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Police probe B.C. immigration official after stolen papers discovered in India

Breach-of-trust allegations revealed in search warrant

By Lori Culbert

A federal immigration officer is under investigation by the RCMP after her friend, a Kelowna cabbie, allegedly took a stolen, highly sensitive immigration form to India in an unsuccessful attempt to smuggle someone into the country, court documents say.

The allegations are made in a . . . → Read More: Police probe B.C. immigration official after stolen papers discovered in India

Of resignation and witchcraft in HRD ministry

A few visitations need to be scheduled to the Ministry of Human Resource Development where some kind of an unfavourable planetary alignment seems to have cast a pall. An astrologer to diagnose and then a witch doctor to treat. And, perhaps, a friendly spirit to bless the proceedings.

There is much turmoil in the ministry. . . . → Read More: Of resignation and witchcraft in HRD ministry

Gypsy Wedding of the Year Stalled When Bride Bolts

By Alison Mutler

SIBIU, Romania (AP) – It was billed as the Gypsy wedding of the year. But the Saturday ceremony, launching a three-day party, got off to a bad start: The 12-year-old “princess bride” – daughter of a self-proclaimed king – stormed out of the church in protest in front of 400 guests. “Leave . . . → Read More: Gypsy Wedding of the Year Stalled When Bride Bolts

Water can’t hide from Earl Wordell

By Chelsea Wonacott-Mershon

The force is strong with dowser Earl “Sherm” Wordell. Wielding a Y-shaped branch from a sapling, Mr. Wordell keeps a slow pace across the lawn. Suddenly, the branch begins to curl toward the ground, apparently without direction from fingers or wrists. It “pulls” like a snagged fishing line, and Mr. Wordell understands . . . → Read More: Water can’t hide from Earl Wordell

School policy allows formation of ‘pagan’ club

By Andy Pham

A school district policy that allows student-led religious groups to meet allowed the formation of Azle High School’s first “pagan”? club this year. After a failed attempt to form such a club two years ago, AHS senior Ashleigh Skaggs got permission to form SPELL (Society of Pagans Enlightening Living through Learning) on . . . → Read More: School policy allows formation of ‘pagan’ club

Historian Finds Moral Lessons at Core of Harry Potter Tales

Looking beyond its magic — literal as well as figurative — Lawrence University historian Edmund Kern believes the underlying moral messages found in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” book series has nearly as much to do with the stories’ popularity as the fantastical elements embedded in their plots does.

In his just-released book, “The Wisdom . . . → Read More: Historian Finds Moral Lessons at Core of Harry Potter Tales

Story Of King Shahryar And His Brother

The Arabian NightsSir Richard Burton, translator1850

Story Of King Shahryar And His Brother

Verily the works and words of those gone before us have become instances and examples to men of our modern day, that folk may view what admonishing chances befell other folk and may therefrom take warning; and that they may peruse the . . . → Read More: Story Of King Shahryar And His Brother

Religious leaders back homophobia fight

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have signed an open letter supporting Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams in his efforts to combat homophobia.

In the letter, issued to coincide with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, they write that Dr Williams’s election as Archbishop was celebrated by British Christians, Jews and Muslims alike “as heralding . . . → Read More: Religious leaders back homophobia fight

Huge bill looms to treat AIDS patients

Many addicts with HIV are not taking life-extending drugs

By Chad Skelton

Vancouver’s health-care system faces a crisis over the next few years as thousands of drug users, infected with HIV in the mid-1990s, start falling ill and dying, according to the region’s top AIDS researchers.

Experts with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in . . . → Read More: Huge bill looms to treat AIDS patients

Belly dancers shimmy into arts center

A mother-daughter team of Oriental dancers, Natasha and Kryia of Silk Road Middle Eastern Dance of Boulder, will bring their special brand of dance to the Glenwood Center for the Arts next month.

Gypsy-style dance for beginners is from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. Gypsy-style dance has roots in India, Turkey, Spain and the lives . . . → Read More: Belly dancers shimmy into arts center