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Religion at the Olympics, from ancient Greece to London

A 600-foot footrace was the only athletic event at the first Olympics, a festival held in 776 B.C. and dedicated to Zeus, the chief Greek god.

For the next millennium, Greeks gathered every four years in Olympia to honor Zeus through sports, sacrifices and hymns.

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BRIEF: FAVS site launches in Columbia, MO

Today Religion News LLC soft launched its newest site, ColumbiaFAVS.com.

CoumbiaFAVS is edited by Kellie Kotraba and is the third FAVS site to go live.

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Monsignor William Lynn sentenced to 3-6 years for Catholic sex abuse cover-up

Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic official convicted for covering up the sexual abuse of children, was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison on Tuesday (July 24).
Lynn, 61, has been in jail since his June 22 conviction on endangering the welfare of a child.

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A night with the homeless

A group of us recently participated in an “Urban Plunge”, where we slept the night in a homeless shelter. We stood in the food line, ate and talked with Spokane’s homeless.

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Comic-Con and the resurrection

Every year around this time, I wistfully think that at some point in my life, I might want to attend Comic-Con, the extravaganza of all things geek, from comics and graphic novels to television, movies, and beyond. There are presentations, panels, exhibit halls, and costumes, costumes everywhere!

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BRIEF: World Relief to host Run for Refugees 5K

On Aug. 18 World Relief Spokane will host its first Run for Refugees 5K, a fundraiser designed to help families resettling in the Spokane area.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. at Centennial Trail, Mirabeau Meadows Park at Mile Marker 11.

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