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March 11, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
What would Jesus shoot? Some churches in Kentucky and in upstate New York are doing what it takes to get people into the pews to hear the word of God - and in their neck of the woods, that means giving away guns. The flier for the raffle at Grace Baptist Church, in Troy, N.Y.,  shows an AR-15 - an assault rifle altered to make it legal in that state - with a quote from the gospel of St. John, “My peace I give unto you.” It isn't spelled “piece,” but it could have been.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
According to a new study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, public libraries are thriving thanks to a core group of devotees who have qualities we don't usually associate with bookish people -- they are, generally speaking, more sociable and active people than those who don't go to libraries. The report , which surveyed more than 6,000 people over age 16, paints a somewhat surprising portrait of American library lovers. More than two-thirds of Americans are “actively engaged” with their public libraries.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
With same-sex marriage being evaluated at the state level across the country and the Supreme Court near its decision on the subject, the documentary "The New Black" could hardly be more timely. The film premiered Friday to a theater of enthusiastic viewers. The audience applauded at protagonists' victories in the film, jeered at antagonist figures and yelled out occasional comments. Filmmaker Yoruba Richen said she decided to make the film after the 2008 election, when California voters passed Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
OPINION
March 12, 2014 | Doyle McManus
The young are different from you and me - unless, of course, you happen to be one of them. If you're older than 34, I'm sorry to break it to you, but you're no longer the wave of the future. That distinction belongs to those born between 1980 and 2002, dubbed the "millennial generation" because they began to come of age at the turn of the century. They've grown up, most of them have found jobs (although that hasn't been easy) and they're a bigger, more powerful part of the electorate every year.
WORLD
November 17, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
TACLOBAN, Philippines - In the chaos after Typhoon Haiyan, Malou Cabiao had lost all track of time. It was only when she heard church bells ringing that she realized it was Sunday. For the first time since the monster storm swept through the central Philippines on Nov. 8, the 22-year-old nurse washed and dressed for church. As a priest offered prayers for the storm's victims, Cabiao sat at the back of Santo Niño Church, fighting back tears. "Hold on to your faith, be strong, and Tacloban will rise again," the Rev. Isagani Petilos told his flock.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2009 | Kim Janssen
As far as the Rev. Darrell Best knows, he has the fastest church in Illinois. His 1942 firetruck is by no means a Ferrari, but it is equipped as a fully functioning chapel. "I've had it up to 55 mph," Best said. "It gets a lot of attention on the highway." Mechanics from the Country Music Television show "Trick My Truck" did the conversion after Best's family wrote to the program last year. The chapel has stained-glass windows, a pipe organ, an altar and two wooden pews.
NEWS
October 13, 1986 | DOUG BROWN, Times Staff Writer
When Demond Wilson surreptitiously slid into a pew on the stage of the Ephesian Church, his hand-tailored dark blue Italian suit couldn't conceal the 25 pounds he'd gained since he appeared on the "Sanford and Son" television series in the mid-'70s. "Yea, that's Lamont," a woman whispered to a fellow parishioner as she pointed toward Wilson, who as Lamont had played the foil to the irreverent Redd Foxx during the comedy's 1972-77 prime-time run on NBC.
OPINION
October 27, 2012
Re "Sis boom bad ruling," Editorial, Oct. 24 So much for the adage, "There's a time and a place for everything. " There was a time, not too many decades ago, when posting Bible verses around football stadiums would have been considered blasphemous. Fine, then, free speech cuts both ways. Let's start seeing some football posters on church walls and copies of Sports Illustrated in the pews and hearing some play-by-play commentary during sermons. Maybe during a dull spot in the service we can choose sides and get in a quick game; the pews can be yard markers.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
At least four people were hurt at an Albuquerque church Sunday when a visitor jumped out of the pews and stabbed a choir member during a song, police and witnesses said. The victims did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, police said. Two parishioners told the Los Angeles Times that after communion at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church on Sunday morning, a man in his teens or early 20s leaped from the pews and stabbed the choir's lead singer while the choir was singing.
