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Local churches draft security plans to thwart urban terrorists, copycats

LOS ANGELES — In the days following a fatal shooting at a black church in South Carolina, and more recent fires at black churches, church officials here are moving away from discussing possible security measures and instead implementing a strategic security plan, according to several church leaders. Michael Jones, a member of Holman United Methodist Read More…

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Local churches, residents react to South Carolina church shooting

LOS ANGELES — Whether it be a Sunday service or Bible study session, clergy officials here say they will not be intimidated in the aftermath of last week’s shooting at an African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina that left nine people, including the local pastor, dead. The Rev. John E. Cagers III of Ward Read More…

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THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Lynch must file hate crime charge against Roof

The moment Dylann Roof massacred nine black churchgoers at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the usual debate flared up. That is whether the feds had reason and authority to press a hate crime prosecution against him. Pundits and legal experts gave the by now stock reasons why the feds have no, or at Read More…