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By Joe Nawrozki and Roger Twigg and Joe Nawrozki and Roger Twigg,Staff Writers Staff Writer Glenn Small contributed to this article | February 23, 1993
Two suspects, one of them 13 years old, were arrested early today and charged with setting the fire that caused $3 million in damage to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Essex late Saturday.Anthony James Pfarr, 18, a student at Kenwood Senior High School and resident of Essex, and the 13-year-old were taken into custody yesterday afternoon and charged with statutory burning.Mr. Pfarr was ordered held for trial on $35,000 bail. The 13-year-old, a student at Stemmers Run Middle School, was released to the custody of his parents.
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By Dan Singer and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
For Tyler Glenn, frontman of the Provo, Utah-based pop-rock quartet Neon Trees, seeing a therapist was a breakthrough in more ways than one. “It was definitely a profound thing,” said Glenn recently on the phone from Minneapolis. “I found that it was OK to have anxiety and it was OK to have some of the feelings that I had about myself.” Glenn used his therapy sessions as a creative muse when he began writing songs for April's “Pop Psychology,” Neon Trees' third album, and the therapy gave him the confidence he needed to publicly come out as gay in “Rolling Stone” earlier this year.
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By Jane Lippy and Jane Lippy,Contributing writer | October 31, 1990
WESTMINSTER - Films, musical performances, genealogy displays and refreshments will be featured Saturday at an Open House for Carroll's newest Mormon church.The new Westminster Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened for worship to the 300-member congregation Aug. 12, bringing to three the number of Mormon sanctuaries in Carroll. There also are Mormon churches in Hampstead and Mount Airy.Located at 595 Johahn Drive, off Uniontown Road, the dark brick, one-story edifice in Westminster is set amid the homes and apartments of The Greens.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
One by one, the sacred cows hit the ground, adroitly tipped over by the best-selling author Steve Berry in his 13th historical novel, "The Lincoln Myth. " Berry, 59, is a Florida-based former attorney and county commissioner turned author whose previous 12 books have sold more than 17 million copies in 51 countries. The sales are a tribute to the author's skill at folding his research into little-known historical puzzles inside murder mysteries starring Cotton Malone, a retired U.S. Justice Department operative turned book-seller.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | November 26, 1999
Whatever you think about the religion he started, Joseph Smith's life is one of the most extraordinary in U.S. history.Largely self-educated, Smith turned a vision he insisted came directly from God into a whole new take on Christianity, one that said the Gospels were sometimes mistaken, proclaimed that a lost tribe of Israel had long ago made its way to the North American continent, and preached -- at least initially -- the advantages of plural marriage.For...
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May 15, 2012
The Sun May 12 editorial "Lesson of a high-school prank" concludes that "There's no evidence that [Mitt] Romneycurrently is either a bigot or a bully. If he is a changed man today, that is probably something the public would appreciate hearing about. " What the public also needs to hear about is the vigorous involvement of the Mormon Church (of which Mr. Romney has served as bishop) in promoting the anti-gay legislation in California known as Proposition 8 - to which effort the core members of one of Mr. Romney's PACs were major contributors.
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By ANDREI CODRESCU | May 13, 1991
I went to Salt Lake City and heard Jesus speak. To get up to where He is you go around a spiral building festooned with murals depicting the lives of boy prophets important to the Mormon Church. The boy prophets hold forth among groups of blue-eyed blond Hebrews. When you get to the rotunda, there he is, nine foot tall in sandals and dejelabi.A young Mormon sister introduces him: ''This is Jesus, the son of God.'' She then sits down, and in a booming voice worthy of His father, Charlton Heston, He says: ''I am Jesus, the Son of God. I've gone ahead to prepare your mansions in Heaven.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,Sun Staff Writer | March 19, 1995
While walking the streets of West Baltimore recently, young Brigham Colton, a Mormon missionary, found himself standing between two men who were completing a sidewalk drug deal.L Then he had the feeling he wasn't in Salt Lake City anymore."I often think," says the cherubic-looking 19-year-old, "how different it is here."As dismaying as the sight was, Elder Colton did not dwell on the spectacle. Just as his missionary partner, Shane Campbell, did not long ponder the body he happened on one day in Pimlico.
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By Winnie Hu and Winnie Hu,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 15, 2001
PALMYRA, N.Y. - Many of the world's faithful make pilgrimages to Mecca. Others worship in the holy city of Jerusalem. And some even find their way here to a remote grove where a 14-year-old farm boy claimed to behold God and Christ in 1820. That boy, Joseph Smith Jr., later founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and led an exodus westward that eventually settled Salt Lake City. Now, 180 years after that divine revelation, thousands of church members are trekking back to the Palmyra area, about 20 miles southeast of Rochester, to visit the birthplace of Mormonism.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1998
The Baltimore Arena was transformed into a house of worship yesterday as Gordon B. Hinckley, president and prophet of the 10 million-member Mormon Church, paid a visit and urged Maryland's followers to "be honest, be true, be men and women of integrity."Dressed in their Sunday best, people thronged downtown streets, children in tow and babes in arms, to hear Hinckley -- a turnout that reflected the state's growing membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."Thank you for your faith and faithfulness," Hinckley told the families filling all but the top tier of the arena.
