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Story Of The Larrikin And The Cook

The Arabian NightsSir Richard Burton, translator1850 Story Of The Larrikin And The Cook ONE of the ne’er do-wells found himself one fine morning without aught, and the world was straitened upon him and patience failed him. So he lay down to sleep, and ceased not slumbering till the sun stang him and the foam came . . . → Read More: Story Of The Larrikin And The Cook

Bush presses funding for faith groups

By Mary Leonard

Through executive orders, an aggressive wooing of religious groups, and his unflagging commitment to use the bully pulpit, President Bush has bypassed a reluctant Congress and is fulfilling his inaugural promise to bridge the historic separation of church and state and make his administration the most faith-friendly in memory.

The effort, carried . . . → Read More: Bush presses funding for faith groups

The Return of the King too precious for words

By Russell Baillie

The Return of the King is … sorry about this, but we’re not allowed to tell you what we think of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King until next Tuesday.

It may be the world premiere tonight. And we may have seen the film at a media . . . → Read More: The Return of the King too precious for words

Stars and signs forever

By Jascha Hoffman,

The predictions of love and wealth are, if not reassuring, at least diverting. The personality profiles — based on the division of the night sky into 12 houses, each carrying a myth-laden zodiac sign — offer food for thought. And the compatibility advice — based on the relationship between one’s birth sign . . . → Read More: Stars and signs forever

Second mass whale beaching in Australia in a week

Australian wildlife officers said Saturday that a sperm whale which was the sole survivor of the second mass whale beaching in Australia in a week appeared unharmed by the ordeal.

Officers from the Tasmania state Nature Conservation Branch arrived on Flinders Island late Friday and found nine sperm whales dead and one alive but stranded . . . → Read More: Second mass whale beaching in Australia in a week

Catholic bishops calls gay marriage ruling ‘national tragedy’

By Steve LeBlanc

Massachusetts’ Roman Catholic bishops are telling parishioners that a state court decision supporting gay marriage is a “national tragedy” that could “erode even further the institution of marriage.”

In a strongly worded letter to be read at Mass this weekend, the bishops also said the Supreme Judicial Court’s mid-May deadline for . . . → Read More: Catholic bishops calls gay marriage ruling ‘national tragedy’

Quebec police move in on ‘pot cafe’

Two men were arrested Saturday at a new cafe where people are encouraged to bring and smoke their own marijuana.

Dozens of customers were drinking coffee and passing around pot when police officers arrived, witnesses said.

Authorities confirmed that the joint, called Chez Marijane, had been under surveillance since the doors opened. But . . . → Read More: Quebec police move in on ‘pot cafe’

Interest Surges in Voodoo

By Stephen Kinzer

Last year, doctors told a 41-year-old New York woman who had been bedridden with meningitis and other ailments that she should prepare for the worst. Rather than resign herself to her fate, she boarded a train to New Orleans “” her illness does not permit her to fly “” and made an . . . → Read More: Interest Surges in Voodoo

Artist’s henna designs express her free spirit

BY Kate Santich

Few people ever end up where they expected to in life. Oh, they usually have a plan somewhere along the way, but as the saying sort of goes, stuff happens. They fall in love. They move. They get married or divorced or distracted.

Sometimes, they get religion. Sometimes they lose it.

Barbee . . . → Read More: Artist’s henna designs express her free spirit

Loonie surges to another 10-year high

By Malcolm Morrison

A renewed wave of U.S. dollar selling sent the Canadian dollar up almost half a U.S. cent Friday to a new 10-year high.

The selloff also took the U.S. greenback to a record low against the euro and a five-year low against the British pound. The loonie closed at 76.98 cents . . . → Read More: Loonie surges to another 10-year high