Friday, March 02, 2012
Severe weather, leap day, and an unforgettable dance: The best of iReport this week

It was a jam-packed news week, and iReporters were busy. We received dozens of stories in response to events such as rising gas prices, a school shooting in Ohio, and the GOP presidential race, to name a few. Here are some other standout iReports you may have missed:


Documenting the tornado aftermath

Rebecca Smiley of Harrisburg, Illinois, was asleep before her shift Wednesday at a medical clinic when she was jolted awake by a powerful tornado tearing through the area. After the storm passed, she went to work with local rescue teams to assist survivors of the catastrophe, and took several photos of the devastating aftermath.


“I'm just really proud of my community, watching the way doctors nurses and rescue workers came together,” she said. “People came in from all around, it was very impressive to see people do this, knowing that so many of us had just lost so much.”


Davy Jones and the James Cagney dance

iReporter Pamela Grogan experienced the dream of a lifetime in 1977, when Monkees front man Davy Jones pulled her onstage during a concert in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Jones tried to teach her actor James Cagney’s dancing style, but she said she was laughing too hard to get any of the steps right. “I was so excited and was laughing, he was so cute and dreamy,” Grogan remembered. The former teen idol died at 66 earlier this week.


Sunshine after the snowstorm

As parts of Europe finally began to thaw out following weeks of severe winter weather, no one was happier than iReporter Annamaria Capicchioni, who was trapped in her home in San Marino, Italy, for three days. “I thought I was going to suffocate under all that snow,” she said. “It was a terrible experience which I would not wish for my worst enemy.” She shared photos of sunshine making a triumphant return in the town on February 25.


Leap day, with the help of some friends

Although Jutka T. Emoke Barabas of Honolulu, Hawaii, may not be able to jump on her own due to medical complications, that didn’t stop her from taking part in our leap day challenge. Two friends held her up so she could take a “leap” on February 29.


“Even this was a great achievement for me personally,” she wrote via email. “I feel that today [I] won over the pain and the cruel illness.” We couldn’t be happier for Barabas and all of the iReporters who joined the fun on leap day. You can see some of the best leaps caught on camera in our Open Story.


Moon, Venus and Jupiter align

Jupiter, Venus, and the crescent moon came together last weekend to form a shining triangle that delighted stargazers. Photographer Scott Shoup went to a lake near his home in Superior, Colorado, hoping to get a shot of the celestial sight reflecting off the water. The Colorado native says he loves looking at the night sky. His photo along with other iReporters’ accounts of the alignment appeared on CNN’s Light Years blog.


Thanks to everyone who contributed such interesting stories this week! We love to see what's going on around the world.


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March 4, 2012
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The tornado season is here. Many people’s homes are being torn apart and whole communities are being devastated. But the sad thing is people will present themselves to be God’s people, giving the impression that God will not defend his people. It’s the devil that’s causing the problems so people will blame God; like Job’s wife said in Job 2:9, “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.”


People are quick to blame God yet the people who are being affected by these tornados are not the true people of God. They are people who have been deceived by the devil because the devil has set up thousands of religions. God will fight his people’s battles. As it says in Psalms 91:10, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”


God’s people are called to defend God’s word. The people in the false religions are not protected, they are at the mercy of the devil. And the devil will do them in. As it says in Revelations 12:12, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”


It’s a shame that people will lie and say they are of God when if they looked at what is happening to them, sicknesses, diseases, all kinds of bad things. Like Whitney Houston, she died so sick because she made mockery of God’s word by changing the truth, singing what they say is Gospel music, which is not Gospel at all it’s things they made up. Jesus never told anybody to go unto all the world and sing the Gospel. These wicked people make mockery of the truth of God. And all those bad conditions come upon them. But on the Judgment Day they are going to suffer the damnation of hell for not taking God’s word seriously.


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