A tamer bull

Money | Sluggish real estate and commodities bring a Dow rebound
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 10/21/06, 12:00 am

For those with memories of the roaring '90s, the recent surge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average had an unusual feel to it. Very little champagne flowed and few analysts boasted of a "new era" in investing this time around, even as the Dow hit new highs throughout the first two weeks of October. For the year through Oct. 11, the Dow was up 10.6 percent.

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Pulpit politics

Money | A liberal church and the IRS wage battle over a 2004 sermon
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 10/07/06, 12:00 am

When George Regas, rector emeritus of All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., stepped into the pulpit on Oct. 31, 2004, he gave a sermon that the congregation could have mistaken for a lecture on current events. It was two days before the last presidential election, and Regas offered up a mock debate among George W. Bush, John Kerry, and a left-wing Jesus.

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Whose to give?

Money | Reform law may bar Chapter 13 filers from tithing
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 9/23/06, 12:00 am

Should it be legal to give away money that belongs to someone else?

That question, though not phrased in those words, is at the heart of an Aug. 28 ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Littlefield. The judge ruled that a New York couple who had filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy could not list charitable contributions as an expense, meaning they wouldn't be allowed to give to charity-including tithes to a church-while they were under bankruptcy protection.

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