News that Christians should read: Week of April 18th

The weird, outrageous, funny, and inspiring.

Study: Married Women Are Happier Than Unmarried Women
The results of a worldwide study presented at the British Sociological Association annual conference in London on Friday found that in countries where marriage was strongly valued, women who lived with their partners but weren’t married were reportedly unhappier than married women.

Children help save elderly man after his car crashes into their home and catches fire
The car demolished the porch of the two-story home, and the roof over the house began to sag. But Brett Gill and his family were more concerned about the man in the car, who was an elderly neighbor. “I thought, ‘That man’s got to be hurting.'” said the elder Gill. That’s when the car caught fire. “The kids ran and got fire extinguishers and the garden hose,” said Gill. “We managed to put the fire out.”

Pastor paid men $1,300 to kill wife, cops say
A Texas pastor charged in the shooting death of his wife paid two men $1,300 to kill the third-grade teacher after telling an alleged middleman that “someone was in his way,” authorities said in court documents released Monday.
Julio Cesar Perez, 40, who leads a small-town church called Manantial de Vida in San Benito, was charged with capital murder and remained in Cameron County jail without bond. He has not yet entered a plea.

Many women would trade a year of life to be thin
Almost one-third of young women would trade at least a year of their lives to have a perfect body, according to a new survey of British undergraduates.
The survey found that 16 percent of young women queried said they’d trade a year of life for their ideal body weight and shape. Ten percent were willing to trade two to five years, and 2 percent were willing to trade up to 10 years of life away. One percent said they would give up 21 years or more.

Six arrested for murdering 15-year-old Marion County boy
Once inside the home, Jackson was hit in the head with wooden objects and then shot multiple times with a .22 caliber handgun, according to deputies. Still alive, he tried to flee, but was tackled and shot again. The boy was placed in a bathtub where Bargo succeeded in breaking the teen’s knees. While he was attempting to break the boy’s leg’s, he showed signs of life and was shot again, according to the report.

Teen says baggy pants saved him from seven-foot alligator
The gator took a bite out of Williams’ baggy pants, tearing large holes in the fabric.
Williams’ mom thinks the pants might have saved her son’s life. “That was the advantage of wearing baggy pants that day,” said Tanita Murray. “It’s dangerous. If a toddler had been standing there, it (the alligator) would have bit his neck or head.”

Woman sues, says date assaulted her
The civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court contends the alleged assailant had previously faced sex crime charges and that the website could have prevented the attack if it had checked his criminal background. attorney Robert Platt said the company can’t be expected to screen users. The company has no liability, he claimed. “There is a provision on the website saying that they’re not liable for this, and it lets people know that they’re not providing this service and people use it at their own risk.”

Repairing Your Damaged Online Reputation: When Is It Time to Call the Experts?
Hefty prices to be sure, but if you can afford the cost, the services could be worth it, if only for peace of mind. According to Dr. Frank Farley, a psychologist at Temple University and a former president of the American Psychological Association, the intimate nature of one’s reputation means that any threat to it could also be a significant threat to one’s mental health, leaving a person feeling helpless, anxious or even depressed. “Our self-concept, our self-esteem, our reputation — all of these are central to who we are,” he says. Even when it’s online.

Um, uh … speech stumbles help tots learn words
Language disfluencies, or the “ums” and “uhs” that pepper everyday speech, give young children a clue that the next word coming will be a new one, according to the study, which was published online Thursday in the journal Developmental Science. These clues may help children link new words with new objects in their environment.


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