August 8, 2013 |
Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action. On July 25, 300 evangelical Christians from 27 states had 110 meetings with their mostly Republican representatives on Capitol Hill to ask them to let personal faith replace political fear. Republican leaders told us we represented a "new factor" in the debate on immigration, a grass-roots constituency for reform that can influence the political right.
July 31, 2013 |
The free-form documentary "The Gardener" takes acclaimed, exiled Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf ("Kandahar") and son Maysam to Israel to investigate the 170-year-old Bahai faith, which - although based in Haifa - has its roots in Persia. Unfortunately, the elder Makhmalbaf, who wrote and directed, puts many spins on this ethereal mood piece - it is by turns poetic, impressionistic, metaphorical and even a bit trippy - without satisfying such genre basics as structure, depth and resolution.
July 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Monday urged Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to approach renewed peace talks “in good faith," saying the effort getting underway in Washington was “both possible and necessary,” although it faces formidable obstacles. As representatives arrived to begin opening conversations, Obama said the first meeting between two Israeli and two Palestinian officials at the State Department on Monday evening was “a promising step forward, though hard work and hard choices remain ahead.” He said he hoped both sides would approach the talks “in good faith and with sustained focus and determination,” adding that the United States will support them throughout the negotiations.
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July 19, 2013 |
About the time when Dr. Ronald Gilbert became a parent 20 years ago, his Jewish faith deepened and he slowly became Orthodox. The Orange County urologist and his family eventually moved from Tustin to Huntington Harbour so they could more easily observe the Sabbath by walking to their temple, Chabad of West Orange County. Gilbert was known to dispense caring advice - medical and otherwise - to those who asked, and rabbis called him a tzaddik , or righteous man. "I said, 'I think we should come up with a new term and put it in the Yiddish dictionary with his picture by it, and we should call it a 'super-mensch' or a 'Ronald Gilbert mensch' or something and distinguish it from all the other mensches," his brother Glenn Gilbert recalled, using the Yiddish word for a person of integrity and honor.
July 12, 2013 |
PONTEVEDRA, Spain - Galicia, the Atlantic-splashed left shoulder of Spain, grabbed my attention with photos of spectacular scenery and tempting cuisine. But truth be told, I wanted to see something more: the region's Sotomayor Castle, a medieval fortress that bears my surname. I wanted to brag a bit about having spent a night at "my castle. " Like many Americans, I'm delving into my family's genealogy, and although our roots are proudly anchored in Mexico, I found it fun to explore the origins of the Sotomayor name in Galicia on a six-day visit.
July 7, 2013 |
Alfonso Lopez left Mexico 26 years ago. But he didn't leave behind his passion for the Mexican national soccer team. "It's my country. It's my team," he said Sunday, speaking in Spanish from his seat near midfield at the Rose Bowl, where Mexico met Panama on the opening day of the biennial Gold Cup. "This is a chance to feel close to home, close to my roots. " The game didn't provide much of a chance to celebrate though, with Mexico's young "B" team losing a sloppy and mistake-filled 2-1 decision.
July 6, 2013 |
By one admittedly imperfect measure, Josh Hamilton is the most popular player in baseball history. Hamilton got a record 11 million votes in All-Star balloting last year. No one has attracted so many votes - not Ken Griffey Jr., not Albert Pujols, not Ichiro Suzuki. From coast to coast, the fans wanted to see Hamilton. This year, they don't. The All-Star game will go on without him. "I never want to go unless I deserve to go," he said. "Obviously, this year, as far as the numbers go, I don't deserve to go. "I'll take that time and reboot and re-energize and spend time with the family, and just forget about baseball for three or four days.
July 5, 2013 |
TARRAGONA, Spain - Despite his nation's deep rift with the West, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can count on one comrade to argue his case behind enemy lines: a multilingual Westerner who is as much at home in Pyongyang's secretive halls of power as he is in Silicon Valley or his hometown on the Spanish Riviera. Alejandro Cao de Benos, a 38-year-old aristocrat from Spain's Catalonia region, is believed to be the highest-ranking foreigner working for the North Korean government.
July 3, 2013 |
Major League Baseball's decision to terminate a veteran umpire last month after a reported positive drug test stirs questions about the consequences of sports' arbiters slipping to possible outcome-altering temptation. "Just because you're a sports official at the highest level doesn't mean you don't have troubles," said Barry Mano, president of the National Assn. of Sports Officials. "We pride ourselves on who we are - people of integrity with high values and strong character. "It doesn't mean there aren't missteps or wrong decisions.
July 2, 2013 |
Dustin DeFord grew up knowing God and fire. He was raised in a tiny town in southeastern Montana by a Baptist pastor who volunteered for the local fire department. Surrounded by teenagers and toddlers, Dustin - the fifth of 10 children - was always loud and in motion, roughhousing with his seven brothers and sprinting during playtime. Residents of Ekalala, a town of fewer than 400 people, and friends from church helped raise the family. “Even into his 20s, he was an innocent boy who never grew up,” his mother, Celeste DeFord, told The Times.