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2008-10-12 18:00:22

WITCHDOCTORS kill at least 300 people a year to use their body parts for black magic medicine, a shock TV expose claims. Victims are dragged off the streets and mutilated in a sickening belief that potions containing the vile ingredients will bring power, health or money. The "muti" murders are rife across South Africa as poverty- stricken people try to cash in on the trade, worth up to pounds 250 a body. Channel 4's Unreported World tells on Friday how "healers" use hammers and...

2008-10-07 15:00:41

BRUNSWICK - Marilyn R. Pukkila, who identifies herself as a Quaker witch in the Reclaiming Tradition, will give a talk on modern witchcraft at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Bowdoin College. Pukkila's talk, titled "Today's Witches: Neither Oz, Nor Hogwarts, Nor Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will focus on dispelling myths and stereotypes about modern witchcraft and witches. The lecture is open to the public; admission is free. Pukkila is reference, women's studies and instructional services...

2008-08-07 12:01:01

By SANDRA J BARKER By Sandra J. Barker Correspondent OCEANFRONT "The year was 1706 and the place was the Princess Anne County Courthouse, located in the Lynnhaven Parish just a few miles from here." The opening line from a new production titled "The Witch of Pungo," sets the stage for a true story from local history. Steps from the Norwegian Lady Statue and the Naval Aviation Monument Park on the Oceanfront at 25th Street, an ensemble cast and crew spin the tale of Grace Sherwood...

2008-08-05 12:00:55

By Amanda McGregor, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass. Aug. 5--SALEM -- With money expected from a state energy bill, the schools would rehire some first-grade teachers, school librarians and other positions cut from next year's school budget. Superintendent William Cameron Jr. said he hopes the schools will see $500,000, for which he outlined priorities at last night's School Committee meeting. The list includes restoring three first-grade teachers, a school nurse and the library aides...

2008-07-25 21:00:23

By Claudia Palma WALNUT - City leaders are unanimous in their opposition to a plan to build radio towers just outside city limits. The City Council on Wednesday approved a resolution strongly opposing a proposal by Salem Communications, Inc. to install five 285-foot radio towers on an unincorporated Los Angeles County property north of the city. "Hopefully, that will be a loud and clear message to the developer that we do not want something like this near our neighborhoods," said Mayor...

2008-07-17 18:00:39

By Stacie N. Galang, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass. Jul. 17--PEABODY -- Police Lt. Edward Bettencourt can keep his pension, a divided Retirement Board voted Thursday morning. Against the advice of their attorney Michael Sacco, board members voted 3-2 to grant the convicted veteran officer his retirement. "I think what the board found is that there is no direct link between the crime that he committed and his duties as a police officer," Sacco said. Bettencourt, a 24-year veteran of...

2008-07-10 06:00:42

By Pete Dybdahl pete.dybdahl@roanoke.com 981-3376 The superintendent of Salem schools, Alan Seibert, got a new four- year contract and a raise Tuesday night. The Salem School Board scratched his existing contract, which expired June 2010, in favor of one that has Seibert running the school system through June 2012. The new contract also offers a salary of $131,634 for the coming year -- a 6.5 percent pay increase that matches what teachers in the district will receive for the coming...

2008-07-09 12:00:24

By Amanda McGregor, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass. Jul. 9--SALEM -- The Atlantic Ocean served as a classroom yesterday for students who mucked along the shore on a scientific mission. About 45 first- and second-graders from Saltonstall School crammed the shoreline at Forest River Park around 12:30 p.m. to watch a team of three state scientists wade into the water with a giant net to catch a haul of ocean critters. The children clamored and shrieked as they plucked crabs, flounder and...

2008-06-26 12:03:09

By Ethan Forman, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass. Jun. 26--DANVERS -- Parents who want to know just how many early release days there will be in the upcoming school year may find out at a special meeting of the School Committee next week. A special meeting is planned Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Holten Richmond Middle School. School Committee Chairman Bill Bates said yesterday he backs the plan to add more early release days to provide for more teacher training....

2008-06-25 12:02:33

By Mike Stucka, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass. Jun. 25--TOPSFIELD -- While everyone involved with Topsfield's rail trail is pledging cooperation, two sides are also trading allegations of outright invasion. The issues hit Topsfield selectmen again this week, when Bob Morgan -- accused of using part of the trail route as an extension to his backyard -- said he can't wait even a month for the town to control an invading weed that's trying to take over his property. Selectmen late Monday...


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2009-04-07 16:02:40

The Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) is a species of bird that is part of the family of woodpeckers. It breeds in the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. It is a migratory species and winters in tropical Africa and southern Asia. Its habitat is open woodland and orchards. It can also be seen in sandy areas along its migration route as it forages for ants. The wryneck gets its name from the ability to turn its head nearly 180 degrees. When disturbed, it uses this snake-like head...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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