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February 22, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco and San Antonio, Texas -- A retired Presbyterian pastor who spent her career ministering to gay men and lesbians has been censured by her denomination for marrying same-sex couples during the brief time such unions were legal in California. The Rev. Jane Adams Spahr lost her final appeal before the highest court in the Presbyterian Church (USA), which released its opinion Tuesday. The tribunal ruled that the 69-year-old lesbian had violated the church's constitution and her ordination vows when she officiated at the unions of 16 couples and called them marriages.
September 8, 1985
MGM/UA is adding a disclaimer to the "Year of the Dragon" because of the Asian-American community taking offense? Are the studios going to do the same in all movies that have portrayed fundamentalist ministers as asses--or do we have another double standard? What a bunch of hypocrites! TIM BERENDS KBRT, Los Angeles
May 8, 1988
It seems natural that North delivered the commencement address at Liberty University. With TV's fear-mongering ministers having been exposed as dealing in little more than scandal, it's not surprising that Falwell's people would invite the comments of a self-righteous mercenary like North. KENT ROBINSON Pasadena
April 12, 1994
It's getting to be a habit with Japanese prime ministers--Morihiro Hosokawa on Friday became the fourth of Tokyo's last five leaders to step down over allegations of political scandal or corruption--and cartoonists must be straining to come up with new angles. But once again they caught the agony and embarrassment of a nation with trouble at the top.
September 24, 1994 | JOHN DART
Businessman Roger Barkley and his wife gave up a combined yearly income of $200,000 so that he could enter the ministry, a career he began this month as a pastor in Northridge. Sadly, however, the Rev. Roger Barkley, 47, brings to the Congregational Church of Northridge not only insights from their sacrifice of material comfort for spiritual fulfillment but also the perspectives on life the couple gained from wife Amy's battle with cancer.
April 24, 1989
EC Freezes Farm Prices: Agriculture ministers in the European Economic Community have agreed to freeze most farm prices within its 12 nations to keep the farm budget at $33 billion. After a weeklong debate, the 12 EEC ministers agreed to keep price supports generally at last year's levels. The biggest cut will be made in guarantees to growers of citrus fruits, down 7.5%. Prices for sugar will drop by 2%, although the community's executive commission had requested a 5% cut. A tax on the production of surplus milk will be reduced by 25%, a move that milk producers had supported.
March 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
South Korean President Kim Dae Jung replaced nearly half his Cabinet today in an effort to allay public discontent with the economy and other domestic issues. One of the most prominent resignations was that of Foreign Minister Lee Joung Binn, who was held responsible for several policy fumbles related to Kim's delicate rapprochement process with North Korea. A presidential spokesman said nine of 22 ministers were replaced.
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