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Pittsburgh police officers who may be forced to work security at an upcoming Beyoncé concert could file an unfair labor grievance against the city, according to reports.

Local media has reported that many officers see her latest album, “Lemonade,” as anti-police and they want to work her May 31 show at Heinz Field.

"There are police officers that have expressed that they do not want to support an artist that they don't like what she has to say," president Robert Swartzwelder of the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge No. 1 said. "It's up to them what they want to do with their off-duty time."

Swartzwelder explained that working security at these events is strictly voluntary, so forcing officers to work this event if there are not enough volunteers violates the city's contract with the police department.

The music video for Beyoncé's single "Formation" features her singing on top of a New Orleans police cruiser submerged in water, a run-in between a young African-American boy and police in riot gear and a wall with "Stop Shooting Us" written on it.

Earlier this year, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police called for a boycott of Beyoncé's concert in The Magic City, citing her "anti-police" Super Bowl 50 performance, during which she wore a costume inspired by the Black Panthers.

 
05-19-2016
 
 
05-19-2016
Barbara Satin, transgender woman

The White House has appointed a transgender woman to serve on the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Barbara Satin is an Air Force veteran and currently serves as Assistant Faith Work Director for The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She is a member of the United Church of Christ.

Satin served as the first openly transgender member of the UCC's executive council. She was involved in the UCC's 2003 decision to affirm the inclusion of transgender people in the full life and ministry of the United Church of Christ.

"Given the current political climate, I believe it's important that a voice of faith representing the transgender and gender non-conforming community — as well as a person of my years, nearly 82 — be present and heard in these vital conversations," Satin said of her appointment to the President's advisory council.

Satin, along with 10 other individuals were appointed to the council on May 12.

President Obama described Satin and the other appointees as "fine public servants" and would bring "depth of experience and tremendous dedication" to their roles.

The advisory council helps to make policy recommendations to the administration and suggests improvements and best practices for services that relate to faith-based groups. Of the 15 current members on the council, most are Christians.

Recently, the president defended his administration's decision to instruct public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, saying that society must protect the dignity and safety of vulnerable children.

By Michael W. Chapman | March 10, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT

The International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic organization, is reporting that some of its members in Syria were kidnapped by the Islamic State last week and told that if the adults do not deny their Christian faith, they will be decapitated and “their children burned alive in cages.”

Sister Monique states, “Late Sunday afternoon on 1 March 2015, I received amessage from M. Francoise, a delegate of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul [in Rome], and I managed to reach her by telephone. In Famvin News, a website for the Vincentian community worldwide, Rev. John Freund, a Vincentian priest, reposted a message he received from Sister Monique, with the Vincentian Daughters of Charity.

“She was leaving for Paris, and collapsed at the news she had just received: members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Syria were kidnapped, along with their wives and children.

“The children were isolated and put into cages. Adults who do not deny their faith will be decapitated, and their children burned alive in the cages.

Read more: ISIS Kidnaps Catholics in Syria, Threatens to Decapitate Adults and Burn Their Children Alive in...

 

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won pivotal primaries Tuesday, while Gov. John Kasich's long-awaited debut victory in his home state of Ohio raised the chances of a historic GOP convention fight.

A humiliating loss on home ground in Florida, meanwhile,ended the White House dreams of Sen. Marco Rubio, who was once hailed as a Republican Party savior.

Clinton took big strides toward the Democratic nomination by winning Florida and North Carolina. And in crucial victories, she stopped Bernie Sanders in his tracks in the industrial Midwest by taking Ohio and Illinois.

The Republican Party, meanwhile, veered closer to a contested convention after Kasich held his own state and deprived Trump of its 66 delegates. That makes it more difficult for the billionaire to reach the 1,237 delegates he needs to capture the GOP prize.

Read more: Super Tuesday 3: Big wins for Trump, Kasich, Clinton; Rubio drops out