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Wounded Fed Judge Remains Example of Being Positive About Detroit

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit
DETROIT — U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg could be a spokesman for having a good attitude about Detroit despite being the victim of a shooting outside his home in city’s University District earlier this month during an attempted robbery.

“Overall, I have such a positive feeling about Detroit and where we live,” he told Steve Garagiola of WDIV.

Berg, 55, who was shot in the leg, and is moving about on crutches,plans to join a march on Friday at  6 p.m. the Gesu Catholic Church a 117180 Oak Dr, Detroit.

He said march will be about being positive about Detroit and speaking out against violence.

He was shot March 5 outside his home after he refused to let two robbers into his home where his wife and child were.

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Anti-Gay Westboro Leader Fred Phelps Has Extensive FBI File

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fred Phelps, the founder of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, was no stranger to the FBI.

In fact, The Hill reports that Phelps was “well known to the FBI,” according to his newly released 250-page bureau file.

Phelps, who died in March 2014, first came on the FBI’s radar in 1967 when a confidential informant said Phelps was ““in need of psychiatric care” while he was leading Westboro.

Between 1993 and 2006, Phelps gained the attention of the FBI virtually every year.

In some cases, Phelps made claims that he was threatened by terrorists.

“It would appear that Mr. Phelps is intentionally provoking these types of responses,” the FBI wrote to a U.S. district attorney in 1993 regarding reported death threats against Phelps. “Large amounts of money and investigative time can potentially be wasted investigating these threat letters. Historically, very few, if any, of these types of cases have been prosecuted in the District of Kansas.”

“The FBI does have the responsibility to investigate and prevent potential violence against any person regardless of their religious or political views, however,” continued a supervisory senior agent, whose name is redacted.

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ATF Investigates Intentionally Set Church Fire in Ferguson Where Brown’s Dad Attended

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is investigating an intentionally set fire at a church where Michael Brown’s father regularly attended in Ferguson, Mo., the St Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Flood Christian Church was among dozens of buildings that were torched following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager, Brown.

It’s unclear who started the fire, but the senior pastor, Carlton Lee, said he’d received more than 80 death threats because of his connection with Brown and the protests. He said his dog was poisoned and someone threatened to burn down his church.

The ATF said it’s investigating more than a dozen fires related to Ferguson.

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Series of Church Vandalism May Be Hate Crimes

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is taking part in the investigation in what might be a series of hate crimes, reports WBIR.

The investigation revolves around the vandalism of three churches and a former church in West Knox County The FBI has joined in the investigation of vandalism at three churches and a vacant former church in West Knox County, Tennessee.

Two months’ worth of broken windows in the churches are considered violations of “civil rights” since the crimes occurred on “religious real property,” Special agent Richard Lambert told WBIR.

“That’s because Congress put it in the books that makes it a federal crime to damage any religious real property because of its religious character,” Lambert said.

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Man Celebrated Pres. Obama’s Election By Burning Down African-American Church

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By Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone rejoiced the day after President Obama was elected as the first African-American President.

In fact, Massachusetts resident Benjamin Haskell, 23, celebrated by burning down a yet to be completed, predominantly African-American church in Springfield, Mass., on Nov. 5, 2008, the morning after the election, authorities said.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to burning down the structure of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ that was 75 percent completed, the Justice Department said.

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ATF Offers $5,000 Reward in San Diego Co. Church Fire

arsonBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for for information leading to the arrest in the January arson fire at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a beach community in San Diego County.

Authorities say sometime between 8:00 p.m. on Jan. 24, and 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 25  a fire broke out in the foyer at the church. Damage was estimated at more than $5,000.

ATF said parishioners found graffiti spray painted on two different exterior doors of their church.

ATF Says Accelerant Was Poured Around Sarah Palin’s Church

Sarah Palin/ official photo

Sarah Palin/ official photo

It may be that this country is not quite ready to give up on the the great political race of 08. Or maybe it’s just a crazy arsonist?

By The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An accelerant was poured around the exterior of Gov. Sarah Palin’s church before fire heavily damaged the building, federal investigators said Monday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the accelerant was poured at several locations around the church, including entrances.
Lab tests will determine the type of substance involved. Possibilities include gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel or even lamp oil, Agent Nick Starcevic said.
The blaze was set Friday night at the main entrance of the Wasilla Bible Church while a small group, including two children, were inside. No one was injured. Fire authorities were called to the scene at 9:40 p.m., unusually early for many arson fires, Starcevic said.
“It’s kind of odd to do in the evening hours,” he said. “I can tell you that most of the arson fires I’ve worked on are late nighttime, usually when no one is there.”
Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, was not at the church at the time of the fire but visited Saturday. Her spokesman, Bill McAllister, said Monday that Palin knew about the accelerants Saturday morning before a statement she authorized was released that day.
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