Entries in Easter (4)


Rotten Eggs: Parents Blamed for Canceled Easter Hunts

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Overzealous parents have been blamed for turning annual Easter egg hunts into events that are downright dangerous  and just not fun.

YouTube is chockful of videos showing parents from Illinois to Pennsylvania instigating stampedes for eggs and candy, children getting trampled and even encouraged to push others and steal.

Macon, Ga., officials held a news conference Friday stating that although Saturday’s event was still on, parents should rein in their behavior.

“We expect parents to behave,” Eric Quick, an organizer, said Friday. “No pushing. No shoving.”

Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen said that in recent years parents had gotten unruly, and children had gotten hurt. A woman also threatened to sue after getting injured during one hunt.

“She was pushed and fell and was hurt pretty bad,” Allen told ABC News Friday.

In Colorado Springs, Colo., organizers canceled the free holiday tradition, usually set for Easter Sunday, because last year’s hunt got out of hand.

“There were disgruntled people because there weren’t enough eggs to go around, or some kids didn’t get one,” Dave Van Ness, executive director for  event organizer Old Colorado City Associates, told KXRM-TV.

Parents were so determined to get their child an egg that they sent their older children racing. That caused the parents of the younger children to then jump the rope, going from spectators to participants. Last year’s hunt ended in seconds.

Jennifer Reed of Old Colorado City encouraged parents to “just chill out a bit.

“Let these kids enjoy it,” she told KXRM-TV. “It’s really about these kids having a great time.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Trayvon Martin Case: Sharpton Vows to 'Occupy' Sanford Over Easter

ERIK S. LESSER/AFP/Getty Images(SANFORD, Fla.) -- Rev. Al Sharpton will camp out with protesters in front of City Hall in Sanford, Fla., over Easter weekend as part of a nationwide call for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watch captain who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, he told ABC News.

“We’re going to have a full blown occupation of Sanford with tents and everything over Easter weekend until [authorities] either arrest George Zimmerman, or arrest us for praying for his arrest,” Sharpton said.

The civil rights leader and MSNBC talk show host said he’d be urging supporters of the cause across the country to wear “hoodies instead of Easter outfits to church on Easter Sunday.”  Sharpton said he will camp out “from Good Friday through Easter Sunday.”

The Easter weekend occupation is part of a wave of civil disobedience that Sharpton and other leaders are organizing to pressure authorities to arrest Zimmerman. Craig Sonner, an attorney advising Zimmerman, has said that he is in hiding, but has been in contact with police.

Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, will join Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, pro football players Ray Lewis and Santonio Holmes and others at a rally in front of Sanford City Hall on Monday prior to a Sanford city commission meeting. Thousands are expected to turn out. Sanford’s police chief stepped down temporarily last week following a 3-2 vote of no confidence from the commission.

A series of rallies in support of the Martin family’s cause is scheduled Monday in major U.S. cities including Detroit, Iowa City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Washington, D.C, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Eatonville, Fla. Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied around the country in recent days as the controversy has grown.

The Sanford Police Department declined to press charges against Zimmerman after their initial investigation, saying there was not sufficient evidence to challenge Zimmerman’s claim that he was attacked by Martin and acted in self-defense. Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” gun laws allow for the use of deadly force is a person believes their lives are in imminent danger.

A special prosecutor is investigating the case, and a grand jury is scheduled to begin hearing evidence in the case on April 10.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


First Dog Bo Invites You to White House Easter Egg Roll

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- A bunny ears-clad Bo helped President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama announce Thursday that tickets to this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll are up for grabs.

Egg-rolling hopefuls can register for tickets through the White House’s online lottery from 10 a.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Monday.

The 134th edition of the event will take place on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, April 9.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move” in honor of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to combat childhood obesity.

More than 200,000 people applied last year, but only 30,000 were awarded tickets to join the first family in the Easter tradition that dates back to 1878.

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the egg roll this year, according to the White House.´╗┐


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Obama Holds Easter Prayer Breakfast at White House

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza (file)(WASHINGTON) -- Noting that in the “middle of critical national debates, in the middle of our busy lives” it is important to keep things in “perspective,” President Obama held an Easter Prayer breakfast Tuesday morning in the East Room of the White House.

“As busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection -- something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective.”

The president joked that in the “hustle and bustle,” as the “inbox keeps accumulating,” the holy week is a reminder of so much.

“The triumph of Palm Sunday. The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.  And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world -- past, present and future -- and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.”

President Obama was joined by faith leaders, members of congress, administration officials, and members of the community, including the Rev. Al Sharpton.

“This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this ‘Amazing Grace’ calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son -- his Son and our Savior.”

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