Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Cindy's FYI--Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Note: "Cindy's FYI" is a new feature that I'm experimenting with. I'll try to consistently provide this small news report in the early morning...usually it will be followed by my regular blog post later. I'd love your feedback!--CSS

--No "Ave Maria"? The Rutherford Institute is representing a former high school student in Everett, Washington, because her wind ensemble wasn't allowed to play an instrumental version of "Ave Maria" at the high school's graduation last month. School officials claimed the song was "too religious" even without lyrics. (Check out my interview with the Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead about political correctness run amok.)

--Focus on the Family Action Senior Analyst for Bioethics Carrie Gordon Earll is condemning the U-S Senate vote yeterday to rescind the Bush administration's policy on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Says Earll, "President Bush has shown uncommon character and courage in his defense of the preborn in the debate over embyronic stem cell research. His expeced action to veto tihs bill will hopefully prevent the needless destruction of untold frozen embryos." Earll says senators like Bill Frist, Trent Lott and Mark Pryor should "know better" and calls their votes "beyond cowardice."

--Ads on your barf bags?--Yep, U. S. Airways has decided to start putting advertising on it airsickness bags. Airline spokesman Phil Gee tells AP the company is looking for new ways to counter rising jet fuel and labor costs.

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