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OPINION
February 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Of course the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and several religious groups sued L.A. County. Why wouldn't they? County supervisors voted last month to add a Christian cross, an unmistakable symbol of one religious faith, to the county seal, an official symbol of government. Blending the Christian symbol into the government one signals an impermissible intertwining of church and state. It practically begs for a lawsuit. Now what's this going to cost us in legal fees?
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Amy Adams is scrolling through pictures on her mobile phone, looking for a selfie she sent fiancé Darren Le Gallo while making "American Hustle. " "There," she says, handing the phone off. On screen is a picture of Adams, without makeup, her eyes as red as her hair. "I sent this to him with the message: 'So this is my day. How's yours going?'" Adams took the shot midway through the 16-hour marathon she spent filming a scene in which her character, Sydney, a steely, sexy con artist, confronts her lover, Irving (Christian Bale)
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Scott Hurst, an assistant coach at Corona, has been selected to be head coach at North Hills Heritage Christian (formerly L.A. Baptist). Hurst is a former Ontario Christian head coach and also was an assistant at Village Christian. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
February 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Oaks Christian Coach Bill Redell, known for hiring top assistant coaches, has hired former Loyola High and Cal State Northridge Coach Jeff Kearin as his defensive coordinator and former UCLA receiver Mike Sherrard as his offensive coordinator. Another hire is former Oaks Christian assistant Clay Matthews, who is returning to be the associate director of football operations and work with the freshman-sophomore team and varsity when he's not going to watch his sons, Clay and Casey, play in NFL games.
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Sun Valley Village Christian played Florida's Montverde Academy on Jan. 16, losing, 96-46. Montverde was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Now the Crusaders face unbeaten Santa Ana Mater Dei on Friday at Mater Dei. The Monarchs are ranked No. 1 by several publications. So Coach Jon Shaw of Village Christian should be able to answer the question afterward, "Who's better _ Montverde or Mater Dei?" Also, Village Christian has announced that Bryan Alberts, the Crusaders' standout point guard who has missed the entire season while recuperating from a knee injury, is scheduled to return on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By James Barragan
Everyone in metropolitan Detroit knows who the Chaldeans are. They came to the Motor City in droves during the 1920s, lured by high wages at Henry Ford's automobile plants. Since then, they have grown to a population of more than 120,000 in Detroit - the largest in any area outside their native Iraq - and hold substantial clout in the area's business and political circles. Now, two competing organizations want everyone in California to know the ethnic group, which is united by its Christian faith, Aramaic language and entrepreneurial zeal.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
On Thursday, Amazon announced the launch of its 15th imprint, Waterfall Press. Waterfall Press will specialize in Christian nonfiction and fiction. Amazon's release notes that in 2014, Waterfall Press will publish both fiction and nonfiction, but its lead titles are all nonfiction. They include "The Four Best Places to Live" by Mark Buchanan, "When You Need a Miracle" by Cherie Hill, who has reached bestseller lists as a self-published author, and "The Quiet Revolution: An Active Faith That Transforms Lives and Communities" by Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush.
SPORTS
January 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Mark Bates, a former head coach at L.A. Baptist who has been the top assistant at Oaks Christian, has been hired as the football coach at Sun Valley Village Christian.  Bates was a key figure at Oaks Christian during the reign of Bill Redell. "He'll do a great job," Oaks Christian Coach Bill Redell said. Bates was hired to be Village Christian's director of football operations and a dean. For 13 years, he was associate head coach at Oaks Christian and served both as offensive and defensive coordinator during his stay.
OPINION
January 10, 2014
Re "L.A. County seal again to feature a Christian cross," Jan. 8 In 2004, when the Board of Supervisors voted to remove the cross from the L.A. County seal, the Anti-Defamation League commended the supervisors "for showing respect for the diversity of the people of the community. " On Tuesday, the board reversed course, restoring the cross - universally recognized as the symbol of Christianity - to the seal. This act sends a divisive message: that the county officially endorses Christianity over other faiths.
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