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March 29, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO - It was only fitting that in Stanley Johnson's final game as a Mater Dei Monarch, he got to show off his skills in an NBA arena, because that's where he figures to be hanging out in a few years. On Saturday night, he became the first player in California history to win four upper-division state championships, scoring 25 points and contributing eight assists in Santa Ana Mater Dei's 71-61 victory over Oakland Bishop O'Dowd in the Open Division final at Sleep Train Arena.
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
VATICAN CITY - President Obama visited Pope Francis for the first time Thursday, a meeting the White House hoped would amplify the two men's shared concern about economic inequality rather than the president's conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy at home. Obama introduced himself to Francis as a "great admirer. " The pope has become internationally popular as he has shed some of the lavish trappings of the papacy and focused his teachings on caring for the poor. Obama has sought to borrow some of that goodwill for the new pope to help promote his own effort to reduce income inequality in the United States.
March 26, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The cleric who became known as the "bishop of bling" has been removed from his ministry in Limburg, Germany, thanks to the conspicuously frugal Pope Francis. The Vatican has accepted Monsignor Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst's resignation, according to news reports. The announcement caps off the controversy swirling around the bishop over the $43 million spent on his residence complex in Limburg. As the Los Angeles Times' Carol Williams reported in November, Tebartz-van Elst broke the budget for renovations, overspending by 800% on items including a $20,000 bathtub, $620,000 in artwork and $1.1 million for landscaping.
March 22, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Bishop Montgomery made the most of its return trip to the Southern California Regional Division IV championship game. After falling short in their bid to reach the state final last year, the Knights played with poise and purpose throughout Saturday's 66-56 victory over Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Colony High. Bishop Montgomery will play Moreau Catholic at noon next Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.  Stephen Thompson scored 26 points and Justin Bibbins added 17 points and six assists for the second-seeded Knights (27-6)
March 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The state CIF has rejected a bid by Oakland Bishop O'Dowd's girls' basketball team to be included in the state playoffs after the team was disqualified from the North Coast Section playoffs for violating a section rule in scheduling too many games .  In a statement released Wednesday, the CIF office said, "As the CIF has previously stated, teams can only qualify for and advance to the CIF state tournament through their respective section playofs....
February 26, 2014
Re "Arizona bill under fire from business," Feb. 23 What an amazing revelation: Four Roman Catholic bishops in Arizona are asking the faithful to support legislation that will give business owners the right to refuse service to customers who happen to be gay. Obviously these bishops did not read Pope Francis' "who am I to judge" memo. That, or perhaps they yearn for the days when business owners routinely refused to serve Americans of color as well as Catholics and Jews. In those days, property owners often included racial and religious covenants in their deeds to prevent their property from ever being sold to Americans of color or to Catholics or Jews.
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's going to be a long time before someone comes along to equal the success story of David Berg, the former Bishop Amat pitcher and A student who walked on at UCLA and became one of the college baseball's best relief pitchers with his sidearm delivery. Berg, now a junior, has picked up where he left off last season after helping the Bruins win a national championship. In three games, he hasn't allowed any runs while allowing one hit in 6 1/3 innings. Every save he gets he increases his own school record.
February 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Bishop Montgomery and USC pitcher Bill Bordley is one of the newest inductees for the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Bordley, a 1976 Bishop Montgomery grad, was an outstanding left-handed pitcher. In two years at USC, he went 26-2 with a 2.58 ERA. He led Bishop Montgomery to a section title in 1975, going 16-1 with an 0.45 ERA.  
February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 La Puente Bishop Amat has agreed to make its way to Texas on Sept. 5 to play defending Class 4A-Division II champion Aledo in an 8 p.m. game. Aledo set a national record for scoring in 2013, becoming the first high school team to score more than 1,000 points in a season. For those planning a trip to Aledo, here's the link to a rundown on the city.  
January 30, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The only real response to a thuddingly unfunny vigilante satire like "May I Kill U" is, "Well, I hope that filmmaker got something out of his system. " Writer-director Stuart Urban's movie introduces us to bicycle cop Baz (Kevin Bishop), who doesn't have the best response to getting hit on the head by looters during 2011 riots in London: He quickly decides to start murdering transgressors, filming his deeds with his helmet-cam, then uploading the footage so he can become a death-wish social media darling.
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