1. NPR – Three people died and about 35 were injured in a day of violence that began with clashes at a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. One of those killed was a 32-year-old female pedestrian who was hit by a car that plowed into marchers, authorities said. The male driver is in custody, and charges are pending, authorities said. A short time later, a police helicopter that was monitoring the protest crashed, killing two more. Virginia State Police said the crash is under investigation. McAuliffe, speaking at a press conference, had a strong message for the white nationalist protesters: “Go home.” He added, “You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot.”
2. AP – Kenyan police have fatally shot at least eleven people during violent protests over the disputed election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Rioting entered into its second day on Saturday, after the country’s election commission ruled that Kenyatta won the race fair and square with 54.3 percent of the vote. Opposition protesters have continued to battle police in the western city of Kisumu and several Nairobi slums, taking to the streets in support of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who says Tuesday’s election was rigged. Nine men in Mathare, a Nairobi slum, were killed in police anti-looting operations overnight Friday, a security official told Reuters. Another man was killed when police opened fire on the ouskirts of Kisumu. Five others were injured in that incident, authorities said. Separately, a resident of Mathare said his 9-year-old daughter was killed by a stray bullet while standing on the family’s third-floor balcony.
3. ABC – Pat Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a familiar face on its flagship program The 700 Club, has been hospitalized, CBN announced Friday. The 87-year-old, who also founded the private Christian university Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was hospitalized after falling while horseback riding. Robertson is expected to make “a full recovery,” CBN said, citing his doctors.
4. CP =- Mitch Olson, senior pastor at Grace Ministry Center in Michigan who has been accused of sexually assaulting a former parishioner during an unorthodox anointing session to cleanse her of sexual sins, says his hand might’ve accidentally slipped into her pants during the deliverance session. His alleged victim Justine Morden, 20, was identified in a WXYZ report. She said she trusted Olson to help her find forgiveness for her sins because he was her pastor for several years before the alleged assault occurred nearly 10 months ago, according to the Times Herald.
5. NYT – In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to three people briefed on the discussions. Mueller has asked the White House about specific meetings, who attended them and whether there are any notes, transcripts or documents about them, two of the people said. Among the matters Mr. Mueller wants to ask the officials about is President Trump’s decision in May to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, the two people said.
6. Sports Illustrated – Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is likely to be suspended by the NFL for multiple domestic violence incidents, according to multiple reports. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Elliott will be suspended for six games. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that there’s an expectation Elliott will be disciplined, with the standard for domestic violence cases being six games. Pro Football Talk reported late Thursday that Elliott was highly likely to face a suspension, citing a source who called that fate “definite.”
7. AP – Hundreds of protesters wearing white and chanting in English and Spanish marched Saturday in Texas’ first major protest against a border wall, crossing the earthen Rio Grande levee where President Donald Trump’s administration wants to build part of the first phase. The protesters launched what’s expected to be a fierce movement against Trump’s best-known immigration policy priority. Many of the participants acknowledged they might not be able to stop a project that the U.S. government is already planning, but they hoped to draw national attention to the cause and persuade lawmakers who have yet to sign off on funding for the project.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…”
Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”
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!