SCOTTS, Mich. (RNS) — Did they know how many rounds a gunman fired into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas?Did they know how many little boys and girls he killed?Did they know there was a second violent church attack that same day in Fresno, Calif.?Barry Young’s voice rose as he led an “intruder awareness and response training” for church personnel this month at Prairie Baptist Church in Scotts, Mich.“What happened in Texas isn’t new. It’s just larger than normal,” said Young, the vice president of church security ministries at Grandview, Mo.-based Strategos International, a Christian company that teaches people at schools, churches and other institutions how to deal with a violent, armed intruder.“We’ve got to get church leaders’ heads out of the sand.”It was the weekend after the deadliest church shooting in American history, after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urged viewers on Fox … [Read more...] about Could it happen here? How churches are preparing for a mass shooting
Colleagues and constituents were stunned upon hearing the felony sexual assault allegations against Indianapolis City-County Councilman Jeff Miller. The 50-year-old was arrested and charged Friday with three felony counts of child molestation for incidents that occurred in his Fletcher Place home between Sept. 1 and Oct. 20, according to court documents.He has since bonded out of the Marion County Jail, and his next court appearance has yet to be scheduled. If convicted, each charge could put Miller behind bars for two to 12 years. More: Jeff Miller expected to resign from City-County Council amid child molestation charges More: ‘I knew what the cost would be’: Why sexual assault victims stay silent More: #Metoo: Hoosiers' tweets show how widespread sexual assault is But among the details that left those who know him speechless was one that may have gone overlooked in the 14-page probable cause affidavit filed … [Read more...] about How Weinstein scandal helped one of Indy Councilman Jeff Miller’s accusers come forward
In this week's installment of Taming your budget-busting bills we look at how to conserve and save on your water bill. That drip, drip, dripping sound keeping you up at night may be raising your water bill by more than you think.Miscellaneous drips and leaks could amount to about 12% of your monthly water bill, American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance said.“Your toilet may be having a slow leak from the tank into the bowl, and your faucet or showerhead may have a slow drip,” he said. “It sounds like a little bit but a drip after drip after drip adds up to a lot of water.”If you’re looking to cut down on your monthly water bill, replacing a leaky faucet is just one way to get started. GET STARTED: How to start taming your budget-busting bills WEEK 1: Five steps to cutting your expensive cable TV bill WEEK 2: Shocking electric bill? Free changes can help you cut costs, save money The median monthly … [Read more...] about How a few small investments can lower your water bill
For video game fans, this is the most wonderful time of the year.By mid-November, the biggest video games have reached store shelves and digital store fronts. And with Black Friday approaching, there are plenty of deals on both games and hardware to go around.The holidays are equally critical to the video game business, which is expected to generate $7.5 billion in retail and online console game sales this year, according to consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.. "It should be a very good holiday for video game sales," said NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella. For video game players who have yet to make the leap, or for parents and loved ones in search of gamer gifts, the big question is: What game console should I choose? Here are your options: How much does it cost?The standard model costs $299.99, while the PS4 Pro model costs $399.99. Why should I choose this console?Although the overwhelming majority of top console games are available across multiple platforms, … [Read more...] about PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch? How to pick the right video game console
When faced with major life challenges, many women realize just how little they know about their personal finances and find themselves at a loss for how to protect their assets and how to achieve financial security.Enter Erica Cummings, vice president, senior investment management consultant for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Women, Wealth, and Empowerment, the program she created to teach women how to navigate through those difficult times. More Woman to Watch: More: Community ministry allows Jennie Papkin to help Rochester More: Mollene Benison's love of math, communication skills led to partnership in accounting firm More: Fundraising professional Kristin Eklin has found her passion More: As a young Latina living in Rochester, Yversha Roman knew she had skills to make an impact Raised by a strong single mother, Cummings saw how much her mother took on and grew up thinking women could manage anything. However, as an … [Read more...] about Erica Cummings shows women how to invest in themselves
How long, Memphis?How long do we let guns terrorize our children and our community?A 3-year-old child shot and killed his 1-year-old sister with a gun left on a bed by a 25-year-old man. The man said he needed the gun for protection.A 10-year-old boy was shot and killed and his 12-year-old brother wounded after people from three separate vehicles fired gunshots into an SUV driven by the boys' mother."These killings of our babies has got to stop," said Alan Thornton, the child's youth football coach.How long until they stop? How many more babies do we sacrifice? How many more bodies do we lay at the altar of the almighty gun?A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed by his 19-year-old friend, who said he fired shots from the car he was driving at other young men who shot at him from another car.A 21-year-old man was arrested for robbing, shooting and killing a 56-year-old woman who was unloading her car in her garage in Harbor Town."After I see that there is a … [Read more...] about Waters: How long will we live and die by the gun?
