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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2005 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Every morning, Arcadia High School seniors Catherine Yao, Lucy Li and a dozen of their schoolmates get up at 5 a.m. so they can be at school by 6 to pray before classes begin. Gathering in the center of the public school campus, they walk up three steps and form a circle. They pray -- some quietly, others aloud as the spirit moves them.
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NATIONAL
August 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
An appeals court Wednesday upheld a Virginia law that requires public schools to lead a daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, rejecting a claim that its reference to God was an unconstitutional promotion of religion. A suit filed by Edward Myers of Sterling, Va., a father of three, raised the objection to the phrase "one nation under God." A three-judge panel of the U.S.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A rural county removed an inscription of the Ten Commandments from its courthouse, ending a two-year battle with civil libertarians over the constitutionality of the display. Removal of the 3-by-4-foot framed parchment display from a hallway in the Barrow County courthouse in Winder came weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such displays were legal only in limited circumstances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2005 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Supporters of restoring the cross that was removed from Los Angeles County's official government seal announced on Monday a third attempt to put the matter to a countywide vote. The issue sparked heated protests in September when the county Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to remove the gold cross that had adorned the seal since 1957 rather than defend it against a threatened lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2005 | From Reuters
Florida's highest court heard a challenge to Gov. Jeb Bush's school voucher plan Tuesday in a battle watched nationwide over whether taxpayer money could be funneled to private and parochial schools. The arguments before the Florida Supreme Court involved a six-year legal fight between Bush and critics of a program that provided tax-funded vouchers to students at public schools that failed repeatedly to meet performance standards, the first such statewide program in the United States.
NATIONAL
June 5, 2005 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Advocates of the separation of church and state are protesting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's plans to hold a bill-signing ceremony on the grounds of a conservative evangelical church. One bill restricts abortion; a second calls for a ban on same-sex marriage. The event is scheduled for today at a Christian school run by Calvary Cathedral International, one of the largest churches in Fort Worth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
For the third time in 13 years, residents will be given a chance to vote on the future of a war memorial cross atop Mt. Soledad. After an emotional six-hour hearing in which veterans pleaded with the City Council to save the cross, the council voted 6 to 3 Tuesday night to put the issue on the July 26 ballot, when voters will select a replacement for Mayor Dick Murphy. Voters will be asked whether the cross property should be deeded to the U.S.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Baptist preacher accused of running out nine congregants who refused to support President Bush resigned Tuesday. "I am resigning with gratitude in my heart for all of you, particularly those of you who love me and my family," the Rev. Chan Chandler said during a meeting at East Waynesville Baptist Church.
NATIONAL
March 3, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with the politically charged issue of whether prominent display of the Ten Commandments at government buildings violated separation of church and state. In a Texas case, the court heard a challenge to a granite monument depicting the biblical Ten Commandments that sits near the entrance to the state Capitol in Austin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Two Republican congressman have put language in a budget bill passed by the House designed to prevent the removal of the cross atop Mt. Soledad, the object of 15 years of litigation between the city and the American Civil Liberties Union. But whether the move by Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Escondido) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) will prove successful may not be known until a hearing in coming weeks in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson.
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