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November 9, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Neighbors of a proposed Mormon temple say they're wary about the project, but most are waiting for a chance to meet with planners before making any snap judgments. "This is absolutely one of our most important issues right now," said Steven Brombal, president of the Bonita Canyon Homeowners Assn. "There certainly is some very grave concern from some homeowners. Some are uneducated about it, and others seem fine with it."
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | November 13, 2008
Gay-rights activists plan to picket the Mormon temple in Newport Beach on Sunday to protest Mormon support for Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Another protest is planned Saturday at South Coast Plaza. “I think it is a registering of how upset we are about it,” said Sandra Hartness, a member of the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign, a national group that lobbies for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. Hartness is one of the organizers of the Sunday protest planned at the Newport temple.
NEWS
October 15, 2003
60, Balboa Island ... Newport Beach mayor and the city's No. 1 cheerleader, whose mantra has become, "The people of Newport Beach are good people" ... An attorney by trade known for bringing diplomacy and mediation skill to the council ... Helped make peace between planners of the Mormon temple and neighbors opposed to the temple's steeple ... Led the call for Councilman Dick Nichols' resignation after Nichols made a...
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | January 15, 2008
Newport Beach resident Reed Dickens spent five years in the White House as an assistant press secretary to President George W. Bush — a world leader known for his evangelical Christian beliefs. Dickens is a producer of a new documentary film about faith and politics. “This is a huge debate and we want to improve the quality of that debate,” Dickens said. A veteran of Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential runs, Dickens believes the public debate on faith and politics has become more heated than ever before in the 2008 election cycle.
NEWS
November 14, 2002
Is city playing favorites with steeple heights? Regarding the proposed Mormon temple in Newport Beach: How does the city of Newport Beach really determine the height of church/temple steeples? Do planning commissioners and City Council members and city staff favor one faith over another? Does one church or temple literally rank above others? We would all hope not, and of course, all city officials would emphatically disavow any preference in public policy toward different faiths.
NEWS
October 3, 2002
It is unfortunate that lessons of old have not been learned today ("Height of Mormon steeple contradicted," Wednesday). Is there a compromise that can be reached over the height of the proposed Mormon temple? Rather than residents, city staff and church officials warring over this question, wouldn't it best be answered by God, through Jesus Christ, from whence the name "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" comes from? About 7,000 years ago, man labored in vain to build a tower that would reach to the heavens so that one king could rest his throne closer to God, to be as God, and to better oversee and rule over his subjects.
NEWS
October 24, 2001
BONITA CANYON -- Newport Beach staff members received their first peek Tuesday at plans for the county's first Mormon temple, a 17,500-square-foot house of worship slated to be built at the intersection of Bonita Canyon Drive and Prairie Road. And the angel Moroni, whose statue form trumpets from the top of the temple's 91-foot-steeple, could herald the first signs of debate. Height limits for buildings in the Bonita Canyon area mean city planners will have to consider granting discretionary approval for the slender steeple.
NEWS
November 12, 2002
ON THE AGENDA SPECIAL MEETING SCHEDULE Hoping to avoid a repeat of Planning Commission meetings that lasted into the wee hours, City Council members have cleared their agenda of all but the most urgent items and set a special time to consider a Mormon temple matter. At 7:30 p.m., council members will consider an appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. WHAT TO EXPECT A group of residents had filed the appeal after the commission approved the temple with a 99.75-foot steeple, whose height was reduced from 124 feet.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | August 10, 2010
As you were picking up the Aug. 4 edition of the Daily Pilot to read with your morning coffee, I was on a Delta Air Lines flight to Minneapolis via a connection in Salt Lake City. It was one of my three trips in 2010 to visit my older brother, LeRoy, who now lives at the Benedictine Health Center in Minneapolis. In 1952, upon graduating from St. Louis Park High School, LeRoy was admitted to Harvard on a scholarship, but a couple of weeks before he was to leave for the Ivy League university, he contracted polio and was left paralyzed from the neck down.
NEWS
By Thomas L. Thorkelson | March 19, 2011
A name is the means by which we are identified. In the olden days, many times the name took the form of one's origin or occupation: Joseph the carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth, Joan of Arc. In Scandinavian genealogy, we run across patronymics. A son or daughter uses the father's first name and attaches "son" or "dotter" to it. One's name can also be identified by a characteristic: Eric the Great. Richard the Lionhearted, John the Beloved. Sometimes, our only identification is a significant event in our lives: The thief on the cross.
