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Bush: He’s Cultural ‘Change Agent’

By Adelle M. Banks

President Bush described himself as a cultural change agent in a group interview with editors and writers of conservative Christian publications. “… The job of a president is to help cultures change,” Bush told the nine writers and executives, according to an edited transcript posted Friday (May 28) on . . . → Read More: Bush: He’s Cultural ‘Change Agent’

Obesity on the rise in China

Lying on a bed at Shanghai Xiangshan hospital, Wang Jie’s thick arms and rotund belly are ominously covered with tens of acupuncture needles, a traditional Chinese treatment that has helped him lose 20kg so far. “It doesn’t hurt at all,” the cherub faced 21-year-old said cheerfully. “Thirty minutes everyday, and then you wont have that . . . → Read More: Obesity on the rise in China

22 dead as Saudi commandos end siege

A day-long hostage crisis that resulted in the deaths of 22 people ended in the Saudi Arabian city of Khobar when commandos stormed a luxury compound and freed dozens of foreigners. The Saudi commandos moved in Sunday morning, jumping from helicopters onto the roof of the high-rise building where militants were holding as many of . . . → Read More: 22 dead as Saudi commandos end siege

Religious litmus test in Texas

By Charles Haynes

It’s been a strange and scary week for religious liberty in the great state of Texas.

In September 2003, the office of Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn denied tax exemption to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Denison, Texas. This fact was not revealed until last week, when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram learned . . . → Read More: Religious litmus test in Texas

Paganism rages in Britain

Written by Frank Cotolo

BOXBERRY, Great Britain — A new study indicates that Paganism and the ancient art of witchcraft are on the rise in Britain. “Television, the World Wide Web, environmentalism, lo-carb diets and even feminism have all played a role in the resurgence,”? experts are saying.

Soaring Pagan numbers have the . . . → Read More: Paganism rages in Britain

Alternative medicine growing in popularity

ATLANTA, Georgia – Alternative medicine — including yoga, meditation, herbs and the Atkins diet — appears to be growing in popularity in the United States, perhaps because of dissatisfaction with conventional care, the government said Thursday.

More than a third of American adults used such practices in 2002, according to the government survey of 31,000 . . . → Read More: Alternative medicine growing in popularity

Alaska Quake Affected Yellowstone Geysers

A powerful earthquake that shook Alaska in 2002 affected geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park nearly 2,000 miles away in Wyoming, scientists reported on Friday. The magnitude 7.9 Denali fault earthquake in November 2002 was known to have triggered smaller quakes across much of the U.S. West, but its effect on geysers was . . . → Read More: Alaska Quake Affected Yellowstone Geysers

Elusive whispers draw searchers into an old prison

by Leila Atassi

In a win dowless stretch of concrete and steel bars of the vacant West Virginia State Penitentiary, there are ghosts. They reside in the metal cots where inmates passed time ruminating on their sins. Or in the remnants of mirrors still clinging to walls, where a prisoner could face his conscience or . . . → Read More: Elusive whispers draw searchers into an old prison

Children fall victim to an obesity epidemic?

The Government mutters advice but why doesn’t it stop junk food being targeted at the very young? Food writer Joanna Blythman discovers the answers – and how we can get our children (and ourselves) out of this sorry, sticky mess

It happens every day, everywhere. Children arrive home from school hungry and obstreperous, revved up . . . → Read More: Children fall victim to an obesity epidemic?

Death arrives through freak lightning…

A lightning strike at a golf course driving range Saturday killed a man and injured his 16-year-old son, a fire department spokeswoman said. Three other people struck at Meadows Golf Club southwest of Denver were treated at the scene, said Cindy Matthews of West Metro Fire Rescue.

The 47-year-old victim died at a Littleton hospital, . . . → Read More: Death arrives through freak lightning…