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Reinig: Music sets tone for individual personalities

By Pam Reinig, Columnist

There was a time when “What’s your sign?” was the conversation starter of choice at everything from church socials to PTA meetings. It also worked at parties as an icebreaker for folks who wanted to hook up with someone new, although I can’t speak from experience about that.

It was a . . . → Read More: Reinig: Music sets tone for individual personalities

Occult book ban demanded


Two books checked out from his middle-school library helped spark David O’Quinn’s interest in satanism and led him down a dark path that included self-mutilation, his parents contend.

Now, the 14-year-old’s parents, Tahir and Wanda Mella, have joined with other parents in pushing the school district to remove any . . . → Read More: Occult book ban demanded

The Traditional Hamlet

Teutonic Myth & Legendby Donald A. Mackenzie1912

The Traditional Hamlet

Horwendil slays King Koll–Birth of Amleth–Horwendil slain by Feng–The Prince feigns Madness–His Witty Sayings–Polonius is slain–Amleth scolds his Mother–His Uncle’s Treachery–Visit to Britain–His Return–How he won the Crown–Second Visit to Britain–Mission to Scotland–The Lovesick Queen–Amleth’s Victory–Over-king claims his Kingdom–His Death–An Unfaithful Queen.

KING . . . → Read More: The Traditional Hamlet

Minnesota website promoting Canadian Internet pharmacies

By Michelle MacAfee

Minnesota is set to fire the next salvo in the battle over Internet pharmacies.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to officially launch a website Friday containing names of carefully selected Canadian companies that Americans can use to seek out affordable prescription drugs.

It’s believed to mark the first time a state . . . → Read More: Minnesota website promoting Canadian Internet pharmacies

Ruling puts parental leaves in jeopardy

By Elizabeth Thompson

A landmark Quebec Court of Appeal ruling that parental leaves are provincial jurisdiction and that employment insurance should not be used to fund social programs could have an impact on the federal government’s ability to help Canadian families, Paul Martin, the Prime Minister, said yesterday.

“Obviously the government is going to . . . → Read More: Ruling puts parental leaves in jeopardy

Spanking law confirmed by Supreme Court

Canada’s top court has upheld a law allowing parents to spank their children, but also set guidelines outlining “reasonable limits” to the act.

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code that allows parents and school teachers to physically discipline children in their care . . . → Read More: Spanking law confirmed by Supreme Court

Pickled dragon mystery

A pickled “dragon” that looks as if it might once have flown around Harry Potter’s Hogwarts has been found in a garage in Oxfordshire, England.

The baby dragon, in a sealed jar, was discovered with a metal tin containing paperwork in old-fashioned German of the 1890s.

Allistair Mitchell, who was asked to investigate the dragon . . . → Read More: Pickled dragon mystery

Gay Adoption Ban Upheld

The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday upheld a Florida law that bans adoption of children by any gay person.

The court turned down a challenge filed by four gay men and a lesbian couple seeking to adopt children they already are raising. The 1977 state law was enacted amid an anti-homosexual “Save the . . . → Read More: Gay Adoption Ban Upheld

Helping Hands… Reiki Healing

Study after study shows that breast cancer survivors are active seekers of alternative treatments.

Some of the nontraditional approaches use diet and nutritional supplements to help the body’s immune system keep cancer cells under control. Others have a more mental or spiritual focus.

One of the holistic therapies that has been explored in connection . . . → Read More: Helping Hands… Reiki Healing

Aum nerve-gas cult chemist sentenced to death

The Tokyo District Court has sentenced a senior chemist in the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult, responsible for the 1995 sarin nerve-gas Tokyo subway attack which killed 12 people and for other crimes, to death.

Masami Tsuchiya, 39, became the 11th Aum member to receive a death sentence in court of first instance. A ruling . . . → Read More: Aum nerve-gas cult chemist sentenced to death