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February 1, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
God himself pulled the needle out of Sonny Arguinzoni's arm, or so the story goes. Grateful, the high school dropout, part-time purse snatcher and hope-to-die heroin addict repaid the miracle with one of his own. From an apartment in a Boyle Heights housing project, Arguinzoni started a Christian ministry. He called it Victory Outreach International and became Pastor Sonny to a flock that over three decades has swelled to 30,000.
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February 1, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
God himself pulled the needle out of Sonny Arguinzoni's arm, or so the story goes. Grateful, the high school dropout, part-time purse snatcher and hope-to-die heroin addict repaid the miracle with one of his own. From an apartment in a Boyle Heights housing project, Arguinzoni started a Christian ministry. He called it Victory Outreach International and became Pastor Sonny to a flock that over three decades has swelled to 30,000.
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February 8, 1999
Re "Casting a Critical Eye on Church of Castoffs," Feb. 1: Today and every day in 235 cities some 5,000 recovering drug addicts will gather in Victory Outreach inner-city rehabilitation homes, open their Bibles and learn about the challenges of living the Christian life--sober, responsible and grateful to God. They are free to leave the homes at any time--and some do. Many will stay for nearly a year to complete a strenuous regimen of biblical study...
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October 1, 1995 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose Martinez used to cruise the hilly streets of Los Angeles' Cypress Park neighborhood looking for rivals unlucky enough to have trespassed upon the turf of his once-beloved Avenidas ("Avenues") gang. On Saturday, Martinez, still a tough guy at 33--with scars, tattoos and time in the penitentiary to prove it--was back in the 'hood in search of someone else. Converts.
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May 27, 1987 | JERRY SOIFER
Bruce King, Troy High School baseball coach, told his team he was going to use a committee of pitchers against Corona in a Southern Section 3-A second-round playoff game Tuesday. Steve Trachsel almost made it a committee of one. Working in his first varsity game, Trachsel pitched Troy, the Freeway League champion, to a 4-0 victory at Corona. Troy (20-6) will face Alhambra in Friday's quarterfinals. Corona finishes 15-12.
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December 18, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER
With a week until Christmas, churches throughout the Southland are preparing for one of the two most sacred days on the Christian calendar. Tomorrow is the fourth Sunday of Advent, in which Western churches of various denominations light the fourth and last Advent candle in symbolic preparation for the birth of Jesus. A lesser-known aspect of Advent is its strong association with the Christian expectation of the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time.
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April 3, 1986 | LEE HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
With rags, buckets, soap and water at the ready, the men stood in the parking lot of a service station at the corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard in Compton. One of them, Victor Pinon, was shouting into a bullhorn, urging motorists to pull into the lot and have their vehicles washed. "Three dollars for cars. Four dollars for trucks and vans," Pinon shouted. It was a Friday, not a Sunday, and this was not your typical teen-age car wash to raise money for a church event.
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October 14, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unlike other television ministries hurt by fallout from the Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart controversies over the past 2 1/2 years, the Tustin-based Trinity Broadcasting Network has emerged virtually unscathed. Throughout this period, Trinity's founder and president, Paul Crouch, quietly has been changing the shape of the family-controlled network and 24-hour-a-day Christian programming service. While Robert H.
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January 28, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
The spectacular growth of Tustin-based Trinity Broadcasting Network has been aided in part by liberal interpretation of a federal policy designed to promote minority broadcast ownership, a review of federal documents shows. For years, under Federal Communications Commission rules aimed at restraining the power of the major commercial networks, only seven full-power commercial television stations could be owned by a single individual, group or company.
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April 22, 1989 | SHAWN MAREE SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Jamie Smith chuckled as he remembered the man who, two years ago, led him to Victory Outreach, the fundamentalist Christian church that helped him break his 16-year-old heroin addiction. That man was his drug supplier. "My heroin connection knew about Victory Outreach, and he brought me here. . . . We went in through the front door and he went out the back and left me there," Smith said. "God ministered to me, and I got saved that night." Smith entered the Victory Outreach rehabilitation program and, after 13 months, he dedicated his life to helping others through the outreach.
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