top box 2 Donald Trump Promises to Repeal Amendment Used by IRS Against Pasadena’s All Saints Church in 2006 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 | 3:58 pm Community News HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald Trump once again promised Evangelicals that he would empower them by repealing the Johnson Amendment and, he said, by bringing back their political voice. Trump spoke Thursday before a gathering of pastors and their spouses in Orlando, Florida.The Johnson Amendment, named after then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, bars religious organizations and charitable organizations, who enjoy tax-exempt privileges, from endorsing candidates or opposing them.The Amendment played a central role in a 2006 investigation of All Saints Church in Pasadena by the Internal Revenue Service after Rev. George F. Regas delivered a guest sermon questioning the Iraq War two days before the 2004 presidential election.In the sermon, Regas depicted Jesus in a mock debate with then presidential candidates George W. Bush and John F. Kerry. The sermon did not endorse either candidate.The sermon prompted a letter from the IRS stating that “a reasonable belief exists that you may not be a tax-exempt church.”The case was the last significant instance that the IRS investigated a church for political speech.At the time, church leaders and parishioners said the probe was an assault on their constitutional rights because the IRS wanted all materials [newsletters, e-mails and other records] with political references created in the 2004 election year given to them and for then Rev. Ed Bacon, rector, to appear before tax investigators.A service at All Saints Church, Pasadena.A spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a watchdog group, told the Los Angeles Times he had “never heard of a church being asked to undergo such a sweeping, broad and deep investigation on the basis of a complaint about a single sermon by a guest speaker.”The IRS dropped the investigation in 2007.At the Rediscovering God in America conference in Orlando Thursday, Trump said the Johnson Amendment has held back Evangelical leaders from going all out in endorsing him as the next U.S. president, a report on Christian Times said.“We’ll get it out,” Trump spoke before the gathering of Evangelical pastors. “We’ll be able to terminate the Johnson Amendment. And you’ll have great power to do good things and religion will start going instead of this way (motioning with his hand downward).”Trump also made the same promise when he accepted his nomination at the Republican National Congress in Cleveland last month.“I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans,” he said at the convention.In Orlando, Trump said he became aware of the Johnson Amendment after his first meeting with religious leaders months ago. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Community health worker Bertha Huaman prepares an injection of capreomycin, a drug used to treat XDR-TB, as part of the program to provide aid to patients in their homes. Photos by Alonso Chero Socios En Salud in the community Parents Rebeca Cruz and Angel Reyna with Rafael, the youngest of their three children. A community health worker trained Rafael’s parents in how to stimulate him through reading, singing, and playing. “It’s a model that saves lives,” said Lecca in an interview at the headquarters of Partners In Health in downtown Boston, where he came for training in July. “Fighting TB is not just taking pills. It’s fighting poverty.”In Peru, where a third of the population of 30 million lives in poverty, every year tuberculosis affects 33,000 people and kills 4,000. Of the affected, 1,200 cases are MDR TB and about 80 are XDR. In 2010, Peru had the highest number of multidrug-resistant TB cases in the Americas.Although over the years the number of deaths from tuberculosis in Peru have declined and detection and access to treatment have improved due to the work led by Socios En Salud, there is still much to do. Despite Peru’s booming economy that has lifted thousands of people out of poverty and into the middle class, tuberculosis is far from conquered.In Carabayllo, the impoverished district where Socios En Salud started its revolutionary work 19 years ago, TB cases are on the rise. To eliminate tuberculosis in the district, the organization launched the TB Zero program a few weeks ago with the support of the local municipality.“Overcoming TB is not just an NGO’s job,” said Arturo Tapia, another physician working with Socios en Salud. “It’s everybody’s job.”To help cure patients, the organization provides free medication, food coupons, and even small business training and micro-credits to help patients make a living. Sometimes, patients have their modest houses remodeled to make sure they meet sanitary conditions.The group has joined forces with the Peruvian Ministry of Health to treat multidrug-resistant TB. It’s a partnership that allowed Peru in 2012 to achieve a higher cure rate in MDR TB (75 percent) than the rest of the world had (48 percent), according to the World Health Organization.Even driver Javier Yataco, who has worked for Socios En Salud for 13 years transporting patients from their homes to health centers because they’re too sick to walk, has noticed the changes.“When I first began to work here, of 10 sick people, only one survived,” he said. “Now it’s the other way around. Of 10, nine survive.”For Karim Llaro, who is in charge of the programs in Carabayllo, the key to success is the community-based model.