InterChurch News Service

   'Communicating to the necessities of the saints.' -Romans 12:13 ASV

Week 39 Sunday, September 23 - Saturday, September 29, 2018 

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It was the best night of television in 12 years

Watching the Trump-Pence presidential ticket win early morning November 9 was the best night of television in 12 years -- the last time a Republican won the White House.

Running a 'one tweet forward, two tweets back' campaign, GOP billionaire candidate Donald J. Trump rallied against the 2-fer-1 Democrat package of  Hillary (and Bill) Clinton, sweeping Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and on to win the electoral college before stunned newscasters.

Trump's win was a win for homeland security, the economy, First Amendment rights, the unborn and Israel. It was a win to end the IS-led genocide of Middle East Christians and other peoples.

Thank God.

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"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." - Hosea 4:6

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Christmas Day 2016 - Idyllwild. -Photo by IC News.

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Christmas - Idyllwild (r). -Photo by IC News. 

News Index - 2016


News within the last ten days

Week 52 | December 25-31

  • DA clears deputies in Salazar death, widow files federal lawsuit. -InterChurch News
  • Supreme Court petitioned to take case of Marine court-martialed for Bible verses at her workstation. -Stars and Stripes
  • Opinion: Obama turned his back on Israel, but God hasn't. -Christian Post
  • Netanyahu 'the lone wolf in a lion's den of hatred.' -NY Times
  • Angered over Obama non-veto, Netanyahu defies UN resolution. -Breaking Israel News
  • Trump could soon make over 100 judicial appointments. -CBS News
  • Obama says he could have 'mobilized' Americans if he had run again. -CBS News

Photo (L): Christmas Day 2016-Idyllwild. -Photo IC News

"The Bible says ..."  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Countselor, MIghty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

-Isaiah 9:6


DA clears deputies in 2015 Salazar death, widow files federal lawsuit

12.31.2016 -- On November 28, the Riverside County District Attorney released a report to Sheriff Stanley Sniff clearing two deputies of criminal liability in the 2015 officer involved shooting death of Hemet resident Ramon Salazar.

Completed September 16, the DA's review of evidence included video and audio footage from a deputy body worn camera and four camera angles in video surveillance installed at the Jurupa Valley Subway restaurant (where the incident occurred).

Noteworthy in review of the DA's report:

Salazar tested positive for methamphetamine in the autopsy.

Neither deputy gave Salazar a verbal command to drop the weapon (the hammer) when opportunity presented itself -- as when Salazar retreats after the first Taser attempt to the rear of the emptied dining area and bangs the employee door with his hammer. 

Based on separate interviews of the two deputies, the two Taser attempts effectively miss Salazar.

Both deputies shot Salazar as he stood with a raised claw hammer over a deputy who fell backing up when he charged at her after the second Taser attempt -- he fell on top of the deputy when shot.

A sheriff's press release last year stated Salazar was fatally wounded on November 14, 2015 when he refused verbal commands to drop the hammer inside the Subway restaurant and then charged at a deputy.

The two deputies responded separately to 911 dispatch calls of a Hispanic male 'terrorizing' Subway employees and banging things inside and outside the restaurant with a hammer.

Less than 24-hours earlier, a Hispanic male had been fatally wounded at a local park when he allegedly attacked a deputy from the same department.

A nine count federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of Salazar's widow against Riverside County and officers involved. 

Citing wrongful death, violation of civil rights and seven other complaints, the Chicago-based law firm of Romanucci & Blandin filed the lawsuit November 11 in the U.S. District Court in Riverside for damages and is requesting a jury trial.

The lawsuit holds Riverside County liable as it "failed to properly train" or supervise the deputy defendants and "failure to train constituted an official policy" of Riverside County.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 2017.

Photo (L): Ramon Salazar, 31, is buried November 21, 2015 in Menifee. -File photo by IC News.


In Defense of Christians

Christians and other peoples in the Middle East and Nigeria go to sleep and wake up in the fear of facing terrorist acts by Islamic State (IS) or Boko Haram.

Unimaginable crimes committed by IS against Christians, Yazidis and Shiite Muslims -- public beheadings, rape, torture, sex slavery of captured wives and children, mass executions -- often filmed and available on the internet, have finally been recognized as acts of genocide by Secretary of State John Kerry and House of Representatives in March 2016.

Hundreds of thousands of Christian refugees are running for their lives, displaced and traumatized as a direct result of their allegiance to Christ -- they have immediate needs.

Contact In Defense of Christianscontact Representatives to rescue Christians and non-Christians from this 21st century atrocity by defeating IS and Boko Haram. 

- W. Keith Sloane

Photo left: protesters in London, 2006. Bing Images.

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Week 51 - December 18-24

  • FBI: U.S. churches targeted in new IS threat (video). -MSN
  • N. Carolina NAACP to request boycott over failed bathroom bill. -Washington Post
  • Catholic health educator fired for refusing to teach birth control sues. -Washington Post
  • Nation: Clinton wins popular vote by 2.9M. -NY Times
  • Clinton wins California popular vote by 4.3M. -CA Secretary of State
  • Trump wins electoral college vote 304-227. -Washinton Post
  • Facebook, Twitter, Google sued by Orlando shooting victim's families. -USA Today
  • December 20, 1957: Elvis gets draft notice. -History.com
  • Trump: we are going to say 'Merry Christmas' again. -The Hill

Photo (L): Rainbow over Double Butte. -Photo IC News.

The Bible says ... she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But., as he considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream ...

-Matthew 1:18-20


Rapid Response

12.22.2016 -- Riverside County and Menifee law enforcement respond within minutes after a silent store alarm set off by an employee at Ed's Coins on Thursday got their quick attention. U.S. Marshalls also provided assistance. Two suspects were cuffed without incident and later released. 

-Photo by IC News.

Sun City


Week 50 | December 11-17

  1. Religious liberty needs "Fixer Upper." - The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
  2. Mickey Rooney inspired media ministry. -Assist News
  3. Trump keeps Evangelical Advisory Board. -Christian Post
  4. End of liberalism as we know it. -Breaking Israel News
  5. Trump assembles war cabinet. -Breaking Israel News

Photo (L): Haven of rest --.Menifee's Heritage Lakes provides respite for seasonal birds heading south for warmer weather. -Photo by IC News. 

