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NORTHWEST VALLEY

Fire burns LV home, cars near property

A fire engulfed a home in the northwest valley Sunday evening, a city of Las Vegas spokeswoman said.

Margaret Kurtz said firefighters responded about 6:37 p.m. to a house fire near Berkley Hall Street and Broad Peak Drive, near Buffalo and Grand Teton drives.

Kurtz said the house was consumed by flames when firefighters arrived. She said cars next to the property were also burning.

She did not know whether anyone was home at the time of the fire or whether any injuries occurred. The cause is being investigated.

EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Gays among nominees for posts in diocese

A gay priest and a lesbian priest are among six nominees for assistant bishop positions in the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Los Angeles.

The church said Sunday that the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland, with four others, will be up for election in December by lay members and clergy.

The vote will be a test of new church legislation passed at July’s general convention in Anaheim that repeals a ban on consecrating openly gay bishops.

In 2003, the church elected its first openly gay bishop, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson.

SAN DIEGO’S MISSION BAY

Body found after man dived off tour boat

A body thought to be that of a 28-year-old man from La Jolla, Calif., who dived off a tour boat has been pulled from Mission Bay.

San Diego lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said the body was found shortly after 3:10 p.m. Sunday near Bahia Point about 100 yards from shore.

The man jumped off the boat with two companions about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The pair reported the man missing when they could not find him after swimming to shore.

CHURCH SERVICE IN PHOENIX

Liberians fear backlash following girl’s assault

Leaders of Arizona’s Liberian community said Sunday they’re worried about stereotypes of the West African nation and potential backlash against its people after an 8-year-old girl’s rape.

The leaders spoke to a congregation of Liberians at a Sunday church service in Africa Faith Expressions in Phoenix. The girl’s family is among its members.

Police allege four boys, ages 9 to 14, lured the girl to an empty storage shed July 16 with the promise of chewing gum. Investigators allege the boys restrained the girl and took turns sexually assaulting her. All of the children are Liberian refugees.

News reports of the attack have included inaccurate descriptions that rape and those who commit it are accepted in Liberia, Robert Sherman of the Liberian Association of Arizona said.

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