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By Paloma Esquivel | October 31, 2013
You have 10 minutes to sell someone on Catholicism, no more than that to distill the teachings of the Koran or the foundations of Mormonism. It's speed-dating for religion , and in a burst of faith-driven curiosity, dozens of students at  UC Irvine  raced from room to room Wednesday to listen to religious students (and two atheists) break down the core tenets of their belief system while on the clock. "Is it required to wear wraps on your head?" "What exactly do you do on a mission?"
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | March 27, 2013
The characters in playwright Samuel D. Hunter's devastating drama "The Whale," now onstage at South Coast Repertory, are not the sort you might invite into your home for dinner or a chat. They're not even, with one exception, particularly likable. But as they expel their vitriol on one another in director Martin Benson's riveting production, they tend to grow on the audience - if only because their miserable lives make ours, however harsh, seem more palatable. And their performances are strong and dynamic, even though painfully negative.
NEWS
By Thomas L. Thorkelson | March 19, 2011
A name is the means by which we are identified. In the olden days, many times the name took the form of one's origin or occupation: Joseph the carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth, Joan of Arc. In Scandinavian genealogy, we run across patronymics. A son or daughter uses the father's first name and attaches "son" or "dotter" to it. One's name can also be identified by a characteristic: Eric the Great. Richard the Lionhearted, John the Beloved. Sometimes, our only identification is a significant event in our lives: The thief on the cross.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | August 10, 2010
As you were picking up the Aug. 4 edition of the Daily Pilot to read with your morning coffee, I was on a Delta Air Lines flight to Minneapolis via a connection in Salt Lake City. It was one of my three trips in 2010 to visit my older brother, LeRoy, who now lives at the Benedictine Health Center in Minneapolis. In 1952, upon graduating from St. Louis Park High School, LeRoy was admitted to Harvard on a scholarship, but a couple of weeks before he was to leave for the Ivy League university, he contracted polio and was left paralyzed from the neck down.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | April 16, 2010
A man who accused a Newport Beach videographer of molesting him when he was a child and teenager in the 1990s has dropped his lawsuit. A man identified as John Doe in a suit accusing Todd Summers of molesting him at a Mormon church in Costa Mesa and in Summers’ parents’ home and their business was dismissed Thursday without a settlement or any money exchanged, attorneys said. Criminal charges were never filed by police, who cited a lack of evidence. Though exact ages were not available, the plaintiff is in his early 30s and Summers is in his early 40s, according to an attorney handling the case.
NEWS
By TOM THORKELSON | November 15, 2008
Mormons have a strong work ethic. While they might be a small number of a larger group, they sometimes are so energetic in their efforts that they become more visible. When a coalition of religious faiths gathered to address a proposition they felt represented a critical moral issue, the Mormons were grateful and responded with their characteristic dedication. They constitute less than 2% of California residents, but appear now to bear the brunt of scathing attacks from those who felt the stinging disappointment of the recent passage of Proposition 8. Prior to Nov. 4, 26 states had constitutional provisions defining marriage as between man and woman.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | November 13, 2008
Gay-rights activists plan to picket the Mormon temple in Newport Beach on Sunday to protest Mormon support for Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Another protest is planned Saturday at South Coast Plaza. “I think it is a registering of how upset we are about it,” said Sandra Hartness, a member of the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign, a national group that lobbies for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. Hartness is one of the organizers of the Sunday protest planned at the Newport temple.
FEATURES
By Candice Baker | July 15, 2008
History has been revisited at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Newport Beach. A mosaic installed when the church was built at 801 Dover Drive in the early 1960s has been restored to its original splendor. Artist Wallace Lock Parker, who taught at Newport-Mesa high schools, built the mosaic, which faces Dover Drive and has since become a prominent feature in the neighborhood. Parker based the mural on the story of Lehi’s dream, from 1 Nephi 8 in the Book of Mormon.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | January 15, 2008
Newport Beach resident Reed Dickens spent five years in the White House as an assistant press secretary to President George W. Bush — a world leader known for his evangelical Christian beliefs. Dickens is a producer of a new documentary film about faith and politics. “This is a huge debate and we want to improve the quality of that debate,” Dickens said. A veteran of Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential runs, Dickens believes the public debate on faith and politics has become more heated than ever before in the 2008 election cycle.
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