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  • Falesnik captures Lakes West title

    Judy Falesnik won the Lakes West Women’s Niners club championship, completed in March.Falesnik is from Slinger, Wis., north of Milwaukee.The complete list of winners:Club champion: Judy Falesnik.Flight 1 gross: 1. Joan Collins, 2. Karen Ragan, 3. Judy Skauge.Flight 1 net: 1. Diane Beauchamp and Jackie Kessler, 2. Carole Breit, 3. Ann Babcock & Casey Molda.

  • Glendale police participate in Denim Day Wednesday

    In conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 23 is Denim Day USA.Denim Day USA is an award-winning rape prevention education campaign originating in Rome, Italy, in 1999 to protest a ruling by an appellate court, overturning the conviction of a 45-year-old suspect accused of raping an 18-year-old girl.Why denim? The statement released by the High Court declared: “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them ... and by removing the jeans ... it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”Enraged by the verdict, women of the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans on the steps of parliament. Over the years, Denim Day has expanded worldwide to include community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement. Wearing jeans on this anniversary became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence. Denim Day especially focuses on raising awareness about sexual violence against women and children. This year marks the 15th celebration of Denim Day during National Sexual Violence Awareness Month.Chief Debora Black is allowing and encouraging all members of the Glendale Police Department, including uniformed patrol officers and civilians, to make a statement by wearing jeans to work on Denim Day April 23.The purpose of the Glendale Police Department participating in Denim Day is to bring public attention to the issue of gender-based violence and its commitment to holding offenders accountable, as well as providing victims the compassion, support and justice they deserve.

  • Camelback Ranch breaks records

    The spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, Camelback Ranch, saw a record number of visitors this season. Camelback Ranch, located near 111th Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale, saw a 21 percent increase in attendance for Dodgers games and 11 percent increase for White Sox games, City of Glendale officials said. Over 200,000 people attended games at Camelback Ranch this Spring Training, selling out a record six games, officials said. Overall attendance at the facility increased 15 percent this season, averaging a facility record of 8,087 fans per game.   Occupancy rates at Glendale hotels also increased. Occupancy was at 89 percent an increase of 3 percent over last season, officials said.

  • Waste Management of Arizona celebrates Earth Day

    In honor of Earth Day today, Waste Management is celebrating its’ Recycle America Materials Recovery Facilities in Surprise and Tucson, which provides residents and businesses in Arizona with recycling sorting and processing services to get recyclable materials back to the market to be used in creating new products.“Our goal is to be part of the solution to the problems that sparked the original idea for Earth Day, and while that is a 365-day-per-year job, Earth Day is a good reminder of our responsibility,” said Mark Snedecor, Waste Management area director of recycling operations.Waste Management of Arizona is committed to lessening the overall impact on the environment by extracting more value from the thousands of tons of waste generated each day. Recovering recyclable materials from the waste stream saves both energy and resources. Making products from recycled steel and tin, for example, uses just one quarter of the energy needed to produce goods from virgin materials.“As the nation’s largest recycling services provider, we’re always focused on how to improve recycling rates in our communities so that we can extract more value from the materials we throw out,” said Snedecor. “Recycling is easy, good for the environment and good for our local economy and we encourage residents to make sure they’re recycling every day, not just on Earth Day.”According to the Environmental Protection Agency, converting waste into valuable raw materials through recycling creates jobs, builds more competitive manufacturing industries, and adds significantly to the U.S. economy.Waste Management currently operates 130 recycling facilities and processes approximately 14 million tons of recyclables per year. The company is more than halfway to its goal of managing more than 20 million tons each year. In 2013, Waste Management recycled enough materials to fill the Empire State Building more than 21 times.

  • Flake speaks at town hall meeting in Peoria

    Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake will appear at a town hall event in Peoria Wednesday alongside Peoria City Councilman Tony Rivero for a discussion on the West Valley, as well as concerns specific to the Latino community. Flake said he looks forward to talking with West Valley residents about issues important to them. “This will be a great opportunity to have a chance to talk with West Valley residents about issues that are specific to their community,” Flake said. “I look forward to the opportunity to hear from local residents on how we can work with them to address these key issues and improve their community.” Rivero said Flake has been a strong advocate for West Valley residents in his still-young tenure as a United States senator and he intends to steer the discussion toward economic growth and job creation. “My constituents as a city councilmember have told me for the past four years that they want limited government that plays a positive role in job growth,” Rivero said. “That’s the approach Senator Flake has taken during his time in public service”. The town hall will take place from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Rock of Ages Ministries, 11427 N. 79th Ave. in Peoria. The event is open to the public and the media.

