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Miners found safe in Saskatchewan mine

Seventy miners managed to survive unscathed by holing up in sealed emergency rooms for nearly a day after fire broke out in a Saskatchewan potash mine, officials say. Miners first spotted smoke at about 3 a.m. CST on Sunday almost a kilometre underground at the operation near Esterhazy, about 210 kilometres northeast of Regina.

Officials . . . → Read More: Miners found safe in Saskatchewan mine

‘Religious conflict’ killed herb, tarot sessions

By James Merriweather

It may not have the impact of a tussle over displaying the Ten Commandments in a courthouse, or teaching evolution in public schools. But the five people behind a table in a small Kent County conference room last week say they also are the victims of religious discrimination and want the state . . . → Read More: ‘Religious conflict’ killed herb, tarot sessions

The Very Model of A Modern Pagan

By Jason Pitzl-Waters

Eir’s Initiate, writing for The Witches’ Voice, demonstrates why journalists shouldn’t think that interviewing a couple modern Pagans will give them a clear view of the entire movement.

“I personally am a paradox. I love the Norse Gods, but not necessarily their goals. I love knowledge and wisdom, but Odin is . . . → Read More: The Very Model of A Modern Pagan

House arrest likely for ‘Male Witch’ offender

By Geoff Wilkinson

A predatory male witch who turned girls into slaves is likely to be put under virtual house arrest when he is freed from jail in a few months. A Victorian Supreme Court judge will be asked to make sex offender Robin Fletcher the state’s fourth prisoner subjected to an extended supervision order. . . . → Read More: House arrest likely for ‘Male Witch’ offender

Experiencing Reiki hands-on

By Adam Leech

In an age where seeing is believing and medicines offer cures for an increasing number of physical or emotional pains, an invisible and indigestible practice is helping heal patients at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words: “Rei,” which means “God’s wisdom or the higher power,” . . . → Read More: Experiencing Reiki hands-on

Lost city has relics of Mayan glory

By Victor Zak

The ancient Mayan people carved a glorious civilization in the jungles of Mexico and central America. Remnants of that culture, stretching back some 2,500 years, stand today, like ghostly sentinels, reminders of lost grandeur.

Cozumel is studded with more than 30 ancient Mayan sites. The largest is at San Gervasio in the . . . → Read More: Lost city has relics of Mayan glory

Serial killer a member of death cult

A former female wrestler, accused of killing 11 elderly women in the Mexican capital, had an altar to the skeletal, scythe-wielding Santa Muerte death cult figure in her home, newspapers said. Police searching the home of Juana Barraza, 48, after her arrest this week found a statue of Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, who is . . . → Read More: Serial killer a member of death cult

Wiccans and pagan claim discrimination over cancelled classes

By James Merriweather

It may not have the impact of a tussle over displaying the Ten Commandments in a courthouse, or teaching evolution in public schools. But the five people behind a table in a small Kent County conference room last week say they are also the victims of religious discrimination and want the state . . . → Read More: Wiccans and pagan claim discrimination over cancelled classes

Witchcraft is bad for the economy

(Papua/New Guinea) Late last year, two incidents were reported involving the accusation and execution of ‘witches’. Allegedly, the executioners of one woman are ready to compensate the husband. Witch executions in traditional societies were a form of punitive justice. Witches were condemned and executed for bringing evil. There was no need for investigations to prove . . . → Read More: Witchcraft is bad for the economy

Ethanol Can Replace Gasoline

Putting ethanol instead of gasoline in your tank saves oil and is probably no worse for the environment than burning gasoline, according to a new analysis by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The researchers note, however, that new technologies now in development promise to make ethanol a truly “green” fuel with significantly less . . . → Read More: Ethanol Can Replace Gasoline