February 20, 2017
Abbeytown, England—Despite repeated urging by doctors, Rob and Shelly Wall refused to abort their boy, diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus—a condition that left him with a brain 2% normal size at birth. [MORE]
February 18, 2017
The woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 abortion case Roe vs. Wade has passed. Norma McCormey, who later became a staunch pro-life advocate, was 69. [MORE]
February 05, 2017
Houston, TX—For two and a half quarters of football, the Atlanta Falcons looked unstoppable and the New England Patriots looked dispirited. But with the Falcons up 28–3, the Patriots began to chip away, ultimately piecing together far and away the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, winning 34–28 in overtime.
In what will go down as one of the most memorable games in NFL history, there were a number of historic firsts. Among them:
- First Super Bowl to be decided in overtime
- Quarterback Tom Brady became first four-time Super Bowl MVP
- Coach Bill Belicheck became first five-time Super Bowl winner
- First time any team has been down by more than 10 points and won
- Most passing yards by one quarterback: 466
- Most pass attempts by one quarterback: 62
- Most completions by one quarterback: 43
- Most points by a player: James White had 20 on three touchdowns and a two point conversion.
It was a particularly remarkable turnaround for Brady, who looked increasingly frustrated as the game wore on as the speedy Falcons were shredding his offensive line, leading to rushed plays and ultimately, the quarterback’s first ever pick-6 in postseason play. But when the tide turned it turned decisively; in the fourth quarter alone Brady amassed 196 yards through the air, ending with a total of 466.
While New England’s running game faltered for most of the game, running back James White emerged as Brady’s key aerial target late, amassing a Super Bowl record 14 receptions, and finishing with three touchdowns (two on the ground and one through the air).
January 29, 2017
Melbourne—A day after an all-Williams women’s final reminiscent of bygone days, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal clashed in an unexpected epic men’s final, with Federer becoming oldest male Slam winner since Ken Rosewall in 1972. [MORE]
January 18, 2017
Washington—Asian-American band The Slants gets their trademark case before the Supreme Court today. The band have been attempting to trademark their name for nearly a decade, [MORE]
January 04, 2017
Washington—The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says that TransUnion and Equifax have agreed to pay $17.6 million in consumer restitution and $5.5 million in fines for misleading credit practices. The CFPB said lenders generally do not use the models used by the companies to generate scores [MORE]
December 26, 2016
Michael, who landed superstardom with the pop group Wham! in the 1980s, was one of the few to follow up that sort of success with even bigger stardom as a solo act. [MORE]
December 22, 2016
A trial involving 11,000 people in Guinea reportedly has had a 100% success rate, a new study reports. While two patients had “serious reactions,” none of the 5,837 people who received vaccination contracted Ebola. Of those who did not receive vaccination, the study reported 23 cases of Ebola arising. The study involved people who had been in contact with confirmed Ebola patients.
U.S. and European regulators are now fast-tracking the vaccine.
December 16, 2016
In the wake of a presidential campaign which saw widespread posting of false news stories on social media, Facebook has put forth a plan to deal with it. Some observers are concerned that the truth will become a victim alongside invented stories, as social media outlets begin to censor inconvenient truths. [MORE]
December 10, 2016
In a Christian Post interview, evangelical author Joni Eareckson Tada says that “a lot of Christians are throwing in the towel” rather than bucking the culture. Christian inaction means “we are enabling our culture to be worse, to be even more waywardly.”
Eareckson Tada’s remarks about euthanasia are particularly poignant, as she herself would have been considered a prime candidate. She was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a diving accident at age 17, and has spent 50 years in a wheelchair.
December 09, 2016
Little Rock—The Arkansas State Supreme Court has ruled that only the names of biological parents should be listed on birth certificates. The ruling overturns a Circuit Court decision to allow the names of same-sex “parents” to be listed without a court order.
The case was brought by three lesbian couples against the state’s health department. The department’s argument was that listing biological parents was important for identifying public health trends, “and can be critical to an individual’s identification of personal health issues and genetic conditions.”
