* Paul Anderson, who billed himself as the "World's Strongest Man" in up to 500 evangelistic inspirational talks annually around the nation, died August 15 at age 61. He had been in ill health since experiencing kidney failure in 1983. The 304 pound, 5-foot, 9-inch Anderson won a 1956 Olympic gold medal by lifting a record 413.5 pounds when he asked God for strength while battling a 104-degree fever. In all, he set nine world weightlifting records, including lifting 6,270 pounds on his back. He gave up his amateur status in 1961 in order to establish a home for juvenile delinquents in Vidalia, Georgia.

* The Puerto Rico Supreme Court is allowing public schools to continue involvement in a voucher program for a second year while it deliberates the constitutionality of government sponsorship. A superior court judge ruled the program unconstitutional earlier this year after the Puerto Rican Teachers Association filed suit, but the Institute for Justice appealed (CT, June 20, 1994, p. 65).

* In response to complaints from the Catholic Defense League, Hennepin County, Minnesota, officials have revised an employee cultural-diversity training program and apologized for anything that may have been "inaccurate, inappropriate, or offensive." The Catholic Defense League had complained that the training had characterized Catholicism as full of legalistic tenets and had intimated that Pope Pius XII backed the Holocaust.

* Donald William Munro, Jr., is the new executive director of the American Scientific Affiliation, a 2,000-member organization that explores the relationship of science to Christian faith. Munro, chair of the biology department at Houghton (N.Y.) College, succeeds Robert L. Hermann, who has retired after 13 years.

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