US missionary gets 15 years for sex abuse at Kenya orphanage

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Christian missionary from Pennsylvania was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Thursday for sexually abusing girls at a Kenyan orphanage he led. Federal authorities say 61-year-old Gregory Dow of Lancaster ran the Dow Family Children’s Home for nearly a decade before fleeing in 2017.  They say some of the funding for the orphanage came from U.S. churches and faith-based groups. The FBI says Dow abused girls as young as 11. Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams calls his crimes “nearly incomprehensible in their depravity.” Dow’s public defenders said he expressed remorse in court and apologized for his crimes.last_img read more

Tony Winner Jack Hofsiss Dies at 65

first_imgJack Hofsiss(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Jack Hofsiss, a Tony Award winner for directing the original production of The Elephant Man, has died at the age of 65, according to Deadline. His death was confirmed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.Hofsiss was born in 1950 in Brooklyn, where he attended a Jesuit high school. It was there that Hofsiss learned to find a balance between faith and his sexuality. In a 2000 interview with The Advocate, he said, “They shared the fact that ultimately your relationship to God is your own thing, that you can be gay and have a relationship with the God of the Catholic church.” Similar themes appeared in the 2000 off-Broadway play he directed, Avow.While studying at Georgetown University, Hofsiss created the show Senior Prom, which ended up running locally at the O Street Theatre and was briefly considered for a New York transfer.After directing the TV mini-series The Best of Families, Hofsiss helmed The Elephant Man on Broadway, earning him a 1979 Tony and Drama Desk Award at the age of 28. He went on to direct Total Abandon and The Shadow Box on the Great White Way. He returned to the screen to direct an episode of 3 by Cheever, as well as The Oldest Living Graduate and the 1982 film I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.In 1985, Hofsiss suffered a severe spinal cord injury after diving into a shallow pool, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. While the incident left him in a wheelchair and in a period of severe depression, it ultimately did not stop his career, beginning with his return to stage work the following year with All the Way Home at the Berkshire Theatre Festival View Commentslast_img read more

Liverpool could be punished after breaking Champions League rules

first_imgLiverpool could be punished by UEFA after they appeared to break Champions League rules with their team selection for Tuesday night’s clash against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.Rule 4.01, subsection d, clearly states that all teams competing in Europe’s premier club competition are required to field their strongest teams throughout the competition – but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may have fallen foul of this regulation.Rodgers left first-team regulars Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli all on the substitutes’ bench – opting instead to deploy what appeared to be a significantly weakened team.It’s believed Rodgers may have made the decision with Saturday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea in mind. The Reds, who finished last season second in the Premier League table, have struggled this season – and were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United in their previous outing, last Saturday.But Rodgers’ decision to field a weakened team attracted strong criticism on social media, with former England striker – and current Match of the Day presenter – Gary Lineker stating the starting line-up was “unbefitting of a club of Liverpool’s European stature” and that they had given up before the game had even began.last_img read more