Monday, February 2, 2009

Good News for February 2 from Mary Beth

Stimulus through Contraception?: Fewer Kids to Feed

"President Obama’s proposed economic stimulus plan, now past the House and on the way to the Senate, has a little bit of everything. The stimulative effect of some of the provisions, middle-class tax cuts for example, are easy to understand."

More of Mark Earley's commentary here.

Spraying the Message

"Graffitti art as gospel proclamation? It can be, according to Breakpoint Worldview Magazine."

Click here for the story and the art.

One Month On, Children’s Needs Remain Great in Gaza

"More than a month after violent conflict disrupted life in and around Gaza, Save the Children is stressing that the health and well-being of Gazan children remain under threat and that full humanitarian access to the region is required to carry out a large-scale relief effort to meet children's increasing needs."

Read about what's being done here.

President Obama Springfield, IL-bound for Lincoln's birthday

"Two years ago this month, on Feb. 10, 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president in Springfield, Ill., -- not far from the Abraham Lincoln museum. Next week, on Feb 12., President Obama will return to Springfield to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth."

More on the Presidential plans here.

Newspapers fight perceptions industry is dying

"Several newspaper executives launched a public relations campaign on Monday to counter what they call 'gloom-and-doom' reports of the industry’s demise."

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Folsom museum explores image of African Americans in popular culture

"Some call the historic depictions of blacks in the media offensive, but for one El Dorado Hills woman, those images, and the stories behind them, need to be told.

Esther Roman, 64, has loaned her collection of black memorabilia to the Folsom History Museum for an exhibit dubbed ;The Evolution of the Black Image.' The exhibit is being shown in honor of Black History Month."

Join the discussion here.

Hope your day is filled with Good News!

Good News From Mary Feb. 2, 2009

'Mighty' HMS Victory wreck found

The wreck of a ship which has been found off the Channel Islands has been confirmed as the legendary warship HMS Victory which sank in 1744.

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Shedding light on vitamin D deficiency ‘crisis’

The seizures gripped the nine-month-old baby boy as he slept.

In the beginning, the infant’s mother thought he was sick with a cold. But then he became feverish and developed diarrhea, along with a strange, bulging soft spot on his skull. According to a report in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, once the worried mother and her baby arrived at a hospital and doctors conducted a series of tests, she heard a diagnosis that had become vanishingly rare since the 1940s: her baby had rickets.

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Phil the groundhog sees six more weeks of winter

America's most famous groundhog declared on Monday that the country will have six more weeks of winter.

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Bouncing Back From New Year's Failures

It's February now, and to those who have broken their New Year's resolutions, psychologists say surprise, surprise.

Research shows that a majority of us fail at our noble cause to quit smoking, or to go to the gym, or to save money within weeks of Jan. 1.

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Lost thief holes up in bank lavatory

A hapless thief drilled his way into a French bank at the weekend, but missed the safe and instead found himself in a lavatory where he was promptly arrested, a French newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Monday, February 2, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

Children: Recess Found to Improve Behavior

"Children who misbehave at school are often punished by being kept inside at recess. But new research shows that recess helps solve behavioral problems in class."

Click here to read about this study.

Kurt Warner: Quarterback for Christ

"One of the interesting aspects of the 2009 Super Bowl is that both Warner and Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are strong Christians who don't mind showing it."

Click here to read about Kurt Warner.

Ten new amphibian species discovered in Colombia

"Ten new species of amphibians -- including three kinds of poisonous frogs and three transparent-skinned glass frogs -- have been discovered in the mountains of Colombia, conservationists said Monday."

Click here to read more about this discovery.

Soldier on 1st skydive leads dying instructor down

"Strapped to his dying instructor a few thousand feet from the ground on his first skydive, Daniel Pharr found himself floating toward a house and some trees.

The military taught the 25-year-old soldier not to panic. And TV taught him to pull the toggles on the already-deployed parachute to steer."

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February 1st is a Good News Day (posted by Mary Beth)

Black History Month's notable Chicagoans

"The Chicago Tribune hosts a slide show of Chicagoans who play a significant role in the Black community."

View the photos and read the profiles here.

Steelers rally to beat Cardinals 27-23 and set new Super Bowl record

"Their Steel Curtain shredded, Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes improvised the 6-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left that gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a record-setting sixth Super Bowl victory, 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night."

More on the action here...

With 175th year bash, Bangor invites a fresh look

"The grandiose nicknames bespeak a storied past steeped in economic significance. Queen City. Lumber Capital of the World. The Center of Everything. Ah, those were the days."

Join the celebration here.

Val Kilmer to reign as King of Bacchus

"Actor Val Kilmer will reign as Bacchus XLI, krewe officials announced today. The parade is scheduled to roll on Sunday, Feb. 22."

More on the parade here...

Shot of the Day for February 1, 2009


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