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In a recent interview with the LA Times, Montel Jordan discussed his upbringing and the evolution to being a megachurch pastor at a multicultural non-denominational church.
Despite his surroundings, he didn't get involved with gangs. "I was more fearful of my dad than I was the Crips and Bloods," he says. "If we even thought about gangbanging or being around that, he would take us out first."
Instead, Montell's life revolved around the Baptist church. The grandmother of a local Crips leader was a part of the same congregation, which gave Jordan immunity. "That was a Crip neighborhood," he adds. "They knew we were church kids, so it was almost like we had a pass, we had protective covering, we could walk all through the neighborhood."
A member of the Westboro Baptist Chuch, an extremist religious clan notorious for picketing the funerals of servicemen, Roger Ebert, and most recently, Boston Marathon victims, has linked the deadly Oklahoma tornado to Jason Collins' decision to come out. The 34-year-old NBA player recently made headlines by becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport.
Fred Phelps Jr., the son of Westboro's leader Fred Phelps, tweeted Monday that God "smashed" Oklahoma when Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant said he supported Collins.
"OK Thunder's Durant flips God by praising f** Collins. God smashes OK. You do the math," Phelps Jr., said.
"God's wonderful wrath in Oklahoma reminds me: #GodCursesUForF**Marriage #GodIsYourTerrorist #GodWillRepay #GodAvengesHisPeople #GodH8sU," he continued later.
This isn't the first time anyone has blamed severe weather on homosexuality. Christian chaplain John McTernan said in 2012 that Hurricane Sandy was caused by the "homosexual agendas" of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
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Thousands of motorists were photographed running red lights since cameras were installed at Jacksonville intersections earlier this year.
o far this year, a company called Redflex has installed 17 of the cameras at some of the city's most dangerous junctions. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reviews the photos taken by Redflex and decides whether or not the driver was in the wrong.
In the first month and a half since the cameras were installed, 2,869 violations have been sent to drivers.
"If I reduce crashes, then I know that's going to reduce injuries," JSO Director Micheal Edwards said. "If I reduce injuries, that's going to reduce the number of fatalities we have in this city."
Edwards says it's still very early for a thorough report card because the cameras have only been active for a couple months at most. But red light cameras have been reducing crashes.
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A behavioral analyst and body language expert says she believes convicted murderer Jodi Arias wants the death penalty.
Dr. Lillian Glass says Arias came off as arrogant and entitled in an Arizona courtroom today. On the stand, Arias said the 2008 murder of her lover, Travis Alexander, was the worst thing she's ever done and she promised to use her time behind bars to contribute to charities and community causes. Arias told jurors she lacked perspective when she told a TV reporter she would prefer the death penalty. She said being sentenced to death would hurt her family more than anyone else.
Doctors use it as an anesthetic and ravers use it to hallucinate, but a new study indicates that ketamine might have another trick up its sleeve: treating depression. A new study found that the drug the kids call "Special K" is effective at treating major depression compared to an active placebo, LiveScience reports.
While past studies had suggested that might be the case, the drug's mind-altering properties made it tough to test against a placebo; it was pretty obvious when you'd gotten the real deal. So the new study gave half of its participants ketamine, and the other half midazolam, a similar anesthetic not tied to depression improvement. Two-thirds of the ketamine group saw their symptoms improve immediately, with the effect lasting for a full week, compared to one third of the midazolam group. It's worth noting, however, that the findings have not yet been verified by a peer-reviewed journal.