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OPINION
April 26, 2007
Re "Vatican panel condemns limbo to eternal dustbin," April 21 Let me get this straight: Limbo refers to "a state of natural happiness," and it was time for the Catholic Church to decide that babies who die unbaptized or aborted are not doomed to a state of natural happiness. They now have the opportunity, like the rest of us, to go to heaven. I can't speak for everyone, but I'm thrilled. Sarcasm aside, wake me up when the church acknowledges that the kingdom of heaven is within -- and when it devotes itself to assisting individuals to be healthy enough to pursue a relationship with divine will, instead of to building bigger cathedrals and sending out updated bulletins on who gets to go to heaven.
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WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
NOVOFEDOROVKA, Ukraine - As Crimea was declaring its independence from Ukraine on Monday and looking forward to once again becoming part of mother Russia, thousands of Ukrainian servicemen stationed on the peninsula were pondering hard options and awaiting instructions from Kiev. If some Crimeans were jubilant over the results of a Sunday referendum backing independence, the members of the Ukrainian brigade with a navy air unit stationed in this small town were full of concerns. They faced options that could forever change their families' lives, leaving some to choose whether to betray their homeland, their oath of allegiance and their officers' honor, said Col. Igor Bedzay, the unit commander.
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SPORTS
September 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 David Lemoto, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior lineman at L.A. Cathedral, has not played this season and there's uncertainty whether he'll ever get on the field for the Phantoms. He has attended Crespi, Cleveland and Canoga Park. He transferred to Cathedral during the summer, but Canoga Park challenged his eligibility, and Cathedral won't allow him to play until questions are resolved so that the team won't have to forfeit a game if he's declared ineligible. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
WORLD
January 31, 2014 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - Before serving as an interpreter for the U.S. military, Shafiq Nazari passed exhaustive background checks by U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The military trusted him enough to issue him an automatic rifle. He has fired it during several firefights with insurgents, fighting shoulder to shoulder with U.S. soldiers and Marines on about 200 combat missions in Afghanistan. Nazari, 38, a compact man with short-cropped hair and a trim black beard, has been issued a badge that gives him free run of a high-security U.S. base in downtown Kabul, where he translates for U.S. military advisors.
OPINION
February 13, 2006
ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION to what's been happening to hell in recent years has surely realized that limbo was not long for this world -- or the next one. Limbo is the nether region where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, unbaptized babies go after death. It's a pleasant enough place, though devoid of the bliss of God's presence. But now its future is in peril. A group of Vatican theological advisors signaled after a recent meeting that they would recommend eliminating the concept of limbo.
NEWS
May 7, 1990 | BILL HIGGINS
When the Spinsters started doing the limbo, their 64th annual ball became a very, very good party. It was just past midnight Friday at the Beverly Hilton when the calypso-themed gala shifted into high gear. The steel band was blasting, twentysomething men in white-tie and dexterous, intrepid women in strapless gowns were navigating their way under the limbo pol. Then the party let loose with the energy expected on a Caribbean cruise where passengers hijack the Love Boat.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
AOL Inc. on Friday plans to lay off 350 employees who work for the tech company's Patch local news websites, Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong said in a conference call with AOL staff. An additional 150 workers could lose their jobs by October, but are being retained temporarily while Armstrong searches for ways to inject outside money into the not-yet-profitable operation. AOL has Patch websites for 900 communities. Armstrong has said 60% of them do well. The 40% of them that don't are being shuttered or are in limbo.
SPORTS
October 25, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
These could be Royce White's final NBA stats: two teams, zero minutes played. In what may go down as one of the saddest stories involving a first-round draft pick not named Len Bias, White has been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers after playing in five exhibition games. His release comes after never having played for the Houston Rockets, the team that selected him 16th overall in the 2012 draft and later traded him to the 76ers following a season that included a suspension and a stint in the Development League.
