Students at Rutgers University are rallying for the reinstatement of a campus bus driver who says he was pressured to resign after praying for a disabled passenger, but the company says he was ousted over a safety violation.
Stan McNeil, a retired firefighter who aspires to become a Christian pastor, said in a YouTube video that he placed his hand on a woman in a wheelchair and asked God to heal her.
“She’s going to get a miracle. She’s going to end up walking, and I still believe that,” he said.
But McNeil said the company told him afterward that “we don’t need your services anymore,” according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
“They said we don’t do that here," he added, noting that the company that he worked for, First Transit, has warned him in the past for similar prayers. McNeil also said officials told him that a video recorded on the bus of the prayer showed that he did not use the proper number of straps to secure the disabled student.
First Transit said the company respects McNeil’s religious beliefs, but said he chose to resign for a safety violation, which they did not elaborate on, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
"This case is about safety, which is a core value of First Transit,” spokeswoman Stephenie Creech said in a statement. "Unfortunately, a full internal review revealed that Mr. McNeil had failed to follow a critical safety protocol that was cause for immediate termination. When advised of his violation, Mr. McNeil chose to resign."
Students have since rallied for McNeil’s cause on social media sites, including posting videos of his sermons on YouTube and Facebook. A petition on Change.org calling for McNeil’s job back has garnered nearly 6,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.
"You’re one thought away from greatness, people!," McNeil said in one of the speeches while driving the bus. "You got to continue to do well, do good, keep doing good, keep getting knowledge. And at the right time, that knowledge will explode and it will put you into greatness."
McNeil told the Newark Star-Ledger that he has no regrets over the prayers.
“I ain’t going to back down from who I am," he said. "I will not compromise. I am all about God, brother."
"Everybody enjoyed being on his bus," Kelly Brennan, a 20-year-old psychology and sociology major, told the newspaper. "He made us feel good about being in school, good about what we were doing with our lives."
Source/News Reel: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/15/students-rally-for-rutgers-university-bus-driver-who-says-prayer-led-to-his/
Published September 02, 2013FoxNews.com
Germany put a 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS on trial Monday in Hagen on charges that he shot in the back and killed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944, at the end of World War Two.
Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now German, volunteered for the SS after the Nazis conquered the Netherlands in 1941. Bruins served as a member of the Sicherheitspolizei, or Security Police, in a unit looking for resistance fighters and Jews.
No pleas are made in the German legal system, and Bruins made no statement Monday about the accusations against him. His attorney said Bruins would answer questions during the trial but not about the charges.
"Our tactic will definitely be to keep silent with regard to the charges," attorney Klaus-Peter Kniffka said ahead of the trial.
Despite his advanced age, Bruins was found medically fit to stand trial, though Kniffka said the stress of the proceedings against him has weakened him.
Bruins, who already served time in prison in the 1980s for his role in the slaying of two Dutch Jews, is accused of killing resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 in the town of Appingedam, near the German border in the northern Netherlands.
If convicted, he faces a possible life sentence.
Dijkema, whose sister has joined the trial as a co-plaintiff, which is allowed under German law, was apprehended by the Nazis on Sept. 9, 1944, on suspicion he was involved in the Dutch resistance.
According to prosecutors, Bruins and alleged accomplice August Neuhaeuser, who has since died, drove Dijkema a short time later to an isolated industrial area where they stopped and told him to "go take a leak."
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SAN DIEGO -A loophole is allowing hundreds of immigrants across the Mexico border in to the United States.
Immigrants are being taught to use "key words and phrases" to be allowed to enter and stay in the country.
Just this past Monday, Border Patrol agents say about 200 people came through the Otay Crossing claiming a quote: "credible fear" of the drug cartels.
So many were doing this that they had to close down the processing center and move the overflow by vans to another station.
"They are being told if they come across the border, when they come up to the border and they say certain words, they will be allowed into the country," said a person who did not want to be identified on camera. "We are being overwhelmed."
Pete Nunez, former U.S. Attorney and immigration expert says, "This will swamp the system."
"To make our system even more ridiculous than it has been in the past," he adds. "There are no detention facilities for families, so the family would have to be split up. We don't want to split families up, so we end up releasing people out into the community on bond, on bail."
Nunez says, "It's a huge loophole."
"There has to be a policy change, something implemented, an emergency implementation that will stop this, or otherwise we will have thousands coming in."
Immigrants are telling the Port Enforcement Team -- or P.E.T. -- that the cartels are ripping apart their state.
