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January 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Why can't the Satanists be just a little more tasteful? There is no way the statue they've proposed for the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds is going to fly. Even if it does have wings. Does anybody anywhere want to have a 7-foot goat-headed, horned creature right out of the scary part of “Ghostbusters” staring at them when they walk across a deserted lawn at dusk? “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair, where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation,” said Lucien Greaves, a co-founder of the Satanic Temple , which is behind the unusual proposal.
January 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Holmes brothers, Darick, a junior, and Darnay, a freshman, appear to be leaving Oaks Christian. That's the conclusion of Coach Bill Redell, who said they had not officially checked out of school as of Tuesday but also were not there for the first day of the spring semester. Both are outstanding receiver-defensive backs. Darick came to Oaks Christian from Pasadena Muir. Their cousin is receiver Desean Holmes, who recently left Alemany for Muir. Newbury Park has been mentioned as a possible destination for the Holmes brothers.
January 6, 2014 | By David Ng
Conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Christian Tetzlaff have canceled their joint appearances scheduled for this weekend at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The three concerts, which are still scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, instead will feature conductor Edo de Waart and violinist Augustin Hadelich. The Los Angeles Philharmonic had originally been scheduled to perform Schoenberg's Violin Concerto as part of the program. The piece has been scratched and will be replaced with Beethoven's Violin Concerto.
January 2, 2014 | By Gina McIntyre
Sometimes, when adapting history for the big screen, a few fabrications are required. Take, for example, Irving Rosenfeld, the schlubby Bronx huckster Christian Bale plays in the period caper "American Hustle. " A consummate swindler with a fondness for jewel-toned velvet jackets and an outrageously bad toupee, the character is inspired by real-life con man Melvin Weinberg. But the actor is careful to point out that they are not the same person. "Mel would absolutely kick me ... if I ever said it was him," Bale, 39, said with a grin.
January 2, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Yogurtland Chief Executive Phillip Chang, founder of the Irvine-based self-serve yogurt chain, is relinquishing his head honcho post to concentrate on religious charity work. Chief Operating Officer Huntley Castner, who joined Yogurtland in 2011 from Panda Express parent Panda Restaurant Group, will step into Chang's shoes. In a statement, Yogurtland said Chang recently turned 50 and sought to “expand and deepen his focus on Christian mission activities.” Chang founded Yogurtland in 2006.
December 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Bennie Boatwright scored 38 points to help Village Christian stay unbeaten with an 82-54 win over Grant in the Chaminade tournament. Oaks Christian defeated Granada Hills Kennedy, 75-25. KJ Smith had 12 points and seven steals. No. 2 Etiwanda came up with two victories in Rancho Mirage. Jordan McLaughlin had 20 points and Dominick Alexander had 17, including four three-pointers, in a 64-51 win over Calabasas. In a 59-53 win over Washington Bellevue, McLauglin scored 22 points. Alex Copeland made a three-pointer with three seconds left to send the game into overtime, then Harvard-Westlake defeated Arizona Catalina Foothills, 80-65.
December 26, 2013 | By Michael McGough
One of the saddest unintended consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been the progressive de-Christianization of the country, home to churches that trace their lineage to the earliest days of the religion. In reporting on Christmas Day bombings in Christian areas of Baghdad, the New York Times noted that there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 but that the number is now half that. The attrition of the Christian population may not have been foreseen by President George W. Bush (who, ironically, was suspected by some Muslims of plotting a literal "crusade" in the region)
December 25, 2013 | By Laura King
KERDASA, Egypt - Three times a week without fail, the sound of ancient chants reverberates from the blackened walls of the Church of the Archangel Michael. Once aglow with precious icons and flickering candlelight, the Coptic church outside Cairo now stands nearly bare, looted and burned by an angry mob more than four months ago. In this holiday season, many Copts, adherents of one of the oldest Christian sects, see Egypt's turbulent times as a test of their faith. Although the country as a whole has been roiled by violent political upheaval, its Coptic minority feels particularly imperiled, as do many fellow Christians elsewhere in the Middle East.
December 25, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The State Department condemned twin Christmas Day attacks on Christians in Iraq that killed at least 37 people. One car bomb, which killed at least 26 people, went off near a church in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad during Christmas Mass. Another bomb exploded in an outdoor market in another nearby Christian neighborhood, killing 11. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad said the Christian community in Iraq “has suffered deliberate and senseless targeting by terrorists for many years, as have other Iraqis.” It said it “condemns in the strongest terms” the attacks.
December 20, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Quarterback Brandon Jones has thrown a five-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Kuchta and run for a two-yard score to give Bakersfield Christian a 14-10 lead over Modesto Central Catholic through one quarter of play in the CIF state Division IV championship bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson. Jared Rice returned a fumble 22 yards to tie the game midway through the quarter and Kenny Smart booted a 30-yard field goal with 46 seconds left to pull Central Catholic within four points.  
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