In the News / December 13, 2006

In the News: 12/13/06

A Family at Cross-Purposes MONTREAT, N.C. — It is a struggle worthy of the Old Testament, pitting brother against brother, son against mother, and leaving the famous father, the Rev. Billy Graham, trapped in the middle, pondering what to do in the debate over where he will be buried.

66% Think U.S. Spies on Its Citizens Two-thirds of Americans believe that the FBI and other federal agencies are intruding on privacy rights as part of terrorism investigations, but they remain divided over whether such tactics are justified.

Blogs for Shoppers Shoppers scratching their heads for gift suggestions are seeking advice from a cadre of bloggers who are up on the hot products in their fields and have started offering reviews.

Tattoos to strip clubs, holiday gift cards go offbeat Sellers of more offbeat potential gifts — from tattoos to travel — are looking to cash in on the popularity of gift cards and certificates. Card and certificate sales are expected to hit a record $24.8 billion this holiday, up 34% from 2005, says the National Retail Federation and BIGresearch.

More Americans clean their plates of ‘bad’ food Faster than you can say, “Hold the mayo,” food has become America’s great obsession. Folks want to think the food they eat is doing good things for their bodies, whether or not it is. While changing eating habits is hard, many Americans are doing it.

Critics: ‘Left Behind’ game glorifies violence Critics say Left Behind: Eternal Forces glorifies religious violence against non-Christians.

Christmas-related conflicts cut into holiday cheer ‘Tis the season for eggnog, office parties and conflict over Christmas.

Bill would allow the blind to hunt in Texas, with laser sightsOnly in Texas! A lawmaker in this firearm-friendly state wants to help more people get the chance to shoot live animals even if those people are blind.

Faith’s purchasing power Nearly 12% of Americans spend more than $50 a month on religious products, and another 11% spend $25 to $29, according to a national survey of 1,721 adults by Baylor University, out in September.

ComScore: MySpace tops Yahoo in November The online hangout MySpace got even more popular in November, beating Yahoo in Web traffic for the first time.

Passion fills O.C. court in trial over student rights Closing arguments are made in a suit over an O.C. principal’s actions against two girls who went steady. The one suing says she was outed.

Holocaust denial can be dangerous Iran’s two-day conference for revisionists can’t be shrugged off given its quest for nuclear weapons.

U.S. Condemns Gathering in Iran of Holocaust Skeptics The White House sharply criticized a conference yesterday sponsored by the Iranian government that questioned the reality of the Nazi Holocaust, calling the gathering “an affront to the entire civilized world” and to “traditional Iranian values of tolerance and mutual respect.”

First Sign of Obama Mud If critics have their way, when you hear the name Barack Obama, you’ll start hearing the name Tony Rezko.

The Power of the Press The media is in need of some mending.

Iranian’s Holocaust denial advances another agenda Iranian’s Holocaust denial advances another agenda.

Iran’s president predicts end of Israel Iran’s hard-line president said Tuesday that Israel will one day be “wiped out” as the Soviet Union was.

Radio host, George Jones’ wife clash Tuesday morning provided radio listeners with one of those “Ah, only in Nashville” moments, as popular WSIX morning radio personality Gerry House squared off with Nancy Jones, wife of Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones.

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