NEWS
May 7, 1989 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
Although he has lived in Britain since he was 4, St. Lucia-born Bruce Gill still considers the Caribbean island of his birth a kind of spiritual home, a place perhaps to go back to one day. But for his younger, British-born brothers and sisters, there is no question of "going back" anywhere. "They were born and raised here, but when asked if they are British, they always pause," said Gill, 35, who works as a school inspector for the Inner London Education Authority. "If pressed, they say yes, because it's all they know."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
John Patrick Shanley is an American Gorky. The lower depths are his warm swimming pool. There is nothing he understands better than desperation, no one he writes better about than the beaten-down. Denise Savage (Laurie O'Brien) is his "Savage in Limbo," the central figure in a frequently funny surrealist metaphor written by Shanley and directed by Roxanne Rogers at the Cast Theatre.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
The law enforcement leader many expected would replace Sheriff Lee Baca when he steps down next week does not have the required credentials, complicating the job of Los Angeles County supervisors who must pick an interim sheriff. When Baca unexpectedly announced his plans to drop his reelection bid and retire at the end of this month, he recommended that supervisors appoint Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald to run the department until voters select a permanent sheriff later this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | Soumya Karlamangla
When Alva Alvarez gets sick, she buys over-the-counter medicine from the grocery and takes as much as she can until she feels better. The mother of five resorts to this because she can't afford a visit to the doctor to figure out what's ailing her. Although scenarios like this are supposed to disappear as millions of Americans become newly insured under the national healthcare law, Alvarez's situation isn't likely to improve and could get worse....
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Ugh ... When will this end? After a new posting system was officially implemented by Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball, prized right-hander Masahiro Tanaka met Tuesday morning with the president of his team. The anticipated resolution of the question of where Tanaka would play next season wasn't reached, according to multiple Japanese news reports. Tanaka told Rakuten President Yozo Tachibana he wants to pitch in the major leagues next season. Tachibana asked him to remain with the Golden Eagles, who are the defending NPB champion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Just north of the big hotels along bustling Century Boulevard east of LAX lie the remains of Manchester Square. Once a thriving community with its own elementary school, the working-class neighborhood that sprang up in the postwar building boom is now an urban void of unkempt buildings, desolate streets and residential lots scraped bare where thousands used to live. Their long-gone addresses are marked by idle driveways, clusters of trees and chain-link fences that crisscross 20 square blocks.
SPORTS
October 25, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
These could be Royce White's final NBA stats: two teams, zero minutes played. In what may go down as one of the saddest stories involving a first-round draft pick not named Len Bias, White has been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers after playing in five exhibition games. His release comes after never having played for the Houston Rockets, the team that selected him 16th overall in the 2012 draft and later traded him to the 76ers following a season that included a suspension and a stint in the Development League.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that ran aground. The company canceled its 2013 drilling season, and its 2014 operations are in question.
NEWS
April 9, 2001 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On almost any day, artist Hovik Gasparian can be found here seated on a stool, bent over an easel, putting oil on canvas to show the ruins of the city he loves. Deftly he paints the blown-apart buildings, the piles of rubble, the broken beams and the crushed fountains of this historic settlement high on a mountain in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. From his studio in the town's half-ravaged art gallery, he looks out at the remains of the school he attended as a boy three decades ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1998
Marcia Forsberg takes Steve Wynn to task for "touching the Van Gogh" (Letters, Sept. 27). Apparently, she overlooked the reference to Wynn's ever-diminishing eyesight due to retinitis pigmentosa. As someone who also has RP, touching helps fill in the gaps for that which I can no longer fully see. Thanks for the art, Steve. BILL THOMSON Costa Mesa The acerbic Louis Yavneh thinks that lowering the bar makes for easy limbo (Letters, Sept. 27)? It makes for easy high jump; raising the bar makes for easy limbo.
SPORTS
September 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 David Lemoto, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior lineman at L.A. Cathedral, has not played this season and there's uncertainty whether he'll ever get on the field for the Phantoms. He has attended Crespi, Cleveland and Canoga Park. He transferred to Cathedral during the summer, but Canoga Park challenged his eligibility, and Cathedral won't allow him to play until questions are resolved so that the team won't have to forfeit a game if he's declared ineligible. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | Cindy Chang
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation known as the Trust Act, federal immigration authorities will have a somewhat harder time taking custody of people in local jails who are suspected of being in the country illegally. The measure, which would prohibit local jailers from holding most arrestees for an additional 48 hours before federal authorities arrive, is not expected to put a large dent in the number of deportations. But with a revamp of immigration laws stalled in Washington, immigrant rights advocates hope to send a message that most deportation should end. Along with a bill granting driver's licenses to more immigrants who are in the country illegally, the Trust Act would cement California's position as one of the states most hospitable to such immigrants.
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