Dalai Lama Urges Religious Tolerance

The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, spoke of adhering to one's beliefs and respecting others.
The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, spoke of adhering to one's beliefs and respecting others. (By Tony Ding -- Associated Press)
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Dalai Lama Urges Religious Tolerance

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Dalai Lama encouraged people gathered at the University of Michigan on Saturday to preserve their own religious traditions while respecting others with differing beliefs.

"As you know, I always believed, since all different traditions have the same potential to bring inner peace, inner value, . . . it is important to keep one's own tradition," he told about 8,000 people at Crisler Arena.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said that he learned about Islam, Christianity and Judaism through personal contact and that he has a "genuine admiration and respect and appreciation for those traditions."

Chief of Troubled Hospital

In Los Angeles Resigns

LOS ANGELES -- The chief executive of the troubled Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, which is largely shut down amid questions about the quality of its patient care, has resigned. Antionette Smith Epps left "to pursue other career opportunities," the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services said in a statement.

The county characterized Smith Epps's departure as a resignation, but department spokesman Michael Wilson said she received a severance package equal to one year's pay. No details concerning the circumstances of her departure were released. King-Harbor has provided only outpatient services since August, when the county was forced to close most of the facility after its federal funding was revoked because of lapses in care.

Detroit's Mayor Says

God Is Punishing Him

DETROIT -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says God is punishing him for his "disobedience." The mayor addressed a crowd at Fellowship Chapel Church in Detroit. He and his former chief of staff face perjury and other charges stemming from their testimony during a whistle-blower trial last year. Kilpatrick told the crowd: "I'm not being whupped by the devil; I am being punished by my God. I know that my disobedience put me in the situation I am in." His address was part of a Detroit Manpower Movement event aimed at getting more black men involved in volunteer efforts.

-- From News Services


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