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Alternative gifts meet needs around world

Instead of new gadgets or designer jeans, some in the area will get livestock and water wells for Christmas, but the gifts aren’t for them exactly. The alternative gifts will go to those in need around the world and help make their quality of life better long after holiday decorations have been put away, the jeans have worn out and the gadgets are outdated.

Churches plan special services for black men

WASHINGTON — This Sunday, African American churches in Chicago, Memphis and other cities across the country will hold special services focused on black men, policing and the theme “black lives matter.” Congregants are urged to wear black and to pray for the black men in their community.