Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Shot of the Day for February 3, 2009

Coca Cola Red

By Flickr Member Tanakawho

From Now until February 14 we will be posting photos that celebrate the color red!

Good News for Tuesday, February 3 from Mary Beth

Cut-rate campus: Students forgo frills to save thousands

"In this border town where shoppers hunt for tax-free bargains, they can get something else on the cheap: a college education. A private one, at that."

Pursue this story of higher education by clicking here.

Global Warming and the Media: Give Us All the Facts

"You may have noticed that some of President Obama’s most ardent supporters speak of him in almost messianic terms. But there’s one public figure who apparently means it literally: James Hansen of NASA."

Read the rest of Chuck Colson's commentary here.

2009 Brings Revolutionary New Direction for the Gaither Vocal Band

"With mixed emotions and tremendous optimism about the future, Gaither Music Group announced major personnel changes for the Gaither Vocal Band, including the return of some of the group's best-loved alumni."

Click here to learn more about the beloved group's updates.

Mystery of ancient Puebloan jars solved

"For years Patricia Crown puzzled over the cylindrical clay jars found in the ruins at Chaco Canyon, the great complex of multistory masonry dwellings set amid the arid mesas of northwestern New Mexico. They were utterly unlike other pots and pitchers she had seen."

Follow the clues in this mystery by clicking here.

Easy ways to sculpt your arms

"Want to get your arms and upper body in great shape for summer?"

Click here for an exercise plan designed especially for your arms.

Jim Belushi, Bryan Batt and Carlos Mencia to ride in Orpheus

"Actors Jim Belushi, Bryan Batt and Carlos Mencia will ride this year as celebrity guests in the Krewe of Orpheus parade. The superkrewe, founded in 1993 by Harry Connick Jr. and Sonny Borey, is scheduled to parade on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m."

More Mardi Gras 2009 information awaits you here.

Good News From Mary Feb. 3, 2009

Survey Finds God Big in Mississippi, Not So Much in Vermont

Want to be almost certain you'll have religious neighbors? Move to Mississippi.

Prefer to be in the least religious state? Venture to Vermont.

A new Gallup Poll, based on more than 350,000 interviews, finds that the Magnolia State is the one where the most people -- 85 percent -- say yes when asked "Is religion an important part of your daily life?"

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Faith in Faith or Faith in God?

In 1980 Harvest House published a book by Larry Parker entitled We Let Our Son Die. The book tells the tragic story of how Larry and his wife — after being influenced by one of America's numerous "word of faith" (or "word-faith") teachers — withheld insulin from their diabetic son, Wesley. Predictably, Wesley went into a diabetic coma. The Parkers, warned about the impropriety of making a "negative confession," continued to "positively confess" Wesley's healing until the time of his death.

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Telescope sees smallest exoplanet

The smallest planet yet found outside the Solar System has been detected by a French space telescope.

The rocky world is less than twice the size of Earth.

Click here to read the rest of this story.

50 Years Later, Fans Remember 'The Day the Music Died'

It's been 50 years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock 'n' roll.

The passing decades haven't diminished fascination with that night on Feb. 2, 1959, when 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens performed in Clear Lake and then boarded the plane for a planned 300-mile flight that lasted only minutes.

Click here to read the rest of this story.

Kentucky Sues Ohio City to Get Rock Back

The fight over a rock that lay for years at the bottom of the Ohio River spilled into federal court Tuesday when Kentucky sued an Ohio city, seeking the boulder's return.

Attorney General Jack Conway sued the city of Portsmouth, Ohio, and three men in federal court Tuesday over the 8-ton boulder known as Indian Head Rock. The lawsuit seeks the rock's return to Kentucky and the cost of damages.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

Higher Education, Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

"Having more education reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease but does not slow memory loss once it starts, says a new study.

Reporting in the Feb. 3 issue of Neurology, scientists say they found that education does not appear to protect against how fast people lose memory once forgetfulness begins."

Click here to read more on this study.

Cut your grocery bill now

"Running into the store to pick up a gallon of milk for tomorrow's breakfast? Don't be surprised if you end up leaving with a lot more than you planned."

Click here to read about seven ways to save at the grocery store.

Pope says fasting in Lent opens hearts to God, hands to the poor

"Fasting from food and detaching oneself from material goods during Lent help believers open their hearts to God and open their hands to the poor, Pope Benedict XVI said."

Click here to read more about the Pope's message.

Bible Marathons encourage faith in Christ

"As Bible marathons become more frequent in Liberia, the Gospel message rises to higher and higher heights.

Bible Reading Marathons have been held through Bible Pathway Ministries since 1990, typically beginning with prayer and concluding with Scripture reading for 80 hours. As a result of these marathons in Liberia, the country is being reached with the Gospel. "

Click here to read more about Bible Reading Marathons.

Witch Hazel - Hamamelis Virginiana

"Most people are familiar with witch hazel because of its use in skin care as an astringent. It is a large shrub that is noteworthy for being one of the last species to flower. Witch hazel also adds winter interest with leaves that turn yellow in the fall, and is moderately drought tolerant."

Click here to learn more about this shrub.

Shot of the Day for February 2, 2009

Oranges in a Window

By Flickr Member David Gallagher