The Bible says ... For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

-Isaiah 9:6


Week 49 | December 4-10

  1. Trump taps pro-lifer as China ambassador. -Christian Post
  2. John Glenn dies, 95 (video). -Los Angeles Times
  3. Time Person of the Year (video). -Time
  4. Ben Carson tapped for HUD secretary (video). -Politico
  5. Illinois bed and breakfast forced to hold same-sex weddings, fined. -Christian Post
  6. Satanic Temple will not comply with new Texas fetal burial law. -Houston Chronicle
  7. Oakland officials fear dozens dead in artist warehouse fire (video). -Washington Post
  8. What are 95M Americans doing out of the labor force (video)? -CNBC
  9. VA dentist resigns after infecting possibly hundreds with HIV/Hepatitis. -USA Today

Photo (L): No fly zone? Balloonists navigated cautiously over Heritage Lake housing and Edison's Romoland power grid recently. - Photo by IC News.

The Bible says ... Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

-Proverbs 4:5-7


Week 48 | November 27-December 3

  1. Assemblywoman Melendez (R) dices Prop. 57. -Menifee 24/7
  2. Hemet man sentenced in Menifee 'gender-neutral bathroom' attack. -Press Enterprise
  3. Ohio Muslim student car and knife attack and hospitality program need. -Assist News
  4. HUD New Mexico homeless count 'questionable.' - Assist News
  5. IRS and 387K disabled-student loan defaults. -Los Angeles Times
  6. Trump, backers ask courts to halt or block 3-state Green Party recounts (video). -AP
  7. Trump bringing back 1990s to market (video). -Bloomberg

Photo (L): Gratitude in Romoland. -Photo by IC News.

The Bible says ... Thus says the Lord; "Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls."

-Jeremiah 6:16

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Week 47 | November 20-26

  1. S.C. Gov Nikki Haley tapped for UN ambassador. -Washington Post
  2. Pence, Trump receive standing ovation at Presbyterian church service. -Christian Post
  3. Romney 'active consideration' for Secretary of State. -Wall Street Journal
  4. Trump interviews pro-school choice Michelle Rhee. -Daily Mail
  5. Boko Haram victims return home to disaster. -The Guardian
  6. Pence 'not offended' by "Hamilton" audience boos and cast lecture. -The Hill
  7. Working FT, living in poverty and giving to the homeless. -Assist News

Photo (L): "Good fences make good neighbors." -Mending Wall, by Robert Frost, circa 1914..

The Bible says ... "No one can serve two masters ... you cannot serve God and money ... therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat? or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after these things ... but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

-Matthew 6:24ff

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Week 46 | November 13-19

  1. Cliff Barrows, Billy Graham music conductor, dies at 93. -Assist News
  2. Ancient Ten Commandments tablet sells for $850k. -AP
  3. CEO in San Diego resigns after online threat to shoot Trump. -San Diego Union Tribune
  4. Assyrian Christians in the path of IS-led genocide reach out to Trump. -Christian Post
  5. Priest: Islamic State methodically kidnapping babies, selling virgins, executing men. -Christian Post
  6. CA Clinton-Trump vote gap: 3 million -- and growing. -Secretary of State
  7. Trump and the fall of liberalism. -Bloomberg News

Photo (L): Intervention.

The Bible says ... Truly, I say to you, unnless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven ... but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 

-Matthew 18:3-7

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Week 45 | November 6-12

  1. "Hacksaw Ridge:" a movie you don't want to miss. -Rolling Stone
  2. Election result sparks hope for liberty and life causes. -Baptist Press
  3. Cardinal Burke: Trump will defend human life at conception. -Religion News Service
  4. How the faithful voted. -Pew Research
  5. CA voter link to check vote-by-mail status. -CA SOS
  6. Riverside County the day after election: 182k vote-by-mail, 67k Provisional ballots not yet counted. -RIVCO Registrar of Voters
  7. Global stocks gain $1.3 trillion post election, bonds dive. -Bloomberg
  8. First White House meeting for Trump-Obama today. -Reuters
  9. Riverside countrywide Nov. 8 election results. -RIVCO Registrar of Voters
  10. CA: President statewide results. -CA Secretary of State
  11. CA: state ballot measure results. -CA Secretary of State
  12. Republicans control presidency, Senate and House. -Vox.com
  13. Netanyahu: Trump 'a true friend of the state of Israel' (video). -Daily Mail
  14. Trump triumphs -- elected 45th U.S. president (front page). -Washington Post
  15. It's Trump! Stunning outsider victory for 45th president. -AP
  16. Win or lose, Trump emasculated political ruling class. -WND
  17. Post-election church services across America aimed to reconcile Christian voters to each other. -Religion News Service 
  18. Trump off to early lead in NH, 32-25. -AP
  19. Janet Reno dies, 78 - U.S. Attorney General under Clinton presidency (video). -AP
  20. Strange Days: FBI clears HRC emails (again). -MSN

Screenshot photo (L): President-elect Donald J. Trump. -CBS News © 2016

The Bible says ... Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, "Behold, we did not know this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

-Proverbs 24: 11-12

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Week 44 | October 30-November 5

  1. Trump deepens commitment to Israel. -Breaking Israel News
  2. Clinton Foundation confirms Qatar's $1M gift while HRC was Secretary of State. -Reuters
  3. Assange: the most significant Clinton-Podesta email in whole collection. -RT
  4. Ex-Iranian prisoner's family recieved aid from Trump, now pastor Abedini returns the favor. -Independent Journal Review
  5. Vote early Fri-Sat-Mon at RIVCO Registrar's office. -Idyllwild Town Crier
  6. Obama-Syrian refugee count: 56 Christians, 11k Muslims. -Christian Post
  7. Ruiz's (D) campaign war chest dwarfs Stone's (R). -Idyllwild Town Crier
  8. Menifee Mayor Mann (R) censored for campaign fund misuse. -Menifee 24/7
  9. Fundraisers planned for baby of slain Palm Springs police Officer Lesley Zerebny. -Press Enterprise
  10. Cubs win first World Series since 1908 in Game 7 thriller. -Chicago Tribune
  11. Pope, Lutherans celebrate October 31 -- birth of Reformation. -Deutsche Welle
  12. FBI gets warrant for renewed Clinton email search. -Stars and Stripes
  13. New IS video is evidence of their war crimes. -Christian Post 
  14. Jews 'allowed' to pray on Temple Mount. -Breaking Israel News
  15. UNESCO: Jerusalem is 'Muslim' city. -Breaking Israel News
  16. Jesus' tomb opened. -National Geographic
  17. Cubs win Game 5 at Wrigley. -Chicago Tribune
  18. AG Lynch pleads 5th in Iran $1.2 billion ransom probe. -Washington Free Beacon
  19. Cubs face elimination Sunday. -Chicago Tribune
  20. Four combat tours and Pentagon is after disabled vet's bonus. -Tribune Washington Bureau
  21. Trump predicted Clinton-Abedin-Weiner classified breach (video). -Real Clear Politics

Editorial cartoon © Lisa Benson, 10.18.2016.

