NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, is facing mounting criticism over his plan to spend $500,000, mostly from the sale of church assets, on a extension to a countryside house where he will soon spend his retirement.
Some local Catholics are refusing to contribute to church collections in protest at Archbishop John Myers’ planned 3,000-square-foot (280-square-meter) extension, saying he is failing to follow the austerity of both Pope Francis and Jesus Christ.
(Reuters) – A gay rights group will be allowed to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, event organizers said on Saturday, reversing a 20-year-long stance after the city’s new mayor intervened.
It was unclear, however, if marchers from MassEquality, one of the largest gay rights advocacy groups in Massachusetts, would be permitted to carry signs or use slogans identifying themselves as gay men and women, which may yet prove a sticking point.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – It ended up requiring two bags to carry all the tools he thought they would need to capture, torture, rape and kill the woman they had been watching.
The items gathered by Christopher Asch, 61, a former New York City school librarian whose federal kidnapping conspiracy trial began on Thursday, included a stun gun, meat hammer, dental retractor, leg spreader, rope, duct tape, bleach, 12-inch skewers, two speculums and pliers.
(Reuters) – New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun possession charges on Tuesday after his wife’s divorce attorney took a weapon that was allegedly his to a local police station, authorities said.
Felton, 29, was not registered to have the gun in New York City and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and with criminal possession of a firearm, authorities said.
(Reuters) – A Michigan mother’s attempt to cheer her 10-year-old son, who suffers from a disorder similar to autism and told her he had no friends, with a Facebook page has won the boy some 1.3 million fans on the social media site by Wednesday.
Jennifer Cunningham created the site early this month after her son told her he did not want a birthday party because he did not have friends, the Richland, Michigan, woman wrote on the “Happy Birthday Colin” page.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A wire fox terrier named Sky won “best in show” at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, besting canines in six other groups at one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.
Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, awarded the top prize to Sky at this year’s event in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The win makes it the 14th time the wire fox terrier has won the competition, more than any other breed since the show started awarding the “best in show” prize in 1907.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Irish water spaniel named Riley won the sporting group on Tuesday to become the fifth of an eventual seven furry finalists vying for “best in show” honors at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
The top dog in each group will go nose-to-nose at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan in the championship round that concludes one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hair driers blew and nail files flew in final preparations on Tuesday for seven furry finalists competing to win “best in show” at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
The top dog in each of seven groups will vie nose to nose at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan for the championship that concludes one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A bloodhound named Nathan was the first group winner at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, besting 30 other hounds on the opening night of the two-day event that will crown its winner Tuesday.
Nearly 3,000 dogs and their handlers hit the competition floor in New York on Monday at Madison Square Garden, which will send winners of seven groups to determine this year’s champion.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – From tiny Chihuahuas to 100-pound (45-kg) Old English Sheepdogs, nearly 3,000 dogs and their handlers will hit the competition floor in New York on Monday for the opening of the two-day 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
This year’s edition of the prestigious event, which features pure-breed dogs such as the feathery Cocker Spaniel and the playful Labrador Retriever, is expected to be the largest staging since 1990. It will stretch across two New York sites, with initial rounds of judging at a pier along the Hudson River and finals at Madison Square Garden, normally the site of basketball games and concerts.