Samantha Gobba

Samantha reports on the pro-life movement for WORLD Digital.

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Virginia man set for trial in lesbian child custody case

Courts | Philip Zodhiates helped Lisa Miller and her daughter flee the country after a court granted her former partner full custody
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 9/12/16, 03:07 pm

Almost exactly seven years from the day Philip Zodhiates allegedly helped Lisa Miller flee the country with her young daughter Isabella, he is set to stand trial for “international parental kidnapping.”

Miller became a fugitive in 2009 after being embroiled in a custody battle with her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkens. Zodhiates is charged with driving Miller and Isabella, then 7, to Rainbow Bridge in New York, where the mother and daughter escaped through Canada to an Amish Mennonite group in Nicaragua.

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Neighbor helping neighbor in Baton Rouge

Disaster relief | Volunteers arriving to gut flooded homes find an unbroken spirit of community
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 8/29/16, 01:51 pm

BATON ROUGE, La.—More than two weeks after the flood that ruined nearly a third of homes in Baton Rouge, La., everyone has a story to tell.

“You either know somebody, friends or family, or you was flooded,” Dawn Lott, a member of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, which sits near the heart of the flood’s epicenter, told me.

Despite what seems almost total devastation, stories of grace abound.

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Volunteers begin massive cleanup effort in Louisiana

Disaster relief | Many homeowners did not have flood insurance, and faith-based groups are stepping up to help cover the loss
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 8/25/16, 10:08 am

Cleanup from the major flooding that inundated southeast Louisiana two weeks ago has kicked into high gear, with private volunteers and federal dollars beginning to pour in.

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