Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a World Journalism Institute graduate. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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Missing boy hoax was not the suspect’s first

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/05/19, 12:47 pm

A man who falsely claimed to be an Illinois boy who disappeared six years ago was arrested in Cincinnati on Thursday. Brian Rini, 23, claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in 2011 at the age of 6. Rini has falsely portrayed himself as a juvenile sex trafficking victim twice before, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court on Friday. The FBI declared Rini’s story a hoax on Thursday based on DNA testing a day after he told authorities in Newport, Ky., that he was Pitzen. The affidavit said there is enough evidence to charge Rini with lying to federal authorities.

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Mormons change policies related to gay marriage

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/05/19, 11:01 am

Mormon officials on Thursday announced the repeal of a 2015 rule that banned baptizing the children of LGBT parents and made same-sex marriage a sin that could lead to expulsion. The group maintains its doctrinal support of marriage as between one man and one woman and still considers homosexual relationships a “serious transgression,” the religion’s highest leadership group said in a statement. Members who identify as homosexual, bisexual, or transgender can now have their children baptized as Mormon as long as they acknowledge children will be taught the religion’s official stance.

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Chicago picks first African American female mayor

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/03/19, 11:56 am

Chicago elected its first African American female mayor on Tuesday. Late results showed Lori Lightfoot, 56, winning in all of the city’s 50 wards against another African American female candidate, Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board President and a longtime City Council member. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who has never been elected to public office before, will also be the first openly homosexual person to hold the office.

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