“We offer not only medicines; we offer social and emotional support,” she said. “We assign them a health worker who accompanies them throughout the treatment and is trained to give moral and psychological support.”At her modest home, perched precariously on a rocky hill, Matos, who’s halfway through her two-year-long treatment, agrees. She greeted Bertha Huaman, her nursing assistant, with a hug and a kiss on the cheek when she arrived (late, because of the traffic jams that clog Lima’s roads).As Huaman gave an injection to her patient, Matos’ face contorted in pain.“Before I got sick, there was no pain in my life,” Matos said.“Don’t feel sad,” Huaman told Matos as the sun came through a window. “Because if you do, the medicine won’t work.” LIMA, Peru — On a foggy July morning in a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Hilda Matos waited impatiently for the nursing technician who gives her daily injections and medicine to treat the disease that has had hold of her for the past eight years.A mother of four and a former housemaid, Matos, 44, has extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, an ailment that until recent years was considered a death sentence.But through pioneering work developed by Socios En Salud, the Peruvian branch of Harvard-supported Partners In Health, which began treating multidrug-resistant TB with a community-based model, Matos’ fate can be different.“I was dying,” she said. “I was so sick I couldn’t eat or move. And when people came to help me, that gave me support and strength to fight off the disease.”What changed Matos’ prospects was a novel protocol in which trained community health workers visit patients in their homes to make sure they take their medication until they are cured.The protocol was something that Paul Farmer, co-founder of the nonprofit Partners In Health and the Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, had used in rural Haiti. It proved effective in the slums of Lima, too. Patients recovered under the attentive eyes of community health workers. Previously, treatment for multidrug-resistant TB in developing countries was nonexistent, and many patients were left to die. The World Health Organization has adopted a treatment plan based on Peru’s example.Recruiting health workers to help fight drug-resistant TB in its two forms, multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extremely drug-resistant (XDR), has been the group’s main contribution, said Leonid Lecca, physician and executive director of Socios En Salud. Reyna Cruz, 2, overcame his shyness and language delays after he received help from Socios En Salud as part of an early childhood development program. Like his brother, Rafael, more than 120 children at risk of developmental delays have been helped by Project CASITA, a program Socios En Salud started in 2013. Carabayllo, the shantytown in Lima where Socios En Salud started its pioneering work 19 years ago treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Using a community-based model since 1996, the organization has helped more than 10,000 MDR-TB patients. To improve TB diagnosis among children, the organization launched pilot DETECT-Niños. A probe placed in a child’s stomach to collect saliva helps doctors detect TB.
As the days get shorter, the temperatures begin to drop and the trails become colored with falling leaves, it is time to transition your wardrobe to maintain comfort. Below are a few of our favorite fall fashion items to help keep you feeling good and looking good on the trail as you continue to run, ride or hike all fall and winter long.Smartwool Men’s Teller Jacket The Teller jacket combines a wind resistant front panel with an ultra-breathable merino wool back panel that is as soft as jersey knit cotton. The Teller is great to put on when you have finished a mountain bike climb and are preparing to descend. It also is a great choice for hiking since it keeps your core warm and protected from the wind, while allowing your heat to escape once you warm up. The Teller jacket also transitions nicely to a casual piece when you are ready to go meet friends after a run or bike ride. Wish it came in more colors, but you are limited to green, blue or black.MSRP $160.00; smartwool.comSmartwool PhD Smartloft Down VestThe Smartloft down vest is similar to the Teller jacket minus the sleeves. It is more versatile and better suited for activities where you tend to work up a sweat and desire greater breathability and temperature regulation. It too has a wind resistant front panel and breathable merino wool back. The Smartloft is form fitting enough to allow you to comfortably bike or run in it. The Smartloft vest is available in men’s and women’s cut and is fairly form-fitting compared to other vests.MSRP $170.00; smartwool.comLorpen T3 Trail Running and Cycling SocksLorpen has once again raised the bar in sock technology. Its motto, “to design and build the best technical socks in the world” is demonstrated through its continued innovation. The T3 technology offers the utmost in breathability for both warm weather and cold weather. Lorpen has designed a three-layer technology for winter socks and summer socks. The winter T3 socks feature merino wool to help keep feet warm while maintaining breathability, while the summer line relies on Tencel and Coolmax for the utmost in breathability and cooling. I tend to wear my trail and cycling T3 summer socks three seasons out of the year. The T3 ski sock line is the best ski sock I have found in the marketplace in that it provides a warm and comfortable fit for all day outings in ski boots or hiking boots. Lorpen socks have proven to hold up longer and retain less sediment than other merino socks on the market.MSRP $10.99-21.99; lorpennorthamerica.com
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