Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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'AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS ...'

When the bishop of Norwich, England, noted that rural banking services were dwindling, inspiration struck: The Church of England could install ATMs in its houses of worship. But not everyone is ready to key in a password. "An appalling idea!" one outraged layman grumped. "The interiors of churches are sacred places." Now hold on, countered the Right Rev. Graham James: "There is nothing wrong with money per se. After all, we make collections during services."

WELL, THAT JUST STINKS

Marvin Wells's pumpkin weighed 308-1/2 pounds. But the next heaviest, a mere 262-1/2 pounds, took first prize at the Morton (Ill.) Pumpkin Festival. Why? The odor from Wells's orange orb was "horrendous," said Mayor Don Roth, a judge. Only nonrotting pumpkins were eligible.

Library books successfully challenged by US parents

Some of the books most often removed from US library shelves during the decade of the '90s are considered minor classics. All are controversial and were at times judged inappropriate for adolescent readers, usually after parental objections. …

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