignited Church and charged with trespassing after he tried to hold communion services on church property, said friend and supporter Charessa Wilkinson. Russo was in the Polk County Jail on $500 bond this morning, according to jail records. An ordained minister, Russo decided to give up his worldly goods,...

2008-08-17 15:00:26

LEWISTON - August marks the fourth year in operation for St. Martin's Bargain Basket, tucked in the basement of St. Martin de Porres Residence for homeless men and women on the corner of College and Bartlett streets. The shop has household items, linens, bedding, jewelry, antiques, religious articles and furniture. The staff is made up of volunteers, and the proceeds generated from the sales go to the residence's mission of sheltering the homeless and helping them return to more...

2008-08-10 15:00:38

A health official in Los Angeles allegedly used homeless individuals as part of a scheme to steal millions of dollars from insurance programs, authorities say. Following a raid of three Los Angeles private for-profit hospitals, authorities charged City of Angels Medical Center owner Dr. Rudra Sabaratnam with committing healthcare fraud and conspiring to accept kickbacks for medical referrals, The New York Times said Sunday. Also charged following Wednesday's raid was Estill Mitts, who...

2008-08-07 18:01:51

LOS ANGELES (AP)- A hospital top executive was arrested Wednesday as federal agents raided three medical centers while investigating an alleged scheme to recruit homeless people as phony patients and bill government programs for millions of dollars in unnecessary health services, authorities said. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by the city said the hospitals used homeless people as "human pawns." More charges are expected, a federal prosecutor said. The hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange...

2008-08-07 12:01:26

The Norris family of New England learned their newborn daughter had a cyst on her lung in utero and that she would likely face asthma or other respiratory complications. Already concerned with their immediate environment and health of themselves and their three-year-old daughter, they sought to learn how to create the healthiest green environment for their family and new baby, and found Wee Generation along the way. Wee Generation is a collaboration of environmental visionaries,...

2008-08-07 12:01:26

Wee Generation - a collaboration of environmental visionaries including Seventh Generation and Healthy Child Healthy World - announced today the winners of their Green Baby Nursery Makeover Sweepstakes: Cynthia and Keith Norris, of Raynham, Mass. A video featuring green baby nursery tips and many others can be found at: www.weegeneration.com/green-nursery-tips. "We were absolutely astounded and thrilled to be honored with this gift," said Cynthia Norris. "My husband Keith and I learned of...

2008-08-06 15:00:35

High-tech juggling. Fire eating. Physical comedy. Full-body contortion. These are all part of brothers Matthew and Jason Tardy's show, "TWO: High Energy Juggling," which they'll perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Celebration Barn Theater in Paris. The two juggle props with impressive choreography, and in complete darkness create streaks of color-changing light - to upbeat original music from their new CD, "Audio Body." Juggle Magazine has described their act as "juggling meets...

2008-08-04 18:01:03

SINGER-SONGWRITER Sandi Thom, who studied at Liverpool's LIPA, and Madness frontman Suggs are among musicians, singers and street entertainers supporting Britain's biggest busking event. Accomplished performers and budding artists have signed up to take part in the nationwide gig, Busking Cancer, in aid of Cancer Research UK. Thom, most recently in the charts with The Devil's Beat and who had a number one single with I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair), said: "Busking...

2008-08-03 18:00:18

A new Los Angeles ordinance requires hospitals to obtain patients' written permission before moving them anywhere other than their homes, officials said. Los Angeles medical centers have come under fire for allegations of hospital workers transporting homeless patients to shelters before they are healthy enough to be without medical treatment, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Hospital officials say they are worried that if they are convicted of violating the law, their...

2008-08-02 00:00:19

Ollie the Busker has brought music to the streets of Penzance for the last 15 years. But now the colourful character claims he feels unwelcome on his patch because some shops and businesses turn the volume of their own sound systems up and drown him out. The 54-year-old entertainer says every time he returns to his favourite spot in Causewayhead, near the town's Savoy Cinema, the volume of a flat screen TV showing film trailers mysteriously increases. He claims one shopkeeper wrote...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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