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  1. Piñatas

    Why are JW's not allowed to use piñatas at parties?
  2. Date: May 23, 2017 Source: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Summary: Scientists have made a major advance in understanding the genetic underpinnings of intelligence. Using a large dataset of more than 78,000 individuals with information on DNA genotypes and intelligence scores, the team discovered novel genes and biological routes for intelligence. Intelligence is one of the most investigated traits in humans and higher intelligence is associated with important economic and health-related life outcomes. Despite high heritability estimates of 45% in childhood and 80% in adulthood, only a handful of genes had previously been associated with intelligence and for most of these genes the findings were not reliable. The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, uncovered 52 genes for intelligence, of which 40 were completely new discoveries. Most of these genes are predominantly expressed in brain tissue. Read more:
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  3. Although many of us routinely indulge in a glass (or two or three) of wine at the end of the day, a new study suggests that our glass-a-day habit might not be healthy: Having a glass of wine (or another alcoholic drink) each day has been found to increase a person’s breast cancer risk. But luckily, it appears vigorous exercise may help counteract that risk. As the Washington Post reports, a new review from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund analyzed 119 studies that used data from 12 million women worldwide. While a standard drink has 14 grams of alcohol, the study found that just 10 grams of alcohol per day – which is the equivalent of one small glass of wine, beer or other alcohol – is linked to a heightened breast cancer risk of 5 percent for pre-menopausal women and 9 percent for post-menopausal women. Read more:
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  4. 22-27_de_Mayo.mp4 Perlas 22 de Mayo.pdf Qué haré con mi vida - al mirar atrás.docx
  5. Joyce Hendricks

    THOMASBORO – Joyce Ann Hendricks passed away at 12:29 p.m. Saturday (May 20, 2017) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign, with visitation one hour prior to the service (10 to 11 a.m.). Andy Pellinat will officiate. Interment will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Joyce was born Aug. 31, 1944, in Urbana, the daughter of Edwin and Dorothy York. She married Larry W. Hendricks on Oct. 30, 1965, in Urbana; he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Carrie Winkeljohn of Rockford and Gail Hughes of Champaign; two sisters, Carol McClure of Champaign and Beth Gresham; and three grandchildren, Emily Hughes, Adam Hughes and Sophie Winkeljohn. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Chad W. Hendricks. Joyce retired from Bridal Suite. She loved spending time with her family and having family outings. Joyce was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and served faithfully for more than 45 years. Condolences may be offered online at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.
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  6. Disfellowshipping is Hard to Do

    On April 13, 2017 the Supreme Court of Canada granted, to the Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, leave to appeal the Alberta Court of Appeal’s decision on the availability of judicial review over their disfellowshipping of Mr. Randy Wall. As assessed by my colleague Adam Aptowitzer in one of our earlier newsletters, the appeal court’s decision is of interest to “other Church and religious organizations that must discipline their members and now must worry that the Courts will reach in and review those decisions.” He stressed the importance that “decisions to discipline members be taken with utmost regard for the traditional concept of procedural fairness and a consultation with a lawyer that can advise them of these issues.” Let’s revisit the facts. Mr. Wall is a real estate agent whose episodes of drunkenness (including a consequent instance of verbal abuse of his wife)—or rather, his insufficient repentance for these episodes (as deemed by the elders of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses)—brought about his disfellowshipping from the congregation. Disfellowshipping, in this case, involved Mr. Wall not only not being admitted to the congregation’s services, but also being officially shunned by other members. Wall’s shunning further impacted his relations with family members, and also, he alleged, his business prospects. The Alberta Court of Appeal majority decision