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April 2, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Only a decade ago, Christian social conservatives were a commanding force in American politics. They helped elect one of their own, George W. Bush, to two terms. They were a cornerstone of a GOP coalition that appeared to hold a permanent electoral majority. But today, the movement has lost its momentum - in part because one of its assets has become a liability. It used to be that when Republicans wanted to increase conservative voter turnout, all they had to do was put same-sex marriage on the ballot.
March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In a consolation game of the Boras Classic on Monday, Scott Hurst had three RBIs and Christian Moya contributed three hits in Bishop Amat's 9-1 win over San Fernando. Cypress defeated Grossmont, 7-1. Isaiah Parra had a home run and James Acuna struck out six in six innings. Great Oak defeated Gardena Serra, 12-3. Brandon Stewart had two hits. In the final game of the first round for the championshp bracket, San Dimas defeated Aliso Niguel, 3-2. Josh Avila struck out three and walked none in six innings.
March 28, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Whenever Hollywood makes a movie from a well-loved story or saga - Batman, Tolkien, "50 Shades of Grey" - there's usually a period of ... well ... let's call it adjustment , along with a "spirited" give-and-take among fans over such things as casting, content and approach. Usually, though, the material's devotees don't believe the filmmakers will burn in hell if their ideas are ignored. (OK ... maybe the Dark Knight crowd does. We all know they can get a little intense.) But that's precisely the belief with "Noah," Darren Aronofsky's $130-million retelling of the Old Testament account of apocalyptic deluge and a floating ark that opens on March 28. The same people who gripe that Hollywood never makes any faith-based movies are complaining because Hollywood has gone and made a religious movie, albeit one that might not be as literal-minded as they'd like.
March 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Amid a rising tide of biblical movies this year, the Christian drama "Left Behind," starring Nicolas Cage, has been set for release Oct. 3 by Stoney Lake Entertainment, according to a Variety report. Based on the popular book series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, "Left Behind" is set on a commercial airliner in the immediate aftermath of the Rapture, in which millions of Christians have been transported to heaven while the rest of the world is plunged into chaos. Cage plays Ray Steele, a pilot trying to calm his hysterical passengers, land his damaged plane and get back to his family.
March 26, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Dita Von Teese, Emmy Rossum, Camilla Belle, Liz Goldwyn and Alessandra Ambrosio toasted springtime on Thursday afternoon at the Chateau Marmont at a luncheon hosted by Christian Louboutin . But the real guest of honor was a handbag, Louboutin's new Passage handbag, to be exact. The bag is sleek and graphic with an arch-shaped metal handle designed after the archways above the designer's first store, which opened in 1991 in  Paris' Passage Véro-Dodat .  After sipping pink Champagne in the garden, where a florist was busy twisting orchids, daisies and roses into flower crowns for everyone to wear, guests adjourned to a table covered in even more beautiful spring blooms.
March 19, 2014
Re "North Korea 2014 meets Rome AD 65," Opinion, March 14 One further parallel between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Rome's Nero is that both of them are infamous for their persecution and slaughter of Christians. This fact doesn't outrage many in our "polite society" who seem so willing to ignore it. James Stickley Pomona ALSO: Letters: Bringing an L.A. park back to life Letters: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a justice for all Letters: Common Core is about teaching students to think
March 14, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Eventually, the idea that it's OK to be against gay marriage because of your religious beliefs is going to seem as silly as opposing interracial marriage because you weren't raised that way. Eventually gay marriage will be as normal as interracial marriage, which, don't forget, was  illegal in many states until 1967 . Even conservatives, despite the pronouncements of party elders, are coming around. Last week at the CPAC conference, the generational divide was on vivid display.
March 12, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Before the Mount St. Mary's University men's basketball team faced Brigham Young University earlier this season, Jamion Christian didn't have any problem picking his role on the scout team offense. The coach wanted to be BYU scoring machine Tyler Haws. “So I could get a lot of shots up,” the 31-year-old Christian said in a telephone interview. Playing on the scout team is one of the advantages of being the fifth-youngest Division I-A coach. The hands-on approach in Christian's second season leading the Emmitsburg, Md., school resulted in an NCAA tournament berth Tuesday night after winning the Northeast Conference tournament.
March 7, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's have won their arbitration cases against the CIF Southern Section and will remain in their current sports areas for the upcoming re-leaguing cycle from 2014-18, according to the decision announced Friday by a retired judge. It will force the schools in the Northern Area, Mt. SAC and parochial areas to meet again and restart their re-leaguing process. Those areas already had created new leagues without the four schools.
March 6, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
The Sunset Strip isn't exactly the place where religious values have flourished, but back in the 1970s, it was home to the nation's first Christian nightclub. The spot was called Right On, and it was described in an Aug 19, 1971, story in The Times . It had a neon sign and was “psychedelically decorated,” but beyond that it probably didn't have much in common with its Strip neighbors. The clientele were “clean-cut, finely pressed, hair in place, mother's dream, Orange County safe, and even bushy-tailed,” reporter Alan Cartnal wrote.
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