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May 10, 1989 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Times Staff Writer
An 11-year-old boy was in good condition Tuesday after being airlifted from his home in the San Bernardino Mountains for a court-ordered blood transfusion that his parents opposed because of their religious convictions. Gary and Jan Rossi, Jehovah's Witnesses who opposed the transfusion for their son Brian, were at the boy's bedside at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Tuesday. Brian Rossi suffers from aplastic anemia, a condition in which the bone marrow fails to produce blood cells needed to fight infection and support other vital functions.
April 12, 1990
Actress Marla Gibbs' Crossroads Arts Academy has purchased the Leimert theater complex in Leimert Park from the Jehovah's Witnesses for $3.2 million and will convert the site into a playhouse and concert hall, academy officials have announced. The complex, on 43rd Place near Leimert Boulevard, includes what will be an 800-seat main stage and an adjacent property with a 99-seat theater, classrooms, a restaurant and banquet hall.
In the end, the religious faith that could have killed William Jennings saved his life. The 44-year-old computer programmer was suffering from liver failure when doctors told him his only hope of living longer than six months was a transplant. Such operations are notoriously difficult and messy, however--sometimes requiring up to 80 pints of donated blood. And Jennings is a devout Jehovah's Witness whose beliefs prohibit a single drop of another person's blood from entering his body.
April 21, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
The San Fernando Valley's first cultural center--a 2,865-seat theater-in-the-round built 25 years ago in Woodland Hills to showcase Broadway musicals--may soon be torn down to make way for an apartment project, officials said Thursday. A religious group that uses the defunct Valley Music Theater as a meeting hall is selling the dome-shaped building to a developer who plans to construct 350 rental units in its place. The Valley Circuit of Jehovah's Witnesses will move from the distinctive circular structure at 20600 Ventura Blvd.
June 15, 1985 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
Giovanni Gaitan and Alejo Sevilla wear their Sandinista army uniforms unwillingly, pants and sleeves rolled up in stubborn protest. According to their mothers, the two youths have been ridiculed, beaten and marched into combat zones with their hands tied. Gaitan and Sevilla are Jehovah's Witnesses, the Brooklyn-based Christian sect whose aggressive proselytizing emphasizes predictions of a coming Armageddon. For them and other Nicaraguan members of the sect, these are distressing times.
June 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
The government has banned the Mormon Church and Jehovah's Witnesses and given their missionaries one week to leave Ghana. The government of Flight Lt. Jerry Rawlings, in a statement Wednesday carried on state-run Accra Radio, accused the two groups of disturbing public order and threatening Ghana's sovereignty. It said the government had canceled residence permits for foreign missionaries and other workers with the Mormon Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses. Their churches were ordered closed.
March 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Moscow court has banned the religious activities of Jehovah's Witnesses from Russia's capital in a move critics called a step back for religious freedom. Prosecutors said the Jehovah's Witnesses group destroys families and fosters hatred. Golovinsky District Court on Friday barred the group in Moscow under a provision that lets courts ban religious groups thought to incite hatred or intolerance.
April 15, 1989 | NANCY RAY, Times Staff Writer
The tension filling the hearing room seemed out of place with the calm, factual presentations of the spokesmen for a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation and for the residents of an unincorporated pocket of land near Escondido. The issue before the county's Planning and Environmental Review Board was clear: Would the construction of a 500-seat kingdom hall by the religious group severely affect the rural residential neighborhood wedged between the southeast outskirts of Escondido and the northern city limits of San Diego.
March 12, 1989
As the subject of the article, "Woman Hurt by Tree Limb Gets $150,000" (The Times, Feb. 23), I would like to point out a section that implies an incident that never really happened. Your paper stated my surgery was successful because my "own blood was saved for transfusion." The implication was that I or my surgeon had saved my blood for a potential transfusion. This was not the case. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, my religious beliefs forbid the transfusion of blood in any form.
October 5, 1986 | From Reuters
A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses religious sect was jailed for five years here Friday for refusing to serve in the army, legal sources said. Ivan Cecko, 30, told a military court that he could not violate his beliefs and become a soldier, his lawyer said.
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