Thursday, February 12, 2009

Good News From Mary Feb. 12, 2009

Retail sales rebounded unexpectedly in January

U.S. retail sales jumped 1 percent in January, reversing a six-month declining trend and defying economists’ expectations by posting the biggest increase in 14 months.

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Marine helps 8-year-old pen pal with special needs

The 8-year-old boy had never been to New York City before, and he looked as if he wasn’t sure why he was sitting in a television studio with his mom talking to a nice lady who wanted to know about his Marine pen pal in Iraq.

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Microsoft to open own stores

Microsoft Corp announced plans on Thursday to open its own chain of stores and hired a DreamWorks Animation executive to run them.

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Queen Revamps Web Site, Adds Job Applications

Queen Elizabeth II is offering Internet-savvy subjects the option of applying for a job at her palace through her newly revamped Web site, royal officials said Thursday.

First launched in 1997, the British queen's purple-toned site provides pictures, news and background on the monarch and her family. Officials said the improved site will now have a direct link to the videos carried on YouTube's royal channel, integration with Google Maps, and a new section on the queen's pets.

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Lincoln Bicentennial Marked by Day of Tributes

The wind whipped so hard at the Lincoln Memorial this morning that Frank J. Williams, a longtime collector of Lincoln memorabilia, lost his place while reading the Gettysburg Address. But the D.C. schoolchildren performing with him had memorized the words. So as Williams fumbled with the blowing pages, the kids never faltered.

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Good News for February 12 (posted by Mary Beth)

Valentine Greetings from Author DiAnn Mills

"Valentine's Day is spreading love all around the world. From the school playground to Wall Street, candy and hearts with giggles and sighs convince us of the power of love and romance. Flowers and chocolate are featured on the menus along with soft music and candlelight. Just like Christmas, we want Valentines Day to last forever. Sweet thought--even without the candy."

Click here to read more and view "The Stethoscope," a very special video.

Shaping the Modern World: Mendelssohn, Lincoln, and Darwin

"Two hundred years ago, three boys were born a few days apart in Germany, England, and the United States. All of them would become renowned and affect the lives of not only their contemporaries but of generations to come."

Read the rest of Chuck Colson's commentary here.

Save the Children-funded Newborn Study Awarded Lancet Paper of the Year

"An article presenting the dramatic results of a Save the Children-funded newborn study received The Lancet Paper of the Year award on Jan. 24 after 21,556 votes were cast online by readers. Two other papers also received the award from the prestigious medical journal."

More on this noteworthy award here.

Lincoln's new penny

"The U.S. Mint is unveiling a new Lincoln penny today. The makeover leaves alone the front of the coin but changes its back."

There's more on the new penny here.

Parents' gestures linked to better children's vocabulary

"Child development experts have known for decades that children's vocabulary at the time they enter school is a strong predictor of their future educational success. But a new study from University of Chicago psychologists suggests that early parental influence over vocabulary may be, literally, in their hands."

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40 years' worth of thanks

"In 1968, a white firefighter saved a black baby girl, touching the heart of a divided city. The two did not meet again. Until yesterday."

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 Good News Posts From Margaret

3 New Tax Changes to Know Before You File

"With April 15 looming, it’s time to think seriously about filling out your 2008 Form 1040. In January, we told you about five favorable changes that could affect your 2008 return. Here are a few more key changes to note."

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Blood Clue May Predict Adult Leukemia

"Scientists may have found an early warning sign of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common form of leukemia in adults."

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The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

"[Today], Feb. 12, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The relatively short history of our nation makes this a particularly momentous milestone. Of all of our leaders after the founders, only Franklin Roosevelt approaches Lincoln’s renown and stature. In poll after poll, historians and political scientists rate Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents, often the greatest. The many op-eds and essays comparing Barack Obama with Lincoln illustrate how large the 16th president continues to loom in American history."

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Shot of the Day for February 11, 2009

Zimbabwe Sunset

By Flickr Member Babasteve