The Bible says ... Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. 

For man does not know his time. 

-Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

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Week 43 | October 23 -29

  1. Speaker Ryan renews call to suspend Clinton classified briefings. -Reuters
  2. FBI re-opens Clinton email case (video). -Reuters
  3. Felony voter fraud discovered in Florida, Virginia. -Reuters
  4. IS using 'ten's of thousands' for human shields in Mosul. -Reuters
  5. Government employee fired for sermons. -Christian Post
  6. Opinion: Hillary Clinton's war on conservative religion. -Black Christian News
  7. Syrian mother: IS murdered 250 Christian children. -Breitbart News
  8. Texas voter machines switch Trump votes to Clinton. -Breaking Christian News
  9. Chick tract cartoonist, publisher dies, 92. -The Guardian
  10. Obamacare hit by double digit hikes. -AP
  11. Pentagon takes bonuses from National Guardsmen. -Stars and Stripes
  12. Trump's 'rigged' election resonates (video). -Reuters
  13. Tom Hayden dies, 76 (video). -Los Angeles Times
  14. Trump delivers "First 100 Days' speech at Gettysburg. -Daily Mail

Editorial cartoon by Steve Kelley, Creators Syndicate © 2016. 

The Bible says ... For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress ... 

How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood.

-Psalm 62:1-4

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Week 42 | October 16-22

  1. Megyn Kelly nails WikiLeaked DNC Chair Brazile (video). -Real Clear Politics
  2. Liver donor finds heart match. -CBS News
  3. Archbishop separates Trump and Clinton at NY Catholic charities roast (video). -NY Times
  4. Recent cyber attacks concern election officials. -NY Times
  5. Trump defends the unborn in 3rd debate (video). -Christian Post
  6. Two Democratic campaign operatives lose jobs after video sting (video). -Washington Post
  7. Federal judge blocks Obama transgender guidance nationwide. -USA Today
  8. Journalists shower Clinton with campaign cash. -Public Integrity
  9. WikiLeaks: Podesta asks Clinton's lawyer for POTUS-Clinton email advice. -CNS News
  10. Funeral procession route, services for two slain Palm Springs officers. -Press Enterprise
  11. Investigation: Democrats pay, train agitators to incite violence at Trump rallies (video-viewer discretion). -Breitbart News
  12. NYC Democratic Election Commissioner: they bus people around to vote (video). -Project Veritas
  13. Nobel Prize-winnin' Dylan in Indio. -Press Enterprise
  14. Judge Molloy: Riverside DA's Zellerback-Van Wagnen wiretap system was legal. -USA Today
  15. Pete Thiel to donate $1.2 million to Trump campaign. -NY Times
  16. WikiLeaks hacked emails suggest Clinton Foundation ethics breach (video). -Dallas News
  17. Wells Fargo CEO quits amid sales scandal. -AP

Photo (L): Bob Dylan performed in Indio after winning Nobel Prize for Literature (file photo).

The Bible says ... The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

-Psalm 16:6-7

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Week 41 | October 9-15

  1. Dobson more concerned with America's future than Trump's past. -Christian Post
  2. Funeral services held in Lancaster for slain L.A. County deputy sheriff Sgt. Steve Owen (video). -KTLA
  3. Alveda King to Trump: fix our cities, sir. -Breaking Christian News
  4. Michelle Obama's outrage at Trump's 11-yr old 'locker-room talk' video ought to be turned to hubby's pre-presidential videos (viewer discretion). -Black Christian News
  5. Jerusalem on high alert for Yom Kippur. -Jerusalem Post
  6. Funding created for slain Palm Springs officers' survivors. -Press Enterprise
  7. Catholic group calls for top Clinton aide to resign after WikiLeaks email discovery. -The Hill
  8. Megachurch study: 50% of budget spent on 'secret' salaries. -Christian Post
  9. Pope Francis: teaching children gender theory is indoctrination (video). -Gospel Herald
  10. Alleged Clinton rape, sexual assault victims stand by Trump (video). -The Hill
  11. Palm Springs police slayer arrested. -Press Enterprise
  12. Three officers shot, two dead in Palm Springs (video). -Daily Mail
  13. Lancaster man charged with murder of L.A. deputy sheriff. -Daily News
  14. Melania Trump responds. -USA Today

Photo (L): Two officers shot dead in Palm Springs (file photo).

The Bible says ... I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. -Job 42:5-6

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.

-Revelation 2:4-5

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Week 40 | October 2-8

  1. Election 2016: surrender to Russians or Americans? -Theological Matters
  2. Ethics & Religion professor endorses Trump. -Christianity Today
  3. LA Times/USC Tracking poll: Trump +4. -RealClearPolitics
  4. AL Chief Justice Roy Moore appeals bench suspension. -AL.com
  5. VP Debate: religious convictions (video). -Washington Post
  6. Why Trump will get Evangelical vote. -Washington Post
  7. 200k Christians imprisoned in N. Korea. -Catholic Online 

Photo (L): Harvest in Menifee. -Photo by IC News.

The Bible says ... And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

-Matthew 10:14-15

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Week 39 | September 25-October 1

    1. Shimon Peres, 1923-2016. -New Yorker
    2. CHP mobbed in Fresno (video). -Daily Mail
    3. Trump right about 'stop and frisk' in First Debate. -Wall Street Journal
    4. Jerusalem Post: Trump won First Debate argument on Middle East. -JP
    5. Political conservatism matches Jewish tradition. -Jewish Press
    6. FBI leak: 7,700 terrorist encounters in U.S. in one year. -Breitbart
    7. US accuses Russia of Syrian war crimes. -Washington Post
    8. Jordan writer shot dead for posting IS-editorial cartoon (video). -AFA
    9. Arkansas poll: Trump +25. -RealClearPolitics
    10. Iraq to UN: Islamic State to be defeated by end of 2016. -AINA
    11. FBI releases 200 pages of Clinton aide interviews. -The Hill
    12. Pakistani Christian teenage boy raped, murdered and hung. -Assist News

    Photo (L): Sheep in Menifee. -Photo by IC News.

