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August 19, 2000 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO and HECTOR BECERRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The parishioners of Fullerton's St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church don't know whether it was a hate crime that gutted their sanctuary Thursday. The fire is the second at the church in four months. But to the many people whose history is inextricably tied to the church, it hardly matters--it hurts all the same. "I went to grade school here. I had my sacraments here. I was married here," said Diane McCard, weeping outside the fire-raked church as her husband and 4-year-old daughter stood near.
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August 18, 2000 | THUY-DOAN LE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Arson is suspected in a fire that gutted a Fullerton church Thursday, the second blaze to strike the church in four months. Officials at St. Philip Benizi Church declared the sanctuary to be a total loss. A dozen firefighting vehicles responded to the four-alarm fire at 235 S. Pine St. The blaze was reported at the back of the sanctuary at 2:21 p.m. and was contained at 3:22 p.m.
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August 14, 2000 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Not everyone in the predominantly Latino east and west Old Towne neighborhoods is happy about a plan to reopen the doors of St. Isidore Catholic Church as a community center. The church was closed last year after church officials found that the 77-year-old building would be unsafe in an earthquake. The officials estimated that retrofitting would cost $300,000. The Comite de Amore (Committee of Love) is working on a proposal to lease the building with an option to buy.
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August 8, 2000 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Comite del Amor (Committee of Love), which has been fighting to reopen St. Isidore Catholic Church, may soon have an opportunity to lease the building, with an option to buy. Though officials at the Diocese of Orange maintain that the building will not be reopened as a church, they have set an Oct. 1 deadline to reach an agreement to reopen the building to the community. "We've been having a series of meetings with the Comite [about the church]," Bishop Jaime Soto said.
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July 20, 2000 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Residents in the predominantly Latino east and west Old Towne neighborhoods say they have two problems with life in Los Alamitos: the loss of their church and the lack of a voice in city government. The proposed answers to their problems: a five-member Community Development and Human Services Commission and a six-member Neighborhood Council. The St.
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July 17, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has taken pastor Keith Page three years to reach this stage, to go from a tiny ministry to an enthusiastic weekly crowd of 1,800 Generation Xers rocking to a six-person band. At his Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, spiked hair, pierced eyebrows and loud music are the norm. Page, 35, is leading a cutting-edge congregation with a compelling blend of humor, hipness and humility. With his shaved head and silver hoop earrings, Page looks less like a preacher than a punk groupie.
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July 14, 2000 | ANDRE BRISCOE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After six months of tension with city officials, a church was granted a conditional use permit for a homeless shelter it plans to build on its property. Bible-toting supporters and homeless people living at the First Southern Baptist Church packed the council chamber Wednesday evening in a show of support for the cause and its leader, the Rev. Wiley Drake. Drake said he was "ecstatic" about the decision.
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