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    this may be heavy for survivors from L Moss-Sharman Accused Baptist pastor is protected by elders In many churches, control stays local By Walter V. Robinson,
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      this may be heavy for survivors

      from L Moss-Sharman Accused Baptist pastor is protected by elders In many
      churches, control stays local By Walter V. Robinson, 11/1/02 Winchester - On
      Sept. 26, The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts notified lay leaders
      of the First Baptist Church of Winchester that their pastor, the Rev.
      Lawrence French, had been found guilty by a church panel of sexually
      molesting three boys between 1960 and 1982. The penalty was the most severe
      TABCOM, as the governing body of churches is known, could impose: It withdrew
      recognition of French's ordination. But First Baptist is a congregation that
      reveres its pastor. And so a dozen church elders decided unanimously that
      French, who says he is innocent, should remain as pastor. Convinced that the
      72-year-old pastor could not have committed the alleged offenses, they also
      concluded that it would be unfair to French to notify other members of the
      church about the allegations.
      http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/305/nation/Accused_Baptist_pastor_is_protect

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      Russia to monitor American elections
      Oliver Burkeman in New York
      The Guardian Unlimited
      Thursday October 31, 2002, Guardian Newspapers Limited
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,823023,00.html

      Amid the worldwide outbreak of Schadenfreude that accompanied America's
      chaotic presidential showdown in 2000, senior members of the Russian
      Communist party sarcastically offered to send election monitors to Palm
      Beach to help the nascent democracy find its feet. Albanian politicians
      echoed the joke, as did President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

      But the line between jokes and reality in Florida has always been a
      blurred one: now, America has accepted the offer.

      Yesterday, the first international delegation of poll monitors assigned
      to observe an American election arrived in the US, operating under the
      aegis of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. And
      representatives from Russia and Albania were among them.

      The monitors are charged with assessing whether next Tuesday's mid-term
      elections in Florida meet international standards of democracy "with a
      focus on evaluation of the actions the authorities have undertaken to
      remedy the problems that were observed during the 2000 elections", OSCE
      spokesman Jens-Hagen Eschenbacher said in an interview with Radio Free
      Europe.


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