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Christian Film Festival Encourages Young Artists – March 03, 2009
Heritage Bible Church youth pastor Joe Brown started the Christian Youth Film Festival 15 years ago because he noticed the creative kids in youth groups didn’t have much of an outlet to express themselves. The kids can choose any topic, as long as it doesn’t conflict with the “Christian worldview,” Brown said. On Sunday the Fox Theater will host the 15th annual festival, sponsored by Kern Youth Network, a group of youth ministries in Bakersfield, CA. The Bakersfield Californian

How To Stop Mid-East Nukes? Denature Their Plutonium – March 02, 2009
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev engineers have developed a practical technique to “denature” plutonium created in large nuclear reactors and make it unsuitable for a dozen countries that are building reactors – mostly Arab or Islamic states – to produce nuclear arms. However, it will probably not be a significant deterrent against Iran, which has invested in other options as well, such as centrifuges and small reactors designed for plutonium production. The Jerusalem Post

Researchers Make Stem Cells From Adult Skin – March 01, 2009
Scientists have found a way to make an almost limitless supply of stem cells that could safely be used in patients while avoiding the ethical dilemma of destroying embryos. Because the cells can be made from a patient’s own skin, they carry the same DNA and so could be used without a risk of being rejected by the immune system. Unlike previous efforts to use adult cells, the scientists at the universities of Edinburgh and Toronto have found a way to achieve the feat without using viruses. Guardian.co.uk

Netanyahu’s Predicament: Handling Both Terrorists and Liberals – February 27, 2009
Negotiations between Likud and its coalition partners towards the formation of Israel’s next government have only just begun. But the campaign to undermine the government-in-formation is already well underway. For Israel, a US-supported Hamas-Fatah government is a hellish prospect. The political support such a government will lend to the terror war against Israel will be enormous. But beyond that, such a government, supported by the US will likely cause Israel security nightmares. Jewish World Review

Obama to Rescind Freedom of Conscience Protection – February 27, 2009
President Barack Obama wants to rescind a Bush administration rule that strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse for moral reasons to perform abortions. Federal law has long forbidden discrimination against health care professionals who refuse to perform abortions or provide referrals for them on religious or moral grounds. The Bush administration’s rule adds a requirement that institutions that get federal money certify their compliance with laws protecting the rights of moral objectors. AP

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