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Philadelphia Home To Get Its Own Funeral

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Funeral For A Home

A rundown row house in the impoverished Mantua section of Philadelphia had a colorful, centurylong record of occupancy before its last longtime residents died and it became a symbol of urban blight.

Now, the boarded-up structure is getting quite the send-off.

Hymns and eulogies will mark the last moments of the Melon Street residence before it’s knocked down Saturday. A hearse-like dumpster will carry the debris down the block, trailed by a procession of drill teams, bands and local residents. A community meal will follow.

Organizers randomly chose the building for a cultural project called “Funeral for a Home,” which aims to honor neighborhood history in a city where officials say about 600 houses are torn down each year and 25,000 others sit vacant.

Wait, they’re doing what? For a house?

That was the initial reaction from a local pastor, neighbors and others first approached with the idea by Robert Blackson, an administrator at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

But all eventually signed on to the symbolic gesture, which Blackson said also could resonate in places like St. Louis, Buffalo and Detroit — other cities whose once vibrant landscapes have been transformed by abandoned eyesores.

“When you see these blighted homes, you forget that they were a thriving part of the community at one point,” Blackson said.

The festive nature of the “home-going” service — as opposed to a somber rite — is designed to reflect more on the life of the Philadelphia row house than on its death, he said.

It’s unclear when the two-bedroom home was built, though the address has been consistently occupied since at least 1900, according to census and city records examined by organizers.

Researchers used the house to trace the arc of Mantua’s population from mostly Irish-Americans in the early 1900s to a mix that included Russian Jews by the 1920s and an influx of blacks from the South over the next couple of decades.

The block was solidly African-American when Louisiana native Leona Richardson bought the house in 1946, raising her only son, Roger, there while working as a department store seamstress.

Fred Stokes, 63, a neighbor who grew up with Roger and still lives on the block, recalled the mother and son as good people. The street was a family oriented community that was “full of life,” Stokes said.

But by the time Leona Richardson died in 2002, Mantua had become one of the city’s poorest and most dangerous areas. Roger died in 2009; family members sold the property not long after. The house has been unoccupied for months, surrounded by vacant lots.

Leona Richardson’s niece, Annie Hunt of Newark, Ohio, had never visited the house until she handled its sale. At first, she couldn’t understand why Blackson wanted to commemorate the forlorn property with a funeral.

“I had trouble wrapping my brain around it, I really did,” said Hunt, who now plans to attend the service as a way to honor her aunt. “I had never heard of such a thing.”

Joe Schilling, who leads the Sustainable Communities Initiative at Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, said a funeral “could be very cathartic” for longtime Mantua residents grappling with how the neighborhood has changed and hoping for better things to come.

“Demolishing, in many cases, is the right thing to do,” said Schilling. “By celebrating the history and legacy of this building, it’s letting go in a much more humane way.”

In the end, there is also the promise of resurrection. The developer that purchased the house for $15,000 in 2012 — and gave permission for the funeral and demolition — plans to build affordable housing on the site.

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Shocking! 6 Months Old Baby Raped By 3 Guys

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Shocking!!! 6 Months Old Baby Raped By 3 Guys

A Twitter user @mskhaddie has shared that she saw a 6 months old baby who was reportedly raped by 3 guys while she was in the hospital with her colleague who took her son to the hospital.

See her narration below:

My colleague took her son to the hospital yesterday, while she was waiting to see the doctor, a 6months old baby was rushed to the hospital. 3guys raped her.
So many evil people in this world.

She will take her son to the hospital tomorrow for another checkup…I will ask her for an update.

Parents don’t leave your children with anybody, don’t trust anybody with your children. Not uncles or aunties and certainly not your neighbours.

Her tweet below:

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Nigerian Parents Arrested After Teen Son Dies During Religious Fast

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A Nigerian couple have been arrested in the US after their 15-year-old son reportedly died during a 40-day religious fast.

Kehinde Omosebi, 49, and Titilayo Omosebi, 48, of Reedsburg, were on Tuesday charged with child neglect causing death and child neglect causing great bodily harm.

The father was said to have walked to the Reedburg police station on Sunday, to report his son had died on Friday, Chief Timothy Becker said.

Investigators who went to the Omosebi home reportedly had to force their way in, as the doors was padlocked on the inside. No food was discovered in the home. They found the “extremely emaciated and deceased” teenager, and also found a gaunt 11-year-old child, along with his mother, Titilayo, who was also undernourished, according to the report.

The father, Kehinde, told authorities that the family began fasting on July 19, and that he was a “religious minister affiliated with Cornerstone Reformation Ministries,” which is believed by police to have been made up.

The mother and 11-year-old were transported to a hospital. The mother reportedly refused medical treatment due to religious reasons, and was taken to the Sauk County Jail.

The child remains in protective custody at Children’s Hospital in Madison, while, according to Becker, the parents are eating while in jail.

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This Illuminati Conspiracy Theory Of Celebrities With Black Eyes Will Shock You..

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A bizarre conspiracy theory has emerged suggesting that celebrities seen sporting a black left eye are part of the Illuminati. Former US President George W. Bush, along with the Pope, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew, have all also been photographed with black eyes.

According to some conspiracy theorists, the black left eye is part of a cult or ‘Illuminati’ high-level initiation ritual during which the pledger is said to be forced to ‘eat pain’ in a quest to become more powerful.

Author and internet radio show host Sherry Shriner –  who wrote the book Interview With The Devil, in which she claimed to converse with Lucifer – has spoken of the link between these black eyes and ‘soul scalping’.

According to Shriner, government leaders, people on TV with their own shows and hundreds of popular entertainers have sold their souls to Satan.

‘You cannot be on TV now, without signing on the dotted line. The bizarre recurrence of facial bruises on Illuminati politicians and entertainers has resulted in speculation that their souls have been replaced in a satanic ritual called “soul scalping”,’ she said.

Shriner, who died earlier this year, believed all the powerful people in the world have been soul scalped.

She said that this can one done in a number of ritualistic ways, all of which result in a ‘possession’, whereby the human soul is removed and the body taken over by the demonic entity.

In conspiracy circles, this process is also known as a ‘walk-in’. Some people believe the blackened eye is a result of soul scalping.

Meanwhile, celebrities have come up with various explanations for how they got their black eyes over the years.

The Pope was said to have hit his eye when riding through the streets of Cartagena, Columbia in the ‘Pope-mobile’ last year.

Several news reports stated that he had made a joke about the injury, saying that he’d been punched.

Conspiracy theorists have pointed out that even members of the royal family have been spotted with black eyes over the years.

Some researchers suggest a link between the bearers of black eyes to the worship of the Egyptian sun god Horus, whose left eye was black and represented the moon and whose right eye was white and represented the sun.

Culled from Daily Mail

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