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Saturn ““ Harbinger of Gloom?

By Madam Zorra

Step cautiously into 2006, the year of Saturn. The second largest planet in our solar system, is known, respected and feared by many cultures. According to Greek mythology, it is the god of Agriculture. The Chinese know it as The Exorcist; it rules the element Earth. In the Tarot, it is depicted . . . → Read More: Saturn ““ Harbinger of Gloom?

Rights body steps into world of sexual quirks

By Ian Mulgrew

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal will investigate sexual practices involving “bondage, discipline and submission, sadism and masochism” to determine whether a self-described pagan was discriminated against by the Vancouver police department.

In a preliminary 18-page ruling issued Thursday, the tribunal said there may be merit in Peter Hayes’ complaint that he lost . . . → Read More: Rights body steps into world of sexual quirks

Reverence for nature is central to Wicca

By Ellen C. Friedman

Each spiritual path brings beauty and truth to the manifestation of life. As a new religious movement grounded in traditional wisdom, Wicca is continuously evolving along with the rest of our society in a time of much change. While we use some of the methods our ancestors employed, our beliefs, principles . . . → Read More: Reverence for nature is central to Wicca

Anti-Christian jeans setting trend in Sweden

By Karl Ritter

A punk-rock style, trendy tight fit and affordable price have made Cheap Monday jeans a hot commodity among young Swedes, but what has people talking is the brand’s ungodly logo: a skull with a cross turned upside down on its forehead. The jeans’ makers say it’s more of a joke, but the . . . → Read More: Anti-Christian jeans setting trend in Sweden

Perils of the Popess

By Sandra Miesel

Pope Joan is one of the most tenacious myths of the Middle Ages, told and retold by Catholics and anti-Catholics alike since the 13th century. It is said that beautiful young Joan, an Englishwoman born in Mainz, Germany, disguised herself as a man to gain higher education beside her scholarly lover. Her . . . → Read More: Perils of the Popess

Baby born in SUV

A woman in British Columbia who gave birth in a coffee shop parking lot early Wednesday morning wants answers from local hospital officials who told her to go to a larger regional facility. Jessica Obey of Princeton gave birth to her son in her family’s SUV while the child’s father got emergency instructions for delivering . . . → Read More: Baby born in SUV

‘Heretical’ rabbi is voted the greatest British Jew

By Ruth Gledhill

An Elderly rabbi condemned as a heretic by the leaders of Orthodox Judaism has been voted the greatest British Jew of all time. In a poll published today, Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, 85, beat distinguished Jewish leaders including Sir Moses Montefiore, Benjamin Disraeli and the late Rabbi Hugo Gryn.

The poll of . . . → Read More: ‘Heretical’ rabbi is voted the greatest British Jew

Leap second means 2006 will arrive late

The new year will begin one second late to compensate for the slowing down of the Earth’s rotation, scientists have confirmed. The so-called “leap second” will be added to the end of December 31.

Leap seconds were first introduced in 1972 to keep “clock time” and “Sun time” in step. Normal clocks are based on . . . → Read More: Leap second means 2006 will arrive late

Starbucks pulling Chantico

By Elizabeth M. Gillespie

Starbucks Corp. is pulling Chantico from its menu next month, only a year after it enthusiastically launched the calorie-laden chocolate drink. Audrey Lincoff, a spokeswoman for world’s largest specialty coffee retailer, said the company will start selling two new chocolate drinks in mid-February, but would not provide any further details Wednesday.

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Rowling readies pen for final Potter book

Harry Potter series, said she plans to start writing the final book about the boy wizard next month and finish it some time in 2006. “For 2006 will be the year when I write the final book in the Harry Potter series,” the British author wrote on her official website.

“I contemplate the task with . . . → Read More: Rowling readies pen for final Potter book