Smugglers held more than 100 inside squalid Houston ‘stash house’
‘…The phone call to police was a plea to help save a family held by smugglers. But when authorities raided the south Harris County home which they believed held the woman and children Wednesday, they found 110 people imprisoned in a packed, rancid “stash house” where smugglers had locked them away pending payment for their freedom.
‘A tipster had told authorities the night before that he was being extorted by smugglers, and feared for the safety of relatives from Central America…’
Gay Group Teaches Westboro Lesson in Morals
Don’t protest Fred Phelps’ funeral, Kansas LGBT group says
‘Thomas Witt, the executive director for Equality Kansas, was blunt: Don’t celebrate Phelps’ death, it’s not appropriate. Donate some money to an LGBT advocacy group instead.
‘“We are asking that the LGBT community rise above all the anger we feel toward the Westboro Baptist Church and do what we’ve been asking the Phelps family do for 20 years, which is let us grieve in peace,” Witt told The Times — adding that the groups’ executive committee was unanimous on this matter…’
Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Sr. Dies
Did his recent excommunication from the church caused that?
‘The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., whose tiny Westboro Baptist Church has protested outside the funerals of fallen soldiers and celebrities to spread its views about homosexuality and abortion, has died, according to news reports. He was 84.
‘A son, Timothy Phelps, , that his father died just before midnight Wednesday. A daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, that her father died at Midland Care Hospice in Topeka. The Associated Press says it too has confirmed the news. The cause of death hasn’t been reported yet…’
As NPR’s Nathan Rott reports
The World’s Priciest Dog
Property developer in China buys Tibetan mastiff for $2M
‘There might just be a bubble in China when a puppy fetches $2 million, especially when that new owner just happens to be a property developer.
‘Of course, we’re not just talking any old chowhound. The pooch in question is a Tibetan mastiff, one of the most expensive dogs in the world, which has become a status symbol among China’s well-heeled over the past few years, in lieu of jewels and fast cars…’