They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort largely led by churches would bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America. In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau (writer and director of the Oscar®- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival, faith and triumph to life. Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war, star alongside Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll. In theaters October 3rd!
Month – August 2014
The school never told the cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas what to put on their banners for high school football games. They came up with an original idea — Bible verses. But self-expression was more than the Freedom From Religion Foundation could tolerate. The anti-free speech group is suing and the cheerleaders are counter suing.
It’s been over 30 years since James Brady was shot during John Hinckley’s attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. After Brady passed away a few days ago, a medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Years ago Hinckley was ruled not-guilty because of his mental illnesses, which have since gone into remission. His lawyer thinks a new charge is unlikely, but that’s up to the US Attorney’s Office.
Officially, the effort is known as the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Unofficially, it goes by McMoon because the mission operates out of an abandoned McDonalds restaurant. A group that includes both space age veterans and newcomer twenty-somethings has re-established contact with the ISEE-3, a disco era satellite that has only recently returned to the earth’s vicinity. Its batteries wore down 20 years ago, but the probe’s solar cells are still in good shape.
The permit had covered the planting of genetically modified soybeans in seven Mexican states. The organisms were engineered to resist Monsanto’s pesticide Roundup. It was scientific evidence that reportedly convinced the judge that GM soy crops posed a threat to honey production in the Yucatán peninsula.
We usually think of Oregon as one of the more progressive states where individual freedoms are respected. Try telling that to Gary Harrington, who has been convicted under a law passed in 1925. He supposedly maintained “illegal reservoirs” on his property. But Harrington says he has only collected rainwater and snow melt that falls or flows on his own land.
It’s like the old story of the boy who cried “Wolf,” only this time it’s the school shouting out false warnings, not the boy. Nine year-old Ramsey McDonald was suspended for bringing a Nerf gun to show-and-tell at Miller Elementary School in Georgia. Having been de-sensitized, who would believe school officials if there was a real terrorist there? Besides, what’s so bad about playing with a toy gun? Perhaps such a child is pretending to be a policeman, a soldier or a hunter providing for his family.
Maybe Edir Macedo never heard that God does not live in temples made by hand, but in the hearts of believers. Macedo, a prosperity preacher and businessman in Brazil, has decided to build a 10 thousand seat replica of Solomon’s Temple. It’s a $300 million project! Unlike the original, the new version will have a helipad and presumably — restroom facilities. Last year “Forbes” magazine included Macedo on its list of billionaires.