There's no word on whether this same loophole is being used in Arizona.
Published July 28, 2013FoxNews.com
An Illinois sheriff’s team is crisscrossing the Chicago suburbs in an effort to seize guns from thousands of people whose right to own a firearm has been revoked, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
According to the paper, more than 3,000 people in Cook County have failed to surrender their revoked Firearm Owners Identification Card, or FOID, which is required to legally buy guns or ammunition.
Sheriff Tom Dart said he thinks many of the 3,000 continue to possess firearms.The Chicago Police Department regularly conducts missions to recover revoked FOID cards and take guns from the owners, but there wasn’t a big push to do the same thing in the suburbs until now, Dart reportedly told the paper.
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PALM BEACH, Fla. – Two of the most successful names in radio, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, are soon to be dropped by Cumulus Media, the second-largest broadcaster in the U.S., according to a published report.
In a story by Dylan Byers, the Politico says an industry source claims Cumulus is planning to let go of both Limbaugh and Hannity from its stations at the end of the year.
The source indicated the broadcasting giant won’t renew its contracts with both popular voices, removing the two most highly rated conservative talkers from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets.
The source also said negotiations between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, the division of Clear Channel Communications which distributes Limbaugh and Hannity’s shows, came to a halt over disagreements about the cost of distribution rights.
“Cumulus is known to drive a hard bargain on costs, and Clear Channel is known to seek top dollar for big names,” Byers noted.
Radio insiders have cautioned that both Cumulus and Clear Channel have engaged in brinkmanship on previous contract talks only to resume discussions.
But the source told Politico that Clear Channel was unlikely to reduce the cost for distribution to an acceptable level for Cumulus.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/rush-flushed-broadcast-giant-dropping-limbaugh-hannity/#x40DtXsepkkXFwvQ.99
Published May 12, 2013
DEVELOPING: New Orleans police are searching for three suspects Sunday after at least 12 people were shot during a Mother’s Day parade.
Chief Serpas announced in a press conference that the youngest victim is believed to be a 10-year-old girl. Police say she suffered a graze wound, WVUE Fox 8 reported.
Police say about 300 were attending the traditional jazz band parade when shots were fired.
Serpas said that the procession had been accompanied by officers, who saw two or three suspects run from the scene in the city's 7th Ward.
Nobody has been arrested. It's unclear what sparked the gunfire.
Eleven patients have been admitted to Interim LSU Public Hospital with no life threatening injuries, hospital spokesperson Marvin McGraw said.
Second-line parades are loose processions in which people dance down the street, often following behind a brass band. They can be impromptu or planned and are sometimes described as moving block parties.
A social club called The Original Big 7 organized Sunday's event.
No other information was immediately available.
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Posted: Mar 02, 2013 2:26 PM ESTUpdated: Mar 02, 2013 10:16 PM EST
Torres, 25, was released from the Charlotte County Jail after posting a bond of $29,500.
PORT CHARLOTTE (FOX 13) -Deputies in Charlotte County confiscated over 400 pounds of marijuana from a grow house in Port Charlotte late Thursday.
A pair of Bradenton residents was arrested on a variety of charges including trafficking in an illegal narcotic. Elier Enrique Torres-Milian and Yudelky Cabrera Perez were booked into the Charlotte County Jail and released after posting a bond of $29,500 each.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff's Office report detectives in the department's Narcotics Division received a tip that a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from 18099 Bly Ave.
A search warrant was executed and detectives and members of CCSO's Street Crimes Unit knocked on the door. Torres-Milan, 25, answered but quickly slammed the door and attempted to go back inside.
Perez, 33, then slammed the door shut but deputies managed to kick it in to gain access to the residence. The suspects were handcuffed, placed into custody and removed from the home.
A search revealed two rooms containing hydroponic cultivation equipment. One of the rooms contained 61 large cut pot plans and an additional 169 ‘starter' marijuana plants.
Both contained the sophisticated devices employed to produce high-grade cannabis.
Deputies confiscated the larger plants for evidence and destroyed the equipment. A pick-up truck and a 2011 Dodge Charger were also seized.
Torres-Milian and Perez were both charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest.
Charlotte County Bill Prummell, who took over the office in January, says his agency will continue to target similar operations.
"This is only the beginning," Prummell said of the bust. "Since I took I reorganized the Special Investigations Division to include a supervisor of Narcotics, members of the Street Crimes Unit, a K9, and use of the Veri-Plate System that scans and records license plates on vehicles. We are targeting the worst of the worst."
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