ruled that the courts had jurisdiction to review the Congregation’s Appeal Committee’s decision, and that the assessment of any economic loss incurred by Wall due to the disfellowshipping could be made by on the eventual application for judicial review. The Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). On the SCC website, the case summary[1] prepared by the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada (Law Branch) points to the issues to be argued: Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Religious freedom – Freedom of Association – Courts – Jurisdiction – Judicial review – How do the fundamental freedoms of religion and association protect membership decisions of religious communities and other voluntary associations from state and judicial interference – What are the boundaries between what is and is not justiciable with regard to membership and other disputes between members of voluntary associations – Whether the public law remedy of judicial review applies to membership decisions made by voluntary associations such as religious communities? The granting of leave to appeal by the SCC is supported by the invoking of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms—the raising of a constitutional question. However, it also seems warranted given the public importance of the legal issues raised in this case—an essential basis of SCC involvement. In particular, the availability of the public law remedy of judicial review to a private actor such as Mr. Wall is a matter of serious relevance to private organizations. Properly of the realm of administrative law, judicial review is a tool with which the courts can hold to account government agencies, boards, commissions, etc., which wield delegated executive power , but it has also been granted against private bodies in certain cases. In the common law tradition, the court is loath to intervene in the internal decision-making of private organizations, especially when they follow their own constitution and bylaws. However, among other reasons, a court may claim jurisdiction where a breach of the rules of natural justice is alleged, or where the organization’s internal appeal process has been exhausted. The majority decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal found for Mr. Wall on both these bases. Another of Mr. Wall’s allegations, of consequent economic loss, could then be considered during the eventual judicial review. The ABCA minority opinion was against the availability of judicial review in this case under Alberta law, stated that the private organization’s expulsion of a member did not raise a justiciable issue, and argued that a court cannot force members of the Congregation to bring their real estate matters to Mr. Wall—any economic loss he might prove does not stem from anything potentially subject to the Court’s power. This case should be of interest to all private organizations, but it takes on special importance with the layering in of the Congregation’s invoking of Charter rights of freedom of religion and association. Parties interested in potentially intervening in this case are invited to contact us if they have something to add to the argument.
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  7. Matehuala.- Buenas expectativas económicas ha levantado entre los prestadores de servicio la asamblea de los Testigos de Jehová que se realizará .. Continuar leyendo:
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  8. Hello @Nnaemeka I don't post videos at YouTube, I only share the links of the brothers/sisters who post those videos there. As far as I know there are some programs like YouTube catcher to download videos or convert videos from YouTube. Kind regards,
  9. Was Jesus a minimalist?

    Was Jesus a minimalist?
  10. SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Warrants claim a North Georgia nurse accused of inappropriately touching women under anesthesia injected at least one of them with a potent drug to keep her under sedation for a longer than necessary period of time. Sandy Springs Police arrested Michael Morgan, 33, after they said he admitted to touching the women while they were unconscious at the gastroenterology practice where he worked earlier this year. Police said Morgan confided in his pastors at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and they turned him into detectives. According to warrants obtained by Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik, "Mr. Morgan admitted to taking a used plunger of Propofol from a medical trash pile that had not been used all the way. He then took a saline flush and added it to the used Propofol plunge so he could keep her under sedation."
