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The skinny: Pastor to New Jersey church leaders: Thou shalt not Facebook

Windsor Locks, conn. A dad’s long-awaited return Connecticut Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Steven Alvarez is greeted by his son Gabriel, 4, as 200 members of the guard’s 1st company, 102nd Infantry and F company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion returned Wednesday to the guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility after a year in Afghanistan.

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Windsor Locks, conn. A dad’s long-awaited return Connecticut Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Steven Alvarez is greeted by his son Gabriel, 4, as 200 members of the guard’s 1st company, 102nd Infantry and F company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion returned Wednesday to the guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility after a year in Afghanistan.

sinful site

facebook leads his flock into temptation

Thou shalt not commit adultery. And thou also shalt not use Facebook. That's the edict from a New Jersey pastor who feels the two often go together. The Rev. Cedric Miller said 20 couples among the 1,100 members of his Living Word Christian Fellowship Church have run into marital trouble over the last six months after a spouse connected with an ex-flame over Facebook. Because of the problems, he is ordering about 50 married church officials to delete their accounts with the social networking site or resign from their leadership positions. He had previously asked married congregants to share their login information with their spouses and now plans to suggest they give up Facebook altogether. "I've been in extended counseling with couples with marital problems because of Facebook for the last year and a half," he said. "What happens is someone from yesterday surfaces, it leads to conversations and there have been physical meet-ups. The temptation is just too great." Miller is married and has a Facebook account that he uses to keep in touch with six children, but said he will heed his own advice.

crime stopper

Vanity (plate) is her undoing

A New Hampshire woman charged with robbing a pharmacy wasn't hard to find: Her name was on the license plate of the getaway car. Police said a motorist watched the woman flee from a parking lot in Manchester and saw her toss items from the car. The vanity plate read: "B-USHER." Police arrested 43-year-old Bonnie Usher at her home, where they recovered stolen money. She was charged with armed robbery.

a long tradition

Daughter has big snakeskin to fill

An Ohio zoo says a new resident has big snakeskin shoes to fill. Weeks after the death of the longest snake in captivity, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium acquired the python's smaller daughter. The 24-foot, 18-year-old snake named Fluffy died Oct. 27 of an apparent tumor. She was about the length of a moving van and held the Guinness World Record as longest snake living in captivity. The new snake is 12 years old, and 6 feet shorter than her mother.

holy rollers

Poles play late pope's game of life

Poles have a new way to remember the late Pope John Paul II: a board game that celebrates the Polish-born pontiff's extensive travels. Around the World with John Paul II was released in October to mark the 32nd anniversary of John Paul's election. A roll of the dice takes players to sites in the 130 countries where the pope traveled — among them the Italian Alps, which he visited for clandestine skiing trips. As they land at the places John Paul visited, players collect cards with information on them and the messages he took there.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Pastor to New Jersey church leaders: Thou shalt not Facebook 11/17/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:12pm]

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