  • House deals West Valley lawmaker’s pension legislation a setback

    Legislation to limit how much future public employees can collect in pensions was dealt a setback Monday.Existing law bases retirement pay on a combination of highest salary and years of service. Workers can collect up to 80 percent of their earnings.HB 2058 spells out that only up to $150,000 of earnings in any one year can be counted toward pension computations. Rep. David Livingston, R-Peoria, said the measure is a no-brainer method of protecting the financial stability of the state’s retirement plans.“This limits pensions for high-income people,” he said. “And, by doing so, it helps protect people that get pensions with lower pensions.”And Livingston said the measure is prospective only and does not apply to anyone currently employed and already accumulating benefits.The Senate approved the measure early Monday on a 16-7 margin. But the House came up two votes short of the 31 needed for final approval.

  • Make your house, ‘Home Green Home’

    The building in which you live might be “Home Sweet Home,” but with the emphasis on saving money, making it “Home Green Home” may well apply.That’s green, as in saving greenbacks through energy efficiency.The idea of a “green” home is nothing new. But as a steadily but very slow growing economy continues to drive American homeowners to squeeze every dollar out of their home energy bill as possible, turning to green strategies remains a common option. The federal government’s mandate on certain energy efficiencies and programs that encourage savings are designed to help cut consumption.The push to save is on by both homeowner and home builder, and the methods are both tested and new.“We have been building energy efficiency into our homes for at least two decades now,” said Rebecca Lundberg, vice president of sales for PulteGroup’s Arizona division.Examples include equipping homes with Energy Star appliances, dual-pane windows to reflect as much heat as possible, water-saving shower heads and high-efficiency toilets. In the attic, where much of a building’s heat accumulates, Pulte has been insulating not only above the ceiling line but under the truss line as well.

  • Brewer signs bill regulating insurance navigators

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring licensing and background checks for navigators who help people buy health insurance on the federal marketplace. The bill signed Tuesday by the Republican governor requires the state Insurance Department to license navigators. Republican proponents say the requirements protect consumers from identity theft. More than a dozen GOP-controlled states have passed similar legislation. Democrats call them an attempt to slow down enrollment in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and unnecessary because navigators have contracts with the federal government. Navigators help people pick insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange. The Legislature passed the bill last week mainly along party lines, with majority Republicans in support. Democratic Sens. David Bradley and Katie Hobbs also voted for the bill.

  • Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that forbids the state's public colleges to take race into account. That change was indeed up to the voters, the ruling said, over one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of simply wanting to wish away inequality. The ruling bolsters similar voter-approved initiatives banning affirmative action in education in California and Washington state. A few other states have adopted laws or issued executive orders to bar race-conscious admissions policies. Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters in Michigan chose to eliminate racial preferences, presumably because such a system could give rise to race-based resentment. Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court's prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results. "This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it," Kennedy said. He stressed that the court was not disturbing the holding of a 2003 case from Michigan —which gave rise to the 2006 Constitution change — permitting the consideration of race in admissions. A Texas affirmative action case decided in June also did nothing to undermine that principle, Kennedy said. In a separate opinion siding with Kennedy, Justice Antonin Scalia said Michigan residents favored a colorblind constitution and "it would be shameful for us to stand in their way." Strongly dissenting from the majority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision trampled on the rights of minorities, even though the Michigan amendment was adopted democratically. "But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups," said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor. Michigan voters "changed the basic rules of the political process in that state in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities," Sotomayor said. Judges "ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society," she said. She is one of two justices, along with Clarence Thomas, who have acknowledged that affirmative action was a factor in their college and law school admissions. Sotomayor attended Princeton University and Thomas is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. They both attended law school at Yale University. Thomas is a staunch opponent of racial preferences. At 58 pages, Sotomayor's dissent was longer than the combined length of the four opinions in support of the outcome. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Scalia and Thomas agreed with Kennedy. Responding to Sotomayor, Roberts said it "does more harm than good to question the openness and candor of those on either side of the debate." Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case, presumably because she worked on it at an earlier stage while serving in the Justice Department. University of Notre Dame law professor Jennifer Mason McAward said the opinions by five justices point "to a much more nuanced and heated debate among the justices regarding the permissibility and wisdom of racial preferences in general." In 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the consideration of race among many factors in college admissions in a case from Michigan. Three years later, affirmative action opponents persuaded Michigan voters to change the state constitution to outlaw any consideration of race. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the issue was not affirmative action, but the way in which its opponents went about trying to bar it. In its 8-7 decision, the appeals court said the provision ran afoul of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment because it presented an extraordinary burden to affirmative action supporters who would have to mount their own campaign to repeal the constitutional provision. The Supreme Court said the appeals court judges were wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. But Sotomayor took up their line of reasoning in her dissent. She said University of Michigan alumni are free to lobby the state Board of Regents to admit more alumni children, but that the regents now are powerless to do anything about race-sensitive admissions. Breyer parted company with other liberal justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg, voting to uphold the Michigan ban because it effectively took power from faculty members at the state colleges and gave it to the voters, "from an unelected administrative body to a politically responsive one." Unlike the conservative justices whom he joined Tuesday, Breyer said he continues to favor "race-conscious programs" in education. Black and Latino enrollment at the University of Michigan has dropped since the ban took effect. At California's top public universities, African-Americans are a smaller share of incoming freshmen, while Latino enrollment is up slightly, but far below the state's growth in the percentage of Latino high school graduates. The case was the court's second involving affirmative action in as many years. Last June, the justices ordered lower courts to take another look at the University of Texas admissions plan in a ruling that could make it harder for public colleges to justify any use of race in admissions. Tuesday's case is Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, 12-682.

