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Florida man steals sushi sampler, stuffs it in pants

A 25-year-old man is accused of attempting to shoplift a sushi sampler package by hiding it in the front of his pants.

Fort Walton Beach officers were called to Publix Shopping Center on July 19 for a retail theft, according to an arrest report. A manager told officers she saw Anthony Arnold Poucher select a chef sampler package of sushi.

She said he then "concealed it in the front of his pants," the report said. She said he passed all the registers and walked out the door without attempting to pay.

Poucher said he took the sushi because he was homeless and had no money for food, according to the report. The sushi was valued at $11.99.


http://m.nwfdailynews.com/local/crime/police-blotters/man-steals-sushi-stuffs-it-in-pants-1.349892

Across the spectrum, U.S. religious leaders embrace the cause of immigrant children

After protesters shouting “Go home” turned back busloads of immigrant mothers and children in Murrieta, Calif., a furious Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, sat down at his notepad and drafted a blog post detailing his shame at the episode, writing, “It was un-American; it was unbiblical; it was inhumane.”

When the governor of Iowa, Terry E. Branstad, said he did not want the migrants in his state, declaring, “We can’t accept every child in the world who has problems,” clergy members in Des Moines held a prayer vigil at a United Methodist Church to demonstrate their desire to make room for the refugees.

The United States’ response to the arrival of tens of thousands of migrant children, many of them fleeing violence and exploitation in Central America, has been symbolized by an angry pushback from citizens and local officials who have channeled their outrage over illegal immigration into opposition to proposed shelter sites. But around the nation, an array of religious leaders are trying to mobilize support for the children, saying the nation can and should welcome them.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/us-religious-leaders-embrace-cause-of-immigrant-children.html

Heh - BoehnerAccomplishments.com

This is a good one:

http://www.boehneraccomplishments.com

Selfie toast - it's now a thing

http://mashable.com/2014/07/16/how-you-make-selfie-toast/

Bradenton man (guess which state!) calls 911 twice because he couldn't lock his door

A Bradenton man was charged with resisting arrest without violence and misuse of the 911 system after deputies say he called 911 twice for a non-emergency reason, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Mark L. Sharon, 55, was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Monday. According to a report, deputies arrived at Sharon's home along 116th Street West in Bradenton, after he called 911 because he couldn't lock his door.

A deputy described him as "uncooperative" during their conversation and told Sharon that he misused the 911 system and would be arrested if he calls for a non-emergency reason. Sharon appeared heavily intoxicated, according to a report.

Less than an hour later, deputies say Sharon called 911 again and told the dispatcher: "Thank you very much, they sent them here pounding on my door." According to a report, deputies arrived at his home again and saw that there was no emergency. They tried to arrest Sharon, who tried to flee. He was eventually handcuffed and transported to jail.


http://www.bradenton.com/2014/07/21/5265181/bradenton-man-charged-with-calling.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

New religious emojis part of Unicode update

In addition to smiley faces, high heels and frogs, Unicode is rolling out a new batch of 250 emojis, among them a set of religious icons.

Unicode is the character coding system that gives a unique number for every character, allowing different companies to have access and the support for universal emojis.

The new emojis will feature three types of crosses, the dove of peace and the Om symbol, a mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin. They will join an emoji cast that includes an angel and a devil.


http://ncronline.org/news/art-media/move-over-smiley-face-new-religious-emojis-way

Woman, 105, to throw out first pitch at Padres game

Agnes McKee has been warming up for a couple months now, grabbing a baseball in her right hand, propping herself up against her walker and tossing the ball underhand to a staff member from the San Diego-area retirement community she calls home.

Her big day will come Sunday, when McKee steps on the field at Petco Park and throws the first pitch at the San Diego Padres game. No matter how close she gets the ball to the plate or whether it's a strike, McKee certainly won't get any boos.

She's not 50 cent. She's 105 — as in years old.

Her Oceanside retirement community, Fairwinds, had planned an outing a few months ago to Sunday's Padres game. One of the staff members at Fairwinds asked if McKee, their oldest resident, could toss the first pitch since it would be just a few days after her 105th birthday, which was Wednesday.


http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/big-league-stew/agnes-mckee--105-years-old--will-throw-out-the-first-pitch-at-padres-game-181756368.html

Mexican bishop: “The people who say homosexuals are sick are sick themselves"

“The people who say homosexuals are sick are sick themselves," declared Catholic bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo, Mexico, in an interview with El Pais.

Lopez, who has long been involved with ministry to the gay community, continued, "The Church needs to come to them not with condemnation, but with dialogue. We cannot cancel out a person’s richness just because of his or her sexual preference. That is sick, that is heartless, that is lacking common sense."

His comments came in response to a question from El Pais that referenced a recent baptism. In May, Lopez attracted public attention for his public baptism of three children, one of whom was the daughter of a married lesbian couple. He explained, “If I find the natural daughter of one of two women, how can I deny her baptism? If the parents seek it, it’s because there is a Christian faith." Citing a recent meeting with Pope Francis, he added, “The pope has the same attitude as Christ did.”

Lopez has a long history of advocating for the marginalized and fighting against inequality, and this isn't the first time that he's denounced homophobia as a sickness. Though his causes have earned him censure from his superiors and criticism from his congregations in the past, many of his opinions in the El Pais interview seem to echo statements from Pope Francis.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/mexican-bishop-raul-vera-lopez-gay_n_5596520.html

Dolan: Anti-immigrant protests "un-American," "un-biblical," "inhumane"

The incendiary scene reminded me of Nativist mobs in the 1840’s, Know-Nothing gangs in the 1850’s, and KKK thugs in the 1920’s, who hounded and harassed scared immigrants, Catholics, Jews, and Blacks.

I think of this sad incident today, the feast of New York’s own Kateri Tekakwitha, a native-American (a Mohawk) canonized a saint just three years ago. Unless we are Native Americans, like Saint Kateri, our ancestors all came here as homesick, hungry, hopeful immigrants. I don’t think there were any Mohawks among that mob attacking the buses of refugee women and children.

Then on Saturday I watched another scene on the TV news. Again there were busloads of shy, scared, immigrant women and children; again, there were crowds; this time – – in McAndrews, Texas – – the crowd was applauding the arriving refugees, and helping them into Sacred Heart Parish Hall, where parishioners and Catholic Charities workers welcomed them with a meal, a cold drink, a shower and fresh clothes, toys for the kids, and a cot as they helped government officials try to process them and figure out the next step.

This time I was not ashamed, but relieved and grateful, proud to be an American and a Catholic.


http://cardinaldolan.org/index.php/the-dignity-of-the-human-person/

Credit where it's due.
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