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Churches, synagogues press for federal rebuilding aid after Sandy

NEPONSIT, N.Y. (RNS) The waterlogged West End Temple and other nonprofits aren’t included in the $51 billion aid package to help rebuild areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and civil liberties groups think that’s how it should stay. Others say churches and synagogues should be eligible for federal rebuilding funds. By Solange De Santis.

RNS photo by Ellen M. Blalock / The Post-Standard

Lily Dale, N.Y.: A gated community for spiritualists

(RNS)  Like many villages, Lily Dale has a post office, volunteer fire department, library and a playground. But for 133 years, Lily Dale has also been home to the Lily Dale Assembly, a religious organization of mediums and healers who claim to communicate messages from those who have passed on to those still living on the Earthly plane. By Kathleen Poliquin.

RNS photo by Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger.

Tim Tebow brings a little goodness to Gotham

NEW YORK (RNS) Tim Tebow is Howdy Doody in a helmet, Opie Taylor running for touchdowns — while reciting Bible verses, stopping to find a lost dog, visiting sick children in a hospital and helping a little old lady across the street, all before he reaches the end zone. By Kevin Manahan.