Justice Josephine Linker Hart wrote for the majority, “It does not violate equal protection to acknowledge basic biological truths.”
December 07, 2016
Vatican City—In an interview with Tertio, Pope Francis warned about “disinformation” in the news media. Asked about the responsibility of the media, he compared one-sided reporting with coprophilia, a disordered pleasure with feces, “always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate ugly things, even though they may be true. And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, it can do great harm.”
December 01, 2016
The malicious software, dubbed Gooligan, affects Android 4 and 5 devices. [MORE]
November 29, 2016
Toronto—The Ontario legislature has passed Bill 28, which redefines the meaning of family along radical LGBTQ lines. The new law slashes legislative references to terms such as “father,” “mother” and “natural parents,” and redefines parents to include a purely contractual relationship between up to four adults, whether related or cohabiting or not. [MORE]
November 24, 2016
Hamilton, ON—Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Reid has ruled that the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board impinged on a father’s right of religious freedom—but that the refusal to grant religious accommodation was “reasonable” due to the province’s education obligations laid down in its Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy. [MORE]
November 23, 2016
Rising medication costs and other expenses led to missed car payments for Stan and Pat Kippling, an elderly couple in Illinois. Ultimately, Jim Ford was sent to repossess. After unsuccessfully trying to work out a bank deal, he towed it away.
But instead of that being the end of the story, it was only the beginning. Ford set up a GoFundMe account and raised sufficient money not only to pay the car off, but to add $1000 cash. A Thanksgiving turkey was also donated for good measure.
November 20, 2016
London – Despite its name, before Sunday, the year-end ranking has never been on the line in the championship match of the ATO World Tour Finals. But it was today, and Andy Murray by clinching the year-end #1 for the first time with a decisive 6-3, 6-4 victory over rival Novak Djokovic. [MORE]
November 17, 2016
Toronto—In a study of 2,700 children, two researchers have found that those drinking whole milk had a body mass index significantly lower than those who drank partially skimmed (1% or 2%) milk. Dr Jonathon Maguire, the pediatrician who led the Canadian study, said that whole milk drinkers were three times less likely to be overweight, and twice less likely to have a vitamin D deficiency.
Maguire opined that children drinking whole milk may feel more full, and thus tend to eat less than their counterparts.
Bangor, Ireland—A boy with Down Syndrome was rescued by the family dog. Five year old Riley Gedge-Duffy was trapped in the clothes dryer which then started automatically, but the dog alerted the boy’s mother.
Riley is being treated at Ulster Hospital for burns and bruises.
November 10, 2016
Cohen’s work had a profound effect on other artists. Not only did they cover individual songs (Jeff Buckley’s 1994 cover of “Hallelujah” is one of the most successful examples); Jennifer Warnes devoted an entire album to his songs with 1987’s Famous Blue Raincoat.
Cohen never married. He is survived by his two children Adam and Lorca.
November 05, 2016
Daylights Savings Time ends tonight! Most U.S. readers will need to change their clocks as reversion to Standard Time occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday.
DST ended for Europe last weekend.
Andy Murray has overtaken Novak Djokovic as the world’s number 1 male tennis player. Over the course of his career, he has spent 76 weeks in the number two position behind a series of greats: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Djokovic. At 29, he becomes the second-oldest new number 1 in the Open Era (behind only John Newcombe, who first became number 1 at age 30 in 1974). Murray also becomes the first number 1 from Great Britain since the advent of the ATP rankings in 1973.
Murray clinched the ranking when Canada’s Milos Raonic withdrew from the Paris semifinals with an injury. Djokovic had left the door open in the previous round by a loss to Marin Cilic.
November 02, 2016
The Chicago Cubs have clinched the 2016 World Series in dramatic fashion, defeating the Cleveland Indians 8–7 in the 10th inning. Ben Zobrist broke the tie with an RBI double to lift the Cubs to their first World Series since 1908—the longest drought in pro sports.