  • Gov. vetoes bill allowing killing of endangered wolves

    PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands.The measure vetoed Tuesday was crafted by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford.She has been a vocal foe of the program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the wolves into sections of Arizona and New Mexico, saying they are endangering not only cattle but also pets and children.SB 1211 would have spelled out that ranchers could 'take' a wolf -- legalese for killing -- that was killing, wounding or biting livestock. It also would have legalized a guard dog that is protecting livestock killing a wolf.And the law would also have permitted killing a wolf in self-defense or defense of others. In that case, though, the act would have to be reported within 24 hours to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Brewer, in her veto message, said she is a "strong supporter'' of states' rights. But she said SB 1211 is both unnecessary and conflicts with federal law.

  • Brewer acts to block federal takeover of Ariz. construction safety

    PHOENIX -- Gov Jan. Brewer signed legislation Tuesday designed to stop the federal government from taking over enforcement of construction safety standards in Arizona.State legislators voted two years ago to ease those standards at the request of homebuilders. That included eliminating a requirement to provide protection for falls of greater than six feet, setting 15 feet as the new minimum.Last month, however, the U.S. Department of Labor told the state that the standards do not comply with requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. David Michaels, OSHA's assistant secretary, said if Arizona does not act, then the state would lose its ability to police homebuilders.That also would result in making Arizona homebuilders comply strictly with federal standards, deal with federal inspectors and be subject to federal fines which are larger than the state imposes.SB 1307 tightens the standards a bit. But it also has a safety valve: It says if OSHA concludes these, too, are unacceptable, the state will automatically reinstate the pre-2012 standards the federal agency concluded were acceptable.Brewer signed a total of 60 bills Tuesday, including:

  • Gov. vetoes plan for tax breaks tied to church leases

    PHOENIX -- Landowners who lease buildings to churches will not be getting a property tax break.Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Tuesday which would have given favorable tax treatment to property leased to religious institutions for worship.Current law says property used or held primarily for worship is exempt from all property taxes if it is not used or held for profit. Proponents of HB 2281 said helps for congregations rich enough to afford their own facilities.But congregations that lack the finances to own their facilities are stuck leasing. And that property is now classified as commercial and taxed based on an assessed value at 19.5 percent of its market value.HB 2281 would have reduced the assessment ratio to just 1 percent. And there would be no tax if the property leased to a religious institution were owned by a charity.Opponents pointed out that, for most levels of government, property taxes are a zero-sum game.

  • ‘Heaven Is for Real’ heartfelt but dull

    Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including “Noah” and “Son of God,” ‘’Heaven Is for Real” is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy’s account of his trip to heaven that’s likely to please the devout, but won’t entice religious cynics.There’s little doubt the T.D. Jakes-produced adaptation of Todd Burpo’s Christian non-fiction best-seller will have a built-in audience, especially on Easter weekend.After undergoing harrowing surgery for a ruptured appendix, young Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) begins recalling his journey for his family: Angels carried him to heaven where he met Jesus (played by Mike Mohrhardt, whose face we never quite see), as well as God, Colton’s great-grandfather and the miscarried sister he never knew he had.Such talk frightens his older sister (Lane Styles) and worries his pastor father, Todd (Greg Kinnear), and mother, Sonja (Kelly Reilly).As Colton becomes more verbal about his supposed encounter, the local paper in the small Nebraska town starts reporting the story. This leads some members of Todd’s congregation (Thomas Haden Church and Margo Martindale) to turn against the Burpo family.Though Todd sticks up for his son, his faith is also tested. “We ask these kids to believe this stuff,” he says to his wife, “but I don’t even know if I believe it myself.”

