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February 10, 2000 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sister Ida Peterfy, who founded a forward-looking order of nuns that was one of the first in the country to eschew wearing the traditional habit, died Tuesday after a long struggle with lymphoma. She was 77. Peterfy began the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart, dedicated to religious education, in her native Hungary in 1940.
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November 18, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops, walking a fine line between their obligations to the Vatican and American traditions of academic freedom, voted Wednesday to break a long-standing deadlock over the power of church leaders to control theologians teaching at Catholic colleges and universities. The bishops, meeting at their annual conference here, adopted a compromise proposal on a dispute that has divided the church for nearly a decade.
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November 11, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid accusations of racism--and charges that they buckled under political pressure--Orange County planning officials Wednesday shelved a Muslim group's proposal to build a small grade school in Rancho Santa Margarita, a move that could jeopardize the project. The Planning Commission voted 2 to 1 to delay a decision on the New Horizon school until January. But Rancho Santa Margarita's residents voted earlier this month to incorporate as Orange County's 33rd city.
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September 7, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By Orange County standards, when the Islamic Center of Southern California bought 3.4 acres of property to build a small grade school in Rancho Santa Margarita, it seemed an innocuous little development. Eight months later, it has become much more: a far-ranging tussle over traffic and ethnicity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is 10 a.m., and the kindergartners at Tarbut v'Torah Jewish day school in Irvine have finished their morning prayers. In a sky-lit computer lab, 20 small children don headphones, sign on with their own passwords and tap away quietly at a variety of educational computer programs. Nearby in a classroom, the other half of the kindergartners are on their feet. Their teacher, Ifat Meltzer, speaks no English; the Hebrew program at this school follows a full-immersion philosophy from the first day.
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June 15, 1999 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another test of the line separating church and state, the Supreme Court said Monday that it would decide whether parochial schools in low-income areas can receive a share of federal funds for computers, library books and instructional equipment. The case, to be heard in the fall, will affect directly about $12 million annually in federal funds. But lawyers for the parochial schools said that the impact could be far broader and touch 1 million students in religious schools nationwide.
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June 8, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
It wasn't so long ago that Edmundo Alarcon, a 19-year-old from the San Gabriel Valley, was break-dancing with his buddies, coaching soccer, romancing his sweetheart and caring for his car--a sweet little Nissan Sentra--like so many California kids. Now he is a dark-suited disciple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1999 | Associated Press
For the third time, New York's highest court has struck down a law designed to allow a Hasidic Jewish sect to operate its own school district for disabled youngsters. The proposed school district in a semirural area north of New York City would violate the constitutional rule of separating church and state because it "has the primary effect of advancing one religion over others," the Court of Appeals ruled.
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April 17, 1999 | Religion News Service
More men are studying to become Catholic priests, according to a new survey that shows their numbers to be at the highest level in six years. The survey will be published in May by a research group at Georgetown University in Washington. It was first reported by USA Today. Among the reasons for the increase is a larger number of men in their 30s and older who are entering Catholic seminaries after leaving secular careers.
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