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  11. CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An Uber driver from Charlotte, who has been missing since Saturday night, is believed to be in grave danger by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Investigators held a press conference Monday afternoon saying they are still investigating and "still very concerned" about 44-year-old Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez. Based on information obtained during the investigation, officials say the case has been moved from the police department's missing persons unit to the homicide unit. Do investigators believe the driver is dead? "I hope for the best," said Major Cam Selvey. "I have no way of knowing what his condition is now but I go back to my statement earlier that we are gravely concerned for his well being and safety.” Police didn't give specifics but said they're working with Uber and cell phone providers to gather information. Medina-Chevez left for work around 9:45 p.m. Saturday and has not returned home, according to police. Investigators and his family say this is very unlike his nature. Medina-Chevez works as an Uber driver and left home to pick up a client. Medina-Chevez left home driving a 2008 dark blue Nissan Pathfinder with North Carolina tag PDV-4382, according to CMPD. He was last seen wearing a gray short sleeve shirt, jeans and sandals, police said. Medina-Chevez is described to be 5-foot-five, weighs 108 pounds and has black hair with black eyes. Medina-Chevez's wife of 22 years, Elsa Medina, says the family is desperate for answers. "Saturday night we come back from Kingdom Hall, because we are Jehovah's Witnesses and our meeting is 6:30 to 8:30, and we come back and we sit on the sofa and eat together," Elsa Medina said. "And he said, 'let me make Uber for two hours,' and I say, 'don’t go. I don’t want to stay alone home.' My daughter was doing something with friends and I didn’t want to stay home alone." She said Medina-Chevez said it would only be two hours and she finally agreed. She said her husband left at 9:30 p.m. and she texted him 15 minutes later, but she never got a response. Elsa Medina said her husband normally drives near their home, but texts when he has to go further away. She said her daughter, Debora Medina, has tried to contact Uber for information. "They say the information is private, and my daughter says, 'It’s my dad is missing. He make Uber last night." And they say, 'I call you back, or do you have a paper from the police report?' We don’t have anything." A spokesperson for Uber told WBTV that the company takes "very seriously" reports of drivers' safety. She said Uber is working with police, and that there's a legal process investigators have to complete and then give it to Uber. Customers book trips using the Uber App. The company said trips are GPS tracked. Elsa Medina said police have told her they have a lot of people working to find her husband, but don't have much information. "I’m feeling die, I’m feeling sad, I’m feeling terrible," she said while crying. "I say to people, 'please help me to find my husband, he’s a good guy. He helps people. He’s very nice.'" She added that her husband has told her in the past he likes driving for Uber, and feels safe doing it. Debora Medina, the driver's daughter, said they have gone out looking for her father or even his vehicle. "Yesterday night we were going everywhere – NoDa, Plaza Midwood, uptown – anywhere you can think of, just the popular area that would be Uber, that pick up people, the area he would say would go red just to say a lot of Ubering happening there, where bars are, the clubs – he would pick them up," the daughter said. She said it's very unusual for him to not come home, and that the family just wants her father home. "I think it’s unusual because he’s not the person to just leave. If he does come late to the house, he calls or text messages, send out something to let us know why he’s not home," she said. "He’s a person based on family, he loves his family and his friends. I mean he wouldn’t just leave, you know?" She said a group is going out to hang up fliers in hopes someone with information will come forward. She is asking the community to help. "I’d like the community to come together and try to find my dad," Debora Medina said. "I mean, he’s a loving man, he tells a lot of jokes and he gives back to his community. He helps out a lot of people. He likes to bring a lot of people into the house and help them get on their feet. I want my dad home." If you have any information regarding Medina-Chevez's whereabouts, you're asked to call 9-1-1 immediately or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
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  12. “Like a sandcastle, all is temporary. Build it, tend it, enjoy it. And when the time comes, let it go.” ~Jack Kornfield I picked up the butter cookies and a small postcard-sized painting I had brought for her. I took the third-floor hotel elevator down. Closing my eyes, I took several deep breaths. The elevator ride was less than five seconds, but our time spent apart was five years. Five years after the divorce I had flown up to see her again. I’m not sure what led to this meeting. We had emailed each other a couple times out of the blue, and before you know it, we were meeting. It could have been our final goodbye, the closure we needed. Or maybe even in the back of my mind, it was the new beginning that I’d secretly imagined. I don’t know. I walked out to see her after a five-year hiatus. In our memories were the international long-distance romance we had, the difficult marriage we had endured, and the painful divorce we had gone through together. When we initially parted ways, she was still pursuing her education and getting adjusted to life in America. Yet, today she was different. She spoke of her new travels, new experiences, new house, and new job. She talked about the ups and downs of the different relationships in her life. Close friends, social events, and the search for the “one”—her “one”—were her focus. As we spent the day together, a startling but simple realization came over me. She had moved on. Life was on the up and up. She seemed to have let go of everything we had shared. She was a bird that was soaring, while I felt like a bird that hadn’t gone very far from the same branch I was still sitting on. She seemed to have