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‘My sister-in-law was murdered by her ex-boyfriend but I believe it could have been prevented’

‘He’d been claiming he had no food in the house and yet when she went around once and opened the cupboard under the sink she found tins stuffed behind the pipes. We think it was his way of getting her to keep coming around, of controlling her. We don’t know for sure. All we know is he was lying.’

That Christmas, Rachael rekindled a relationship with Robert Barlow, whom she’d first fallen for at 16, after finding each other on Facebook. What Rachael did not know then, but her family would learn later, was that the point of breaking from an abusive partner or ex-partner is the most dangerous time for a woman and her children.

On 26 May 2010, Cairns spent the day with Auden, then 23 months old, and Rachael. That was the day she told him she was having a baby with Barlow. ‘She said, “I’m always

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Ohio GOP clashes as deadline to repeal tainted bailout law nears

COLUMBUS (AP) — Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price.

In one corner stands veteran GOP lawmakers like Rep. Bill Seitz, ranking member of the majority party, who believes the Nov. 3 election results solidified the standing of the now-tainted bailout bill even if federal investigators found the process of its passage to be corrupt.

“There is no representative and no senator who voted yes on House Bill 6, who lost their reelection bid,” Seitz said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But many, several, at least, who voted no, lost. So what does that tell you?”

Seitz vowed to vote against any repeal bill brought to the House for a floor vote during the next four

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Sacramento law enforcement group helps those in crisis during pandemic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – A local law enforcement group is looking to call attention to what they see as an increase in people in crisis during the pandemic.

Mindi Russell told FOX40 that the team at the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento are no strangers to crisis calls but they have been getting more since the onset of COVID-19.

“One call that I got one night late was ‘Tell me why I shouldn’t kill myself?’” Russell recalled. “One person, two of his family members got COVID-19, was very, very ill, and so he was afraid he was going to get it.”

Russell said her office has been responding to an increased number of calls from people suffering from the mental impacts of COVID-19.

Their circumstances are varied: “One that lost their job and another one that can’t do their job anymore because they don’t want to go out as essentials and

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No Tithing in the new testament church (2)

Tithing

By Femi Aribisala

 

At a Sunday service in a New Testament church, the pastor asked the church-members to open their Bibles to Deuteronomy 21:18, and then began to read.

“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city.

And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones.’” (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).

He informed the church that the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tunde

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Local law enforcement out to help ensure safe holiday traveling



Local businesses ready for Black Friday, hope shoppers will come

LUMBERTON — Local businesses are countering the uncertainty of COVID-19 by pushing Black Friday sales online and putting in place extra sanitation measures in stores.

Stores like Big Lots! have adapted to COVID-19 restrictions and made adjustments to make customers feel safe as they shop.

The retail chain has extended its Black Friday sale to span four days this year in order to give shoppers more time to shop for sales without the crowds, said Ebony Campbell, furniture manager. The sales started online and in-person Wednesday and were to conclude on Friday.

Campbell has worked at the store on North Roberts Avenue in Lumberton for four years, and said she was unsure what to expect on Friday.

“We’re not as busy as I expected,” she said Wednesday.

The store’s holiday operations have been a little different this year because of COVID-19, Campbell said. This year the store

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Poland Abortion Protests: Agnieszka Holland Joins Polish Protesters

Following a controversial court ruling imposing a near-total abortion ban, the women’s strike continues in Poland, with artists and filmmakers joining the fray.

Despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases, protests continue all over Poland in the wake of the constitutional court’s Oct. 22 ruling, which deemed a law allowing the abortion of deformed fetuses, even with life-threatening defects, to be “unconstitutional”. Poland, a heavily Roman Catholic country, already has some of the most restrictive laws on abortion in Europe. Abortions are legal only if there is a threat to the mother’s life, or in cases of rape.

“It’s a clear signal that the state is being handed over to religious fundamentalists,” Agnieszka Holland tells Variety.

The acclaimed director, who recently celebrated the Polish premiere of “Charlatan”, which was also chosen as the Czech Oscar submission, is a longtime critic of the right-wing government. “We have to get rid of

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GOP clashes as deadline to repeal tainted bailout law nears

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price.

In one corner stands veteran GOP lawmakers like Rep. Bill Seitz, ranking member of the majority party, who believes the Nov. 3 election results solidified the standing of the now-tainted bailout bill even if federal investigators found the process of its passage to be corrupt.

“There is no representative and no senator who voted yes on House Bill 6, who lost their reelection bid,” Seitz said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But many, several, at least, who voted no, lost. So what does that tell you?”

Seitz vowed to vote against any repeal bill brought to the House for a floor vote during the next four

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Whisper it quietly, but law firms have done well in lockdown | Opinion

Apparently an insurance broker was so concerned about law firms struggling through September that it set up a dedicated advice helpline.

The thinking was sound: many firms had a wretched year dealing with a pandemic and financial crisis and were faced with a hike in their insurance costs as renewal date approached for most.

The reality was, I am told, rather different, and in the space of four weeks there were barely a dozen calls as most firms were able to secure cover without difficulty (albeit at higher cost). The SRA’s own figures confirm the apocalyptic predictions some had made were misplaced: just 28 firms notified the regulator they had not got insurance, a drop of one-third compared to 2019.

The figures hint at something many in the legal sector might be thinking but dare not say: this pandemic has been relatively smooth sailing for law firms, at least compared

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PM rejects martial law talk

PM rejects martial law talk

Prayut shrugs off five-day rally threat

Anti-government protesters occupy the road outside the head office of Siam Commercial Bank near Ratchayothin intersection. Arnun Chonmahatrakool
Anti-government protesters occupy the road outside the head office of Siam Commercial Bank near Ratchayothin intersection. Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday reiterated that martial law will not be invoked to quell the anti-government protests, saying the normal existing measures are enough to deal with those who break the law.

Asked by reporters about martial law, Gen Prayut said he had not considered it, and current laws were enough to handle the protesters.

He made the remarks after a meeting of the US-Asean Business Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The prime minister said he explained the protests to the meeting. “In a democratic world, I cannot get everyone to agree with me. All I can do is to find a way to move forward together to avoid problems in the future,” he said.

The prime

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