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8. A small Catholic university in Maryland is being accused of censorship over the firing of the campus newspaper’s faculty adviser. He edited a student article revealing harsh terms the university president used to push a plan to cull struggling students. “This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t,” the president said. “You just have to drown the bunnies.” He added, “Put a Glock to their heads.”_____
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February 10, 2016
Six senior officials of Singapore’s City Harvest megachurch have been jailed over a $50m Singapore dollar ($35m; £23m) fraud case.
The evangelical church’s pastor and founder, Kong Hee, was jailed for eight years – others received between 21 months and six years.
The court ruled last month the group had misused church finances to fund the music career of Kong’s wife, Sun Ho.
Known for its slick image and wealth-focused brand of Christianity,
The hope was that songs like China Wine – a tune with rapper Wyclef Jean depicting Ms Ho as a Chinese exotic dancer in Jamaica – would help spread the gospel.
Ms Ho herself was not prosecuted in connection with the case and did not attend Friday’s sentencing.
She recently took over leadership of the church.
4 Cancer Charities Accused in F.T.C. Fraud Case
In soliciting donations through telemarketing calls and direct-mail, the F.T.C. complaint says, the charities described specific uses for the money they solicited, like transporting patients to and from chemotherapy or purchasing pain medication for children. “These were lies,” the complaint says, and the money went to the people running the charities for expenses like gym memberships, college tuition and dating website subscriptions. “Donations have enriched a small group of individuals.”
According to the complaint, Mr. Reynolds devised the fund-raising scheme in 1987 and recruited his son, friends and members of his church congregation to participate in the years that followed. The F.T.C.’s finding of $187 million in misspent donations reflects the charities’ activity from 2008 to 2012. In that time, the charities spent less than 3 percent of donations on cancer patients.