Philip Reeves http://wfpl.org en Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? http://wfpl.org/post/would-brits-throw-out-royals-babys-bathwater "Royal Baby Fever" is <a href="201779696">gripping Britain</a>.<p>So say the breathless TV pundits gathered from round the world to report the infant's arrival.<p>Is it true?<p>An <a href="http://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/3234/Royal-Baby-Poll.aspx">Ipsos Mori poll published this week</a> found the Royal Family's certainly enjoying a golden age, after rebounding from the disasters of the 1990s — including the death of Princess Diana.<p>Three out of every four surveyed want the United Kingdom to remain a monarchy. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:58:52 +0000 Philip Reeves 6198 at http://wfpl.org Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater? Britain Goes After Pot Growers With 'Scratch And Sniff' Cards http://wfpl.org/post/britain-goes-after-pot-growers-scratch-and-sniff-cards For many years, across the world, the extraordinarily powerful noses of dogs have been successfully used to help detect crime.<p>Now, in Britain, moves are under way to recruit humans to perform the same subtle work.<p>Police are encouraging the British to step out of their homes, raise their nostrils aloft, and see if they catch the whiff of wrongdoing wafting from the next-door neighbors.<p>Visitors to these crowded islands are often charmed by the small redbrick terraced houses that are in every town and city.<p>But law enforcement agencies here say the attics and backrooms of some of these Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:52:02 +0000 Philip Reeves 4625 at http://wfpl.org Britain Goes After Pot Growers With 'Scratch And Sniff' Cards A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave http://wfpl.org/post/rough-guide-papal-conclave The stage is now set for the opening act of one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet: the election of a pope.<p>In Rome, TV camera crews have set up their positions on big platforms overlooking St. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:41:34 +0000 Philip Reeves 4429 at http://wfpl.org A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave The Hermit Pope Who Set The Precedent For Benedict XVI http://wfpl.org/post/hermit-pope-who-set-precedent-benedict-xvi Beneath a glass coffin, wearing a pontiff's miter and faded vestments of gold and purple, there lies a tiny man with a wax head.<p>This represents an Italian priest who, until this month, was the only pope in history to voluntarily resign.<p>His name is Celestine V.<p>Celestine became pope at 84, some seven centuries ago, after a long and self-punishing career as a hermit.<p>Though a celebrated spiritual leader, and founder of a new branch of the Benedictine order, his papacy lasted just over five months. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:51:16 +0000 Philip Reeves 4199 at http://wfpl.org British Outrage Grows As Horsemeat Pops Up In More Foods http://wfpl.org/post/british-outrage-grows-horsemeat-pops-more-foods They like riding them. They like racing them. Sat, 09 Feb 2013 19:59:26 +0000 Philip Reeves 3908 at http://wfpl.org British Outrage Grows As Horsemeat Pops Up In More Foods