    The Bible says ... And he said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

    -Luke 24:25-27

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    Week 38: September 18-24

    1. Trump to defund Planned Parenthood. -Christian Times
    2. Digital reconstruction of burned Leviticus scroll (video). -MSN
    3. Franklin Graham denounces ACC, NCAA N.C. boycott. -Christian Times
    4. This election is Supreme Court selection. -Decision Magazine
    5. N.C. 'bathroom bill' boycott intensifies. -BarbWire
    6. 'Civil rights' forces religious freedom to backseat. -Baptist Press
    7. Bureau chief: Clinton confidant Blumenthal urged Obama birther dig. -McClatchy DC
    8. Obama releases jailed Jihadists against military advice. -Black Christian News
    9. Religion contributes $1.2 trillion yearly to U.S. economy. -Christian Post
    10. Casting Crowns in Ontario Sept. 24. -Casting Crowns
    11. Signed: $38 billion U.S.-Israel military aid pact. -Jewish News Service

    Photo (L): In the beginning, God created ...

    The Bible says ... And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed.

    And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven."

    -Matthew 9:1-2

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    Week 37 | September 11-17

    1. Van Gogh, the evangelical, in Los Angeles. -Assist News
    2. Hillsong's "Let Hope Rise" documentary released.
    3. LA Times/USC Tracking poll: Trump-47, Clinton-41. 
    4. Nation's largest police union endorses Trump. -The Hill
    5. Massachusetts gender-ID bathroom law includes churches. -Black Christian News
    6. IS butcher 'spies' in video after chief strategist killed in U.S.-led air strike. -Daily Mail
    7. Senator seeks ban on dismemberment abortions. -Baptist Press
    8. 'Eight Days a Week': Ron Howard film focuses on Beatles' concerts. -The Guardian
    9. Clinton's unplanned 9/11 Memorial departure, an inopportune time (video). -New York Times
    10. Trump leads in military and veteran votes. -NBC News
    11. Clinton's 'basket of deplorables' quip galvanizes Trump campaign. -Boston Globe

    Photo (L): 9/11 Remembered 

    The Bible says ... In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

    -Psalm 11:1-3

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    Week 36 | September 3-10

    1. Indianna Gov. Mike Pence speaks at Reagan Library (video). -Los Angeles Times
    2. 50-million children are "uprooted" worldwide, 28-million due to violence and conflicts. -UNICEF
    3. A right-wing conspiracy? A Millennial's Guide to the Clinton Scandals of the 90's (video). -Stars and Stripes
    4. 67th District Assemblywoman Melendez fields questions, presents awards at coffee house. -IC News
    5. Thousands buried in 72 mass gravesites in former IS-held territory, AP finds (caution: photos). -AP
    6. Despite torture, American kidnap victim Kayla Mueller was firm in Christian faith facing IS. -AP
    7. FBI publishes notes of "extremely careless" Clinton's email server interview. -Stars and Stripes
    8. Hacker 'Guccifer' who revealed Clinton used private email gets 52-month jail term. -Stars and Stripes
    9. Trump speaks at Detroit black church. -Fox News

    Inset: Noble Cause

    The Bible says ... Surely oppression drives the wise into madness, and a bribe corrupts the heart. Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. Wisdom is good with an inheritance ... wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

    -Ecclesiastes 7:7ff

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    Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez fields local community questions at Murrieta coffee house

    MURRIETA, Sept. 7 - Over 80 citizens packed Aromas Coffee and Cafe in Murrieta Tuesday night to ask questions to California Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-67th District.

    Melendez, seeking reelection, fielded questions for over an hour on topics including Second Amendment rights, pending legislation and public safety.

    Community recognition awards included Richie's Diner (25th Anniversary), Kamiliah Bautista (Brain Tumor Walk) and Muna Elias (Elias Shoes/Bless the Children). 

    Photo (L): Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez -67th District (file).


    Week 35: August 28-September 3

    1. Obama faces federal lawsuit over IS' genocide of Christians. -Christian Post
    2. A homeless woman's tenacity to get her Social Security checks right. -Washington Post
    3. Riverside judge refuses to halt new state assisted-suicide law. -Christian News
    4. VidAngel fights Hollywood for right to edit profanity from film. -Christian Examiner
    5. Anti-religion group's 'shame list' is heavy on Baptist colleges. -Baptist Press
    6. 'Fired' Christian HS coach files federal lawsuit. -Christian News
    7. Temecula early morning fire claims 5 lives Tuesday. -Los Angeles Times
    8. Trump to meet with Mexican president today. -Fox News
    9. 50-60 Latinos hold Trump rally in Anaheim (video). -CNBC
    10. Greg Laurie interviews Mel Gibson at Harvest #27 on new WWII Christian-hero film "Hacksaw Ridge" (video). -Christian Post
    11. Yazidi captive set herself on fire to end Islamic State rape / sex slavery. -God Reports
    12. Mother dies rescuing 2-year old son who fell into Lake Powell. -Washington Post
    13. 33 postal workers, contractors charged in California crime sweep. -PostalNews

    Photo (L): The late pastor Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel movement, cofounder with pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Crusades. Revisit Harvest Crusade #27 @ Angel Stadium August 26-28.

