One of the Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt on alleged terrorism charges will reportedly appeal his sentence, his younger brother told reporters this week.
Peter Greste, an Australian reporter working for the Al Jazeera network, will be appealing his seven-year prison sentence that he received in June, based on charges that he had reported in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood political party during the toppling of former leader Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Greste and two other reporters, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, were accused of attempting to undermine Egypt's national security by "broadcasting false information" through Al Jazeera. more >>
A 4-year-old boy was asked to leave a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, simply because he chose to wear a sleeveless shirt. Even though the boy was only 4-years-old, the manager insisted the family leave because he did not meet the "gentlemen's code" required.
According to Lewis Roberts' family, the situation occurred at a restaurant in Atlanta's Phipps Plaza. The boy wore a sleeveless Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt, which he adored. Unfortunately, the hostess at the restaurant did not think too highly of it and told the family that they would have to leave because of the restaurant's dress code. When the family asked to speak with the manager, he confirmed that the dress code applied to "gentlemen of all ages" and they were again asked to leave.
"I was very, very upset that my 4-year-old nephew got asked to leave a restaurant, at lunch time in the middle of the day. If we would have thought for a minute that he was inappropriately dressed, we would have gone to a different restaurant to save the embarrassment," Keri Smith, Lewis' aunt, told Fox News. more >>
The city council in Greenville, South Carolina, has agreed to mount a plaque that reads "In God We Trust" on its chamber walls, despite possible lawsuits over the religious statement.
The city council voted unanimously to display the religious message on the walls of its Council Chambers, located at County Square. City councilman Fred Payne told The Greenville News that he proposed the idea of having the words inscribed in their chamber after receiving an email from In God We Trust America, an organization that seeks to have local governments across the country display the message on their chamber walls.
According to the In God We Trust America website, the mission statement of the nonprofit organization is to "[promote] patriotism by encouraging elected officials to legally display our national motto 'In God We Trust' in every city and county chamber in America, keep God's name in America and show a commitment to the values our country was founded upon." more >>
After reaching a lawsuit settlement, the Port Authority of Allegheny, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $20,000 plus $40,000 in legal fees to an atheist group that wanted to advertise one of its affiliates on local buses, but was banned from doing so.
According to federal court documents made public on Wednesday, the Port Authority of Allegheny agreed to pay the $60,000 the Washington, D.C.-based United Coalition of Reason. The atheist group had filed a U.S. district court lawsuit against the Port Authority last November, alleging the mass transit agency had violated the group's constitutional rights to free speech when they refused to carry bus advertisements that read: "Don't believe in God? You are not alone." The advertisements were meant to promote the newly-founded Pittsburg Coalition of Reason.
In their lawsuit, the atheist group, with the help of the American Humanist Association's legal arm, argued that the Port Authority had violated their First Amendment rights to free speech by denying the bus advertisements. According to the Tribune Review, the Port Authority had cited its 1998 policy that prohibited noncommercial advertisements from being shown on its buses, but the plaintiffs argued that the bus had previously allowed advertisements for churches, public issue groups and hospitals soliciting volunteers. more >>
The Travel Channel has reportedly pulled host Adam Richman's new TV show after he engaged in very controversial comments on social media. Richman was the star of the channel's hit series "Man v. Food," in which he took on food challenges across the nation and was scheduled to air his new how, "Man Finds Food," this week.
Richman posted a photo of himself on Instagram that showed off his 60 pound weight loss, along with the caption #thinspiration. What he may not have known is that the phrase "thinspiration" is often associated with eating disorders and on pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites to encourage girls to do whatever it takes to lose weight.
Amber Sarah decided to enlighten Richman and explain the danger of his post, along with the misuse of the word "thinspiration." That's when things reportedly turned even uglier and Richman found himself in the middle of controversy. more >>
Actress Shailene Woodley is known for speaking her mind and being unafraid of the consequences. This time, Woodley has defended Miley Cyrus and her actions at her concerts. Woodley chastised the critics who are upset with Cyrus' behavior and told them to focus on real problems, not Cyrus' actions.
"Miley isn't rude or mean or cruel to anyone in her actions," Woodley told "Vanity Fair." "She just does herself. Whether you agree with what she's doing or not, it's none of your business what she does. Why are all these parents or all these people freaking out about Miley being herself? If you don't want your kids to watch it, you know, you can change that situation at home, but don't make a big deal of what she's doing. Make a big deal about the bullies at school who are beating kids up."
Cyrus' concerts have become known for her outrageous behavior such as twerking, grinding, and making sexual movements while on stage. Parents have complained that she is too risqué for their children and is setting a bad example for them. That has not stopped Cyrus from performing in her own way and continuing to do what she wants. more >>