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November 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Costco has apologized for labeling Bibles for sale in a Southern California store as "fiction. " Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church in Simi Valley, saw the Bibles with "fiction" on the price tag and took note. "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm...," he tweeted. One member of his congregation felt more strongly about it. “I was completely offended. It's wrong, and I believe that the Bible is real ,” Shellie Dungan told KTLA-TV.
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April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Nicole Teeny's first feature-length documentary unveils a little-known subculture, one that combines the Good Book with good old-fashioned competitiveness. But the National Bible Quiz Championship, with its teams of Scripture-spouting teens, isn't the main event in "Bible Quiz. " A smart, funny and disarming 17-year-old girl is the heart of this low-key charmer of a coming-of-age story. The intimate film, a prize winner at the Slamdance Film Festival, revolves around the experience of Mikayla Irle, a tomboyish 12th-grader with family troubles who finds a sense of belonging on a Bible Quiz team in Tacoma, Wash.
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November 21, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Costco apologized this week for labeling Bibles at its Simi Valley store as "fiction" after a local pastor brought the apparent snafu to light on Twitter. Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church, came across the Bibles while shopping for a gift and tweeted the picture Friday with the comment: "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm... ". That didn't sit well with members of his congregation. “I was completely offended. It's wrong, and I believe that the Bible is real,” Shellie Dungan  told KTLA-TV . Costco initially remained mum after word of the fiction label spread quickly on social media, angering Christians, some of whom threatened to boycott the big box store.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - It was easy to get lost on Darren Aronofsky's ark. Inside a converted Brooklyn armory in late 2012, Aronofsky was shooting "Noah" on a massive vessel that matched the biblical dimensions of the boat, its rough beams lashed together and the hull sealed with pitch. In every corner of the three-story structure rested packs of ersatz animals - insects on one level, snakes and turtles in another corner and, around the bend, lions quite literally lying with lambs. "Animals are fragile.
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May 10, 1986 | United Press International
Thomas Nelson Publishers, the world's largest publisher of Bibles, has announced the formation of a division to meet the Scripture needs of Roman Catholics. Sam Moore, president and chairman of the company, said, "For years we have published books and Bibles for Catholics, yet we felt like we could be doing more. We decided with counsel from various church officials to concentrate our efforts in the form of a special publishing arm of our company."
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September 20, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
A majority of Christian booksellers said that a recent squabble over an inclusive-language Bible had little or no impact on Bible sales, according to a new survey by an association of Christian retailers. Of the nearly 140 retailers surveyed by the Colorado Springs-based Christian Booksellers Assn., 97% said Bible sales remained steady. Nearly 40% of retailers reported that Bible sales were up or have remained the same. Only 9% reported that Bible sales had dropped.
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November 29, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A businessman and local officials were in a run-down Philadelphia neighborhood discussing ways to bring in more jobs when they were approached by a man holding a Bible. He pulled a gun out of it and robbed them. The man approached the group and asked if they were cops. One answered no. That's when the man opened his hollowed-out Bible and whipped out a pistol. "In that case, give me your wallets," said the crook.
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February 19, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Pirates off the coast of Somalia have hijacked the yacht of a couple on a worldwide voyage distributing Bibles, according to Somalia's U.N. Mission. Jean and Scott Adam have been sailing around the world for six years on their sailboat, the S/V Quest. They have raced with the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, which has been their mail drop during their global odyssey. Omar Jamal, first secretary at the Somali mission, said Friday that pirates in the Indian Ocean had taken four U.S. citizens captive when they hijacked the S/V Quest, according to the Associated Press.
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January 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Chinese court has indicted a Hong Kong businessman who allegedly brought thousands of Bibles to a banned Christian group in China, a human rights organization said. The court in the city of Fuqing said Li Guangqiang, 38, had "used a cult to undermine the enforcement of the law," the organization said. It said Li might face the death penalty. Li is accused of taking 33,080 Bibles to the Shouters Sect in 2001. The sect's charismatic style of worship includes shouting out prayers.
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August 10, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
The trial of five anti-abortion demonstrators accused of trespassing and conspiracy flared into a dispute Wednesday over whether the defendants can display their Bibles before prospective jurors. In a rare flash of anger, Los Angeles Municipal Judge Richard A. Paez warned the defendants and their attorneys that he would instruct the court bailiff to confiscate the Bibles if they continued to openly consult or wave them during jury selection.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Bible" was a hit for History this year, so it only makes sense that more would be coming. On Tuesday, NBC announced the sequel -- "A.D. " -- is making the leap from cable to broadcast. It will air on NBC sometime in the spring of 2015. The 12-hour miniseries, executive produced by "The Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser, is expected to take up the story of the New Testament after the crucifixion of Jesus. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, "Everyone's lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ's death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time. In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection.