    The Bible says ... But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

    If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

    -Galatians 5:22-25


    Week 34 | August 21-27

    1. Johns Hopkins psychiatrists: 'Iniquitous' to label prepubescents as transgender. -Christian News
    2. States sue Obama Admin over mandate to perform sex change surgeries -- or else. -Christian Post
    3. Trump helps Moreno Valley mother turn tragedy into advocacy. -Press Enterprise
    4. RIVCO Sheriff's report: Crime up 14%, 27 homocides in 2016 so far. -Press Enterprise
    5. Three arrested, 2 sought in Menifee kidnapping (photo). -Riverside County News Service
    6. Mosquito capable of transmitting Zika virus trapped in Hemet. -Valley News
    7. Trump: 'Shut down immediately' Clinton Foundation. -USA Today
    8. FBI uncovers 15,000 docs Hillary Clinton didn't turn over. -Washington Post
    9. Powell: Clinton 'trying to pin' her email use on my advice. -The Hill
    10. Faith-based groups mobilize to aid Louisiana flood victims (video). -Religion News Service
    11. Iraqi church is a template to resettle 1.75 million displaced children. -Stars & Stripes
    12. Who are the refugees coming into the United States? -Voice of America

    Photo (L): Who are the refugees? -AP/ABC News

    The Bible says ... "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

    "What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpian ... how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

    -Luke 11:9-13 

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    Week 33 | August 14-20

    1. Blue Cut Fire: 105 homes destroyed, 73 percent containment. - AP
    2. 114 Zika cases in CA, San Diego's South Park streets sprayed. - Breitbart News
    3. Neighbor from hell: how years of harrassement ended in death. - Tribune Washington Bureau
    4. Syrian / Iraqi Christians suffering IS hell in ongoing genocide. - Christian Post
    5. Mexico president says he's willing to meet with Trump. - Reuters
    6. Postal worker tosses people's mail in dumpster (video). - Inside Edition
    7. In debates, terrorism and economy top voter concerns. - Pew Research
    8. Seven countries increase religious persecution. - Christian Examiner
    9. Public school teacher pay gap is wider than ever. - EPI
    10. Terror threats: American churches ramp up security. - Fox News
    11. Mr. Clinton blasts FBI Director over H. Clinton emails (video). - NY Post
    12. Opinion: Election won't be rigged, but could be hacked. - NY Times
    13. Feature article: How broke are you? - San Diego Reader
    14. Here's what the real unemployment rate looks like. - CNBC
    15. Irish High Court judge rules unborn 'clearly a child' with 'significant' rights. - LifeSite News 

    Photo (L): "Not Forgotten."

    The Bible says ... There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

    Therefore, the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away. 

    -Hosea 4:1-3

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    Week 32 | August 7-13

    1. Joint FBI-US Attorney probe of Clinton Foundation underway. - Daily Caller
    2. Top Secretary of State Clinton aide aided Clinton Foundation (video). - CNN
    3. With 88 days to go, Clinton has 87% chance to win election.NY Times
    4. 1st time B-52, B-1, B-2 bombers share Guam airstrip. - Stars & Stripes
    5. CA State Senator Lara drops a Ttile IX provision in SB 1146  -- for now. - LA Times
    6. Pence response to Indianna HIV outbreak: prayer, then a change in action. - NY Times
    7. Clinton Foundation, State Dept. linked in FOIA-released emails. - Fox News
    8. For Yazidis in Greece, safety and security is still out of reach. - PRI
    9. Slain DNC staffer's kin to WikiLeaks: stop conspiracy theories. - Daily News
    10. WikiLeaks editor implicates murdered DNC staffer was his mole. - Fox News
    11. Benghazi victims parents sue H. Clinton for wrongful death, defamation. - NBC
    12. Iraq War veteran honors Trump with his Purple Heart. - Politico
    13. Pepperdine U. seeks removal from Title IX exemption lists. - Christian Post

    Photo (L): Who's next?

    The Bible says ... Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better ... I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.

    The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

    I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. 

    - Proverbs 8:10-16


    Week 31 | July 31 - August 6

    1. Swede church to use drones to drop Bibles on IS-held land. - Black Christian News
    2. SC girl dies from brain-eating amoeba. - Reuters
    3. SC girl exposed to brain-eating amoeba faces bleak odds. - Reuters
    4. Pope: schools shouldn't teach children gender ID as a choice. - CNN
    5. View: Priorities off when family more important than church. - Christianity Today
    6. 4-goals of LGBT movement taxpayers need to know. - Daily Signal
    7. Catholic Biden conducts same-sex marriage in VP house. - LifeSite News
    8. 2000 mourners pay respect to priest slain in France IS attack. - The Guardian
    9. Entertainment exec is new president of Colson's Prison Fellowship. - Christian Post
    10. SB 1146: CA's war on religious colleges. - Cardinal Newman Society
    11. Opinion: Fetal pain is a reason to end abortion. - LifeSite News
    12. Calling Trump unfit, Obama urges G.O.P. to abandon him. - NY Times
    13. Supreme Court: a Left shift in tolerance of religion? - USA Today
    14. CA public school district sends letter: homeschooling is illegal. - Charisma News
    15. World's biggest pension fund loses $51 billion in stock rout. - Bloomberg

    Photo (L): Vanishing point. - Photo by IC News.

    The Bible says ... Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.

    Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.

    -Hosea 6:1-3

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    Two San Diego Police Officers Shot, 1 Dies

    8.1.2016 - A San Diego police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty and a second officer seriously wounded during an 11 p.m. traffic stop Thursday, July 28th. The two officers were members of the Elite Gang Unit. A suspect, Jesse M. Gomez, 52, is hospitalized with a gunshot wound and in critical condition. The deceaesd officer is Jonathan "JD" DeGuzman, 43, a 16-year veteran. DeGuzman is the 16th San Diego police officer killed in the line of duty by gunfire since 1970, and is the 20th law enforcement officer killed nationwide in the line of duty in July. -Source: NBC News. 

    Photo (L): A memorial for slain San Diego Police officer Jonathan DeGuzman, August 1. Photos by IC News.

