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As North Korea’s death toll mounts, evangelical aid battles malnutrition

WASHINGTON (BP)–Five years of famine in North Korea have taken the lives of at least 1 million people and, in the words of Tony Hall, an Ohio congressman and evangelical, left the youngest population “in worse condition than the average African child.” Food shortages have left 62 percent of children younger than 7 with stunted […]

Christian dimension advocated in `restorative justice’ after crime

WASHINGTON (BP)–After Joseph Minotti’s seventh conviction for drunken driving, he wasn’t put in jail. Law enforcement officials in Genessee County, N.Y., had tried that, as well as fining him and revoking his driver’s license — all to no avail. This time Minotti was put in the county’s pre-trial diversion program. He was under house arrest […]

Alcohol & drug abuse involved in 80% of nation’s jail terms

WASHINGTON (BP)–Alcoholism and drug addiction are key elements in the explosion in America’s prison population, according to a recently released study. Many proponents of faith-based rehabilitation, meanwhile, say a faith approach is the only kind that can make a lasting impact on the problem. A 281-page study issued by the National Center on Addiction and […]

Studies say spirituality accelerates medical healing

BOSTON (BP)–Studies of the effects of prayer, meditation and other spiritual practices on healing have gained growing attention among doctors and nurses in recent years. Now they are capturing the consideration of health maintenance organization executives as well.A survey of 300 HMO professionals released Dec. 15 in Boston found 94 percent believe spiritual practices can […]

Pro-family groups wait to see if Internet assurances are fulfilled

WASHINGTON (BP)–Representatives of several family advocacy groups were cautiously optimistic about initiatives to protect children from on-line obscenity announced at an “Internet/Online Summit” in Washington Dec. 1-3.Speaking about the zero-tolerance policy toward child pornography announced by Vice President Al Gore and leading Internet service providers (ISPs), Shyla Welch of the Enough is Enough anti-pornography group […]

Navajos, Hopis, Senecas among exceptions to gambling trend

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (BP)–The Navajo nation, America’s largest Indian reservation, voted down a proposal to permit casino gambling in early November for the second time in three years.In Ledyard, Conn., however, the Mashantucket Pequots operate Foxwoods, the biggest casino in the Western Hemisphere, making more than $1 million a day even during slow periods.In Worley, […]