1. Politico – Reince Priebus, is out as White House chief of staff, and President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Friday that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will replace him. A senior White House official said Priebus had resigned on Thursday. “I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration,” Trump wrote. He added, “I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”
2. Chicago Tribune – A 6-year-old boy whose pregnant mother and two younger brothers died earlier this week following a two-vehicle car crash in Beecher also has succumbed to his injuries, the Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed Thursday. Owen Schmidt, who had been in a medically induced coma, was pronounced dead at 2:39 a.m. Thursday at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. The boy’s mother, Lindsey Schmidt, 29, and his 21-month-old brother Kaleb were killed Monday when the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck blew a stop sign at the intersection of Corning Road and Yates Avenue in unincorporated Washington Township and struck their 2014 Subaru Outback, according to the Will County sheriff’s office. Another brother who also was in the vehicle, 4-year-old Weston, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday evening. On Thursday evening, about 200 people gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete to pray for the Schmidt family. The family was headed to Vacation Bible School at the church when the wreck occurred.
3. CBS 46 – The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) hosts its 41st Annual Training Conference and Exhibition, titled “Rooted in Our History and Investing in Our Future,” on the weekend of July 29th to August 2nd in Atlanta. This conference, which will be at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, is aimed at strengthening community partnership between law enforcement professionals and the public they serve. Through a series of high profile sessions that include 21st century policing best practices, race and law enforcement, the use of body worn cameras and citizen journalism, as well a specially designed program for teens, NOBLE is being responsive to the difficulties communities—specifically those of color—face today as well as the changing needs of policing entities.
4. NY Post – A broke Manhattan chiropractor and his wife jumped to their deaths from an office building Friday — leaving suicide notes describing how they “cannot live with” their “financial reality,” law-enforcement. Glenn Scarpelli, 53, and Patricia Colant, 50 — who had carted trash bags filled with belongings from their home to the curb Thursday — leaped at around 5:45 a.m. from the ninth floor of the Madison Avenue building where they worked. Their bodies were found sprawled in the middle of East 33rd Street in Murray Hill. Inside each of their pockets was a suicide note and ID in a plastic baggie — presumably to make sure the letters didn’t get too bloody to read. Records show the couple, who lived in the Financial District, were drowning in debt and slammed with dozens of tax liens from both the federal and state government.
5. AP – A senior leader from Pakistan’s ruling party says deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has named former government minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as his successor after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from office for concealing assets. Raja Zafarul Haq says Abbasi was approved as prime minister by lawmakers from the Pakistan Muslim League party at Saturday’s meeting, also attended by Sharif. Because Sharif’s party has a comfortable majority in the parliament, Abbasi is expected to easily win the necessary parliamentary vote when it convenes next week.
6. AP – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons. The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 3,725 kilometers (2,314 miles) and traveled 998 kilometers (620 miles) before accurately landing in waters off Japan. The agency said that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a “large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead.”
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Mandy Hale said, “There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”
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!