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Priest bars altar girls, sparks controversy

SAN FRANCISCO — A Catholic priest who recently took charge of a San Francisco parish has said only boys can be altar servers, a move that is sparking both criticism and praise and comes amid a wider debate over conservative concerns that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.”

Meditation Center to host Buddhist spiritual study group

EAST WENATCHEE — The HUMUH Clear Mind Buddhist Life Science/Meditation Center will host a Satsang spiritual study group at 4 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1550 Sunset Highway, East Wenatchee.

Holiday food binge marches on to spoil healthy resolutions

Why, when the calendar turns to a new year and we proclaim our most virtuous intentions to eat right and lose weight, do we so often fail? A new study finds that come January, our resolve to eat healthfully may run headlong into a runaway train of our own making: a holiday food-buying binge that continues to pick up steam well into the new year.

Dear Abby: Seizure becomes learning moment

Dear Abby: Last week, I had a seizure in front of my fourth-grade students. This has never happened to me before, so I had never spoken to my students about such a thing. I want to write them and their families a letter expressing my apologies, thanking them for their kind thoughts and giving basic advice on how to handle a seizure. Is this appropriate? If so, how do I start the letter?

Utah Mormons call for LGBT protections

SALT LAKE CITY — Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called this week for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom.
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Streaky skies

Cloud formations streak the sky as seen from the parking lot at Riverfront Park in Wenatchee last week. A light is seen in the foreground.
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Opera strives to strike a chord with U.S. youth

CHICAGO — In a public high school in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, opera singer Eric Owens recently talked with a music class about stage fright, proper breathing and making words matter.

Dear Abby: Woman’s love for boyfriend doesn’t spill over to his son

Dear Abby: I am in a great relationship with a wonderful man, “Kevin.” He loves me very much and we get along well. I have three kids — two with special needs — and Kevin loves them and treats them like his own. He also has a son, age 6, who has cystic fibrosis.

Meeting notices

Meetings scheduled throughout North Central Washington
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Reader scrapbook

Elizabeth and Sydney Mazur of Cashmere love to ride Catbait, their grandparents’ horse, whenever they can. This photo was taken last summer before a barbecue at the Palisades home of their grandparents, Jon and Jan Penford. The girls, who are 1 and 5, are the daughters of Blair and Terrann Mazur of Cashmere. Terrann said she really doesn’t know how the horse got its name.
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Manson Royalty

The Manson Apple Blossom Festival crowned its new royal court at a Jan. 24 pageant. Judges selected the top three contestants from among five candidates. They are, from left, Princess Kristen Gibson, Queen Kendra Ellsworth and Princess Aylee Neff. The court will represent the community at a variety of festivals and other events throughout the region, including the Manson Apple Blossom Festival in May.

Wenatchee DECA students advance to state

The Yakima Convention Center hosted more than 450 students from 12 Central Washington high schools at the DECA Area 10 Conference on Jan. 12. The following Wenatchee students, out of 67 in attendance, placed in the top four for their competitive events and qualify for the State Career Development Conference March 5-7 in Bellevue:

YWCA Store sale Feb. 6

WENATCHEE — YWCA Wenatchee Valley will host a 50 percent-off sale 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 at the YWCA Store, 231 N. Wenatchee Ave.

Two-week extension on scholarship deadline

WENATCHEE — High school seniors graduating this spring are encouraged to apply for the Andrew York Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline has been extended to March 1.