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December 16, 2002 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
On pool-table flat farmland where peppers, tomatoes and sod have been grown, Thomas S. Monaghan, onetime fast-food magnate, is pursuing what may be the last phase of his life's work: the saving of souls. "My No. 1 priority now is to help as many people get to heaven as possible," said the 65-year-old founder of Domino's Pizza and former owner of the Detroit Tigers. "I believe the best way to do that is education."
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December 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The Lilly Endowment is granting $76.8 million to 39 church-related U.S. colleges, Protestant and Catholic, to help overcome growing clergy shortages. The grants support campus programs that encourage students to consider careers in the clergy or related forms of service. Over three years, Lilly has granted $171.3 million to 88 schools.
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October 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A 10-month investigation by the Connecticut attorney general said sloppy accounting practices at an Episcopal divinity school allowed money to be misspent on personal expenses when it should have gone toward scholarships. Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal said reforms and reparations are needed to ensure that Berkeley Divinity School does not "continue to engage in practices that place its charitable assets at risk."
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August 6, 2002 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the use of school vouchers, a Florida judge ruled Monday that the nation's only statewide voucher program violates the Florida Constitution because it gives tax money to religious schools. The decision was a major setback for Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, who had numbered the 1999 voucher law among the greatest achievements of his governorship.
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July 19, 2002 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Washington college student who wants to use a state-funded scholarship to study "pastoral ministries" must be allowed to do so despite a state ban on using government funds for religious instruction, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The 2-1 decision comes less than a month after a different 9th Circuit panel drew vociferous criticism nationally by ruling in another case involving church and state that the U.S.
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January 7, 2002 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 34-year-old Jewish businessman has launched a program--only the fourth of its kind in the nation--to bring a top Israeli scholar to Orange County each year for a monthlong series of lectures at synagogues and universities and to community groups. The scholar-in-residence program, the brainchild of Arie Katz, general counsel to a Newport Beach fitness firm, will kick off later this month with Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Avigdor Shinan as its inaugural lecturer.
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August 25, 2001 | Associated Press
A coalition dissatisfied with public schools that serve black students announced plans to open four tuition-free schools within weeks. St. Louis Academies said it had secured a $20-million loan, leased four buildings, and hired a former public school superintendent and 75 teachers. Initially, the schools will meet costs through a patchwork of federal programs.
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August 25, 2001 | Associated Press
Courses have begun for 120 students at the new law school at the University of St. Thomas, a Roman Catholic institution that plans to take a faith-based approach to learning the legal system. "While most places study the law based on reasoning, faith-based schools integrate a belief system with reasoning," said the dean, David Link, formerly dean of the University of Notre Dame law school.
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July 15, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Glen Coughlin will sign. Gladly. Oh yes, says the dean of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, he fully backs the Vatican requirement for Roman Catholic theologians to pledge, in writing, that they will teach "authentic Catholic doctrine." Call this truth in advertising, Coughlin says: Those billed as Catholic theologians should accurately present Catholic teachings. John Connolly will not sign. Absolutely not.
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July 7, 2001 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Seventh-day Adventist college can participate in a state program that pays for courses and programs at public and private colleges. The state failed to prove that Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md., was "pervasively sectarian" and therefore ineligible for state money, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 26.
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