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Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Issue: "Save our cities," April 19, 2008

Hillary's last stand?

April 22: Sen. Hillary Clinton will need more than just a victory in the April 22 Pennsylvania primary to stave off calls for her to quit her race for the Democratic nomination against front-running Sen. Barack Obama. Early polls indicated Clinton held a commanding lead-one that eroded as the primary drew near.

Methodist gender-bender

April 23: Delegates at the United Methodist Church General Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, will decide whether the UMC church will allow a pastor who underwent a sex-change operation to remain in the pulpit. In 2006, Rev. Ann Gordon from northern Virginia changed her name to Drew Phoenix and underwent a sex-change operation-a move that has since been affirmed by the local conference.

Internet Evangelism Day

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April 27: Churches across the country will gear up for a first-of-its-kind Internet Evangelism Day meant to encourage Christians to spread the gospel into cyberspace. Both parishioners and churches are encouraged to create multimedia presentations for publication on YouTube.com or on ministry websites to present the case for Christ.

Spent confidence

April 29: Economists and Wall Street executives will be checking figures released by the Conference Board to look for signs of life in the lagging United States economy. The organization tracks the emotions of American spenders and has revealed consumers have grown pessimistic about the nation's economy since June.

Prayer day

May 1: Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias presides over this year's prayer day for the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which encourages Christians across the United States to pray and meditate on Psalm 28:7-"The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped." President Harry Truman signed the prayer day into law in 1952.

China border

May 1: The Chinese government will reopen the border between China and Tibet to tourists on May 1. Protests in western China by Tibetan sympathizers and monks sparked the communist nation to seal its border-a move that halted Tibet's important tourism industry in the Himalayas.

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