Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Shot of the Day for April 7, 2009

Behold the Beauty of the LORD

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Good News From Mary April 7, 2009

Three-tiered iTunes pricing due Tuesday

Apple and major music labels are hoping that the launch of three-tier pricing at the iTunes Music Store will boost music sales with a new mix of song-based packages and give consumers more options.

Apple will announce its new three-tier price points at 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29 on Tuesday, according to several people familiar with its plans. Since opening in 2003 all songs in the iTunes store have been priced at 99 cents.

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Blood sugar can be anyone's problem

The average American consumes more than a pound of refined sugar a week. It sounds unbelievable until you realize that sugar goes by more than 50 names and is an ingredient in virtually all processed foods, from your morning doughnut to the ketchup on your burger.

Eat it (along with excess fat and calories), sit around, and you'll gain weight.

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Affordable Fun on South Florida’s Gold Coast

IN the battle of fish versus pelican, our money was on the fish. Not that the plump, yellow-tailed amberjack was still alive, mind you. The catch was an angler’s reject — not particularly good eating, in other words — but it looked like a decent lunch to the pelican that spotted it along the pier.

The only problem? The bird hadn’t quite figured out how to wrap its mouth around its extra-wide find, resulting in a comical scene. My 10-year-old daughter, Emma, stood firmly in place, capturing it all on the family camera.

Such was the kind of cheap entertainment that abounded during a recent weekend family trip to the beach communities north of Fort Lauderdale and south of Boca Raton along the Gold Coast of South Florida. By most definitions, these oceanside towns — Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea — hardly qualify as destinations unto themselves. They are best suited to families (or retirees) who like the lost-in-time way of life they represent.

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Habits can be broken, but not forgotten

Maybe you chew your fingernails when you're nervous. Or scarf down chocolate when you're sad. Or take home a stray kitty whenever you see one, until the SPCA has to come rescue them all and have you arrested for being a hoarder.

Chances are, you have a few habits you wish you didn't have, and quite possibly you've tried (and tried and tried) to break them. Scientists are learning why you may have failed (and failed and failed). In fact, they now know that once you have a habit, you can never really unlearn it.

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When Clean Dishes Means Smuggling Detergent

Lisa Brewer doesn't consider herself a criminal and she really wants to help the environment -- even biking to work -- but she also wants clean dishes.

That's why later this week, the Spokane, Wash., resident plans to cross into Idaho and smuggle back some dishwasher detergent.

She's not alone.

Spokane County has banned the use of most common detergents because of the effect they have on area rivers and lakes. The problem is, the detergents now sold instead just don't seem to do the job.

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Tuesday, April 7,2009 Good News Now Stories

Marjie Gilliam: Ignoring knee pain increases likelihood of injury

"An estimated 2 million people each year are treated for aches, pain and stiffness in the knee joint. The patella (kneecap) is a free-floating bone held in place by four ligaments that act as stabilizers. These ligaments also allow for flexibility and give the knee, thigh and lower shin the ability to work together. Patellofemoral dysfunction, often referred to as runner's knee, occurs when the kneecap is under stress and/or tracks out of normal alignment. The kneecap may be pressing against the femur, or it may be misaligned, causing it to glide, tilt, rotate or move to the front or back."

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When All You Have Left Is Your Pride

"Look around you. On the train platform, at the bus stop, in the car pool lane: these days someone there is probably faking it, maintaining a job routine without having a job to go to."

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"The idea of growing bamboo sparks intrigue and fear in gardeners. We've all heard about bamboo running amuck, making their term 'invasive' seem tame. But we've also seen a lot of garden magazines exhibiting gorgeous golden, striped and even black rustling graceful, plants, we know, would look wonderful in our own gardens. Is it worth the risk? "

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The Road Less Taken

"It is time for another of my children to recite “The Road not Taken.” I always look forward to it. They are also asked to memorize another Robert Frost favorite, “Stopping by Woods on Snowy Evening.” While the latter is more appropriate winter fare, I also ask them to tackle the “Road Not Taken” to coincide with Lent. It fits perfectly with the idea of dying to self that Lent inspires."

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Mercy nun a finalist for Time list of world's most influential people

"You wouldn't expect to see a Philadelphia nun who works with the homeless on a list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Mercy Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder and executive director of Project HOME, has been named a finalist in Time magazine's 2009 annual most influential list, which calls her 'Philadelphia's Mother Teresa.'"

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Good News for April 7 (posted by Mary Beth)

The Empty Tomb and the Emptied Urn

"I inhaled as I stepped behind the pulpit, ready for a fight. It was a sermon series on the end times, and I knew there'd be controversy. I looked out at the elderly man in the fourth pew with his ScofieldReference Bible in tow, the woman in the back with her John Hagee book on the Middle East crisis, the teenager in the front with the Left Behind video game on his computer at home."

To learn more about what the wounds of Jesus can — and can't — tell us about our resurrection bodies,click here.

Obama makes surprise first visit to Iraq as president

"Unannounced and shielded by heavy security, President Barack Obama flew to Iraq today for a brief inspection of a war he opposed as a candidate and now vows to end as commander in chief. 'There is still a lot of work to do here,' he declared.

Arriving not long after a deadly car bomb exploded across town, Obama spoke favorably of political progress being made in Iraq but also expressed concern that recent gains could deteriorate with the upcoming national elections."

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North Carolina rolls past Michigan State 89-72 to win the NCAA tournament championship

"Nobody disagreed that North Carolina was the best team in the nation at the start of the season. There's no argument at the end either.

The Tar Heels capped an outstanding season by dismantling Michigan State 89-72 in Monday night's NCAA tournament championship game at Ford Field, delivering on preseason hype when they were selected as a unanimous No. 1 team and predicted by some to go through the season undefeated."

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Top 20 Police and Fire shows

"Television shows focusing on police and firefighters have long been a favorite among viewers. The mystery, excitement, and drama, tend to keep fans coming back for more."

Did your favorite make the Boston Globe's Top Twenty? Find out here.

Pondering the past: Clarksville Day will give wrecking-ball slated ghost town a chance to shine

"Dozens of volunteers donned gloves and hauled trash out of Clarksville so the once-thriving town can have another chance to shine before it faces bulldozers for commercial development in a few years.

El Dorado Hills is built on the bones of Clarksville, but there is still a small area containing about a dozen structures and a stretch of the original Lincoln Highway that most don’t even know still exists."

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