For many, to exist near Ma Jaya -- a beguiling New Yorker with a tenth-grade education -- was rapture. To them, her dogma was beyond the mortal ken. But there were also stories of profound cruelty and despotism. Former followers say Kashi members were beaten for disobedience or spiritual cleansing. In the church's 35 years of existence, adherents claim abuses including beatings, pedophilia, forgery of official documents, and extortion occurred by order of Ma Jaya. New Times Broward-Palm Beach has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Darran Kelley, the chief of a fire department in Missouri, was arrested for felony fraud charges, including allegedly siphoning off money to pay for his gambling. He's not the first official in this town to face embezzlement charges. Riverfront Times has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Ryan Crowell sure knows how to break wedding promises. So say the authorities in Missouri who are forcing the businessman to pay back hundreds of thousands to a whopping total of 73 couples -- whose weddings he ruined. How'd he trick them? Riverfront Times has the story.