June 12, 2009 in Nation/World

In brief: Schuller daughter to be successor

From Wire Reports
 

Garden Grove, Calif. – What some saw as a succession drama at the Crystal Cathedral may have finally come to an end.

Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of the Garden Grove, Calif., megachurch in Orange County and longtime host of the “Hour of Power” TV show, announced through a spokesman Thursday that his eldest daughter would take over the leadership role of the ministry. Sheila Schuller Coleman, 58, is already a top minister at the Crystal Cathedral and runs the “Ask Sheila” blog.

Last October, Schuller surprised some outsiders by ousting his son, Robert A. Schuller, from the leadership of the ministry.

Mike Nason, Crystal Cathedral spokesman, said Coleman will take over the ministry immediately and that Schuller, 82, sees his daughter as a “co-leader.”

L.A. porn actress is HIV positive

Los Angeles – An actress who works in Southern California’s pornography industry has tested positive for HIV, renewing county and state health officials’ concerns that the adult-entertainment industry lacks sufficient safety measures to prevent the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The new case was confirmed to the Los Angeles Times and pornography industry Web sites by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, a clinic that serves adult-film stars in the area.

Officials from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health said they would look into the circumstances of the case, which is the first publicly confirmed HIV infection in Southern California’s porn industry since 2004, when an HIV outbreak shut down production for four weeks.

ACLU sues for interrogation files

New York – The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government Thursday to try to prove there is a close link between the White House under President George W. Bush and a program of rough interrogation techniques used against suspected terrorists.

The ACLU said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that it wanted to force the public release of all records on the subject issued by former President Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials.


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