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$600,000 stolen from Joel Osteen’s megachurch

CNN Belief Blog

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) — Talk about thieves in the temple.

Some $600,000 in cash and check donations were stolen this week from Lakewood Church in Houston, according to the city’s police department.

Incredibly, all of the money was from one weekend’s donations, the church says. For many American churches, $600,000 in tithes would be a good month or even year.

The church, which is pastored by bestselling author and preacher Joel Osteen, told congregants the stolen money came from contributions on March 8 and 9.

The theft occurred between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. About $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a church safe, said Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made, Silva said.

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President Barack Obama Braves Life “Between Two Ferns”

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Since President Obama became a force in politics in 2004, he has always made himself available for the media. This week, the President took a bold, brave, and some what bizarre trip to the show “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis.

If you have seen the show before, you know that Galifianakis does his best to rattle his celebrity guest with a bizarre line of questioning that sometimes pokes fun at sensitive issues in their lives. With the Commander and Chief on the show it was no different, but the President was able to hold his own and push Healthcare.gov in the process. Check out the interview here.

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Black History Month: 8 Books To Share With Your Kids

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By June Gilead

It’s an exciting time for me! I am honored to read and learn about all of the great leaders and authors of African decent, people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Nelson Mandela, Kadir Nelson, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and President Barack Obama! Here are my book selections for Black History Month! Enjoy these with your children at dinner or make it a full family night activity.

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George Zimmerman to compete in celebrity boxing match

Educated Insanity

gamezimmerman First off why in the world are we even considering or potentially labeling this dude as a celebrity.

George Zimmerman – the man acquitted of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in July 2013 – has signed up to take part in a celebrity boxing match.

Damon Feldman, the promoter organising the bout with the star, has confirmed that the fight will take place on 1 March, and that Zimmerman, who is, according to TMZ ‘open to fighting anyone… Even black people’, will donate any earnings he makes from the bout to charity.

Feldman is yet to find an opponent, but said he wasn’t looking to promote the event as “a race thing”.

“We haven’t discussed purple, yellow, white, black,” he added.

But one rapper of African-American decent, who has a tattoo of Zimmerman’s victim Martin on his leg, has offered to step into the ring.

“I would not be boxing for…

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First Black Owned Television Station To Be Honored In Detroit

Joe Spencer the WGPR-TV 62 Historical Society Board President talks to the media during a press conference at the Detroit Historical Museum in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. / Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

Joe Spencer the WGPR-TV 62 Historical Society Board President talks to the media during a press conference at the Detroit Historical Museum in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. / Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

WGPR-TV in Detroit is home to many first, they were the first in the country to use news cameras with tape rather than film, the first US station to air foreign language programs, and the first station to run 24 hours instead of shutting down overnight. Now, two historical groups are teaming up to create a museum exhibit because of another first, WGPR is the first television station owned by African-Americans. The exhibit plans on highlighting all of those contributions to the Detroit TV market.

Along with the Detroit Historical Society, the TV station announced Thursday plans to open the exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum in January of 2016. After the exhibit is done there, it will move to it’s permanent home in a museum planned for WGPR’s old studio in Detroit.

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Medical Breakthrough: Miracle Woman Saves Lives But Remains Unknown

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A poor, black female tobacco farmer, now known to the medical world as Henrietta Lacks, has her story told by Rebecca Skloot in her book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

If you’re not familiar with Henrietta Lacks, you may not be alone. Though not widely known to the public at large, her DNA become one of the most important contributions to modern medicine.

Lacks, born in 1920, sought medical attention at Johns Hopkins when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 30. Scientists noticed that her cells behaved differently than people they’ve treated before. Though the rapid reproduction of cells caused her cancer to spread, resulting in multiple tumors, researcher George Gey saw an opportunity.

Lacks’ cells could be multiplied at unbelievable rates and preserved. In English, they can be used to find cures for a multitude of diseases. Doctors call them HeLa cells, the first…

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Police Chief Accidentally Shoots himself For a SECOND Time

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police-stationIf there is at least ONE person in this world that you would expect to be considerably responsible with a firearm and not injure them self, it would be a police officer.

A police chief accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gun store on Saturday, this is the second time the chief has suffered an inadvertent self-inflicted gunshot wound; 15 years ago he shot himself in the hand while cleaning his service weapon.

Connersville, Indiana police chief David Counceller’s most recent self-inflicted wound occurred when his sweatshirt jammed against his 40-caliber Glock’s trigger as he attempted to holster the weapon. He was examining a new Glock at a gun shop at the time.

“It got tangled in my clothing,” Counceller said of his gun, according to the Indy Star. “I was wearing a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt (the gun) go in the holster and I pushed it, but…

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