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Issue: "The waiting game," March 22, 2008

RETURNED: Prince Harry was whisked back to Britain March 1 after details of his secret tour of duty in Afghanistan were published in an Australian magazine and then on the Drudge Report website. In exchange for exclusive access to the prince before, during, and after his deployment, major news organizations in Britain had agreed to a news embargo to protect the 23-year-old and his fellow troops. The prince served 10 weeks in an experience he said was "about as normal as I'm ever going to get."

KIDNAPPED: Gospel for Asia missionary Haresh Kujur was kidnapped March 1 while leading a church youth service in Assam, India. Anti-Christian extremists are believed responsible for the 49-year-old pastor's capture. Meanwhile, more than 60 Christians who were kidnapped by extremists Feb. 27 in Himachal Pradesh, India, were released unharmed.

DIED: Residents of Gulfport, Miss., are mourning the loss of a man well-known in the community as Gulfport High School's No. 1 fan. Ronnie Hebert, 65 and mentally disabled, died Feb. 27. Hebert, who was a Special Olympics veteran, was a devoted school athletics fan remembered for waving a white towel at all Gulfport sporting events, which he cheered on for 47 years. Calling Hebert a teacher of life, Rev. Tommy Conway said during the funeral that Hebert was an example of how "God chooses the weak and makes them strong."

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REVIVED: After more than a year's hiatus, Bishop T.D. Jakes is bringing back MegaFest in South Africa this fall. The family-geared conference, which drew 560,000 people to its 2004 inaugural event in Atlanta, Ga., will take place in October in Johannesburg. Jakes, who pastors the 30,000-member Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, was selected last year as one of Essence magazine's 25 most influential African-Americans.

EMBATTLED: When Jim Nimmons, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Cathedral City, Calif., painted the word "Eternity" in bright red letters on the church's roof, he wanted to remind people not to get caught up in the temporal things of life. But residents started complaining, and the city is now threatening fines, saying the rooftop message violates an ordinance barring commercial roof signs. Nimmons, who is awaiting a hearing date, said he doesn't have the money to pay for fines but is willing to go to jail to keep a message he says "is worth standing up for. And worth dying for."

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