    San Diego



    Week 30 | July 24-30

    1. Pence: with Trump win, Roe vs. Wade will become "ash heap." - LA Times
    2. Catholic Kaine: as pro-abortion as they come. - Christian Post
    3. As VA Gov., Kaine picked Hamas supporter for immigration commission. - GodReports
    4. US secures vast new trove of IS intelligence. - NY Times
    5. FBI chief warns of "terrorist diaspora" will come to the West. - Bloomberg
    6. 14 of the best business partner duos of all time. - GOBankingRates
    7. Latest LA Times/USC poll: Trump - 47, Clinton - 40. - RealClear Politics
    8. Disneyland to track visitors by their shoes. - Daily Mail
    9. Trump to Russia: Find H. Clinton's 30k deleted emails. - NY Times
    10. IS slays 85-year old French priest holding mass. - AP
    11. H. Clinton wins historical nomination, first female presidential contender. - Stars and Stripes
    12. DNC Platform: plenty for Christians to flee Party over. - Religion News Service
    13. Last charges dropped against anti-abortion filmmakers. - NY Times
    14. Pro-abortion Catholic Dem VP pick Kaine may be denied Sacrament. - LifeSite News 
    15. White House construction crew included blacks -- slave and free. - PolitiFact
    16. M. Obama's DNC line "house built by slaves" -- not 1st time. - Huffington Post
    17. Obama's brother says he's voting for Trump in November. - Reuters
    18. Turkey issues warrants for 42 journalists after failed coup. - AFP
    19. WikiLeaks splinters DEM Convention, party chair no show, Day 1. - AP
    20. Tim LaHaye, pastor, evangelical leader and author, dead at 90. - RNS
    21. Franklin Graham urges boycott of NBA All Star Game. - Gospel Herald
    22. Microchipping: scientists have a new way to track NY City rats. - Vocativ
    23. Islamic State attack on Afghanistan protest kills 80, wounds 231. - AP
    24. German-Iranian gunman kills nine in Munich mall. - Reuters

    Illustration (L): Tracking rats.

    The Bible says ... And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you."

    And he answered them, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother."

    - Mark 3:31-35


    Week 29 | July 17-23

     

    1. CNN poll: 73% say Trump's RNC speech "right direction." - BizPac Review
    2. James Dobson punches Trump-Pence ticket. - Christian Post
    3. GOP platform: plenty for evangelicals to love. - Religion News Service
    4. California man, daughter swept out to sea from Hawaii tide pools. - CBS
    5. Kansas City officer shot in patrol car was not victim of ambush. - AP
    6. Massacre of cops in Baton Rouge. - Horowitz Freedom Center
    7. Missouri officer shot during traffic stop is paralyzed. - CBS
    8. Harvard study: surprising evidence shows police shoot more white males, than black. - NY Times
    9. How a rolling sexual revolution is crushing freedom. - LifeSite News
    10. Congressional report: abortions for body parts. - LifeSite News
    11. It's official: Indianna Gov. Mike Pence is Trump's VP pick. - LifeSite News

    Photo left: Metrolink's Perris-to-Los Angeles line is in full operation. -Photo by IC News

    The Bible says ... "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"" And he said to him, ""You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.

    And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.""

    -Matthew 22:36-40


    Week 28 | July 10-16

    1. Many in law enforcement don't trust Obama. - Black Christian News
    2. 23 states sue Obama admin over transgender bathrooms. - LifeSiteNews
    3. Transgender arrested in Target bathroom. - Post Register
    4. IS revenge: truck rams crowd in Nice, over 80 dead. - vocativ
    5. 2 moms, 2 dads added to 3R's for CA 2nd graders. - SD Union
    6. Fatal connection: Clinton donors - Nigerian oil profits - Boko Haram. - World
    7. What Mike Pence would bring to a Trump-Pence ticket. - Breitbart
    8. Unyielding conservative Republican Platform will galvanize voters. - NY Times
    9. With 7000 veteran suicides yearly, a ministry reaches out. - OneNewsNow
    10. 68 companies fight against NC "Bathroom Bill." - Christian News
    11. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is sent to Dallas. - Assist News
    12. For Dallas Police Chief Brown, this shooting hits home. - USA Today

    Photo (L): A time for peace.

    The Bible says ... These are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: Thus says the Lord: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace.

    Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why Then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale?

    Alas! That day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it.

    - Jeremiah 30:4-7

    Quote of the week: "Terrorism is the poor man's weapon of mass destruction. You want the land and what may lie beneath -- not the people -- so you kill them." - Oil Analyst (Source: World)

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    Week 27 | July 3-9

    1. 26 police officers shot and killed in 2016 -- up 44%. - USA Today
    2. Police ambushed in 3 states prior to Dallas shooting. - Black Christian News
    3. 5 Dallas police officers killed by sniper, black power group claims responsibility (video). - Mirror
    4. Obama on officer involved black shooting deaths (video). - Black Christian News
    5. Ohio churches required to provide transgender bathrooms. - Christian Post
    6. Noah's Ark comes to life in Kentucky. - Fox Business
    7. Elie Wiesel, Aushwitz survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies. - NY Times
    8. IS Baghdad car bombing death toll rises to 292. - Reuters
    9. FBI: Hillary Clinton "excessively careless." - Washington Post
    10. IS selling 12-year old Yazidi girls as sex slaves via Telegram and Facebook. - AP
    11. California church helps free 4500 Christian slaves. - Assist News
    12. IS restaurant killers from among Bangledesh's elite. - NY Times
    13. Psychiatrist: I help spot demonic possession. - Washington Post
    14. ChristianMingle.com loses in court to be Christian. - Christian Post

    Photo (L): In Dependence Day 2016.

    The Bible says ... Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" -- when you have it with you.

    Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you. Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.

    -Proverbs 3:27-32

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    Temecula's July 4th fireworks a big -- bang!

    July 4, 2016 -- Ronald Reagan Sports Park was the scene of a spectacular fireworks show Monday evening before thousands of Riverside County citizens.

    The event included a Fun Zone, live music and food vendors. Lines were long, but the food was good.

    Radio station KATY-FM 101.3 provided synchronized music to the fireworks display that began shortly after 9 p.m.

    Photo (L): fireworks at Ronald Reagan Sports Park. - Photo by IC News 

    Temecula


    Week 26 | June 29 - July 2

    1. U.S. abortion laws tumble after SCOTUS ruling (video). - NBC
    2. "We deserve better than abortion" -- Texas crisis pregnancy counselor. - Bound4Life
    3. Obama to reveal civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes. - AP
    4. Opinion: I hate Trump, but he might get my vote. - Washington Post
    5. Urgent message from Biola U. president to stop SB 1146 (video).
    6. 41 murdered at Istanbul airport, IS prime suspect (video). - MSN
    7. Dobson: stop Clinton. - Black Christian News
    8. The right wing Supreme Court -- that wasn't. - NY Times
    9. Little-to-no fidelity in same-sex marriages. - Christian Post
    10. One-third of elderly patients get end-of-life treatments unnecessarily. - HealthDay
    11. Democrat SB 1146 to restrict CA Christian education. - Fox News 

    Photo (L): Focused, #5.

