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ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Is America ready to get their Bible lessons from Jeff Foxworthy, king of the redneck joke? It's about to become reality as Game Show Network has released the first look at its original game show"The American Bible Challege. " Game shows have tackled everything from the private lives of newlyweds to deepest fears of average Americans, so offering up the Good Book as the basis for frantic competition and fabulous cash prizes seems like the next logical step. They have rock bands and coffee bars in churches now, so it's not as outlandish as it may seem at first.
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SCIENCE
May 23, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Israeli archaeologists digging near the city of Jerusalem have discovered an ancient clay bulla, about 2,700 years old, bearing the name Bethlehem. The artifact is the only known ancient reference to the city of Jesus' birth found outside the Bible, experts said. The find shows not only that the city existed, but that it probably also had a thriving commercial trade. A bulla is a piece of clay used to make an impression in wax, sealing a document. The wax was intended to show the integrity of the document once it reached its final destination.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
The Arizona Legislature has never been shy about weighing in on hot-button issues. (Exhibit A: SB 1070 , the state's illegal immigration law.) The latest such move: a vote to allow public and charter schools to teach students about the Bible. The Arizona House this week voted to allow high schools to offer a class called “The Bible and Its Influence on Western Culture,” which would focus on how the Old and New Testaments have influenced everything from law to literature.  According to the Arizona Republic, five states already provide similar classes: Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Oklahoma.  The Arizona bill's opponents don't dispute that the Bible is a ripe topic for academic study.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2012 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
When Hera, wife of Zeus, lays into Artemis, the sister of Apollo, in Stephen Mitchell's new translation of the "Iliad," it sounds more likeMTV's"Jersey Shore"than Mt. Olympus. "How dare you oppose me, you sniveling little …" Hera roars. You can fill in that blank, can't you? Mitchell's updating has resulted in a livelier, more contemporary feel for this epic of world literature - something Mitchell has done before in popularizing other classics including the Book of Job, Tao Te Ching and Gilgamesh.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The J. Paul Getty Trust failed Thursday to derail a lawsuit by the Armenian Orthodox Church that accuses the museum of harboring stolen illuminated medieval manuscripts — 755-year-old works that are masterpieces and, to the church, spiritually and historically sacred. After a brief hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Abraham Khan denied the Getty's motion to dismiss the claim. The museum's attorneys argued that the deadline for filing the suit had passed decades ago under the statute of limitations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A computer technician who was arrested on charges of taking photographs of naked women via webcam is facing charges involving at least six victims, some of whom are students at a Christian college he attended. Trevor Harwell, 20, who posted $50,000 bond Wednesday, may have victimized dozens of people, police said Friday. Investigators said a search of his computers revealed hundreds of thousands of images of women, mostly 18 to 25 years old, in various states of undress. The women are believed to be from Orange and Los Angeles counties.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2011
Behold, the man who brought you "Survivor," "The Voice" and "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" has found religion. Executive producer Mark Burnett is bringing the docudrama "The Bible" to the History channel, the network announced Tuesday. The five-part, 10-hour series is planned for 2013 and will cover the Good Book from Genesis to Revelation, using CGI to re-create famous stories, including Noah's ark and the Resurrection of Jesus. The cable channel also said that Kevin Costner will star in "The Hatfields and McCoys," a miniseries for next year about the feuding families from the late 19th century American South.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2011 | By Nomi Morris
At a time when the words of the late British novelist, scholar and lay theologian C.S. Lewis are reaching more people than ever, a newly published Bible bearing his name has excited fans and provoked debate over whether Lewis would have approved. "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," the third film created from Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" series, has earned more than $400 million since its December release. Next month, Lewis' translation of Virgil's Aeneid will be published. A stage adaptation of "The Screwtape Letters" is on national tour.
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