Free movie Saturday at Cuyahoga Falls church

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The family film "Brave" will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Community of Believers Christian Church, formerly Loew's State Theatre, 2543 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls. The movie is free, as are popcorn and drinks.

"Brave" is a 2012 computer-animated adventure fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney pictures and is appropriate for the whole family.

This is the ninth free movie of the Community of Believers' "Movies with a Message." The church had been the home of the Loew's State Theatre from the late 1950s through the early 1990s.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-928-5134 or visit www.cobc.org.

Cleveland Catholic priest excommunicated

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Roman Catholic bishop in Cleveland said a priest who ministers to a breakaway congregation has been excommunicated.

A statement from Bishop Richard Lennon said the penalty is meant to encourage the Rev. Robert Marrone to reconcile with the church and doesn't mean he's no longer a member.

Marrone began celebrating Mass for former parishioners of St. Peter Catholic Church in a new space after the church closed in 2010 amid downsizing by the diocese. It reopened last year.

Lennon said Marrone is defying church authority by leading the breakaway group and has refused to reconcile.

Judge rules Mo. library violated 1st Amendment

ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge has ordered a small library in southern Missouri to stop blocking access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions, calling it a violation of patrons' First Amendment rights.

"Even libraries that are required by federal law to install filtering software to block certain sexually explicit content should never use software to prevent patrons from learning about different cultures," Tony Rothert, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday.

Library director Glenda Wofford declined comment.

The ACLU sued last year on behalf of Salem resident Anaka Hunter. Hunter was researching death and death rituals in minority religions in an effort to get more in touch with her Native American roots through spirituality, the ACLU said.

Women runners banned, UN cancels marathon

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The United Nations canceled a planned marathon in Gaza after the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers banned women from participating, in a new attempt by the Islamic militant group to impose its ideology inside the crowded coastal strip.

The dispute threatened to further strain the already delicate relationship between Hamas and the United Nations.

Gaza sportswomen met the news with resignation, saying their conservative society had made it difficult to train even before the ban.

Since seizing power in Gaza in 2007, Hamas has issued a number of edicts meant to constrain the freedoms of women. But a number of these initiatives fizzled in the face of public opposition, making the ban on female runners somewhat surprising.

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