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August 23, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
It is a clear day along the coast, but in a bungalow off the beach, Maher El Gohary sits behind a locked door with an open Bible and a crystal cross, suspicious of every voice and sandal scraping past outside. He and his daughter, Dina, live like refugees, switching apartments every few months, not wanting to get close to neighbors. Gohary's life has been threatened, his dogs have been killed, and it's been suggested that he's insane or possessed by spirits. He is a man this Muslim nation cannot fathom: a convert to Christianity.
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March 31, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
The three vanloads of college students had left the Northern California church seven hours earlier. Their 400-mile journey to the monastery in the middle of the Mojave Desert was almost completed. Two vans turned off Interstate 15, and it was just five miles down a dirt road until they would arrive at the St. Anthony Monastery in Yermo. They couldn't spot the third van, so they called their friends on a cell phone. When no one answered, the vans turned back to the highway.
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August 28, 1998 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bolstered resources, administrative efficiencies and diminishing demand have allowed the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Los Angeles to chip away at the nation's largest backlog of citizenship applicants, top INS officials said yesterday. "We are on the road to improvement," said INS Commissioner Doris Meissner during a visit to the agency headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.
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February 10, 1991 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Never have so many candidates, with so few votes, gotten so much attention. Joe Chavez, Louis Chitty III, Khalil Khalil, Jim Mihalka and Gonzalo Molina brought up the rear in last month's primary election for the 1st District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Together, they received 2,571 votes, little more than 3% of the ballots cast, and finished well behind Los Angeles City Councilwoman Gloria Molina and state Sen.
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January 15, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE
The San Fernando Interfaith Council will feature Christian and Muslim speakers, Hindu and Jewish performing arts and other events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday at Cal State Northridge. The event, "2000: Same Dream, New Voices," will showcase the Valley Hindu Temple Dancers, Cantor Patty Linsky of Temple Ahavat Shalom, the Interfaith Choir, the San Fernando Garden Project Drill Team and others. The Rev.
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February 6, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fate of a four-acre Northridge lot depends on bull sperm. If enough was generated there in the 1940s, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will be more likely to grant neighbors' wishes and designate the property a historic monument, blocking for at least a year construction of a 600-member church on the site, a commission spokeswoman said.
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October 15, 1992 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Hoda Salama traveled from Cairo last June to visit her daughter in the San Fernando Valley, she had no idea she would learn a lesson that could save her life. Salama, 51, was at the West Hills home of her daughter, Mai Rahimi, when a powerful temblor struck the Yucca Valley. The quake prompted much discussion in the Rahimi household about earthquake safety, and Salama listened with interest. But she never dreamed that she would ever need to practice what she had learned.
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July 10, 1999 | GENA PASILLAS
The Rev. Tari Lennon will continue her "It's About Time: Traveling Through the Millennium With the Christ" series with the message "Sex and the Church" at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday at Neighborhood Congregational Church. The sermon will discuss Christianity's historical separation of spirit from body, and God from human. Lennon will also lead a study group focusing on the book "Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool" from 7:15 to 8:45 Wednesdays in August.
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February 1, 1991 | KIRSTEN LEE SWARTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The old hall is just a dreary box of a building now, abandoned by carpenters who once held monthly union meetings there. The concrete structure, on Moorpark's Fremont Street where it dead-ends near a storage yard, seems an unlikely site for Mediterranean flair. But in the next few months, a small group of Egyptians wants to transform the one-acre lot, reconstructing the meeting hall into an oblong church "shaped like Noah's Ark," one member said.
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July 11, 1999 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two blazes deliberately set hours apart damaged a Roman Catholic church on the Westside of Los Angeles, authorities said Saturday. Firefighters managed to douse the blazes--one set late Friday and the other early Saturday--before they engulfed the entire facility, officials said. No injuries were reported at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 1241 S. Corning St., near the busy corner of Pico and La Cienega boulevards. The damage will probably exceed $200,000, said a shaken Father Patrick H.
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