SPORTS
August 16, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
The jokes will soon be descending upon us like chuckling little angels. The chance to spread a little nonsecular humor will be heaven-sent. So, it turns out, even God can't stop Kobe Bryant. He just recorded a steal in the open pew. Talk about your stained crass. It's the latest Bryant alleged meltdown, and it's the Lakers star at his essence, anger wreaking havoc with calm, intensity swallowing up innocence. On Sunday at St. Therese of Carmel Church in San Diego's Carmel Valley, police say, Bryant became upset at a man who he thought was taking his picture.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
What would Jesus shoot? Some churches in Kentucky and in upstate New York are doing what it takes to get people into the pews to hear the word of God - and in their neck of the woods, that means giving away guns. The flier for the raffle at Grace Baptist Church, in Troy, N.Y.,  shows an AR-15 - an assault rifle altered to make it legal in that state - with a quote from the gospel of St. John, “My peace I give unto you.” It isn't spelled “piece,” but it could have been.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Pope Francis is one of the best-known religious figures in the world, but a new Pew Research poll seeking to quantify his popularity raises questions about the so-called Francis effect. The poll found an overwhelming embrace of Francis, who has been trying to steer the Catholic Church toward a greater emphasis on compassion for the poor and marginalized. Sixty percent of non-Catholics and 85% of Catholics surveyed said they viewed the pontiff favorably - numbers approaching those of Pope John Paul II, whose peak popularity ratings among Catholics hovered just above 90%. However, the poll found no change in the number of people who self-identify as Catholic or in the number sitting in church pews on Sundays.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Just as you suspected: Your boss is probably happier than you. So suggests a new report from the Pew Research Center, which scoured one of its recent surveys to find that bosses were more satisfied with their jobs, finances and family life than were their underlings. For instance, 69% of bosses said they were “very satisfied” with their current job, while only 48% of other workers felt the same way. Those who have reached the top were also less likely to say that parenthood got in the way of advancing their career: Among bosses with kids, only 17% thought it had been an obstacle, compared with 33% of other working parents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A growing minority of Americans believes that doctors should do anything possible to save a life, no matter what, instead of saying there are some situations in which a patient should be allowed to pass away, the Pew Research Center found in a survey of nearly 2,000 adults. In addition, an increasing number of people say that even if they were suffering an incurable disease and were in severe pain, they would not ask their doctors to halt treatment. The surge in such attitudes surprises bioethicists who want physicians and families to carefully weigh aggressive medical treatments for patients near death.
WORLD
November 17, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
TACLOBAN, Philippines - In the chaos after Typhoon Haiyan, Malou Cabiao had lost all track of time. It was only when she heard church bells ringing that she realized it was Sunday. For the first time since the monster storm swept through the central Philippines on Nov. 8, the 22-year-old nurse washed and dressed for church. As a priest offered prayers for the storm's victims, Cabiao sat at the back of Santo Niño Church, fighting back tears. "Hold on to your faith, be strong, and Tacloban will rise again," the Rev. Isagani Petilos told his flock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Growing up Jewish, Marilyn McLaughlin loved lighting the braided candle and singing to mark the end of Shabbat. She relished studying the Talmud and weighing its ethical questions. But sitting in synagogue left her cold. "I was stuffed with religion," McLaughlin said. "But I had no deep connection to it. " A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that more than a fifth of Jewish Americans say they have no religion. Yet like McLaughlin, they still identify themselves as Jewish.
NATIONAL
April 29, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
An off-duty Albuquerque policeman and several church parishioners were credited Monday for their quick actions after they subdued a man who attacked the choir of a Catholic church. As the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church choir began its final hymn for the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, a man, later identified by police as Lawrence Capener, 24, jumped over pews and stabbed several singers. One parishioner who grabbed the attacker in a bear hug was stabbed repeatedly. As the attacker fell to the floor, he was mobbed by other churchgoers.  During the melee, the assailant swung his knife “wildly,” according to a news release from the Albuquerque Police Department.
NATIONAL
June 14, 2010 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
On a back street in urban Cleveland, Hungarian immigrants built St. Emeric Catholic Church, where a dozen stained glass windows recall their history and a mural of their first king, St. Stephen, overlooks the altar. For more than 100 years, waves of Hungarians swept into Cleveland from the wars and upheavals in Europe, finding work in the area's steel mills and auto plants. They were part of a tide of Eastern Europeans who became a backbone of the industrial economy here. But the factories have been closing in recent decades, and now the churches are closing too. Under orders of Cleveland Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon, St. Emeric parish will be eliminated and the church, along with an adjoining Hungarian Boy Scout center and a cultural school, will be closed.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
While a growing percentage of U.S. adults at least occasionally use the Internet, many rely on mobile devices to do so and a steady 3% of adults continue to have dial-up connections at home. The findings from the latest round of a tracking survey by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project show that the percentage of adults who don't use the Internet has been cut in half during the past five years, from 30% to 15%. During that span, much of the growth appears to have come from people accessing the Internet from smartphones and tablets and computers at work.
SCIENCE
August 6, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
For centuries, legends of a “fountain of youth” have beguiled people across the globe. But Americans are decidedly uneasy about whether science should actually help people push death far into the future. Roughly half of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center said medical treatments that stretch lifespans to 120 years or more would be bad for society. Even more shunned the idea of undergoing such treatments to extend their own lives, Pew found. Pushing off death so far might seem like the stuff of science fiction.
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