There's lots of good news to start your weekend off right. There are some fantastic stories in this bunch. You'll especially be amazed by number 3! Trust me! Also, just so you won't be wondering where the column went on Saturdays, the good news column will now only be posted Monday through Friday. Enjoy your weekend!
- At 105 years old, Edythe Kirchmaier is still as smart and engaging as she was at 65. She is the oldest user on Facebook and for her birthday she asked for 105,000 "Likes" on the page of her favorite charity. Her Facebook friends already number 36,000 and they made her wish come true, tallying more than 124,000 "Likes" for the medical nonprofit Direct Relief. "It's overwhelming," said the tech-savvy great-grandmother. "I never thought I'd make that much of an impression on people." She is also still driving a car -- a new Honda gifted to her by an anonymous stranger after appearing on the ELLEN show. In all her decades of driving, she said, she has never gotten a ticket or citation.
- The Obama administration said Thursday that it would not challenge laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington state as long as those states strongly restrict sales to minors, prevent exports to other states and keep it off of federal lands. The memo, which was welcomed by proponents of marijuana legalization, directs federal prosecutors to focus on eight areas of enforcement rather than spending time targeting individual users.
- One of the most inspiring people in the world, Nick Vujicic, a well-known motivational speaker and evangelist born without arms or legs, got married last year. He overcame incredible odds to live a relatively normal, but at times extraordinary, life. He and his 25-year-old wife were married on Valentine's Day 2012 and the couple gave birth to their first child six months ago. Their baby Kiyoshi has "all ten fingers and all ten toes" and his photo was posted on Nick's Facebook Page. Nick gives God all the glory for taking the "broken pieces of his life" and making something beautiful of it. Amen!!
- Today -- August 30 -- marks the 30th anniversary of the day that Guion S. Bluford became the first African American to go to space. To honor this milestone, we thought we'd show you a video we love. It tells the story of the second African American to enter space -- physicist Ronald E. McNair. McNair was a crew member on the 1984 NASA Challenger STS-41-B mission -- one that ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff on January 28, 1986. McNair and the rest of the crew were killed. But in the StoryCorps animation above, titled 'Eyes On The Stars,' McNair's brother, Carl, honors his late brother by narrating his inspiring and adorable story. He explains just how "a colored boy from South Carolina" became an explorer of the universe.
- A 12-year-old boy from Ferguson, Mo., has blown us away with his courage and sacrifice. Devon Melton's mother, Christina Craig, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and his parents are struggling with the financial burden of her illness. Watch what Devon did. Way to honor your mother Devon!
- Philanthropist Charlie Annenberg has donated 170 service dogs to our veterans, and he's not done yet!
- A congressman and his wife have reunited two-year-old twin girls who were living in separate homes by adopting them into their own family. Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullin told NewsOK that he was hesitant at first to expand his brood of three to five, but his wife convinced him otherwise. Now, little Ivy and Lynette - who were born into 'kind of a bad situation' - are fully integrated into the Mullin family and they 'could not be happier,' says the congressman.
- Pretty amazing young man -- eleven year old Carson just started his freshman year at Texas Christian University.
- Iowa votes to end telemed abortions as early as November.
- New Shooters Are Young, Women and Living in Urban Areas.
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I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah. The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled. The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
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