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Sex Scandal Forces
Denver Pastor to Resign

By Neela Banerjee

The senior pastor of a suburban Denver evangelical church resigned on Sunday after admitting to having had sexual relations with men. The move apparently came after the pastor was confronted by another minister in his church who had been alerted by an anonymous caller, The Denver Post reported.

The resignation of the pastor, the Rev. Paul Barnes, from the pulpit of the 2,100-member Grace Chapel megachurch in Englewood came by way of a tearful, 32-minute videotaped address to his congregation.

His departure occurred a month after the Rev. Ted Haggard stepped down as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs when a former male prostitute disclosed that Haggard had had a sexual relationship with him for three years.

Dave Palmer, the associate pastor of Grace Chapel, told The Denver Post that the church received a call last week from a person who had overheard someone speak of “blowing the whistle” on other evangelical ministers in clandestine homosexual relationships, among them Barnes. Palmer then spoke with Barnes.

Families Force a Delay
In Report on Mine Blast

By Christopher Maag

Bowing to pressure from relatives of the 12 men who died in an explosion at the Sago mine in January, West Virginia officials on Monday postponed the release of their report on the disaster until the survivors’ questions can be answered.

At the heart of the dispute were not the findings themselves, which were to have been released Monday, but the way they were presented, said Lara Ramsburg, a spokeswoman for Gov. Joe Manchin.

Unlike other reports on recent mining disasters, Ramsburg said, this one was not accompanied by a simplified summary or PowerPoint presentation that would have helped the families and the governor understand the findings by the Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training.

“The governor and the families had the same problem with the report, that it was not done in a way that was easy to understand all the data,” said Ramsburg, who attended the meeting at West Virginia Wesleyan College where the governor and relatives of the miners received the report.

Hewlett’s Longtime CFO
Schedules His Retirement

By Damon Darlin

Hewlett-Packard said Monday that its longtime chief financial officer, Robert P. Wayman, would retire at the end of this month and leave the company’s board in March. His departure, which he said had long been planned, leaves another board vacancy in what has been a tumultuous period for the company.

Wayman, who joined the company as an accountant in 1969, was named to the top finance job in 1984. He served briefly as the chief executive during a period of upheaval in 2005 between the board’s firing of Carly Fiorina and its hiring of Mark V. Hurd, the current chairman and chief executive officer. The Hewlett board awarded him a $3 million bonus for the 52-day stint.

When Wayman became chief financial officer, the company’s annual revenues were $6 billion; this year they were $91.7 billion.