Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Good News for March 3 (posted by Mary Beth)

Protecting Conscience: An Obstacle to Tyranny

"Last week, what the Washington Post characterized as a 'terse posting on a federal Web site' set the stage for a debate on just how seriously our society takes freedom of conscience.

The posting announced that the Obama administration was planning to rescind 'job protections for health workers who refuse to provide care they find objectionable.' These explicit protections were issued in the last few months of the Bush administration."

Read the rest of Chuck Colson's commentary here.

Old Sets Live on as Broadway Embraces Recycling

"Ever wonder where the levitating tire from 'Cats' went? The helicopter from 'Miss Saigon'? How about the millions of dollars’ worth of scenery, props and costumes associated with the more than a dozen Broadway shows that have closed since late December?"

Raise the curtain on the rest of the story here.

Wabash Avenue preserves grungy charm of old Chicago

"City promoters weighing how to spruce up Wabash Avenue a few years ago called it 'the backbone of the 'real Chicago,' . . . an unpretentious street of hidden treasures and noisy charm.' But there is no ignoring the fact that visitors there speed up and look over a shoulder, a tad unusual in the beautified Loop."

Click here to visit Wabash Avenue.

Commonly overlooked tax deductions

"This year many people will be looking to save every penny they can on their taxes. And there are lots of savings to be had, even if you can't itemize deductions, according to CCH, a provider of tax, accounting, and audit information and services.

Here are 11 commonly overlooked tax deductions."

You'll find the money-saving details here.

Zulu coconut delivered to President Obama

"The president of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club presented President Barack Obama with a hand-painted, personalized Zulu coconut in the Oval Office on Monday afternoon, marking the 100th anniversary of the black Carnival club and the election of the first African-American president."

Check out the story here.

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