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A frigid spring break amid superstorm's ruinsLONG ISLAND, N.Y. (BP) -- Braving temperatures that barely reached 20 degrees, a team of Florida collegians formed a human chain to haul moldy and mildewed personal belongings from Caren FitzPatrick's cramped basement.
When Superstorm Sandy hit her Long Island home in 2012, the storm surge left three feet of rancid salt water in the basement of the family's home located two blocks from the ocean. Read More
Warrens mark 35 years at SaddlebackANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) -- Pastor Rick and wife Kay Warren marked 35 years in ministry at Saddleback Church on March 22 in Anaheim, Calif., celebrating its growth from a seven-member Bible study at the Warrens' home to more than 27,000 weekly worshippers at 10 U.S. campuses.
More than 20,000 worshippers gathered for the celebration held at Angel Stadium to accommodate the crowd. Read More
Cruz begins GOP bid; social issues percolateNASHVILLE (BP) -- With Ted Cruz becoming the first Republican to officially announce his candidacy for the White House in 2016, social conservatives are beginning to assess potential candidates' stands on abortion, gay marriage and other social issues.
Cruz, a first-term senator from Texas, announced his candidacy March 23 by tweeting, "I'm running for president and I hope to earn your support!" He launched his campaign with a speech at Liberty University, the Christian school founded by the late Jerry Falwell. In the speech, Cruz "signaled that he will cast himself as a principled social conservative and align himself with the evangelical voters who play a critical role in the early primary states," Politico reported. Read More
New bill defends faith-based adoption agencies
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Legislation introduced in Congress earlier this month would prohibit government discrimination against faith-based adoption and foster care organizations that are not willing to place children with same-sex couples.
The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, sponsored by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., was re-introduced on March 4. Enzi and Kelly submitted the same bill last year, but it never made it out of committee. The act would ensure state-licensed child welfare providers are allowed to operate while also holding to religious and moral convictions on homosexuality and family structure. Read More
Yemen's tumult prompts prayer for peace, comfortSANAA, Yemen (BP) -- As political upheaval dating back to the Arab Spring continues in Yemen, United Nations special adviser Jamal Benomar expressed concern that the nation is moving toward civil war. The U.N. Security Council met on Sunday (March 22) to discuss the mounting crisis in the Mideast nation.
"Peaceful dialogue is the only way forward," Benomar told the council. In assessing the situation, he said the country is in a "rapid downward spiral" and at "the edge of civil war." Read More
BP Ledger, March 23, 2015
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