moved on like our past had never happened. I was holding on like it was still happening. I realized it was way past time to completely let go of what we had shared. She had moved on, and I need to finally move on as well. If your ex has already moved on, perhaps my lessons will help you do the same. Shift your perspective on the relationship. Whatever story you’re telling yourself about the relationship, you need to be retell it. You’re likely holding onto the sad and tragic version. You were left behind as the victim as your ex was the heartbreaker who didn’t give the relationship a chance. Shift the story to the one that is the most empowering for you. How about a story of how you both gave it your best? You fought, you loved, you laughed, and you cried. You tried over and over when things didn’t seem to work. You fought, forgave, broke up, got back together, and finally called it off for good. You both gave it your all but it didn’t work out. It wasn’t for lack of trying. It was you coming to the conclusion that you were different people, both good people, who were incompatible for each other. You both helped each other grow and become better versions of yourself. The more you can flip your perspective on your ex and the relationship, the easier it will be to move on. Release blame, anger, and resentment once and for all. If you haven’t completely let go of the relationship, you may still be holding on to instances of on injustices by your ex. You may still be feeling betrayed, hurt, or angry about something your ex did. Until you can let go of these feelings of resentment on anger, you’re not going to be able to let go or move on. You’re not going to lose anything by releasing these feelings, but you will gain your peace of mind and freedom. Let go for yourself. Even if your ex was entirely at fault and deserves the worst kind of karma, you’re not going to get caught up on it. You are not the universe’s policeman. Your ex is human and made mistakes. You’re going to release the resentment and anger and forgive your ex for what they did. If you made mistakes, you have to be willing to forgive those too. When you don’t forgive your ex or yourself, it keeps the past injustices and pain still burning like it happened today. Forgive for yourself. Forgive for your peace of mind. Thank your ex for how far they brought you forward in your life. Instead of focusing of how much better off your ex is doing or how you’re falling behind, while they are moving ahead, reflect on how far you’ve come yourself. While our marriage was difficult and our divorce was soul-crushing, honestly, I grew so much from this relationship. I had so many insights about myself, made drastic life changes, and became an entirely new person. You can either compare and mourn or thank your ex and appreciate how far they’ve brought you along. You might not have welcomed the pain, but it’s likely made you into a newer and improved version of yourself. Remind yourself of how far you’ve come. Yes, when you’re comparing yourself to your ex, you might feel bad about yourself and like you’re stuck, but it’s not wise to compare yourself to someone else. If you feel a need to compare, then compare yourself to where you were before. In my case, I was stuck in dysfunctional relationship patterns, I was carrying around a lot of emotional baggage, and I was stuck in a soul-crushing career. Regardless of where she’s at today, enough therapy and learning has helped me become a new person. I have many more tools to navigate life, and I’m doing work that sometimes doesn’t even feel like work. I’m living more in line with my values today and have the freedom to pursue my creativity and writing. You don’t have to be soaring like your ex. Just remember that you’re not stuck crawling like you were in the past. Remind yourself that today is the only thing you can do something about. You cannot change the past, the relationship, or your ex. You cannot go back and un-do your mistakes or do something different. There’s no point in wallowing in regret, past disappointments, and failures that you can’t do anything about. Focus on what you can control—the changes you make today. You can become the person you’re capable of becoming today. You can create the life you want today. Keep bringing yourself to the moment you can do something about: the present moment. In this moment, you can shift your perspective. You can make different choices. You can create the life you want. Live less in the futile past and more in the hopefulness of today. See the uncertainty in your life as an adventure. The most difficult part of my marriage ending was the uncertainty of my life. See, when you’re married or in a relationship, you have a location. The world identifies you in a certain way. You know who you’re spending your weekends with or who you have to plan the holidays with. You know who you list in the relationship column of Facebook. Yet, after a breakup, all these questions are uncertain and more than likely, unknown. I’ve discovered that I, and humans in general, hate uncertainty. We would rather tolerate an unbearable situation than the unknown. You can view uncertainty as a tsunami about to happen or a surfing vacation in Hawaii. The more you see your future life as an adventure that is filled with excitement and novelty, the easier it will be for your to welcome in the life waiting for you. Pursue the life you visualize every day. You can get stuck focusing on where your ex is at or what your ex is doing, but this is neither healthy nor productive. Instead, get super clear on what you want. What is the life you envision for yourself every day? What values and principles do you want to guide your life? How would you like your life to look each day? Now, you may not be able to create that life instantly, but you can start doing small things each day that get you closer to the life you want. If you envision spirituality in your life each day, create time for a spiritual practice or class. If you see creativity in your life each day, make time for your creative ventures. If you see self-care as a necessity for your best life, reduce your commitments and take better care of yourself. You might not have the life you envisioned right now, but if you start taking small steps each day to live the life you want, before you know it, your visions will be your reality. What’s helped you let go of the past when your ex has already moved on?