Can you crack a password? Clone a keycard? Break into a computer system?The new Arizona Cyber Warfare Range in Phoenix is a place to enhance your skills or train for a career in cybersecurity.Do you have trouble finding your laptop’s power button? That’s cool, you can come too.Wednesday was the grand opening of the 4,500-square-foot cybersecurity facility, which partners with Grand Canyon University and the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance, a cyber information sharing organization.GCU students, as well as the public, can learn how to protect against data breaches and other cybercrimes, and tap free resources such as laptops, servers and trained volunteers.Inside the “range,” students learn, essentially, how to be a bad guy, said Brett Scott, co-founder of the facility. They’ll get to know what the hackers know.“We want to teach you how to attack,” Scott said. “Because, how on earth can you defend something if you don’t know … [Read more...] about ‘Cyber Warfare Range’ class teaches you how to hack in order to stop it
Our series “How I became a…” digs into the stories of accomplished and influential people and finding out how they got to where they are in their careers. We’re finding out what their biggest challenges, their biggest passions and their biggest pieces of wisdom are – for you. Editor’s note: This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.Whether you know her as Taystee on Netflix original Orange is the New Black or as Sofia in the Broadway adaptation of The Color Purple, you know actress and advocate Danielle Brooks.The Julliard graduate got her start in a small South Carolina town before landing her iconic role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson and has been a household name ever since. In addition to being an outspoken body positivity advocate and model for plus-size retailer Lane Bryant, Brooks, 28, launches her new collaboration with Universal Standard November 15.The collection is her first foray into fashion design. … [Read more...] about How I became an actress and advocate: Danielle Brooks
Preschool students buzz around the newly renovated classroom in West Price Hill. They build puzzles and flip through books – some in English, some in Spanish – and chatter excitedly with each other and their teachers.This building used to be a church.Now, it’s a preschool.And it was bought and renovated, at least in part, on faith in the Cincinnati Preschool Promise.A little more than a year ago, when Preschool Promise supporters were campaigning for their levy, they made promises. If voters said yes, it would mean even footing for poor children and a break for poor parents. It would mean better, more equitable schools. Better jobs for teachers. A more competitive workforce. A stronger city.Now, one year after the levy was passed, the question is, are those leaders keeping their word?For O’dell Owens, the answer is a simple yes. Children are enrolling, said Owens, president and CEO of Interact for Health and a Preschool Promise board member. … [Read more...] about Cincinnati Preschool Promise turned 1 year old on Election Day. Here’s how it’s going.
Farragut football was riding a wave of success after making five consecutive playoff quarterfinal appearances from 2005 to 2009.Then came the unexpected speed bump.After going 27-27 over a five-year period that culminated with a disappointing 4-6 season in 2014, longtime Admirals coach Eddie Courtney had seen enough.“I was frustrated,” said Courtney, whose Admirals (9-2) travel to Maryville (10-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in the second round of the state Class 6A playoffs.“I felt there were things we really needed to look at. I took a couple of months just to research everything we were doing and talk to other people.”Those changes turned out to be more about addressing the culture of football at Farragut rather than adjusting the X's and O's.“The biggest thing was just trying to understand about dealing with the kids today,” said Courtney.“Really how to connect with kids today, how you to get them to understand about the work ethic, the blue-collar … [Read more...] about Farragut football: How Eddie Courtney revived his own program to become contenders again