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December 4, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
Remember when that Simi Valley pastor caused a minor stir when he tweeted that Costco had labeled the Bible fiction ? And how Fox Nation tried, but just couldn't make the simple error into another faux cause for outrage? Costco said its distributor made the mistake, and vowed never to mislabel the Good Book again, which pretty much put an end to the kerfuffle. But a few days later, I got an email from Jennifer Sjoberg, who shops at the Costco in Fresno. "Personally, I think the Bible is fiction," Sjoberg told me. But she was incensed that the store had the nerve to apply the fiction label to Solomon Northup's memoir “12 Years a Slave,” which she bought for her son who is studying slavery and the Civil War. That literary work, of course, is the true tale of a free black man who was sold into slavery and the inspiration for Steve McQueen's justly lauded new film of the same name.
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November 22, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Is the Bible a work of fiction or nonfiction? The question spawns genuine confusion. One thing is certain: Calling the Bible a work of fiction is a sure-fire way to rile up believers, particularly as we head into the “war on Christmas” season, when conservative Christians are on the lookout for anything that smacks of religious disrespect. Last week in Simi Valley, a social-media savvy pastor, Caleb Kaltenbach of Discovery Church, was in Costco, looking for a gift for his wife.
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November 21, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
An 85-year-old tourist from Palo Alto has been detained in North Korea, prompting the U.S. State Department to issue an advisory against travel to the country. Merrill Newman, a retired financial executive and Korean War veteran, was escorted off an airplane on Oct. 26 at Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport as he was preparing to depart North Korea, a family friend said. Newman hasn't been heard from since. The family initially kept the case secret, but word began to leak out late Tuesday when the  State Department  issued a cryptically worded advisory against travel to North Korea.
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November 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Costco has apologized for labeling Bibles for sale in a Southern California store as "fiction. " Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church in Simi Valley, saw the Bibles with "fiction" on the price tag and took note. "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm...," he tweeted. One member of his congregation felt more strongly about it. “I was completely offended. It's wrong, and I believe that the Bible is real ,” Shellie Dungan told KTLA-TV.
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November 21, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Costco apologized this week for labeling Bibles at its Simi Valley store as "fiction" after a local pastor brought the apparent snafu to light on Twitter. Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church, came across the Bibles while shopping for a gift and tweeted the picture Friday with the comment: "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm... ". That didn't sit well with members of his congregation. “I was completely offended. It's wrong, and I believe that the Bible is real,” Shellie Dungan  told KTLA-TV . Costco initially remained mum after word of the fiction label spread quickly on social media, angering Christians, some of whom threatened to boycott the big box store.
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September 10, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Right after Easter, a Northern California firm specializing in what it calls "micropublication"--miniaturizing printed pages onto single, small cards--began marketing one containing the entire Bible. Reduced to the size of a business card, the 1,562 pages of the Bible were touted by ThemeCards Inc. of Mountain View as "a personal reminder of faith" that can be easily carried about. Letters to religious organizations suggested that the Bible card would be an excellent tool in raising funds.
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November 26, 1988 | Compiled from Times wire services
A Chinese bookstore chain recently put 10,000 Bibles on sale in its stores and sold out within a month. Peter MacInnes, manager of Amity Press, which was set up with aid from the worldwide United Bible Societies and which now prints Bibles in Nanjing, called the sales a "breakthrough," adding: "In the long term, the most efficient avenue for distributing Bibles in China is not through church agencies, but through bookstore chains."
NATIONAL
November 20, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The numbers said that John Freshwater was the best eighth-grade science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School. His students often outperformed those taught by the school's two other science teachers, and Freshwater's evaluations were almost always positive in the 20-plus years he'd been at the school. On Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Mount Vernon school board was right to fire Freshwater in 2011 in a disagreement over how he expressed his Christianity. In a controversial case that has touched on the divide between free speech and the separation of church and state, Ohio's highest court ruled that Mount Vernon officials were right in firing Freshwater for insubordination for refusing to remove Christian materials from his classroom.
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November 18, 2013 | Elaine Woo
In the 1970s, Syd Field's job in Hollywood was reading scripts all day and picking out the gems that might make it to the screen. In one two-year period he figured he read 2,000 screenplays - and turned down 1,960 of them. The rejects were an "amorphous goo" of confusing plot lines and poorly developed characters that often caused him to close his office door at 2 or 3 in the afternoon and go to sleep. But eventually he figured out what distinguished the winners from the losers. The answer was crystallized in "Screenplay, The Foundations of Screenwriting," Field's 1979 bestseller that today remains the bible of scriptwriters.
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