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August 8, 1998 | Religion News Service
Jewish groups in Israel and the United States are demanding the removal of about 50 crosses placed by Polish Catholics outside the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. The Jewish groups say the crosses are an attempt to Christianize a place where more than 1 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Catholics say they, too, should be allowed to memorialize the members of their faith who died at Auschwitz, which is near the Polish town of Oswiecim.
July 22, 2010 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It used to be that a peach was a peach and a plum was a plum, and that was it. Now, however, breeders are coming up with complex hybrids between species, such as fruits that are a combination of peaches, apricots and plums, and cherries or nectarines and plums. Making these kinds of interspecific crosses opens up a promising range of possibilities for growers and consumers, but what to call the resulting fruits? No one really knows. We're in the initial stages of a paradigm shift in which names of fruit types are becoming unmoored from their genetics and are being chosen primarily for marketing and convenience.
September 19, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A rusty, 12-foot cross that shone as a beacon in northeast Pasadena for decades -- until its church was sold -- has found a new home where it will loom even higher. Its new owner is Father Patrick Brennan, who leads spiritual retreats from a mountainside center in Sierra Madre. The center is about 2,000 feet above sea level, said Brennan of his Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center. "We can put it up on the mountain and it will still have an impact.
January 10, 1993
A large cross covered with derogatory and threatening remarks was found erected in the front lawn of a black man's Lancaster home, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. The wooden cross, described as 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, was discovered by a 70-year-old man about 7 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Gil Arce said. "The victim said he had no idea who would do that," said Arce, who described the incident as rare and random.
A cross etched into a glass panel that came crashing down around the altar during last year's Northridge earthquake has risen again at Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church. In time for Easter services today, a 6-foot-4-inch cross recreated from the jagged fragments was lifted into place and bolted onto a wooden cruciform by church members straining under the weight.
June 9, 2004 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
More than 700 people packed the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to chastise lawmakers for voting to erase a small cross from the county's official seal. The board's decision, made last week after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue on the grounds that the seal represents an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity, unleashed a loud backlash as thousands of people called the supervisors or fired off e-mail messages objecting to the cross' removal.
November 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Michigan-based law center has started a national petition drive to obtain memorial status for a 43-foot cross posted on city parkland in San Diego. The Thomas More Law Center began that effort Thursday to urge federal officials to deem the Mt. Soledad Veterans War Memorial a national memorial. San Diego voters defeated a ballot proposition this month that would have allowed the city to auction off the land and charge the purchaser with determining the fate of the cross.
In the latest in a series of feline mutilations, police are investigating the death of a black cat strapped to a wooden cross on the lawn of a house on Kings Place, overlooking Newport Harbor. Sgt. Andy Gonis, a police spokesman, said Tuesday that a detective has been assigned to the case and that Orange County Animal Control officials will perform a necropsy to determine how the cat was killed. The procedure should take about a week.
August 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Conservative Roman Catholics have erected 10 more wooden crosses next to the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, despite calls by church officials for them to stop. The new crosses were set up before a Mass celebrated at Auschwitz in memory of the Rev. Maksymilian Kolbe, a priest who took the place of an Auschwitz prisoner and was killed by the Nazis in 1941.
December 29, 1992 | Associated Press
A Ku Klux Klan official said Monday that he wants everyone charged with toppling or damaging wooden crosses that the group erected on a downtown public square to be prosecuted. "I want them all prosecuted eventually for criminal damaging and civil rights charges," said Ron Lee, vice president of the U.S. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in nearby Hamilton, Ohio. Protesters on Monday knocked down the third cross the klan has erected since Dec. 21.
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