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'Humans of New York' give $1 million to local school

A student from Mott Hall Bridges Academy, which is located in a Brooklyn community with the highest crime rate in New York City, poses for a photo on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, January 22, 2015 (Credit: Brandon Stanton via Instagram) Brandon Stanton is a photographer in New York City.  In 2010, he began taking portraits of people he found on the city streets.  His photo blog, Humans of New York, shows pictures along with quotes from his subjects.  

He recently featured a middle school student from Mott Hall Bridges Academy, located in a Brooklyn community with the highest crime rate in New York City. When asked who has influenced him most in life, the student named his principal and recounted a time when she "made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter."

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Iceland building temple to Thor

High priest of the Asatru Association, Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, leads a procession of fellow members of the Asatru Association, a contemporary Icelandic pagan society, at the Pingvellir National Park near Reykjavik June 21, 2012 (Credit: Reuters/Silke Schurack)Icelanders are building their first temple to Thor since the Viking age.  Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson is high priest of a movement that promotes Thor, Odin, and other Norse gods.  His group will start construction this month on a temple that will stand on a hill overlooking Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland.  Membership in their movement has tripled in the last decade.  Their temple will host weddings and funerals, among other rituals.

"As he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7, KJV).  When we change our worldview, we change our world. (Tweet this)

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Court rules in favor of Christian school

Osgoode Hall law students in Toronto recently protested Trinity Western University’s application to open a law faculty at the Langley school. (Credit: PNG/Mark Smith) Trinity Western University is a private Christian school in western Canada.  It plans to open a law school in September 2016, but has faced intense opposition because its students must agree to a code of conduct prohibiting "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman."  Opponents claim that this code excludes gays.  As a result, the British Columbia Law Society voted to deny accreditation to the school.

Now the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ruled that Trinity Western's code does not discriminate against students or undermine the quality of their training.  The code does not ban gays or anyone else—it simply asks them to pledge not to have sex while students at the school.  The judge who issued the ruling stated that people have a right to study among others who share their faith.  Denying this right is a violation of religious freedom.

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Why fathers make the best Super Bowl ads

A father plays with his son, swinging him around in a circle, in a screen grab from new 2015 #RealStrength campaign from Dove Men Care (Credit: Dove Men Care US via Youtube) We're two days past the Super Bowl, and most of what people are talking about has nothing to do with the game and everything to do with what happened when it wasn't being played.

The commercials are often the most entertaining part of the Super Bowl.  The celebrities featured in this year's ads reads like a who's who of Hollywood: Matt Damon, Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, Jeff Bridges, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Kim Kardashian among others.  Ad agencies are ranking the five best and the five worst of the evening.  While they disagree on which was the best, everyone seems to agree that Nationwide's morbid ad, narrated by a child who died in an accident, was the worst.

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Four lessons from the Super Bowl losers

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks back after throwing an interception to New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, February 1, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona (Credit: AP/David Goldman)The Seattle Seahawks narrowly lost yesterday's Super Bowl. Commentators continue to criticize  the play leading to the interception that cost them the game.  Few are congratulating them for coming so close to repeating as champions.

But there's more to the story.  Consider four facts.

One: Statistically, it's far harder to get to the Super Bowl than to win it.  A team must defeat 15 other teams to win its conference and thus play in the Super Bowl.  It would therefore have a 6.25 percent chance of getting into the game.  Some teams are better than others, and have higher or lower odds.  But none has a 50-50 chance, which are the generic odds of winning a Super Bowl once a team gets there.

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