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Innocent-Looking Nun Admits She Stole Over $800,000 from School to Fund Gambling Habit, Credit Card Charges

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One Los Angeles nun proves that even members of the church can succumb to the vices of gambling and thievery.

After stealing more than $800,000 to pay for her gambling habit, Mary Margaret Kreuper agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Kreuper admitted to stealing about $835,000 in donations, tuition and fees over the span of a decade during her 28-year tenure as principal of St. James Catholic School in suburban Los Angeles.

The 79-year-old nun “controlled accounts at a credit union, including a savings account for the school and one established to pay the living expenses of the nuns employed by the school,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

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What’s worse? This nun who neglected her vow of poverty also admitted to using a portion of the money to pay for personal expenses including credit card charges and “large gambling expenses incurred at casinos,” the attorney’s office added.

But this sister’s unlawfulness — and her sin — won’t come without a price.

The AP reported that Kreuper’s actions could land her up to 40 years in federal prison.

A statement provided by Kreuper’s attorneys hinted at the retired principal’s mental health as a potential reason for her criminal activity.

“Unfortunately, later in her life she has been suffering from a mental illness that clouded her judgment and caused her to do something that she otherwise would not have done,” the statement said. “She is very sorry for any harm she has caused.”

Kreuper has reportedly been cooperating with law enforcement, as well as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Her gamble with the truth proved to be a loss in the long run. But her actions also prove that, at the end of the day, nuns, monks and people of the clergy are still human. They still fall victim to the same sin and vices as everyone else.

Of course, her poor decisions are now coming back to haunt her, and the metaphorical stain this leaves on the church is unignorable.

Christians are expected to set an example of diligence and righteousness. When a nun sworn to the service of the church neglects her vows, it inadvertently reflects on the entire religious community as well.

We cannot blame the church for the actions of one woman, nor can we say her actions are representative of other church members. But we also can’t brush off Kreuper’s corrupt practices. Abusing one’s position and stealing are never actions Christians should aim to emulate.

Kreuper’s case reiterates two necessary truths: Looks can be deceiving and sin is inescapable for any human living in today’s fallen world.

This sister has already confessed to her sins, and now she’ll pay her penance. But members of the church would do well to learn from her predicament — imitating, instead, the one who was without sin.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Louisville Police Put Out Alert After Student Is Shot Dead at Bus Stop

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A 16-year-old died and two other teenagers were wounded after a drive-by shooting Wednesday at a school bus stop in Louisville, Kentucky.

Police have issued an alert for a gray Jeep with Illinois license plates captured on a surveillance camera.

The dead teen was identified as Tyree Smith, according to WAVE-TV.

“A teen who should be in school today will not be there, and will never be there again,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said, noting that Smith is the city’s 145th homicide victim so far this year.

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Louisville Police Maj. Shannon Lauder said that at about 6:20 a.m. a vehicle drove past the spot where students were waiting for the bus, let loose with multiple shots and then drove off. One teen was wounded by a bullet and another was injured in an undisclosed fashion in the incident, police said.

Sharonda Smith, the victim’s aunt, told WAVE her nephew was not targeted.

Charletta Anderson, the boy’s great-aunt, said Wednesday’s shooting was not the first at the bus stop.

“It’s just that bus stop been getting shot up, like I just told you, since school started,” she said. “He was caught in the crossfire for whatever reason somebody else might’ve did. He was going to school.”

“This about the fourth time they f***ing shot up the bus stop, excuse my French,” Anderson added.

“We’re very involved in his life and his dealings. Two weeks from school started they shot it up. They told the school; they didn’t do nothing. They did it again a week or two later, and then they just did again this morning. That’s unacceptable. Unacceptable.”

Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields said Eastern High School, which Smith attended, has a gang problem.

Although police are hunting for the vehicle, Anderson said she is not expecting much in the way of results.

“So I bet that nobody seen nothing then,” she said. “Nobody never sees nothing … never.”

Tay Lawson of Crosby Middle School, who was waiting at a nearby bus stop, said his mother tried to help Smith.

“He took his hand off and [blood] started coming through his chest again,” Lawson said, “so Mom told him to put this towel on him until the paramedic comes.”

Lawson said he will do the only thing he can for the suffering families.

“I feel for you and I pray for you,” he said. “I will pray for you and continue to pray for you.”

Councilman Anthony Piagentini, who represents the area where Smith’s school is located, said the shooting was “about as bad as it gets for it to be children. Waiting at a bus stop, heading to school is about the lowest that this city can get.”

“I’ve already called on the mayor, and I’m calling on him now,” he said. “We need to call in any resources we can — FBI, federal agents, state police, National Guard.”

