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July 7, 2001 | Associated Press
Mosques in America are generally places with a growing community of believers that have a vital spiritual life and offer social services to the faithful. So says the leader of the first comprehensive survey of Islam in the United States. Ihsan Bagby of Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., led a project in which the leaders of 416 of America's roughly 1,200 mosques were interviewed last year. Today, an estimated 6 million to 7 million Americans consider themselves orthodox Muslims.
July 12, 1991 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
Police officials who appeared before the Christopher Commission included: Daryl F. Gates, Police Chief Born: Aug. 30, 1926, in Glendale. Education: Graduated from USC in 1950 with a BS degree in public administration; in 1965 completed one year of graduate study there. Career: Joined force in 1949 after serving two years in the Navy in the South Pacific. Rose through ranks from sergeant to assistant chief in 14 years. Succeeded Chief Edward M.
March 2, 2008 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
"Flip" flopped. The Clippers were set to sign veteran guard Ronald "Flip" Murray for a prorated cost of the veteran's minimum of $1.2 million after buying out Sam Cassell, but Murray had a late change of heart. He instead signed Saturday with the Indiana Pacers, leaving the Clippers scrambling. Cassell is set to sign with the Boston Celtics once he clears waivers Monday, a formality at this point.
October 20, 1986 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury is investigating a $100,000 payment made by the Japanese whaling industry to a Washington think-tank headed by Rep. Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Calif.), a former delegate to the International Whaling Commission, a federal prosecutor said Sunday. U.S. Atty. Sam Currin of North Carolina said the money, payment for a contract between the Japan Whaling Assn.
April 18, 2011 | By David Zucchino and Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
At the tree-lined entrance to the Stony Brook mobile home park in Raleigh, N.C., Maria Angelica Alvarez stood behind yellow police tape, clutching two bouquets of flowers and weeping on a friend's shoulder. Alvarez lost her three young sons in a three-day, 14-state maelstrom that killed at least 44 people and could prove to be one of the largest convulsions of tornado activity in U.S. history. The boys, ages 6, 8 and 9, were killed inside a bedroom, crushed by a tree that demolished their trailer.
November 23, 1998 | MAL FLORENCE
After receiving an honorary doctorate from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., a black private college, boxing promoter Don King launched into an unexpected 45-minute sermon about the role that the school has played. "I want all the young people to know how far we have come," King said. "Education is so vitally important. "Slave owners would kill their white brothers and sisters if they would teach you to write. So there must be something mighty powerful about reading and writing."
James (Bonecrusher) Smith, battered by an overmatched Kimmuel Odom for two rounds, finally took charge in a wild third round at the Forum Monday night and knocked out Odom before 5,531. Smith is 38 now, and carrying an unsightly 250 pounds, but the former heavyweight champion showed what power boxing can do when you need it the most. For slightly more than two rounds, Smith was looking a bit silly against a blubbery, 238-pound Odom, who came in with a 12-5 record.
May 26, 1999 | MAL FLORENCE
Kenya has long supplied the world with elite distance runners and apparently more are on their way, despite hardships. Edwin Kibie Rusei, 17, is an example of dedication in the face of poverty. The Associated Press reports that Rusei runs for 50 minutes every morning before walking about six miles to school. He survives on maize meal and milk, and eats meat at most once a week. He can't even afford the $9 for a pair of second-hand running shoes.
June 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
About 300 black church pastors and activists gathered for a meeting on AIDS in the black community, and the message they got from Pernessa Seele was simple: Get involved. Seele is founder and head of a group called The Balm in Gilead, which for 14 years has helped black churches address AIDS in their communities through prayer, education and outreach.
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