Wednesday, April 13, 2011

former Egypt President Mubarak Detained For Investigation

Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak was put under detention in his hospital room Wednesday for investigation on accusations of corruption, abuse of power and killings of protesters in a dramatic step Wednesday that brought celebrations from the movement that drove him from office.

Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were also detained for questioning and taken to Cairo's Torah prison where a string of former top regime figures -- including the former prime minister, head of the ruling party and Mubarak's chief of staff -- are already languishing, facing similar investigations on corruption.

The move reflected the enormous pressure from the public on the ruling military, which was handed power when Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11. On Friday tens of thousands protested in Cairo's central Tahrir Square demanding Mubarak and his family be put on trial, and many in the crowds accused the military of protecting the former president.

The detention came hours after the 82-year-old Mubarak was hospitalized Tuesday evening with heart problems in Sharm el-Sheikh, the Red Sea resort where he and his family have been living since his fall from power.

Early Wednesday, the public prosecutor announced Mubarak was ordered put under detention for 15 days for investigation. He was to be flown later in the day to a military hospital outside Cairo, where he would remain in detention, a security official in Sharm el-Sheikh said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

Mans Dying Wish Granted Gives Wife Engagement Ring After 65 Years Of Marriage

Man grants wife's wish after 65 years of marriage:

WAYLAND (FOX 25 / - A 97-year-old man had one last wish: to finally give his wife an engagement ring.

A few weeks ago, Everett "Pops" Potter enrolled in a hospice program at the Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he and his wife of 65 years, Betty, live.

Pops' health is failing and doctors do not give him much time. But there is one thing he always wished he had done. Today, that wish came true.

Pops and Betty renewed their vows in Milford, N.H. -- where they were wed -- and Pops presented her with a diamond wedding ring.

"I never gave her one,’" Pops told the Boston Globe . "I was saving money.’"

Life Choice Hospice offers patients a final wish. The center and the hospice purchased a .40-carat solitaire with 14-carat yellow gold mounting for him from Long's Jewelers . They bused the Potters to the store in Natick to pick it up, and then to Milford for the ceremony.

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Easter Eggs Are Now Called "Spring Spheres" In One Seattle School

by: Stephanie Klein, Editor
Updated Apr 7, 2011 - 10:27 pm
A sophomore at a local private high school thinks an effort to make Easter politically correct is ridiculous.

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said.

She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."

"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."

Rather than question the decision, Jessica opted to "roll with it." But the third graders had other ideas.

"When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, 'Oh look, spring spheres' and all the kids were like 'Wow, Easter eggs.' So they knew," Jessica said.

The Seattle elementary school isn't the only government organization using spring over Easter. The city's parks department has removed Easter from all of its advertised egg hunts.

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California Pastor Wants Constitutional Protection For Christians

April 13, 2011

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Pastor Allan Esses of Yes Jesus is Lord Ministries says The Free Exercise of Religion initiative would allow Christians to freely share their faith and communicate their biblical beliefs without being stopped or persecuted. Any effort to prohibit Christians from doing so would be a felony. But since the proposal is an amendment to the state constitution, it will require more than 800,000 signatures before it is placed on the ballot.

"One of the things that we are trying to do is to [be allowed] to freely share Jesus Christ and the Word of God without it being a crime, a hate crime or unlawful to do so," Esses explains.

The California pastor says that Christians in the state have been prevented from sharing the gospel, praying and holding Bible studies in public. He has personally been stopped for distributing gospel tracts in West Hollywood. But so far, this initiative has the support of Christians from across the nation and from believers in Europe and New Zealand.

"Of course, I think there's a great amount of concern in various parts of the United States and all around the world to be able to share Christianity without the persecution that comes with it," the pastor adds. "We've seen a response by the churches to come alongside."

So he is encouraging Christians and churches in California to get involved in aiding the initiative.

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