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Q&A: The color green a favorite of Islam

Law & Order: SVU, with Stephanie March and Christopher Meloni, returns in the fall.

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Law & Order: SVU, with Stephanie March and Christopher Meloni, returns in the fall.

Color green a favorite of Islam

The flags of Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have the color green in them. Why is green so widely used in the Islamic world?

Green has long had a special place in Islam. Many flags in the Muslim world use the color, including those of Saudi Arabia and Libya. The cover of the Koran, Islam's holy book, is green, and the color has been used in the decoration of mosques.

However, it is not entirely clear why the color became so closely associated with the faith.

It might have something to do with a mention in the Koran, which says that upon the inhabitants of paradise "will be green garments of fine silk." And a Saudi clergyman, Sheikh Mohammed al-Nujaimi, said the color may have become a favorite because it's a symbol of "clarity and purity."

Toufic al-Sudairi, undersecretary at the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, said there's nothing in Islam that stipulates that green should be the faith's color. "It's just a practice that began a few centuries ago," he said.

Making room for Jay

Now that NBC is putting Jay Leno on at 10 p.m. weeknights, what happens to Law & Order, Medium and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit?

NBC renewed Law & Order and its SVU spinoff. The network canceled Medium, but CBS picked it up for next fall. Leno's new show premieres Sept. 14.

Closed captioning for movies

I appreciate having closed captions on my television sets. Is there a way to watch movies at the theaters using closed captions?

A closed-captioning system for movie theaters does exist, but its availability is somewhat limited.

The Rear Window system displays captions on a panel that is generally attached to a seat or a floor stand, allowing theatergoers to read the words on or below the movie screen, according to the U.S. Access Board, a federal agency that aims to increase accessibility for the disabled.

The Rear Window system allows deaf or hearing-impaired people to follow captions without having them appear on the screen for the entire audience to see. (Another approach, called open captioning, puts the captions on the screen.)

In the bay area, theaters that have reported offering the Rear Window closed-captioning system include AMC theaters Regency 20 in Brandon, Veterans Expressway 24 in Tampa, Westshore Plaza in Tampa and Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar; Busch Gardens in Tampa; Cobb Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel; Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa; and Muvico Theatres BayWalk 20 in St. Petersburg.

The full list can be found here: tinyurl.com/qwl3rv.

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