    The Bible says ... Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debator of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

    For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    -1 Corinthians 1:20-25


    Week 25 | June 19-25

    1. Letter in opposition to California SB 1146. - Pacific Justice Institute
    2. Evangelicals & refugees: care first, conversion maybe later. - RNS
    3. Survey: US is no longer a Christian nation. - RNS
    4. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg covers his laptop camera lens. - NY Times
    5. Fired for Facebook posts, white TV anchor sues. - Washington Post
    6. Hackers re-register Riverside, CA Republicans as Democrats. - Valley News 
    7. Has your Riverside County political party affiliation been hacked? Check here.
    8. Venezuelans ransack stores for food. - NY Times
    9. DEA to OK medical pot August 1st. - Santa Monica Observer
    10. Iraqi flag is raised over Fallujah. - Christian Post

    Photo (L): Menifee motorhome fire. - Photo by IC News.

    The Bible says ... The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;

    the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.

    More to be desired are they than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Morever, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 

     -Psalm 19:7-11  

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    Fire destroys Menifee motorhome -- no injuries

    June 15, 2016 -- Within minutes after the call at 12:12 p.m., 17 firefighters, 4 engine companies contained a motorhome fire located on the 25000 block of McLaughlin Road in Menifee.

    The fire was contained by12:34 p.m.

    "No injuries," said Riverside County Fire Department Senior Public Information Specialist Jody Hagemann on-site.

    A Department of Water and Power employee working in the area was credited with preventing more damage to neighboring property until firefighters arrived. 

    Photo (L): Motorhome engulfed in flames. - Photo by IC News.

    -Menifee

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    Week 24 | June 12-18

    1. Senator McCain: Obama directly responsible for Orlando nightclub shooting. - Time
    2. UN: Islamic State committing acts of genocide against Yazidis. - Reuters
    3. Ohio school district sues U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Attorney General over Obama transgender bathroom directive. - The Christian Times
    4. NY Gov: "If you boycott Israel, New York state will boycott you." - Newsweek
    5. Christina Grimmie's killer hated her Christian faith. - Santa Monica Observer
    6. At least 50 dead in Florida nightclub shooting -- worst mass shooting in U.S. history. -AP News 
    7. "A titanic contest over ... the fate of children." - Baptist Press

    Photo (L): Light of life.

    The Bible says ... For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

    But god chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; god chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; god chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 

    And because of him you are in christ jesus ...

    -1 Corinthians 1:26-30

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    Week 23 | June 5-11

    1. California anti-discrimination law will restrict 42 faith-based colleges. - National Review
    2. 5.2 earthquake centered 20km NNW of Borrego Springs, CA. - USGS
    3. Presidential proclamation: June 2016 is LGBT pride month. - White House
    4. Obama cites "Golden Rule" to defend bathroom policy (video). - LifeSiteNews
    5. California is 5th state to enact right-to-die law. - HealthDay News
    6. Florida mom rescues daughter from attempted kidnap (video). - NY Daily News
    7. Target shareholders to hear out AFA in Costa Mesa June 8. - AFA
    8. ACLU resignation proves Target boycott (video). - One News Now
    9. Islamic State burns to death 19 Yezedi girls in cages. - ARA News
    10. Iran allows Christian prisoner aid. - World Watch Monitor
    11. Abedini church-plant helper refused aid in Iran prison. - Baptist Press

    Photo (L): A time to die.

    The Bible says ... Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city;

    also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the trees were for the healing of the nations.

    No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.

    -Revelation 22:1-3


    Week 22 | May 29 - June 4 

    1. UCLA professor shot was a devout Christian. - New York Times
    2. 1000 migrants die crossing the Mediterranean in one week (video). - Wall Street Journal
    3. Jan Crouch dies. - Christian Post
    4. When military chaplains suffer from PTSD. - Washington Post

    Photo (L): Gratitude.

    The Bible says ... Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.

    And he said with a loud voice,

    "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water." 

    -Revelation 14:6-7


    Empty playground -- and classes at Good Shepherd

    June 1, 2016 -- The once thriving Lutheran Christian Pre-K to 8th grade school on Newport Avenue in Menifee is closed. The church -- still holding Sunday services -- and school located on nearly five acres is listed for sale at $8,750,000.

    The lot includes bungalows, preschool classrooms and office, fenced playground and a 258 seating capacity church building with kitchen.

    • Photo (L): Where have all the children gone? Empty private school playground where 300 children once played. - IC News

    Week 21 | May 22-28

    1. Q & A: President Obama's war with Islamic State. - Stars & Stripes
    2. Serpent-like malware targets your bank accounts. - CNBC
    3. Corruption ring sting in 7th Fleet. - Washington Post
    4. VA wrongly declared 4200 veterans dead. - AP News
    5. Two Baltimore police officers sue state attorney. - Baltimore Sun
    6. Eleven states sue Obama admin over public school bathroom directive. - Fox News

    Photo (L): Our House.

    Quote of the week: "It is important we never play into our enemy's propaganda. Groups like ISIL and al Qaeda are desperate for legitimacy. They are thieves, thugs and murderers ... the language we use has consequences."

    - President Barack Obama's comment to Stars & Stripes as to why he won't use terms as "Islamic State" (the self-identified name of the terrorist group) or "Islamic terrorists," and prefers the acronym "ISIL" (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).


    Week 20 | May 15-21

      

    1. Oklahoma governor vetoes abortion bill. - AP News
    2. Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill to criminalize performing abortions. - AP News
    3. Obama: gender ID determines access to public school bathrooms. - USA Today
    4. Boycott of Target stores initiated by American Family Association exceeds 1.2 million signatures.

    Photo (L): A time to be born, #2. 


    Target: 'American Family' boycott bull's-eye

    TARGET: JUNE 8, 2015 -- "Let us be clear ... we are going all out supporting Pride parades, events and merchandise." APRIL 19, 2016 -- "We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity."

    AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION: APRIL 21, 2016 -- "Target should not allow men to enter a woman's bathroom ... a man can simply say he feels like a woman today ... one solution is ... a single occupancy unisex bathroom option." 

    Photo (L): Menifee's Super Target store at The Marketplace provides single occupancy unisex bathroom options for team members and guests. - Photo by IC News.


    Shed fire spreads quickly, destroys Menifee mobile home on Dawson Rd.

    4.18.2016 - A shed fire destroyed a Menifee double-wide manufactured home at around noon on Monday, April, 18th.

    The fire started in an attached shed and quickly spread into the home, according to a tenant who had lived in the unit 20 years.