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  13. Nos quedamos solos como cada noche hoy te siento triste y se muy bien por qué. tu querrás decirme que he cambiado mucho que el amor se acaba y quiero terminar. Yo que ni un momento puedo estar lejos de ti. cómo soportar la vida entera ya sin ti te quiero, te quiero, te juro que yo no puedo vivir sin tu amor. Ven aquí, abrázame, yo te amo tanto y te pido por favor que creas más en mi. Yo que ni un momento puedo estar lejos de ti, cómo soportar la vida entera ya sin ti. te quiero, te quiero yo que ni un momento puedo estar lejos de ti, cómo soportar la vida entera ya sin ti. te quiero, te quiero, te quiero, te quiero.
  14. Suicide Bomber in Manchester Arena, UK

    Manchester Arena attack: Eyewitnesses describe blast horror Twenty-two people were killed in the explosion, including an eight-year-old girl. A further 59 people, including 12 under the age of 16, were injured and taken to hospital. Nick Haywood said finding his daughter Caitlin was 'like the best moment' of his life Nick Haywood, 46, from Nottingham was waiting for his 16-year-old daughter Caitlin and her friend, also 16, when the explosion happened. He said: "You could feel it, you could feel the noise. It was incredibly loud. My first thought was to find my daughter. "People were already starting to filter out. You could tell something was wrong, no-one was laughing or chatting. Some people were running, a bit of mild panic. "I was trying to get hold of them on the phone but the network was down so I made my way into the arena. Seeing her on the stairs was a huge relief. "It was like she was almost born again. It was the best moment of my life all over again." Caitlin had planned and saved up for the trip for months. She said: "We were so excited when the day came and we were listening to her music on the train. We were so excited, but it turned out to be be a bad experience. "When people said [the noise] was a balloon or a speaker, in the back of my head I knew it was a bomb and we needed to get out. "I thought the next minute people with guns were going to start coming in." She said she and her friend were near the front of the stage when the blast took place and she said people were getting crushed as they panicked and ran for the exit. "As soon as Ariana Grande left [the stage] the lights went out and the bomb went off. That made me think that this person planned it so well." Read more: Caitlin had planned and saved up for the trip for months. She said: "We were so excited when the day came and we were listening to her music on the train. We were so excited, but it turned out to be be a bad experience. "When people said [the noise] was a balloon or a speaker, in the back of my head I knew it was a bomb and we needed to get out. "I thought the next minute people with guns were going to start coming in." She said she and her friend were near the front of the stage when the blast took place and she said people were getting crushed as they panicked and ran for the exit. "As soon as Ariana Grande left [the stage] the lights went out and the bomb went off. That made me think that this person planned it so well." Read more:
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  15. The U.S. Commission in International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) sounded the alarm about the "worsening" state of affairs for religious freedom across the globe in its report for this year, the Christian News Network reported. The report, released on Wednesday last week, urges the U.S. Department of State to designate 16 more nations as Countries of Particular Concern (CPC), citing particular instances in those countries that merited their inclusion in the list. "Overall, the Commission has concluded that the state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening in both the depth and breadth of violations," said USCIRF Chairman Thomas Reese in a statement. "The blatant assaults have become so frightening—attempted genocide, the slaughter of innocents, and wholesale destruction of places of worship—that less egregious abuses go unnoticed or at least unappreciated," he pointed out. Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, a USCIRF member, said during a panel discussion on Wednesday in Washington D.C. that the commission "specifically name names so that those stories are lifted and people gain the strength that they need in order to continue fighting for their faith," CBN News reported. The commission urged the State Department to designate six nations—Russia, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, and Vietnam as countries of concern. The commission blew the whistle on Russia due to worsening religious freedoms in that country, which became even more evident with the recent ban of Jehovah's Witnesses. Once again, North Korea topped the USCIRF list of countries with the most repressive regimes, noting that freedom of religion is non-existent in that communist nation. North Korea is also Number 1 on Open Doors USA's World Watch list of the top 50 Christian-persecuting countries in the world. The Commission urged both Congress and the Trump administration to continually speak up about religious freedom abuses around the world, both in public and in private meetings. "You cannot have religious freedom without the freedom of worship, the freedom of association, the freedom of expression and opinion, the freedom of assembly, protection from arbitrary arrest and detention, [and] protection from interference in home and family," the report states. Read more at
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  16. Two arrested driving SUV of missing Charlotte Uber driver. His fate is a mystery What has become of missing Charlotte Uber driver Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez? It’s a question his family, the police and many other Charlotteans are asking as detectives continue to interrogate the two men who were arrested Monday night, using his credit card and driving his car. They were caught in Maryland. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said at a news conference Tuesday that the fate of Medina-Chevez, 44, remains a mystery, though they believe he’s in “grave danger.” Medina-Chevez left his Charlotte home Saturday night to pick up a passenger and never returned. The case is being investigated as a homicide, though police have not said they believe he’s dead. Arrested in connection with the case are Diontray Divan Adams, 24, and James Aaron Stevens, 20, but the two are not charged with homicide. Instead, detectives have charged Adams with financial credit card fraud and outstanding Maryland warrants, and Stevens has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. It was not immediately clear where the two men live. The duo were arrested in Maryland, after police there began investigating a fraudulent use of Medina-Chavez’s credit card. At 11:50 p.m. Monday, CMPD detectives were notified that Maryland State Police received a license plate reader hit on Medina-Chevez’s 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. It had been spotted near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The Maryland Transportation Authority Police then stopped the Pathfinder and detained the four occupants. Adams and Stevens were taken to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department in Annapolis, where they were being interviewed by CMPD homicide detectives. The other occupants were released and not charged. Court records show James Stevens lived in Fayetteville until 2014, then moved to Mecklenburg County. He has been charged twice with offenses, including an October 2016 case of communicating threats in Mecklenburg County. The outcome was not clear in court records. Court records show Diontray Adams was a Charlotte resident when he was arrested in 2105 for an offense in Rowan County. Details of that offense are not included in court records. Medina-Chevez’ family spoke at a Tuesday CMPD news conference, and said they have not given up hope. In fact, they were worried that he might be wandering around disoriented, which would explain why no one has heard from him. His daughter, Debra Medina, said finding the SUV put them a step closer to finding her father. “A car gives us hope, even if it’s just a car," she said. In an interview with the Spanish language newspaper Hola La Noticia, Elisa Urbina said her husband began working for Uber in December to raise money for a rare family vacation. It was a job he fit around his full-time work at a company making windows and doors, she told the newspaper. On Saturday evening, he left their house about 9:45 p.m. to pick up a passenger, expecting to be gone only an hour or two. “I told him not to go to work, but he insisted,” his wife told Hola La Noticia. “He told me he would only go to work for a couple of hours. He promised. He just left to pick up a passenger and, as he had not worked in the last few days, he did not want to lose his place. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were initially handling it as a missing persons case, but it became a homicide investigation Monday afternoon. Police said the switch was in part because that unit has more resources. Medina-Chevez, a devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, was last seen in the Steele Creek area of south Charlotte. Police say they are working with Uber, but it was unclear if they knew who Medina-Chevez was picking up Saturday night. His wife told Hola La Noticia that they had been a couple since middle school, and married for more than 20 years. The two had a pledge, she said, that if one ever got lost, the other would not stop looking. “And that’s what I’ll do,” she told Hola La Noticia. “I feel like I’m not doing enough. Maybe he’s had an accident and is fighting for his life. Last night I had to leave the search because it started to rain very hard and it darkened. Today, together with some relatives we are going to go out and look for him. I will not abandon it.” Driver safety One Charlotte Uber driver said the case has made him think about his own safety. “I’ve had a couple of situations where I don’t know if ‘scary’ is the right word but ‘sketchy’ might be,” said Adam Sharkey, 25, who’s driven for Uber and competitor Lyft for three months. Weekend driving pays for his car and insurance. Two drunks headed to a strip club this past weekend passed out in his back seat, then got belligerent when Sharkey tried to get them out of the car. Another passenger started yelling accusations when Sharkey, blocked by traffic, took an alternate route. “I’ve thought about getting a knife in the name of personal defense to keep in my pocket, and seeing that (Medina-Chevez) story has made me say, maybe I’ll pick up that knife this week,” Sharkey said. “It does seem pretty unusual, but everything is unusual until it happens.” Uber said it has been working with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigation of the Medina-Chevez case but would not discuss specific information. Uber touts the measures the ride-hailing app takes to keep drivers safe. Among them: no anonymous passengers. Riders have to create an account and provide their name, email address and home phone number before they can request a ride. Uber also logs GPS data, so it knows who drivers are transporting and where they’re going, and both drivers and passengers can rate each other. Drivers can end rides at any time. “Our technology makes it possible to focus on the safety of drivers and passengers,” a spokeswoman said. Uber recently posted safety tips for drivers, developed with feedback from drivers and law enforcement. The online forum UberPeople.net is full of conversations among Charlotte rideshare drivers on company practices, fares and passengers. Relatively few threads discuss safety. In April, before Medina-Chevez went missing, a driver on the site compared Charlotte to “Chiraq,” a play on the war-torn Middle East, and alluded to murders, stolen guns and “doped up heartless teens and young adults.” “I feel being a Uber driver is a very vulnerable job to have right now,” he wrote. Responded a cab driver: “No, you are absolutely correct to be scared as hell. THIS cab driver got a gun pulled on him a month ago … in broad daylight over a fare discrepancy. “If (you) can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” A third writer added: “There are risks in any job. Very few people get killed or robbed doing this job, at least not that I have heard. However, by all means stop driving if it scares you. I could use the extra passengers and surge fares.” Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs
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  17. Hattie Greene Watts

    Hattie Greene Watts, 88, of Wilkes County, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. She was born on Wednesday, May 15, 1929, daughter of Chilo and Martha Hamby Greene. She was a member at North Wilkesboro Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Those left to cherish her memory include a sister, Marie Parker of Wilkesboro; and two half-sisters, Virginia and Carol. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., at North Wilkesboro Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with the Elder Christopher Absher. Visitation will follow the memorial service. Burial will be held at Scenic Memorial Garden at a later date. Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
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  18. Judicial Commitee Procedures

    What procedure does a Judicial Committee have to follow when someone confesses to a sin? Must they get it in writing? Can the person retract?
