December 18, 2013 |
David Bishop, president of Sony Pictures' home entertainment division, is leaving the company in March when his contract expires, a Sony spokesman said on Wednesday. A replacement has not been named for Bishop, who has led Sony Pictures Home Entertainment since 2006 during a turbulent time for the home video business as consumer habits changed. "David played a tremendous role in building the home entertainment organization we have in place today: an innovative business that can compete aggressively in the evolving digital marketplace," said Michael Lynton, chairman and chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV This comes after a shakeup earlier this year in which Sony picked Dwight Caines as president of theatrical marketing for the company's Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures Group.
December 14, 2013 |
What happens when the high school football coach can run a faster 40-yard time than the team's starting running back? That could be the dilemma for Oakland Bishop O'Dowd this fall after hiring former Lompoc High, Washington and Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman as its head coach. Kaufman, 40, has probably slowed a little bit since his playing days at Lompoc in the late 1980s, but he was as fast as they come. He'll have two sons on the team. Kaufman is the latest former athlete trying to make an impact in the coaching profession.
December 5, 2013 |
ROME -- Pope Francis is forming a commission of experts to advise the Holy See on protecting children from abusive priests, keeping pedophiles out of the priesthood and caring for the victims of abuse, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley said Thursday. The initiative is Francis' first concrete step in response to the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent years, costing millions in legal fees and sparking a steep decline in church attendance. It remains unclear, however, whether the commission will address complaints by victims groups that the Vatican has failed to make bishops accountable for covering up for abusive priests. Although Francis has won plaudits for reinvigorating the Catholic church, he has been criticized for not coupling his strong appeals for mercy and charity with equally firm admonishments of abuse. “Pope Francis has massive power and many options.
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December 3, 2013 |
Everyone knows that Catholic hospitals don't perform elective abortions. Incomprehensibly, Catholic hospitals even fall afoul of the church if they perform an abortion to save a mother's life . But are they negligent if they fail to merely inform a pregnant woman that abortion is the safest option when her health is in danger and her fetus faces certain death? And that if she wants an abortion, she should seek help elsewhere? That's the crux of the issue in a negligence lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Tamesha Means, a Michigan woman whose local hospital treated her with Tylenol and sent her home twice after her water broke 18 weeks into her pregnancy.
November 18, 2013 |
The German bishop suspended by the Vatican last month for spending lavishly on foreign travel and furnishings for his $42-million residence renovation has paid a $27,000 fine to settle a court case brought against him for lying under oath. Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg was accused by German prosecutors of bringing a false claim against Der Spiegel after the weekly news magazine reported that he had flown first class on trips to minister to slum-dwellers in India last year.
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November 14, 2013 |
A former Mormon bishop in Riverside County is expected to serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who attended a Menifee church, prosecutors said. Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts related to the assault of the teens, ages 16 and 18, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. The counts were sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object. In addition to the prison time, Edwards will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part of the arrangement, prosecutors said.
November 6, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- In a rare public airing, a senior Catholic prelate has denounced control of Mexico's Michoacan state by violent drug traffickers, challenging official government claims and igniting a fierce debate. Miguel Patiño, the bishop of Apatzingan, one of Michoacan's largest cities and a headquarters for the state's main criminal network, made his charges in an open letter and then in a series of interviews. He said Michoacan had essentially become a failed state because authorities are afraid of -- or in collusion with -- organized crime figures.
October 27, 2013 |
When a high school football team knocks off unbeaten teams in consecutive weeks, it's time to pay respect. Oak Park faced its own little playoff-like challenge the last two weeks, taking on the No. 2-ranked team in the Northwest Division, Ojai Nordhoff, then the No. 1 team, Santa Barbara Bishop Diego. Oak Park (8-1) won each time and now can proclaim itself No. 1 in the Northwest Division six weeks before a champion is officially crowned. "It's quite a run," Coach Terry Shorten said.
October 23, 2013 |
When Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Germany traveled to India last year to minister to poor slum dwellers, he reportedly flew first class. This year, renovations of the Roman Catholic bishop's church-owned residence in the city of Limburg ran massively over budget to cover $620,000 worth of artwork, $1.1 million in landscaping and last-minute design revisions -- $42 million in all, billed to the Vatican and German taxpayers, Hamburg's tabloid daily Bild reported. Dubbed the "Bishop of Bling" by European media that have been avidly tracking the bespectacled clergyman's lavish lifestyle, Tebartz-van Elst was suspended from his post by Pope Francis on Wednesday in a clear sign that the new pontiff is serious about diverting resources from the "princes of the church" to the paupers in its congregations.
October 11, 2013 |
Koa Farmer took over at quarterback in the third quarter and led Notre Dame to a 31-21 victory over Bishop Amat in tonight's Serra League opener in Sherman Oaks. Farmer scampered 24 yards for the clinching touchdown with 1:31 left and he also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Grant Kraemer, who appeared to injure his shoulder running for a two-point conversion on Notre Dame's first drive of the second half. Notre Dame's defense forced three turnovers, intercepting Bishop Amat quarterback Koa Haynes twice and stripping him of the ball late in the fourth quarter.