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Month – August 2014

The Good Lie Trailer

The Good Lie

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!

Medical Examiner Rules Recent Death of Reagan’s Press Secretary a Homicide

James Brady

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.

Citizen Group Takes Control of Old Satellite with NASA’s Blessing

McMoom interior

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.

Young Boy Who Brings Nerf Gun to Show-and-Tell Is Suspended

Ramsey and Scott McDonald

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.

$1.3 Billion Preacher Building a Replica of Solomon’s Temple

New Temple of Solomon

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.

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