The inmate in blue jail-issue scrubs turned toward Mecca and sang the midday call to prayer heard at Muslim places of worship around Southern California on the last Friday of Ramadan.
Thousands of elementary school teachers have been asked this summer to hold on to their lesson plans as 37 school districts throughout the state seek to show that they are providing students with required exercise.
It is near midnight. The Ramadan prayers have just been said, the congregants have paid respect to Allah and headed home. Only the gray-haired imam and his wife remain at the little house of faith they have devoted their lives to.
When state regulators tried to tally water use across California recently, they didn't exactly get a flood of cooperation.
Martin Scorsese's "Silence" is poised to find its voice at Paramount Pictures. The studio is negotiating a deal to distribute the director's long-gestating religious drama, an adaptation of the novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo. The film will star Andrew Garfield as a 17th century Portuguese missionary who travels to Japan with a fellow priest to search for their mentor (played by Liam Neeson), a man rumored to have abandoned the church during a time of religious persecution. Ken Watanabe will play the pair's interpreter. Screenwriter Jay Cocks, who penned "Gangs of New York" for Scorsese, wrote the adaptation of Endo's novel, which was...