Headlines From the Front
by Bill Martin

From Denver:

Seven fourth graders in a suburban school district were given detention for a week after they were reportedly caught using their fingers as IMAGINARY WEAPONS.

According to angry parents, the boys were playing soldier vs alien during lunch. They were taken to the principals office and given lunchtime detention for the week.

The school district stands behind the principal's action.

From Illinois:

A judge has allowed school officials IN one community to erase the words "God Bless America" from a school yearbook, citing that it violates the constitutional mandate for separation of church and state.

12-year-old Marissa De La Rosa was told to change her cover design after already having been told she had won a school contest.

Marissa, a Christian, said in a statement filed with the lawsuit. "I do not think it was right for the school to make me change my design."

From Binghamton, NY:

University students and officials are defending a student-organized "sex toy party" that drew criticism from a State university of new york trustee.

The event in a student union lounge on CAMPUS was offered to promote a positive attitude toward sex say organizers.

An outspoken member of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, called the event "another sad example of vulgarity and debasement of campus academic and moral standards."

From Washington:

More than half of our high school seniors can't grasp the most basic U.S. history.

Performance was measured in 2001 for fourth, eighth and 12th graders in history.

From Baltimore:

26 year OLD Dontee Stokes shot a former Roman Catholic priest for alledhedly molesting him nine years ago.

Police say Stokes turned himself in saying he had shot Maurice J. Blackwell after the former priest refused to talk to him. Stokes has been charged with attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault and handgun violations and was being held without bail.

From Sacramento:

An 18-year old High School senior cannot run for prom king. Kristine Lester, a female, says school officials told her that her name would not be on the ballot because only males can run for KING.

Lester who is openly gay says, "I just wanted to do something different".

From Washington:

A constitutional amendment declaring that marriage "shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman" is to be introduced in Congress.

"Gays and lesbians have the right to live as they chose. But they don't have the right to redefine marriage for our entire society," says Matthew Daniels, executive director of Alliance for Marriage.

Opposing groups include the American Civil Liberties Union.

MARK 16:15 "HE SAID TO THEM, "GO INTO THE ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TO ALL CREATION. ROMANS 1:16 I AM NOT ASHSAMED OF THE GOSPEL, BECAUSE IT IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR THE SALVATION OF EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES."


Bill Martin is a multiple winner of Emmy and Associated Press Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He was also inducted into the Ohio Television/Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.

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