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Lesbian wins church appeal
Nanjing Night Net

[BB] PHILADELPHIA – A lesbian Methodist minister defrocked last year after admitting to living with a woman won her appeal against the church’s decision because it had not defined “practising homosexual”, the United Methodist Church said yesterday. A committee hearing the appeal by Elizabeth Stroud in Baltimore reversed the ecclesiastical court’s December decision that stripped her of her credentials as a minister at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Philadelphia.

Professor dies on Mt Everest

OTTAWA – A University of Ottawa professor who studied mental and physical training for mountain climbers died yesterday after an apparent heart attack on the slopes of Mt Everest. Dr Sean Egan, 63, was leading his third expedition to the world’s highest mountain in Nepal, which would have made him the oldest Canadian to accomplish the feat, had he succeeded.

Hijackers got tickets by Web NEWARK, New Jersey – Two of the September 11 hijackers used a public-access computer at a New Jersey university library to buy tickets for the plane they seized and crashed into the Pentagon. Ken Wainstein, US attorney for Washington, DC, made the disclosure yesterday during a congressional hearing in which the Bush administration pushed for renewal of provisions of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act that make it easier for investigators to obtain records.

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