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Kansas archdiocese severs ties with Girl Scouts and urges end to cookie sales

Saying that Girl Scouts is “no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel,” the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is severing ties with the organization and switching its support to a Christian-based scouting program.

“I have asked the pastors of the Archdiocese to begin the process of transitioning away from the hosting of parish Girl Scout troops and toward the chartering of American Heritage Girls troops,” Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said in a statement released Monday.

“Pastors were given the choice of making this transition quickly, or to, over the next several years, ‘graduate’ the scouts currently in the program. Regardless of whether they chose the immediate or phased transition, parishes should be in the process of forming American Heritage Girl troops, at least for their kindergartners, this fall.”

American Heritage Girls, founded in 1995, has become an option for those who say Girl Scouts has become too liberal and has relationships with organizations that support abortion rights and do not share traditional family values — allegations the Girl Scouts deny.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article147857619.html#storylink=cpy


The First True Color Images of Saturns North Pole are Stunning

On April 26th, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took its long-awaited first dive in between Saturn’s rings, bringing it closer to the planet than ever before. And if you were on the spacecraft looking at Saturn’s north pole with your own eyes as it flew by, this is what you would have seen.

This spectacular image was created by astroparticle physicist Sophia Nasr, and it’s one of the first true color images EVER of Saturn’s North Pole and the persistent hurricane churning away at 300+ miles per hour up there. Previous false-color photos typically showed a reddish hurricane, making the true-color blue version that much more beautiful.

Nasr used Photoshop to create the true-color photo, painstakingly combining three separate images Cassini captured using Red, Green, and Blue filters.


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Tuesday Toon Roundup 2 - Failed leaders

Tuesday Toon Roundup 1 - Sad History

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Australian man arrested in US for overstaying visa by 90 minutes

A Canberra man has been imprisoned by immigration officials in the United States for overstaying his US visa by less than two hours, after being denied entry to Canada.

Baxter Reid, 26, and his American girlfriend, Heather Kancso, travelled to the Canadian border in upstate New York before Mr Reid was arrested by US border police on Sunday, April 24 local time.

Mr Reid is now imprisoned at Buffalo Federal Detention Centre where he could face six months in jail before his case is heard by a judge.



House Dems slam Perdues rollback of healthy school meal standards

House Democrats slammed the administration Monday for walking back healthy school meal standards promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama

Democratic Reps. Jim McGovern (Mass.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and Chellie Pingree (Maine) called Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s first actions as head of the Department of Agriculture “disappointing.”

“Just days into his new job as Secretary of USDA, Secretary Perdue has decided to put special interests ahead of the health of America’s children,” DeLauro said in a statement.

“School meal nutrition standards were enacted, on a bipartisan basis, to bring school meals up to date with the latest nutrition science — ensuring that our children have healthy options on their plates. However, the USDA and President Trump have now decided to roll back much of the progress we have made in the fight against rates of childhood obesity and malnutrition."


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