Christians Have Good Reason to Fast: They’re Frequently Fatter

Speaking of being too heavy fat, it’s not only on busses, it’s in Church too: Young, religiously active people are more likely than their non-religious counterparts to become obese in middle age, according to new research. In fact, frequent religious involvement appears to almost double the risk of obesity compared with little or no involvement.…

Americans Becoming Too Heavy for Buses

Overweight Americans throwing off safety of city buses. USA Today reports: It’s official: The federal government says more overweight Americans are squeezing onto buses, and it may have to rewrite bus safety rules because of it. The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) proposes raising the assumed average weight per bus passenger from 150 pounds to 175 pounds,…

15 Byzantine Tombs in Central Syria

A nice archaeological discovery in Syria: Hama – An archaeological burial from the Byzantine era was uncovered in al-Ruba village in Zighreen town, 30 km northeastern Hama, including a number of tombs inside which pottery, metal and glass findings and golden pieces were unearthed. Abdul-Qader Farzat, Head of Hama Archaeology Department, told SANA that the burial comprises a…

Hirbet Midras Vandalized

Terrible news: Just reported by Ynet (in Hebrew), Hirbet Midras, the site of the Byzantine church in the Ella Valley with the incredible mosaic floors, uncovered just two months ago and visited by tens of thousands of people was deliberately and brutally vandalized Wednesday night. The Antiquities Authority had made considerable effort to prepare the site…