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Pentecost: Come, Holy Spirit!

And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." - John 20:22

Beer-drinking man wearing scuba gear causes disturbance at McDonald's restaurant (NOT Florida)

It wasn't the scuba gear he was wearing that got the McDonald's customer in hot water. Nor was it the beers he'd drank earlier.

It was the yelling.

Workers at the Front Street restaurant called police Tuesday, May 19, because he was hollering about something.

He soon left. Police tracked him down. He had been drinking but he wasn't drunk enough to be arrested. Police warned him that McDonald's management did not want him to return, Detective Sgt. James Bussell said.


Teacher donates kidney to student

Nadirah Muhammad doesn't like to be called a hero, but she's certainly a life-saver.

The physical education and health teacher at Detroit's West Side Academy donated a kidney late last year to one of her students, 18-year-old A'Ja Booth.

Booth returned to school today for the first time since the surgery, walking arm-in-arm with Muhammad down a red carpet in the gymnasium as fellow students threw sparkling confetti.

The ceremony celebrated both Booth's recovery and a remarkable gift.


Disney World to riders: No selfie sticks

People just don't seem to get it. Theme parks don't want you using selfie sticks on their rides.

So on Friday, Walt Disney World went a step further to make that point. It posted a "No Selfie Sticks" sign at the Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Guests can bring selfie sticks on the rides but must securely store them, a Disney spokeswoman said Monday.

Disney policy forbids visitors from using the sticks, which can be used to extend cameras out for up to 3 feet, on its rides.


Cardinal Tagle, New Caritas chief, will be a force in Catholicism for years to come

Seen as the Catholic rock star of Asia because of his high media profile and wildly successful TV and internet broadcasts, Tagle on Thursday was elected president of Caritas Internationalis, a network 165 Catholic charitable organizations around the world based in Rome.

Building a “poor church for the poor” is the motto of the Francis era, and from his perch at Caritas, Tagle is now poised to become one of the most influential architects of that push after the pontiff himself.


Serving as president of Caritas doesn’t mean Tagle will move to Rome, or abandon his position in Manila. It does mean, however, that he’ll often be asked to visit disaster zones or conflict areas, articulating a Catholic response. He’ll be more in demand on the lecture circuit, more sought after by the media, and generally will enjoy an ever higher degree of visibility.

Inside the Vatican, it means that Tagle will be more involved at the big-picture level in terms of fleshing out the pope’s broad social, political, and humanitarian agenda.


Houston couple holding essay contest for $400,000 home

...but the entry fee is $150.

You may remember a story we reported in March, about the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant in Lovell, Maine. The innkeeper, Janice Sage, wanted to retire, so she held an essay contest to find the most deserving successor. She charged $125 per entry in the hope of taking in the property's estimated value. That contest stopped accepting entries a week ago, but the results aren't in yet. It was a neat idea and attracted a lot of attention, including from Houston real estate agent Michael Wachs and his wife, Stephanie.

Inspired by Janice Sage, they decided to sell their home the same way. Their contest, which just went live on 150house.com, is almost exactly the same. The entry fee is slightly higher, $150, but they're also asking for anonymous essays of 200 words or less. The biggest difference is the property: instead of a 210-year old 10-bedroom bed & breakfast in rural Maine, this is a cute two-bedroom home in Houston's trendy Sunset Heights neighborhood. Located at 213 E. 23rd Street, it's across the street from a park, within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and minutes from downtown Houston. Built in 1920 but recently renovated, the 5,300 square foot home contains hardwood floors and a two-car garage. Best of all, it comes with a mold remediation certificate! The property was recently appraised at almost $400,000, and it could be yours for only $150. That is, if you have a way with words.

Councilman's wife looks to unseat him in election

A city councilman in Bremerton, Washingon learned this week that he has a challenger looking to unseat him.

His wife.

Roy Runyon, the incumbent, is running against Kim Faulkner, to whom he has been married for 12 years, NBC affiliate KING5 reported.

"I just sat down and said, 'I think the City of Bremerton for District 6 needs more qualified people to run for office and i'm going to put my name in the hat,'" Faulkner said.


Man robs credit union to get bail money for his girlfriend

What a boyfriend!

Police in Pleasant Grove, Utah, said Robert Phillip Rivas, 26, robbed the Utah Community Credit Union on May 4, to get bail money for his girlfriend, who was behind bars on drug charges, according to KSL.com.

Rivas and his suspected accomplice Armando Jesse Ambriz, 28, were both arrested a short time after the credit union was robbed. Investigators only recently discovered a possible motive behind the heist: True love.

“We later received information from one of Robert Rivas’ family members indicating that they were aware of a plot he had to rob a bank to obtain money to bail his girlfriend out of jail,” Lt. Britt Smith of the Pleasant Grove Police Department told KSL.com.


You can now send your adversaries a fart in a jar

Send a Jart, the new service that lets you send your enemies a fart by mail, is the epitome of the American Dream. Really. What was this country built on other than people scraping together what little they had (in this case, farts and jars) to start a business based on a crazy idea (putting those farts in those jars)? Steve Jobs started Apple in a garage — who's to say the next big thing starting from humble beginnings isn't jarred farts! Hell, in 20 years time, there might be jarred farts in every school, and you'll be waiting in line for the new Fart Jar 6.

J/K, obviously, although I'm actually a tiny bit serious about the American Dream — there's something beautiful to me about all of these little stunt businesses that pop up, fill 50 or so orders, and then disappear into the Internet twilight. (Remember that one that lets you send glitter to your enemies? Although that one was technically in Australia, so that's fulfilling the Australian Dream, I guess.)


Vatican recognizes Palestine as a state

The treaty was finalized days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits Pope Francis at the Vatican. Abbas is heading to Rome to attend Francis’ canonization Sunday of two new saints from the Holy Land.

The Vatican has been referring unofficially to the state of Palestine for at least a year.

During Pope Francis’ 2014 visit to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s official program referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine.” In the Vatican’s latest yearbook, the Palestinian ambassador to the Holy See is listed as representing “Palestine (state of).”

The Vatican’s foreign minister, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, acknowledged the change in status, given that the treaty was initially inked with the PLO and is now being finalized with the “state of Palestine.” But he said the shift was simply in line with the Holy See’s position.

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