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A 16-year-old died and two other teenagers were wounded after a drive-by shooting Wednesday at a school bus stop in Louisville, Kentucky. Police have issued an alert for a gray Jeep with Illinois license plates captured on a surveillance camera. The dead teen was identified as Tyree Smith, according to WAVE-TV. “A teen who should be in school today will not be there, and will never be there again,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said, noting that Smith is the city’s 145th homicide victim so far this year. Louisville Police Maj. Shannon Lauder said that at about 6:20 a.m. a vehicle drove past the spot where students were waiting for the bus, let loose with multiple shots and then drove off. One teen was wounded by a bullet and another was injured in an undisclosed fashion in the incident, police said. Tyree Smith, a 16-year-old junior from Eastern High School never made it to class today, after he was killed in a drive-by shooting at his bus stop at Chestnut and Dr. WJ Hodge. Two other kids were also shot, but survived. @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/peyHQk5Ol9 — Brooke Hasch (@WHAS11Hasch) September 22, 2021 Sharonda Smith, the victim’s aunt, told WAVE her nephew was not targeted. Charletta Anderson, the boy’s great-aunt, said Wednesday’s shooting was not the first at the bus stop. “It’s just that bus stop been getting shot up, like I just told you, since school started,” she said. “He was caught in the crossfire for whatever reason somebody else might’ve did. He was going to school.” “This about the fourth time they f***ing shot up the bus stop, excuse my French,” Anderson added. “We’re very involved in his life and his dealings. Two weeks from school started they shot it up. They told the school; they didn’t do nothing. They did…

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Florida's New Surgeon General Comes Out Swinging Against COVID Mania: 'We're Done with Fear'

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Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has hired a new surgeon general who will allow science, measured thinking and reason to dictate how health authorities approach the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and other matters of public health.

Dr. Joseph Ladapo was introduced by DeSantis at a news briefing shortly after the doctor was also announced to be joining the faculty at the University of Florida. The governor shared some information about the doctor’s background.

“Dr. Ladapo comes with us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is married; he has three children,” DeSantis said. “He was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was five. His father is a microbiologist and brought his family to the United States to continue his own studies and the apple doesn’t far fall from the tree.”

DeSantis remarked his new hire is a former Wake Forrest University decathlete who obtained his degree in medicine from Harvard Medical School, and later his doctorate in health policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. DeSantis was so proud of his state’s new surgeon general he bragged about him online:

Those who might not have been impressed by his resume are sure to be stunned by how intact his mind and heart are.

Ladapo, a UCLA medical professor who opposes forcing people to wear masks and take COVID vaccines, had a clear message for all who were listening. In accepting his new position, he shared a message that surely tested the limits Democratic Party and establishment media’s terror machine: Fear will not be taken into account as long as he’s making the decisions.



“Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making policies,” Ladapo told reporters in Tallahassee.

He added bluntly: “So, we’re done with fear.”

Ladapo continued saying that fear has been a “centerpiece of health policy in the United States, ever since the beginning of the pandemic.”

“It’s over here,” he said. “Expiration date: It’s done.”

“We’re compassionate, we get it, you know, there are scary things — we’ve seen a lot of fear from COVID over the past almost past year and a half, and it’s very understandable. But the way to approach that is not from a place of fear, because it doesn’t lead to good decisions,” he said.

“We’ve seen a lot of that, where the risks and benefits of decisions haven’t been considered, wholly or thoughtfully, so that’s over here,” he added. “In terms of our approach, you know, we are going to have a positive approach. We’re going to acknowledge the fact that there are some things that are scary, but that’s not the only thing.”

DeSantis, a model governor in an age of big government insanity, has hit another home run. Ladapo is not a man of fear. He’s a man of reason, and he will react to evolving situations based on logic and not impulse.

Of course, the establishment media is already smearing Ladapo with predictable headlines. Newsweek, for example, shared news of the doctor’s hiring by connecting him to African Dr. Stella Immanuel, who last year was excoriated by the cynical corporate media for things she’d said in her ministry in Texas.

“Ron DeSantis’ New Surgeon General Appeared in ‘Demon Sperm’ Doctor’s COVID Conspiracy Video,” the outlet claimed through a misleading headline. How is Ladapo connected to Immanuel? Both last year appeared in a video — along with a lot of other doctors — which championed personal choice and challenged mask mandates over efficacy concerns.

The doctors also touted some common medicines as a potential way to treat cases of the coronavirus. Of course, anyone who goes against the grain in the era of COVID, cancel culture and intrusive mandates will be slung with mud. The fact that the establishment media can’t stand Ladapo is a pretty important data point. It means he’s probably the right man for the job.

We know he’s already challenged the notion that fear should drive policy. In an era where pandemonium brought on by words from people such as Dr. Anthony Fauci too often prevails, that’s refreshing. Florida is ushering in a new day with regard to public health.

The state is bolstering an already rock-star-leadership cast with a man who is supremely qualified to be the state’s top doctor.

Perhaps other states will follow. It would be nice to see public policy derive from something other than capitulation to anxiety.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has hired a new surgeon general who will allow science, measured thinking and reason to dictate how health authorities approach the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and other matters of public health. Dr. Joseph Ladapo was introduced by DeSantis at a news briefing shortly after the doctor was also announced to be joining the faculty at the University of Florida. The governor shared some information about the doctor’s background. “Dr. Ladapo comes with us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is married; he has three children,” DeSantis said. “He was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was five. His father is a microbiologist and brought his family to the United States to continue his own studies and the apple doesn’t far fall from the tree.” DeSantis remarked his new hire is a former Wake Forrest University decathlete who obtained his degree in medicine from Harvard Medical School, and later his doctorate in health policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. DeSantis was so proud of his state’s new surgeon general he bragged about him online: Today, I appointed Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD as Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. He has a remarkable academic and medical career, and will bring great leadership to @healthyFla. Watch: https://t.co/7b3KnwIpjI — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 21, 2021 Those who might not have been impressed by his resume are sure to be stunned by how intact his mind and heart are. Ladapo, a UCLA medical professor who opposes forcing people to wear masks and take COVID vaccines, had a clear message for all who were listening. In accepting his new position, he shared a message that surely tested the…

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