1. Daily Mail – A huge fallout has engulfed a conference for black journalists after a senior aide to President Trump was added to a panel. The decision to add Omarosa Manigault to the line-up at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans has been branded ‘extremely offensive’. An insider told Page Six that members and moderators have been dropping out of the event after Manigult was added to a panel discussing police brutality. The source said: ‘The majority there don’t want her involved. It’s heavy drama — even the moderator is refusing. Everyone sees it as extremely offensive.’ Among the dropouts are New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New Yorker‘s Kelani Cobb.
2. UPI – An expressway accident in China Thursday killed at least 36 people and injured several others. The accident occurred in northwestern China’s Shaanxi Province when a bus hit a wall in the Qinling tunnel on the Xi’an-Hanzhong Expressway, reported CGTN. Xinhua reported the bus was traveling from Chengdu City, the capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, to Luoyang City in Henan Province. According to the World Health Organization, more than 260,000 people die in vehicular accidents each year in China.
3. CP – After Hillary Clinton suffered a devastating loss in the 2016 presidential race to Donald Trump, her longtime pastor — who compared her loss to the death of Christ — says she now has her eyes set on a higher calling. She wants to be a preacher and he thinks she’ll be great at it. On Aug. 15, the Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady, who currently serves as executive director of the United Methodist City Society in New York is set to release a book of the regular inspirational scriptures he sent Clinton during her failed campaign. The book is titled Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He revealed in a recent interview with CNN how Clinton leaned on her faith to overcome her defeat by Trump and how the loss has sparked a desire in her to work for the Lord from the pulpit.
4. Daily Mail – Columbia University could be slapped with $250,000 in fines after a former Muslim employee filed a complaint claiming they weren’t allowed enough prayer breaks. A former staffer claims that university chaplain Jewelnel Davis discriminated against them for their religious beliefs, according to the complaint filed with the New York City Commission on Human Rights last month. The unnamed ex-employee alleges Davis, who is a Christian, denied their request to work earlier shifts during Ramadan and denied additional prayer breaks, chiding them for asking. If the city finds Davis at fault, Columbia University could be hit with $250,000 in penalties and forced to reform its polices regarding employees’ religious traditions.
5. UPI – One of the investors behind the ousting of Travis Kalanick from Uber earlier this summer sued the former CEO on allegations of fraud Thursday. Benchmark Capital Partners, one of the largest shareholders in the ride-hailing service, filed the lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court. It accused Kalanick of breaching his fiduciary duty and contractural obligations by loading up Uber’s board with friends. Though Kalanick resigned as CEO in June, he remains on the company’s board.
6. BBC – The world’s oldest man – the only member of his immediate family to survive the Holocaust – has died at the age of 113. Polish-born Yisrael Kristal died on Friday, a month before he was due to turn 114, Israeli media reported. Mr Kristal, who lived in Haifa, Israel, hit the headlines last year after deciding to celebrate his bar mitzvah a century late. The original celebration had not taken place because World War One broke out.
7. Sacramento Bee – When Daniel Hahn is sworn in Friday as the new police chief of Sacramento, his mother Mary will be at his side. She’s always been at his side, and in his heart, in his face, in his business, in his conscience – the guiding force of his life. Some of us hope for inspiration from our better angels. Daniel Hahn considers his mother his better angel. “Who I am is my mother,” said Hahn, 49, who becomes Sacramento’s 45th chief at a swearing-in ceremony at Sacramento State University, his alma mater, at 3 p.m. Friday. “I’m not as good a person as she is, but everything good about me is from her, that’s for sure.” Sacramento residents have 78-year-old Mary Hahn to thank for first adopting and then raising the man whose values and people skills are what got him hired as the right person to run a troubled department. Many news stories announcing Hahn’s hiring as Sacramento’s chief focused on his racial background because no one like Hahn has ever led the department, which has been criticized for its lack of diversity. Hahn is set to become the city’s first African American police chief. His mother is white, and her upbringing led her son to transcend racial barriers. She taught him to love people based on who they were, not how they looked.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Proverbs 13:11 says, “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”
Babe Ruth said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!