  19. Why did the elders report this crime yet have refrained in countless other child molestation crimes?
  20. Police: Missing NC Uber driver is in ‘grave danger’ CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – An Uber driver from Charlotte, who has been missing since Saturday night, is believed to be in grave danger by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Investigators held a press conference Monday afternoon saying they are still investigating and “still very concerned” about 44-year-old Marlo Johnis Medina-Chevez. Based on information obtained during the investigation, officials say the case has been moved from the police department’s missing persons unit to the homicide unit. Do investigators believe the driver is dead? “I hope for the best,” said Major Cam Selvey. “I have no way of knowing what his condition is now but I go back to my statement earlier that we are gravely concerned for his well being and safety.” Police didn’t give specifics but said they’re working with Uber and cell phone providers to gather information. Medina-Chevez left for work around 9:45 p.m. Saturday and has not returned home, according to police. Investigators and his family say this is very unlike his nature. Medina-Chevez works as an Uber driver and left home to pick up a client. Medina-Chevez left home driving a 2008 dark blue Nissan Pathfinder with North Carolina tag PDV-4382, according to CMPD. He was last seen wearing a gray short sleeve shirt, jeans and sandals, police said. Medina-Chevez is described to be 5-foot-5, weighs 108 pounds and has black hair with brown eyes. Medina-Chevez’s wife of 22 years, Elsa Medina, says the family is desperate for answers. “Saturday night we come back from Kingdom Hall, because we are Jehovah’s Witnesses and our meeting is 6:30 to 8:30, and we come back and we sit on the sofa and eat together,” Elsa Medina said. “And he said, ‘let me make Uber for two hours,’ and I say, ‘don’t go. I don’t want to stay alone home.’ My daughter was doing something with friends and I didn’t want to stay home alone.” She said Medina-Chevez said it would only be two hours and she finally agreed. She said her husband left at 9:30 p.m. and she texted him 15 minutes later, but she never got a response. Elsa Medina said her husband normally drives near their home, but texts when he has to go further away. She said her daughter, Debora Medina, has tried to contact Uber for information. “They say the information is private, and my daughter says, ‘It’s my dad is missing. He make Uber last night.” And they say, ‘I call you back, or do you have a paper from the police report?’ We don’t have anything.” A spokesperson for Uber told WBTV that the company takes “very seriously” reports of drivers’ safety. She said Uber is working with police, and that there’s a legal process investigators have to complete and then give it to Uber. Customers book trips using the Uber App. The company said trips are GPS tracked. Elsa Medina said police have told her they have a lot of people working to find her husband, but don’t have much information. “I’m feeling die, I’m feeling sad, I’m feeling terrible,” she said while crying. “I say to people, ‘please help me to find my husband, he’s a good guy. He helps people. He’s very nice.'” She added that her husband has told her in the past he likes driving for Uber, and feels safe doing it. Debora Medina, the driver’s daughter, said they have gone out looking for her father or even his vehicle. “Yesterday night we were going everywhere – NoDa, Plaza Midwood, uptown – anywhere you can think of, just the popular area that would be Uber, that pick up people, the area he would say would go red just to say a lot of Ubering happening there, where bars are, the clubs – he would pick them up,” the daughter said. She said it’s very unusual for him to not come home, and that the family just wants her father home. “I think it’s unusual because he’s not the person to just leave. If he does come late to the house, he calls or text messages, send out something to let us know why he’s not home,” she said. “He’s a person based on family, he loves his family and his friends. I mean he wouldn’t just leave, you know?” She said a group is going out to hang up fliers in hopes someone with information will come forward. She is asking the community to help. “I’d like the community to come together and try to find my dad,” Debora Medina said. “I mean, he’s a loving man, he tells a lot of jokes and he gives back to his community. He helps out a lot of people. He likes to bring a lot of people into the house and help them get on their feet. I want my dad home.” If you have any information regarding Medina-Chevez’s whereabouts, you’re asked to call 9-1-1 immediately or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Copyright 2017 WBTV. All rights reserved.
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