1. ABC News – An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for the former Balch Springs, Texas, police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, ABC News has confirmed. Roy Oliver was fired earlier this week, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced at a press conference Tuesday. Oliver had been a member of the department for nearly six years. A spokeswoman for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said the warrant was issued Friday.
2. EURWeb – Days after signing with talent agency WME to expand its digital presence, Ebony magazine is cutting nearly a third of its staff and combining editorial operations with sister publication Jet in Los Angeles, according to the Chicago Tribune. The longtime Chicago-based magazine, which has been covering the African-American experience since its launch in 1945, is laying off about 10 of 35 employees, including editor-in-chief Kyra Kyles, reports the Tribune. Tracey Ferguson, who became the Los Angeles-based editor of Jet in February, will oversee both magazines going forward.
3. CP – A group of young parishioners were attacked outside of a Hillsong church in Sydney, Australia, last Friday where a security guard was knocked unconscious. The Hillsong security guard is in stable condition at a local hospital after suffering bleeding on the brain from being hit in the head while trying to prevent a group of churchgoers from being attacked. Australian media outlet 9News reports that a group of men were standing outside the church heading to Redfern Station when an argument suddenly broke out with another group of men. Police say the church’s 33-year-old security guard stepped in to break up the fight after he saw an 18-year-old man being struck in the face. He was then attacked and punched in the head, which left him unconscious. According to reports, a 23-year-old man was arrested at Redfern Police Station and charged with “assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.” Another 22-year-old man was arrested at his home.
4. AP – A man who authorities say barricaded himself in a Massachusetts motel room after shooting a police officer in the face has been found dead. The Boston Globe reported that Braintree Police Chief Paul Shastany said at a press conference early Saturday that the officer underwent surgery at a Boston hospital and is expected to survive. Police officers and vehicles were stationed around the grounds of the Motel 6 in Braintree, just south of Boston. Police say officers were at the motel to check a person’s warrant status Friday night when the person opened fire, hitting one officer. They say the officer has been hospitalized for surgery and is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
5. CP – The ongoing feud between the board of elders of the Detroit World Outreach Christian Center Church in Redford Charter Township, Michigan, and Charisse Gibert, widow of the megachurch’s late Pastor, Benjamin Gibert, over who should take the helm left vacant by his death took a shocking turn Tuesday when the church claimed the pastor did not want his wife to succeed him. The claim comes just two days after the elders had pastor Charisse arrested during the church’s worship service on Sunday. “It’s documented and Bishop Ben made it very clear in writing that Dr. Charisse was not the assistant pastor. Her role was defined as assistant TO the pastor, directed by him alone. He explained that she was not bishop when Bishop Ben was away. This is in a written document from him,” DWO elder, Pastor Gael Wallace, said in a recorded statement Tuesday. The elders who said they were forced to handle the dispute publicly due to the behavior of their late pastor’s widow, further explained why he did not want his wife to succeed him as leader of the church.
6. Page Six – Former EVP and head of original programming at Viacom’s BET Networks Zola Mashariki has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company and ousted exec Stephen Hill. “The Company fosters a good old boys’ club atmosphere and mentality that are hostile to women and their advancement. This misogynistic culture, which marginalizes, demeans, and undervalues women, begins at the top of the corporate structure,” she states in the California federal court complaint. The network’s CEO sent out a memo in March stating Hill and Mashariki would be stepping down, but Mashariki claims she was still under contract and on medical leave after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She planned to return in April.
7. Fox – Department official on Friday said that the Russian proposal calling to bar U.S. military aircrafts from flying over designated safe zones cannot “limit” the U.S.’s mission against ISIS in the country in any way. “The coalition will continue to strike ISIS targets in Syria,” the official told The Wall Street Journal. “The campaign to defeat ISIS will continue at the same relentless pace as it is proceeding now.” A deal hammered out by Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up “de-escalation zones” in mostly opposition-held parts of Syria went into effect Saturday.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: 1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”
Napoléon Bonaparte said, “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!