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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A code enforcement task force inspecting the grounds of First Southern Baptist Church on Thursday found no tents for the homeless, but that might not end a long-running dispute between the pastor and the city, officials said. The church and a population of about 20 homeless people who were living on its grounds were warned after an inspection in June by the Neighborhood Improvement Task Force that camping violates the city's zoning code. But the Rev. Wiley S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1997 | JEFF KASS
The Rev. Wiley S. Drake, who was convicted of illegally sheltering homeless people, will be allowed to open his church doors to an unlimited number of needy individuals during the holiday season, a judge said Monday. Fullerton Municipal Judge Gregg L. Prickett made his ruling at a probation "progress hearing" to monitor operations at the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park.
NEWS
May 11, 1988 | Associated Press
A fire Tuesday caused extensive damage to a 12th-Century church that had been partially destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666, which destroyed half of London. The church was rebuilt in 1676 by famed architect Christopher Wren. The three-hour blaze Tuesday destroyed most of the roof and a four-story belltower at the St. Mary-at-Hill church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY
A fire in the steeple of a Van Nuys church caused minor damage to the structure, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said. Welders repairing iron works in the steeple of Community Bible Church on Saturday inadvertently left embers that ignited the blaze Sunday morning, department spokesman Bob Collis said. The fire was reported at just before 8 a.m. and was extinguished within 15 minutes, he said. "Plumbers and welders keep us in business, unbeknownst to them," Collis said.
NEWS
March 3, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"If you build it, he will come." That promise by a voice from above in the movie "Field of Dreams" is all that one American farmer, a baseball fanatic, needs to hear. He plows under the corn, builds a diamond, and, lo, pretty soon it's ghostly time to play ball. Life imitating art? Listen to this.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Emerson Unitarian Church will break ground Sunday for its new church. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at 7304 Jordan Ave. in Canoga Park. Church officials say that construction is expected to be completed in the fall. The one-story, 3,700-square-foot stucco building will also house a social hall, church officials said. The plans call for another structure of about the same size that officials said will house a day-care program and administrative offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Mary Immaculate Catholic parish is seeking alumni, former religion students and past parishioners to participate in a series of events related to the January dedication of its new church and school buildings, church officials said. "We want to get as many people as we can who have a connection here," said Julia Cardoso, administrator at Mary Immaculate. "We're planning an enormous dedication and we want to include our past parishioners and students."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1999 | Associated Press
A Baptist congregation has decided to sever ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after years of unhappiness over the denomination's increasingly conservative policies. Members of Wake Forest Baptist Church voted in January to end its affiliation with the convention, but the congregation did not make the vote public until Tuesday because of recent publicity over its stand on same-sex ceremonies. "We wanted the community to know where we stand," said the Rev.
WORLD
September 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Parts of a church dating to the Byzantine era have been uncovered in southern Jordan, an archeologist said. "A big mosaic floor, an altar and pillars ... built between 400 and 600 A.D. have recently been unearthed," Hamad Qatameen said. Qatameen said the church was in Dhat Ras village near Karak, 93 miles south of Amman, Jordan's capital. He said the find was still under excavation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1995 | MIMI KO
In a change of policy, the city has decided to allow churches to apply for permits to operate in a downtown area where they have not been allowed since 1984. The city banned churches from the Central Business District, the goal was to attract occupants to the 12-block downtown area that would produce sales tax revenue. In addition, businesses had complained over the years that churches create parking problems.
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