- - Thursday, March 18, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Episcopal church OKs 2nd gay bishop

LOS ANGELES — The Episcopal Church has approved the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

The announcement Wednesday makes the Rev. Mary Glasspool of Baltimore the second openly gay bishop in the Anglican global fellowship.

Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno said the approval demonstrates the Episcopal Church does not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Ms. Glasspool was elected last year, but needed the full church’s approval to be consecrated in May.

The Episcopal Church, which is the Anglican body in the United States, caused an uproar in 2003 by consecrating the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Episcopal conservatives have formed a rival church, the Anglican Church in North America.

NEW JERSEY

Blacks told to leave Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — An announcement at a Wal-Mart store in New Jersey ordering black people to leave brought chagrin and apologies Wednesday from leaders of the company, which has built a fragile trust among minority communities.

A male voice came over the public-address system Sunday evening at a store in Washington Township and calmly announced: “Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now.”

Shoppers in the store at the time said a manager quickly got on the public address system and apologized for the remark.

Officials with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., said that the announcement was “unacceptable” and that they’re trying to determine who made it — whether an employee or a rogue patron — and how it happened.

“We are just as appalled by this incident as are our customers,” the company said Wednesday. “Whoever did this is just wrong and acted in an inappropriate manner. Clearly, this is completely unacceptable to us and to our customers.”

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