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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.
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.
September 3, 1988
In response to "The Pledge Gibberish" (editorial, Aug. 28): A presidential candidate who ignores the law in this one matter has indeed committed himself to ignore the Constitution in another and closely related matter, the recitation of prayers in public schools. One June 14, 1954, the words "under God" were inserted into the pledge, making it obnoxious not just to Jehovah's Witnesses, who brought forth the 1943 decision against enforced saying of the pledge, but also for those millions of Americans who do not have any god or do not accept the idea that our nation is somehow "under" one. In 1954 Congress passed a law "respecting the establishment of religion," in direct violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
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.
September 10, 1988 | From Religious News Service
In light of the presidential campaign debate over whether reciting the Pledge of Allegiance should be required in public schools, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has pointed out that forced recitations of the pledge were outlawed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1943. Vice President George Bush and other GOP politicians have criticized Massachusetts Gov. Michael S.
June 29, 1989
A City Council committee cleared the way Wednesday for leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses to continue negotiations to sell a landmark Woodland Hills auditorium to an apartment developer. The council's Planning and Environment Committee overturned a ruling by the Planning Commission and determined that the city had erred in drawing a zoning map for the site stipulating what kind of development will be permitted on the property. The boundary in error showed that the developer would be restricted to building 280 to 300 apartments instead of a proposed 350-unit complex at the site of the former Valley Music Theater, 20600 Ventura Blvd.
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