A 12-year-old Mormon girl named Savannah came out as a lesbian to her church in Utah on May 7. “I do believe he [God] made me this way on purpose. No part of me is a mistake," she said to her church congregation.
Harvest United Methodist's Ash Wednesday event serves up free coffee, prayers, imposition of ashes and an invitation to try out the church, all in under five minutes. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent.
Southeast High School students are developing their own manufacturing machines, which includes machines making machines. Their efforts are getting the attention of major players in the technology world.
Dayton Modderman, an 18-year-old senior at Bradenton Christian High School, made a video "promposal" video asking his idol, Taylor Swift, to prom. In the video, Modderman is seen reading Swift's Reputation magazine, playing basketball, doing math homework, and more, all while playing a mashup of hit songs from the pop star.
Staff at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens struggled to keep one of the zoo’s baby aardvarks on the weighing scales on Wednesday, January 17. A clip shared to the zoo’s YouTube account shows a staff member trying to weigh three-week-old aardvark Winsol, who does his best to try and escape the scales and the hands of the zoo worker. “How hard is it to weigh a three-week-old baby Aardvark? Winsol, the 3-week old baby aardvark is being closely watched by the zoo’s care team as he spends most of his time with his mom Al,” the video caption reveals.
In a speech at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University on January 17, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined what he said were the five “key end states” the US wanted to see for the Syrian conflict. He said that the US wanted to see an “enduring defeat” for “ISIS and al-Qaida”; that it wanted to see a UN-led political process towards a stable “post-Assad leadership”; a diminished Iranian influence; the voluntary return of IDPs and refugees; and for Syria to be “free of weapons of mass destruction”. He added: “The United States will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring ISIS cannot re-emerge.”