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CALIFORNIA

Pastor’s daughter takes lead role

GARDEN GROVE | Sheila Schuller Coleman has been affirmed as lead pastor at the Crystal Cathedral megachurch, replacing her father Robert H. Schuller.

Mrs. Coleman has played a leading role at the Southern California church during the past year. Her official appointment as lead pastor was announced Sunday at a morning service.

Her 83-year-old father, who has been in the pulpit for 55 years and serves as host of the long-running “Hour of Power” TV show, will not be leaving the church.

He will assume the newly created position of chairman of the church board of directors, known as its consistory, said church spokesman Jim Coleman, who is Mrs. Coleman’s husband.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Sheehan cleared of protest charge

Activist Cindy Sheehan has been cleared of a charge stemming from a protest in front the White House.

After a trial in D.C. Superior Court on Monday, Judge Robert E. Morin found Mrs. Sheehan not guilty of crossing a police line during an anti-war protest in March. In court, Mrs. Sheehan wore a white T-shirt printed with an image of a dove and the name of her group, Peace of the Action.

A prosecutor showed a video of demonstrators lying on the White House sidewalk with mock coffins, while Mrs. Sheehan crossed a bicycle rack serving as a police line. U.S. Park Police are heard warning them that their protest permit had been revoked.

Defense attorney Mark Goldstone noted that Mrs. Sheehan spent two days in jail after her arrest. If Mrs. Sheehan had been convicted, she faced fines.

COLORADO

Shooting suspect pleads not guilty

GOLDEN | A 32-year-old man accused of shooting and wounding two students outside their Colorado middle school has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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