  • Summer Movie Fun for kids returns to Harkins

    Harkins Theatres’ annual kid’s movie program, Summer Movie Fun, kicks off May 26.Season tickets are on sale at the box office. Season tickets are $7 for all 10 movies -- that’s 70 cents per movie. Individual tickets can be purchased on the day of show for $2 each. Doors open at 9 a.m., and all shows begin at 9:45 a.m. The program runs through Aug. 1.This summer’s roster of movies is: “Escape from Planet Earth,” “Epic,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” “The Smurfs 2,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Turbo,” “The Croods,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Lego Movie” and “Free Birds.”Participating theaters are:Arrowhead Fountains 18Park West 14    

  • Desert Foothills Theater presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents a special youth theater production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” running May 2 through 11 at the FCF-Holland Cabaret Theater, 34250 N. 60th St., Building B, in north Scottsdale.Directed by Amy Serafin, the DFT production of William Shakespeare’s comedy follows the (mis)adventures of assorted royals, wood spirits and actors over the course of one long night in a mysterious forest.“This is not your musty, dusty Shakespeare,” Serafinsaid. “It’s the timeless tale re-imagined, re-thought and re-envisioned for today’s audience. It’s a fresh new take, brought to life by an exciting and energetic young cast and crew who challenge you to put aside your notions of what it means to be a ‘classic.’”Performances are May 2 and 9 at 7 p.m.; May 3 at 2 p.m.; May 10 at 7 p.m.; and May 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $21 for adults and $11 to $16 for youth and students. A special 2 p.m. performance featuring a Q&A after the show will take place May 4. Purchase tickets before midnight Friday and receive an early-purchase discount.Group sale discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Visit www.dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

  • Netflix raising prices for new customers after strong first quarter

    Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its popular political drama "House of Cards."The increase, to take place sometime before July, will hike prices by $1 or $2 per month for new customers. The company's nearly 36 million current subscribers will continue to pay $8 per month for at least the next year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a Monday interview."When we look at the shows and movies that we will be able to get if we have a bigger budget, it's exciting," Hastings told The Associated Press. "We want to make the service better and better so more people will join."Netflix announced the looming price increase as part of a solid first-quarter earnings report.Financial pressures have been mounting on Netflix as it grapples with the rising costs of licensing compelling video for its service. The company has been spending more to compete against traditional cable-TV channels such as HBO and Showtime, as well as technology companies such as Amazon.com Inc., Hulu.com, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., which are planning to buy more Internet video programming from Hollywood studios."I think they need to raise the price to remain profitable," Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said of Netflix.

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    Detroit • General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released this weekend.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety watchdog, also didn’t seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem.The documents, posted on the agency’s website, show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles and point to another example of government safety regulators reacting slowly to a safety problem despite being alerted by consumers and through warranty data submitted by the company.A recall can be initiated by an automaker or demanded by the government.Both GM and NHTSA have been criticized by safety advocates and lawmakers for their slow responses to a deadly ignition switch problem in 2.6 million GM small cars. GM admitted knowing about the problem for more than a decade, yet didn’t start recalling the cars until February. The company says it knows of 13 deaths in crashes linked to the ignition switches, but family members of crash victims say the number is much higher.The Ion was one of a few GM cars included in a March 31 recall of 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to replace the power steering motors; the recall also covered some older Saturn Auras, Pontiac G6s and Chevrolet Malibus. If cars lose power steering, they can still be steered, but with much greater effort. Drivers can be surprised by the problem and lose control of the cars and crash.

  • iPhone edges Samsung in smartphone study

    New York • Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year’s model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds.The S5 scored well given its water resistance and a sturdy back panel made of plastic, according to SquareTrade, a provider of extended protection plans. The iPhone 5s won points for being just 4 inches diagonally, compared with about 5 inches for the Android phones. That makes the iPhone easier to grip and thus less likely to slip out of one’s hands.Nonetheless, all the smartphones tested had a medium risk of breakage, and differences between the various phones weren’t major.SquareTrade evaluated the phones based on such criteria as size, weight, grip and the quality of the front and back panels. The company measured how far the phones slide when pushed across a table on their backs and how well they withstand drops from 4 feet and being dunked in water for 10 seconds. Robots were used to ensure consistency.SquareTrade provided The Associated Press with the results ahead of this week’s announcement.The S5 scored a 6 on a 10-point durability scale, with 10 having the highest risk. The new HTC One phone scored a 6.5, while Google’s Nexus 5 had a 7. The iPhone 5s was at 5.5.

