Nine arrests occurred to take down a prep school drug ring in Philadelphia called the "Main Line Take Over Project," prosecutors announced Monday. Affluent suburban students and graduates of prep schools were looking to run a monopoly of the drug business in the area, selling marijuana, cocaine, hash oil and MDMA to high school and college students.
The creators of the drug ring, 25-year-old Neil Scott and 28-year-old Timothy Brooks, both graduated from the prestigious Haverford School. They employed "sub-dealers" to sell drugs at Lower Merion High School, Harriton High School, Conestoga High School, Radnor High School, Haverford College, Lafayette College, and Gettysburg College, which are all in Pennsylvania, according to NBC News.
The nine people arrested were Scott and Brooks, 18-year-old Daniel McGrath of The Haverford School; 20-year-old John Roseman of Lafayette College; 23-year-old Christian Euler of Lafayette; 18-year-old Garret Johnson of Haverford College; 18-year-old Reid Cohen of Haverford College; 22-year-old Willow Orr and 29-year-old Domenic Curcio. Two 17-year-old students from Radnor High School and Lower Merion High School have also been petitioned by the District Attorney's office. more >>
A Miss America prom request got one student suspended at a Pennsylvania high school Thursday. Patrick Farves created a video to ask Nina Davuluri to his 2014 prom, but after the school's authoritarian response, Miss America herself contacted them and asked them to reconsider.
The Miss America prom request came in during a Central York High School where Davuluri was a speaker. Farves, an 18-year-old senior, walked up to her and gave her a plastic flower and asked her to come with him to the dance, Reuters reported.
Administrators, who had warned Farves beforehand not to ask Miss America to the prom, decided to give him a 3-day in-school suspension, which means he has to sit in a room alone and work. Davuluri addressed his punishment on the Miss America Pageant Facebook page. more >>
The running backs coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team has reiterated his strong Christian faith in a recent speech, saying he believes Christianity is the only "true" religion.
Running backs coach Ron Brown, who has been with the Cornhuskers since 2008, expressed his Christian beliefs at a recent Fellowship of Christian Athletes Prayer Breakfast, as reported by South Dakota's Rapid City Journal.
Brown, who has become known in his local community and beyond for his outspoken Christian faith, told those in attendance at the prayer breakfast that now is a difficult time for Christians living in America, comparing Christianity's struggle in modern society to a college football team playing a "road game" in a hostile environment. more >>
Bryan Singer, the director of the X-Men movies and others, was accused of raping a teen boy, Michael F. Egan III, in 1998 and 1999, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. While Singer's attorney has categorically denied the allegations, Egan claims that Singer, who is openly gay, promised him a part in some of his high-grossing hit films.
Bryan Singer, 48, was accused of a pattern of sexual abuse involving Egan, who is now in his mid-30s but was only 17 when it began. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, also names Marc Collins-Rector, the former chairman of Digital Entertainment Network, who is a registered sex offender since pleading guilty to crimes with minors in 2004, according to Variety.
Egan's lawsuit doesn't name a specific amount for damages, but did say the abuse warranted over $75,000, the New York Daily News reported. Singer's attorney has already slammed the suit as "without merit" and accused Egan of waiting until virtually guaranteed blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past is about to be released May 23. more >>
"Heaven Is for Real," the movie based on the near-death experience of a young boy who believes he visited heaven and met Jesus, is generating divided opinions among Christians on whether it presents a biblical message on heaven as it hits theaters Easter weekend.
The movie is based on the best-selling 2010 book Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, where pastor Todd Burpo reports on the near-death experience of his then 4-year-old son, Colton, who shares of meeting Jesus in heaven as well as a number of his deceased relatives after undergoing emergency surgery in 2003.
The film adaptation of the book, directed by Randall Wallace, opened on Wednesday, and has received the backing of some Christian groups, including Faith Driven Consumer, which reviews faith or Bible-based films. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has successfully aided students from a New York-area high school in expressing their religious freedom through an after-school Bible study.
Concerned parents contacted the legal group after learning that the superintendent of an unnamed high school in Amsterdam, N.Y., had told a senior female student that she could not hold her student-led, after-school Bible study club without first purchasing an insurance policy to use the campus after school hours.
The superintendent made his request of the Bible study club even though other student-led clubs were not required to obtain an insurance policy. After being contacted by concerned parents and students, the ACLJ reportedly provided parents information about "relevant legal principals regarding religious clubs' access to school facilities," coming to the conclusion "that the Bible club must be given the same privileges as any other student-led club." more >>