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May 15, 2012
The Sun May 12 editorial "Lesson of a high-school prank" concludes that "There's no evidence that [Mitt] Romneycurrently is either a bigot or a bully. If he is a changed man today, that is probably something the public would appreciate hearing about. " What the public also needs to hear about is the vigorous involvement of the Mormon Church (of which Mr. Romney has served as bishop) in promoting the anti-gay legislation in California known as Proposition 8 - to which effort the core members of one of Mr. Romney's PACs were major contributors.
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October 10, 2011
If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be Mormon, would you vote for that person? Earlier this year, Gallup pollsters asked that exact question, and 76 percent of those who responded said yes, they would. That may sound like the American people are ready for a president who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but maybe not. In the same poll, the public was given other hypothetical candidates: Would you vote for a black, Catholic, Baptist, Jew or Hispanic?
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By Dave Rosenthal and Dave Rosenthal,dave.rosenthal@baltsun.com | May 3, 2009
Read Streeters have been vigorously debating a Utah bookstore's decision to remove Stephenie Meyer's immensely popular Twilight series from its shelves. Some say the Desert Book, which is owned by the Mormon church and deals mainly in religious texts, was justified in screening the books available to young readers. And though Meyer is a Mormon - arguably the most famous Mormon author - her tales of vampires and werewolves would never be mistaken for traditional Christian literature. One reader said: "Twilight encourages young women to accept abusive behavior, condone a lifestyle that includes killing and her message to leave your husband because you're 'bored' is outrageous.
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By Bruce Wilson | March 22, 2007
You've probably heard by now that Mitt Romney has a Mormon problem. It seems every pollster of note has published a poll showing that many Americans consider Mr. Romney's membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - commonly called the Mormon Church - a potential deal-breaker. John F. Kennedy faced a similar challenge as he campaigned to become the first president who was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. Many are encouraging Mr. Romney, the Republican former governor of Massachusetts, to borrow several pages from the JFK playbook - especially the speech he delivered to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in September 1960.
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By PAUL MOORE and PAUL MOORE,PUBLIC EDITOR | July 9, 2006
The Sun's coverage of Kristen Cox's selection as running mate to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. last week thrust the issue of religion and politics back into the spotlight. The relatively unknown Cox is head of Maryland's disabilities office (Cox is legally blind), a mother of two and a member of the Mormon Church - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because The Sun's news stories have mentioned her faith and in several instances focused considerable attention on it, several of the governor's political supporters have complained that the paper is attempting to impugn Cox's beliefs.
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By JENNIFER SKALKA and JENNIFER SKALKA,SUN REPORTER | July 1, 2006
In her first day as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Kristen Cox said she shares Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s views on a range of issues from abortion to slots -- even when those positions break with some of the teachings of her Mormon faith. Cox, 36, sided closely with the governor, a marked shift from Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. Unlike Ehrlich, Steele, now a candidate for U.S. Senate, opposes the death penalty and abortion, feelings he explains as keeping with his Catholic faith.
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By Dave Rosenthal and Dave Rosenthal,dave.rosenthal@baltsun.com | May 3, 2009
Read Streeters have been vigorously debating a Utah bookstore's decision to remove Stephenie Meyer's immensely popular Twilight series from its shelves. Some say the Desert Book, which is owned by the Mormon church and deals mainly in religious texts, was justified in screening the books available to young readers. And though Meyer is a Mormon - arguably the most famous Mormon author - her tales of vampires and werewolves would never be mistaken for traditional Christian literature. One reader said: "Twilight encourages young women to accept abusive behavior, condone a lifestyle that includes killing and her message to leave your husband because you're 'bored' is outrageous.
NEWS
February 23, 1993
"Why would anybody do something like this? What goes through their minds to set fire to a church?"A member of the Essex ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (better known as the Mormon Church) posed those questions Sunday as she and other shocked congregants examined the damage done to their chapel by a Saturday night fire. The blaze, eventually brought under control by 120 firefighters, was a case of arson, according to the Baltimore County fire department. A gym inside the building was also destroyed.
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August 2, 2004
Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado, 73, an activist and poet who was considered el abuelito -- the granddaddy -- of the Chicano literature movement for pioneering writing that reflected a commitment to social justice and illuminated Latino heritage and struggles, died of liver cancer July 23 in Denver. One of the first writers to emerge from the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, he was the author of 14 books, most of them self-published. Among the best-known was Chicano: 25 Pieces of a Chicano Mind, published in 1969.
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By Rona S. Hirsch and Rona S. Hirsch,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 25, 2002
When Mercedes Yarn immigrated to Columbia from her native Spain five years ago, she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ellicott City. Yarn, who became a Mormon in 1980, was one of about five Spanish-speaking worshippers at the church. Although translations were provided, she struggled to participate. But beginning Feb. 10, Yarn will be able to worship in her native language when the church adds a Spanish-speaking branch to accommodate the estimated 30 Spanish-speaking congregants who have joined during the past two years.
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