The sign, outside the Clackamas United Church of Christ in Milwaukie, reads, in all capital letters, “National Emergency: 44 million people without health insurance,” the newspaper reported.
Rev. Adam Ericksen, the church’s pastor since 2017, said the reason for the the marquee was to “get our message about God’s love for all people into the neighborhood.”
“I think it’s important to have a sign like this because during the last few years in particular, I have noticed that progressive Christians need to be bold with our message,” Ericksen told the Oregonian. “That message is this: God loves all people and God works for a more just and inclusive world. Jesus always sought to include into his community those who were marginalized by the religious authorities of his day.”
“As for the national emergency message, the sick came to Jesus in search of healing,” Ericksen told the newspaper. “He saw they were in an emergency and he provided them with free health care. We seek to follow Jesus. For us, that means working for a world where everyone is cared for and included in a community of love and justice.”
There are two parts to the sign, however, although the health insurance message is getting the most attention, according to the Oregonian.
“National Emergency: 553,700 are homeless,” the marquee reads. “Sunday 10:30.”
One of the alleged victims of Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly told WSB-TV she thought his arrest would never come — until it happened Friday.
“When I first heard the news, I started crying because it was tears of joy,” Asante McGee said.
McGee said she used to live with Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R&B artist R. Kelly, at his mansion in Johns Creek about six years ago. She is one of many women accusing him of physically, emotionally and sexually abusing them at his homes in Chicago and North Fulton County.
“To know that we finally got an indictment after two decades, after him getting away with the allegations, it was a joyous moment for me,” she told WSB-TV “Just knowing the things that he was doing to those young girls was really sickening.”
McGee was featured in the recent docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired in January. Kelly has denied all allegations made against him. McGee believes the TV show led to Kelly’s charges, who was indicted Friday on 10 charges of aggravated sexual assault in Chicago.
She met the now 52-year-old entertainer when she was in her 30s, she told the news station. McGee said Kelly took her and two other women to his Johns Creek mansion in 2016. She accused him of making odd demands, controlling them and sexually humiliating them.
“He told me when I go get clothes, to bring all of my stuff to his house including my computer because I’m going to be living here with daddy,” she previously told WSB-TV. “He told me (to move in with him). That was not up for discussion.”
Following the documentary’s premiere, TMZ reported the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office was investigating the allegations made against Kelly that involve his mansion in Johns Creek. DA spokesman Chris Hopper told AJC.com on Friday the office still has no comment.
However, a no-bail arrest warrant was issued Friday afternoon by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago. She unveiled a grand jury indictment against Kelly that involves four victims, three of them minors at the time of the alleged crimes.
The singer, known for hit singles such as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Ignition,” turned himself in to Chicago police around 9 p.m. Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune. A bond hearing is scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Chicago.
“There’s no way he will get away this time,” McGee said.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Jackpot Triple Play" game were:
(two, nine, eleven, twenty-five, thirty, thirty-eight)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:
(three, twenty-five, thirty-four, thirty-five, thirty-six)
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - American Mackenzie McDonald beat No. 1-seeded Juan Martin del Potro on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5).
McDonald, ranked 84th, advanced to his first ATP Tour semifinal. Del Potro was playing in his first event after missing four months because of a right knee injury.
No. 4 Steve Johnson of the United States squandered an early lead and lost to Radu Albot 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Albot will play McDonald on Saturday.
No. 2 John Isner hit 24 aces and won every service game to beat Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (2), 6-4. Isner improved his career record against the Frenchman to 7-1.
Isner's opponent in the semifinals will be qualifier Dan Evans, ranked 148th, who swept No. 6 Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4.
ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the "Mega Millions" game were:
18-24-31-34-55, Mega Ball: 4, Megaplier: 4
(eighteen, twenty-four, thirty-one, thirty-four, fifty-five; Mega Ball: four; Megaplier: four)
Within minutes a fire destroyed a local man's Ford F-150 truck and two vehicles parked next to it.
He blamed a hidden recall for the fire but says Ford never responded, so he called Action 9.
Consumer investigator Todd Ulrich tracked down answers for him and why one expert calls it a hazard that has not been fixed.
Paul Caporizzo first spotted the fire from his living room window. He recorded video of the flames shooting out of his Ford F-150 pickup truck in the driveway.
“ You'd hear something go pop and big flames and pop,” Caporizzo said.
When firefighters arrived, his Ford's hood had melted, and the truck was beyond salvaging.
“ I was in total shock watching my truck go up like that,” Caporizzo said.
The fire destroyed two more vehicles that were next to the truck.
Caporizzo said he parked the truck four hours earlier and he didn’t notice anything wrong.
“ Who do you blame for the fire?” Ulrich asked.
“Ford, absolutely,” Caporizzo replied.
He found a seat belt fire recall online and suspected that was the cause.
Caporizzo contacted Ford. The automaker then asked for pictures and the fire investigators report. He says Ford promised a response, but he never heard back. Caporizzo contacted Action 9.
“ This will catch all this harness completely on fire,” said repair expert Jay Zembower. He suspects a cause he's found before in older F-150 pickup trucks. “ The commonly known alternator connection fire. It's an obvious danger,” Zembower said. He says the connection to the alternator can overheat, melt, and in some cases trigger a slow burn, like Caporizzo’s four-hour delay.
Zembower says there's no recall even though it's a known problem and can be easily found online.
He says Ford sells a repair kit. “It should not be happening. It should absolutely not,” Zembower said.
Caporizzo was hoping Ford could help since he says the insurance claim barely covered his loss.
“ Something's wrong here and Ford had to know it,” Caporizzo said.
Zembower said the faulty alternator connection has been found in F-150s built from 2003 to 2013.
Ford did not respond to our questions.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 5 Evening" game were:
(three, eight, two, two, nine)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:
(one, two, zero, eight)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 2 Evening" game were:
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