After 20 minutes of silent witness, the angels gather around a group of neighbors and pray with them for employment, for better living conditions, for salvation from sin, and for an end to the murders.
In the Tierra Nueva neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, youth church members get ready for their weekly outing as messenger angels by painting and applying glitter to their faces. Their wings are made with goose down, and their robes are old curtains.
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Young members of the evangelical church Psalm 100 in Ciudad Juarez dress as "messenger angels" to silently protest the Mexican city's ongoing violence. Here, 15-year-old Adan Ubacio Lopez holds a sign that translates to "Behold, I am here, Lord. I will bear your glory."
As they drove off after stealing DVDs and video games from Target, one thief pocket dialed 911. A dispatcher listened as the duo detailed their heist, including how the police would be looking for their Blue Dodge Durango. That tip led the cops straight to them.
Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 7:36 am
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got front-runner treatment Thursday night in Iowa during the final GOP debate before that state's crucial Jan. 3 caucuses, taking a pounding for his years as a highly-compensated Washington influence peddler.
A gold South African Krugerrand — worth about $1,700 — was found in a Salvation Army kettle outside a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania this week. This is not the first time this has happened. The coins seem to appear almost every year near Gettysburg.
Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 12:59 pm
Update at 1:50 p.m. ET. Government Will Not Shutdown:
The House of Representatives just passed a $1 trillion spending bill that will keep the government running through the fall. Congress, however, is still deadlocked on two major pieces of legislation. The extension of the payroll tax cut, which is a priority for the Obama administration and an extension of jobless benefits to to the long-term unemployed.
Historical fiction invites us to experience the exotic and the unknown while confirming our common humanity. I do not believe that human nature has changed much over the centuries, and it is possible to identify with the emotions, passions, and fears of men and women long dead.