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PHILADELPHIA | The Vatican will determine whether to defrock a priest accused of fathering a child with a high school graduate, a relationship that became public after the girl’s parents captured the couple on a video camera secretly set up in the parents’ basement.

Meanwhile, the Berks County district attorney said Tuesday that his office won’t press charges against the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito because a police investigation determined that the relationship started when the girl was 18.

Over the weekend, the church began putting together paperwork for the process known as “removal from the clerical state,” popularly known as defrocking, said Matt Kerr, a spokesman for the Diocese of Allentown. The information will be sent to the Vatican for a decision. A timetable was not known.

Father Bonilla, 41, is not on assignment and has not functioned as a priest since November, when the diocese found out about the relationship, Mr. Kerr said.


‘Gone with the Wind’ gown goal is met

AUSTIN | The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center says it has met its $30,000 fundraising goal to pay for restoring five of Scarlett O’Hara’s gowns from the multiple Oscar-winning Civil War drama “Gone with the Wind.”

Ransom Center officials announced Tuesday that contributions came from more than 600 people in 44 states and 13 countries.

The gowns worn by actress Vivien Leigh in the 1939 film include a green curtain dress.

The Ransom Center is planning an exhibit to mark the movie’s 75th anniversary in 2014.


Deseret News to cut its staff in half

SALT LAKE CITY | Utah’s longest publishing daily newspaper said Tuesday that it will cut nearly half of its staff and consolidate breaking news operations with affiliated television and radio operations.

The Deseret News announced that 85 newsroom positions are being eliminated, although some staffers will be enlisted for a transition period. The layoffs include 57 full-time and 28 part-time employees.

Clark Gilbert, chief executive and president, said Deseret News is combining operations with KSL-TV and KSL Radio and will move to the broadcast networks’ building about five blocks away.

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