    Nine fire engine companies responded to the fire in the home located on two acres of land on the 26000 block of Dawson Road.

    Several Harley Davidson motorcycles were driven off and saved from the fire by a co-tenant.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries. 

    Photos (Left and below): Shed fire quickly engulfs manufactured home. - Photos by IC News.




    Prominent Chicago firm retained by Salazar family

    4.10.2016 - A prominent Chicago law firm has been retained by the surviving family members of Ramon Salazar who died as a result of an officer involved shooting incident by Riverside County sheriffs in November.

    Attorney Antonio M. Romanucci, principal partner of the law firm of Romanucci & Blandin (R&B Law), confirmed March 31 to InterChurch News he is representing the Salazar family.

    R&B Law was voted one of the top ten law firms in Chicago by the Chicago Lawyer magazine and Romanucci, who has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."

    R&B Law specializes in personal injury, workplace accidents, malpractice, nursing home negligence and police misconduct cases.

    Salazar, 31, a Hemet resident working in Jurupa Valley, was shot and fatally wounded by two sheriff deputies in a Jurupa Valley Subway restaurant November 14, 2015.

    According to the Riverside sheriff's report, Salazar started to charge toward the two deputies inside the restaurant with a hammer after he was ordered to drop the hammer -- and after a taser shot proved ineffective.

    The Riverside District Attorney's office is reviewing the shooting incident for possible criminal misconduct by the deputies.

    The two deputies involved have been returned to active service after being placed on paid administrative leave.

    • W. Keith Sloane
    • Photo (L): the Jurupa Valley Rubidoux Boulevard Subway restuarant where the officer involved shooting death occured. Photo by IC News.

    Sheriff's Dept. names deputies in Salazar shooting

    3.29.2016 - Citing fairness and accountability, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department released the names of the two Jurupa Valley sheriff's deputies who fired shots fatally wounding Ramon Salazar in a Subway restaurant.

    "Deputy Julie Parker and Deputy Katherine Valenciano are the deputies who fired shots in the November 14, 2015 officer involved shooting," stated Sergeant Vanessa Sloniker of the department's Professional Standards Bureau via certified mail to InterChurch News.

    Salazar, 31, a Hemet resident working in Jurupa Valley, was creating a disturbance in the Subway restaurant on the 2900 block of Rubidoux Boulevard, according to the Sheriff's report, and the two deputies responded to a 911 call.

    When the deputies arrived at about 10 a.m., Salazar, was reportedly wielding a hammer, and refused to put the hammer down when ordered to do so.

    A taser gun was subsequently fired at Salazar, but reportedly had no effect, and Salazar is then reported to have started to charge towards the two deputies with the hammer.

    At that point, the two deputies fired shots, according to the Sheriff's report.

    Immediately, paramedics were called, according to the Sheriff's report, and at 10:25 a.m. Salazar was transported to Riverside Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:35 a.m., according to the County Coroner's press release.

    However, a Riverside Community Hospital official stated to Salazar's widow and two witnesses that Salazar was never admitted as a John Doe nor pronounced dead at their hospital.

    AMR Riverside, the paramedic service for the Jurupa Valley area, was contacted by InterChurch News but refused comment citing patient confidentiality.

    The officer involved shooting incident is under investigation by the Riverside County District Attorney's office who will determine if there is any criminal culpability on the part of the deputies.

    The Subway restaurant has a four-camera video surveillance system. Two hammerhead-type indentations were visible on the customer side of an employee door inside the restaurant.

    The deputies are no longer on paid administrative leave, stated Sloniker.

    • W. Keith Sloane
    • Photo (L): Jurupa Valley Sheriff's Department. Photo by IC News.

    Subway Restaurant at 2900 Rubidoux Blvd.

    DA office: investigation of November officer involved shooting is "ongoing"

    3.23.2016 - The Riverside County District Attorney's office "cannot comment" on questions regarding the officer involved shooting death of Ramon Salazar in a Subway restaurant on November 14 as the investigation is "still active and ongoing."

    In a statement issued March 14 to InterChurch News by John Hall, Information Specialist for the District Attorney's Community Information Division, it can take "many months to gather all of the evidence" in order to hold a staffing, where a determination is made "as to whether or not there is any criminal culpability on the part of the involved officer, or officers."

    Salazar, 31, was shot and killed in an alleged confrontation with two Jurupa Valley Sheriff Department deputies inside the Subway restaurant located on the 2900 block of Rubidoux Boulevard in Jurupa Valley.

    The Riverside County Sheriff Public Information Office report stated two deputies responded to a disturbance call about 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the Subway restaurant where Salazar was confronted inside the restaurant wielding a hammer.

    According to the Sheriff's report, Salazar refused to drop the hammer when ordered, whereupon he was tasered to no apparent affect.

    Salazar, according to the Sheriff's report, then charged the officers with hammer in hand and was shot inside the restaurant by deputies.

    At 10:25 a.m., paramedics transported Salazar to Riverside Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:35 a.m., according to the Riverside County Coroner's press release.

    However, among other unanswered questions, there is concern as to where paramedics actually took Salazar after the shooting incident.

    Riverside Community Hospital is the nearest Level II Trauma hospital and the victim's wife and two witnesses were told by a hospital official no record exists of a Hispanic male shooting victim admitted and pronounced dead the morning of November 14.

    Hospitals with emergency rooms within the ten minute time frame (and beyond) of transporting Salazar from the shooting scene to emergency room care were contacted by the victim's wife, Petra Campos.

    Campos, who attends a Menifee evangelical church with her two children, stated to InterChurch News that in the hospitals she contacted, no Hispanic male shooting victim was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds at 10:35 a.m.

    Riverside County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Deputy Armando Munoz stated "no comment" on March 15 to specific questions as the investigation was "active and ongoing."

    The Subway restaurant has four ceiling mounted video surveillance cameras and Deputy Munoz could not comment on as to what the tapes reveal.

    Deputy Munoz did state, however, the two deputies involved had been reinstated to active service after being placed on administrative leave immediately following the shooting.

    Salazar was the second Hispanic male to die in two separate incidents of Jurupa Valley Sheriff Department officer involved shootings in less than a 24-hour period.

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    • W. Keith Sloane
    • Photo (L): Pallbearers escort Salazar's casket to graveside service. Photo by IC News.