- The Washington Times - Monday, November 27, 2000

Conservative Anglicans challenge church

ROSEMONT, Pa. Anglican archbishops disturbed by the Episcopal Church USA's liberal views on homosexuality held their own confirmation service yesterday in a challenge to the denomination's American leadership.

The presiding bishops of Kenya, Uganda, Congo, and Sydney, Australia as well as delegates sent by other bishops and about 700 worshippers attended the service in suburban Philadelphia. They object to the practice by the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of Anglicanism, of ordaining active homosexuals and allowing clergy to bless same-sex "unions."

Some 70 youths and adults were confirmed at the standing-room-only service, led by Archbishop Maurice Sinclair of Argentina, at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Rare U.S. $20 note to go up for auction

For decades, it was tucked away in a desk drawer, but soon a rare and colorful $20 bill issued to help pay for the Civil War will be in the national spotlight.
"If someone was putting together a complete … collection of $20 bills, you've got to have this," said David Sundman, president of Littleton Coin Co., in Littleton, N.H.
The 1866 certificate was discovered this fall when its owner, a man who lives in the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, tried to determine the value of old money passed down through his family. The owner, who wants to remain anonymous, learned he was holding a treasure, worth at least $250,000, in Mr. Sundman's estimation.
The bill a gold certificate, meaning it was redeemable from the U.S. Treasury for $20 in gold is in Littleton's vault, awaiting auction next spring.

Cybill Shepherd flees fire at Memphis home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. A weekend fire drove actress Cybill Shepherd from her home overlooking the Mississippi River.
Miss Shepherd called the Memphis Fire Department on Saturday afternoon and reported she saw smoke in the attic and believed her home was on fire, said Shane Walker, a senior operator for the department.
She said a bedroom fireplace may have been involved, although the cause of the fire is under investigation, Mr. Walker said.
Firefighters had the fire out soon after their arrival and no one was injured, Mr. Walker said.

Father of newborn finds abandoned baby

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Robert Shannon had just finished visiting his wife and their new baby at Sutter Roseville Medical Center when he helped another newborn into the world.
As he stepped through the doors of the Family Birth Center on Friday night, he looked down and saw something wrapped in a small wool blanket. Inside, he discovered a baby girl.
Hospital staff said the newborn dubbed "Baby Autumn" by nurses was in good health. The 7-pound, 6-ounce girl with a head of brown hair and a light complexion likely will spend another day at the center before being moved to a foster home, said nurse Terry Stephens.
"You read about it in the news, but you never expect to see it," said Mr. Shannon, whose second child, a boy named Evan Michael, was born Thanksgiving Day.

Demonstration blocks Boulder bookstore

BOULDER, Colo. Led by an activist who chained himself to the door, a crowd of protesters forced a retail recess at a bookstore.
About 50 people gathered shortly after 5 p.m. Friday and blocked access to the doors of the Borders Books and Music store, which opened earlier this year despite opposition.
The group chanted "Boulder is not for sale," as writer and massage therapist Theo Horesh, 28, clamped a bicycle lock to the door handles and to a similar lock around his neck.
An alliance of small-business owners has been trying to persuade the City Council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit new chain stores or big-box stores from opening in Boulder. The proposal, which stirred considerable debate, has not been put to a vote.

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