Weekly News wrap-up : Friday February 14th 2014 Special Olympic / Valentine’s Day version !

On Fridays, I report on the events of this past week to that are interesting and important to us citizens and Christians. 

U-S- A!  U-S-A!


World:  Belgian lawmakers extend euthanasia to children.  

BRUSSELS –  Belgian lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to extend the country’s euthanasia law to children under 18.  The 86-44 vote Thursday in the House of Representatives, with 12 abstentions, followed approval by the Senate last December.  For more…http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/13/belgian-lawmakers-extend-euthanasia-to-children/

USA:  Freeze pushes Great Lakes ice cover to ’79 record.    DETROIT — If this winter needed a theme song, it might be Ice Ice Baby.  The Great Lakes are on the cusp of a record for ice cover.  “In the last one to two weeks, we’ve seen rapid accumulations on Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan,” said Jeff Andresen, an associate professor in Michigan State University’s geography department who also is the state climatologist.  Read more…http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/02/14/icy-great-lakes/5478697/

Christian news:  Young believers in Pakistan killed.   Sometimes children are able to see truth in unencumbered, refreshing ways. Jesus loved children, and even challenged his followers to “receive the kingdom of God as a little child.”

At VOM, we acknowledge the mandate of James 1:27 and have a unique interest in serving the underserved, especially children and widows living in areas that experience intense persecution. Pakistan is one of those places.  For more…..https://www.persecution.com/public/newsroom.aspx?story_ID=NjU1&featuredstory_ID=NDIx

Anglican News:  What’s next for the Archbishop of Canterbury?   Well it’s been a fun week for Lambeth Palace hasn’t it?  Last Friday the story broke of a rather egregious press statement that the Archbishop authorised, praising Katherine Jefferts Schori to the hilt on the news she had been awarded an honourary doctorate from Oxford University. As Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council rightly pointed out, the use of the word “Compassion” was particularly offensive.  For more…. http://www.peter-ould.net/2014/02/13/what-next-for-justin/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+peter-ould%2FSwEf+%28An+Exercise+in+the+Fundamentals+of+Orthodoxy%29


Olympic Update!  USA Men’s Hockey routs Slovakia 7 -1

SOCHI, Russia — If U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma had written down a list of things he hoped in his wildest dreams might take place during his team’s first Olympic game against Slovakia, let’s put it this way: He’d be fresh out of check marks.

Balanced scoring? Check.

Youthful defense showing no jitters? Check.

Solid goaltending? Check.

Dominating work in the faceoff circle? Check.


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AP Photo/Matt SlocumJohn Carlson was the first of six goal scorers for the Americans.

Staying out of the penalty box? Check.

Up-tempo pace that kept the Slovaks on their heels from the get-go? Check.

A six-goal second period en route to a 7-1 thrashing to start the tournament? Check.

Or should that be CHECK?  for more….   http://espn.go.com/olympics/winter/2014/icehockey/story/_/id/10449802/2014-sochi-olympics-perfect-start-team-usa-slovakia

Song of the Week:  Nat King Cole  “Happy Valentine’s Day”  




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