Featured columns

  • Good listening skills enhance relationships

    I know a lot of people who are hard of hearing, but I know many more who are “hard of listening.”Of course, those who are the latter will probably stop reading right here, thinking this couldn’t apply to them.The spouse of a hard-of-listening person might decide to clip this column and leave it lovingly in a conspicuous spot for his or her spouse to read.  Not that the problem is only between spouses; listening skills are important in every type of relationship.The following list of 10 commandments for good listening has been in my communication file for some time.1. STOP TALKING! You cannot listen if you are talking. Wait, your turn will come. Could it be that we have two ears and only one mouth because we need to listen twice as much as we talk?

  • Sugar alcohol doesn’t require ID to purchase

    Dear Dr. Blonz: I purchased sugar-free ice cream and noticed that the carton stated “sugar alcohol: 7 grams per half cup.” What is sugar alcohol, and is this anything I should be concerned about? — D.D., Lafayette, Calif.Dear D.D.: Most think of alcohol in relation to beverages and the ethyl alcohol they contain, but in chemistry, the term “alcohol” can refer to any compound containing a particular chemical structure. A sugar alcohol belongs to the family of carbohydrates having the “alcohol” structure and also a sweet taste. The sugar alcohols include sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and xylitol. Each has a slightly different take on “sweet,” but one thing they share is that you don’t need to show an ID to buy products containing them (unless, of course, they also contain ethyl alcohol).When compared to regular sugars such as sucrose, glucose or fructose, sugar alcohols contain about half the calories, they are not as rapidly absorbed and they have an insignificant impact on blood sugar level. This makes them useful as a sugar substitute for diabetics and others looking to limit their sugar intake.Sugar alcohols are metabolized differently than other carbohydrates; one beneficial aspect of this is that they do not feed the acid-producing bacteria that live in our mouths. As such, sugar alcohols do not contribute to tooth decay.They are not considered “sugars” for food-labeling purposes, and don’t have to be declared on the label, but they can be. The FDA allows food sweetened only with sugar alcohols to be labeled “sugar free.” While they have their benefits, be careful not to overdo it. Part of the sugar alcohol is not efficiently absorbed, and passes through and ends up being fermented by flora that live in the lower part of the digestive system. This can contribute to abdominal gas and cramping, especially when consumed on an empty stomach.Ed Blonz, Ph.D., is a nutrition scientist and an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Send questions to: “On Nutrition,” Ed Blonz, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO, 64106. For email, address questions to: news-sun@blonz.com. Due to the volume of mail, personal replies cannot be provided.

  • Religious terms grow from ancient roots

    Words in any language can be coined in many different ways.Often very logically from precedents in other languages with slightly different, more specific meanings that expand later, and then at times quite randomly based on mental associations, images, metaphors, particular traits, even  phonetic sounds, the human mind relates to an individual or object as characteristic. Ancient language roots or radicals, Indo-European, Greek, Latin, Germanic, also play a vital role as shown below.Let us consider a battery of brief word stories in the field of religion. Take the officials who give us service at the rituals and ceremonies of the church: preacher, pries, pastor, rabbi, parson, abbot, monk, and nun.Preacher goes back to the Middle English prechour all the way to the Latin praedicator, the latter composed of prae, before, and dico, say, related to the verb to predicate. Each Sunday the preacher will say his words before the congregation, this latter term formed from Latin cum, together, plus grex, Latin for herd, from gradi, to step.As any herd steps together, a congregation gathers together for a service, and congress, cum plus grex, is a herd of politicians. In sermons a preacher might even predicate or proclaim what befalls you if you sin. In French preacher is prêcheur, to preach prêcher, earlier prediat, he preaches, ecclesiastical Latin praedicare, announce, publish. German Prediger is preacher, predigen to preach. Latin dicare is the ceremonial form of dicere, to say, now rather meaning proclaim, publicize, consecrate, devote to the gods.Priest came from Old English preost, 1138 French prestre, now prêtre, German prestar, now Priester, Church Latin presbyter, rather a parish elder or oldest, from Greek presbýteros, honored elder of the parish, from the comparative of Greek présbys, old., venerable, reverend. Hence also the term Presbyterian. Latin pasco, feed, gives us pastor, German Pastor, French pasteur.

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