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Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg’s landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral, saying it’s in line with the law and wouldn’t hamper tourist access. The Orthodox Church, … Continue reading

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Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg’s landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral, saying it’s in line with the law and wouldn’t hamper tourist access. The Orthodox Church, … Continue reading

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Can churches lead on racial harmony?

A low hum sweeps across the sanctuary, drifting above the bowed heads of huddled prayer groups, beyond the joined hands of blacks and whites. Earnest whispers carry words like harmony, unity, forgiveness, and peace. Outside, a police car idles as … Continue reading

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Can churches lead on racial harmony?

A low hum sweeps across the sanctuary, drifting above the bowed heads of huddled prayer groups, beyond the joined hands of blacks and whites. Earnest whispers carry words like harmony, unity, forgiveness, and peace. Outside, a police car idles as … Continue reading

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L.A. County office market recovery spreads beyond Westside in 2nd quarter

Expanding companies scooped up office space around Los Angeles County in the second quarter as the real estate recovery spread beyond ever-popular markets such as the Westside. Long-standing distinctions about which neighborhoods are appropriate for certain businesses are breaking down … Continue reading

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Steve Sarkisian still not feeling the love at USC

USC has been picked to win the Pac-12 Conference football championship and appears ready to make a post-sanctions national title run. The Trojans return quarterback Cody Kessler, who threw for 39 touchdowns last season, and 17 other starters. They are … Continue reading

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Providence and St. Joseph hospital chains are in talks to merge

Two major Catholic hospital systems with a big presence across the Southland — Providence Health Services and St. Joseph Health — want to join forces amid an industrywide consolidation drive. The two health systems said Friday that they had signed … Continue reading

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Watch Gael Garcia Bernal as he leads the L.A. Phil at Hollywood Bowl as a guest ‘conductor’

“Hear the hair” met its real-life inspiration Thursday at the Hollywood Bowl, as actor Gael Garcia Bernal of the comedy “Mozart in the Jungle” led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the overture to Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” for a … Continue reading

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New York holds last mass services before dozens of Catholic church closures

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) – Teary-eyed and angry Catholic parishioners across New York attended final mass services on Friday in some of dozens of churches closing or stopping regular worship services. The closures follow an announcement by the … Continue reading

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With Confederate flags at MLK church, fight for national identity persists

The placing of four Confederate flags next to a US civil rights landmark in Atlanta was perhaps part “terroristic tactic,” as one religious leader remarked. But it also represented a stick-in-the-eye strategy fomented by some Southerners, suggesting that a fight … Continue reading

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