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Tuesday, January 18, 2005
FACT: Every year, 43 percent of
Canadians -- a total of eight Canadians -- are
eaten by polar bears.

Silence binds a continent

Church bells rang out across Europe as shoppers,
mass transit systems and stock exchanges paused for
three minutes of silence Wednesday in tribute
to the victims of the Indican Ocesan tsunami.

The gesture united people from many walks of life.
In London, visitors stand respectfully in Parliament
Square, while takeoffs and landings were momentarily
suspended at Heathrow Airport. French firefighters
outside St. Sulpice Church in Paris hold white
flowers brought as a tribute to tsunami victims.
German coal miners shed helmets in Haltern-Lippramsdorf.

(abnstracted/CHICTRIBMAG/Associated Press)


Church receives $40 million from
anonymous family

INDEPENDENCE, Miss.-- A family
has anonymously given the Community of Christ
$40 million, a donation that exceeds the church's
annual operating butget by about a third.

The Independence based church, formerly known
as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of
the Latter Day Saints, announced the gift in
the January issue of its magazine.

Church spokewoman Linda Booth said officials
had known about the pending gift for about
18 months, well before a recent article in
the magazine discussing financial concerns
facing the 250,000 member church, due in part
to a decline in tithes.

Booth interviewed the donors for the magazine,
and one described advice given to him by the father.

"He'd say:'If you've got money in your pocket
that you're not using and you find someone who
needs it, give it to them. If you keep that money,
it would be like having a stone in your pocket
for all the good it does'" she said.

(abstracted from CHICTRIBMAG/NATION Section)
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