Previewing the Super Bowl Ads (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFrom Dorito’s “Battle of the Bands” to Bud Light’s drinking cavemen, this year’s Super Bowl commercial line-up is as lavish — and funny — as ever.  From the Wall Street Journal comes this video preview. We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Join Earth Hour Tonight! Turn Off Your Lights for One Hour (Video)

first_img We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town. What will you do when the lights are off? We have lots of ideas. Join people all around the world in showing that you care about our planet and want to play a part in helping to fight climate change. One hour, for the Earth. Every little switch helps. Learn about Earth Hour events around the world. (Earth Hour en Español) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Earth Hour was a shared experience in Sydney, Australia last April, when the people came together, turned off the lights for one hour, and saved 10% of their energy consumption. Half the city joined in – 2.2 million — from the suburbs to the high-rises, from the city’s businesses to the mayor. (The Good News Network linked to these A.P. photos of the night sky.)  From that success, the World Wildlife Fund has grown a global movement in one year culminating tonight at 8PM. Millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Canada’s Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. last_img read more

On Texas Prairie, Wind Power is Resurgent, Boosting Economy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreToday, West Texans love the wind! Wind farms are transforming the rural area’s economy as well as its treeless horizon, while delivering electricity to nearby cities. (Full story in Reuters news) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Little College That Could: Butler Reaches NCAA Final

first_img Selected months in advance, the venue for Monday night’s championship game (do you think the stars are aligned?) happens to be Indianapolis, giving the Bulldogs, who were 16-0 at home this year, home-field advantage. A win against No. 1 seed Duke could send the city into delirium. (READ more of the Cinderella story in the IndyStar) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A little engine called Butler, the small liberal arts college from Indianapolis, has won 25 basketball games in a row, beating Michigan State last night (52-50), to reach the famed NCAA final. The Butler Bulldogs, whose odds of winning the NCAA Tournament were 200-to-1, will be the smallest school in 40 years to play for the national title. Brad Stevens, Butler’s boyish coach of 33, is only three years into his coaching career. In contrast, his rival in the final against Duke is going for his fourth national title, having coached his first game when Stevens was just 3 years old. last_img read more

Top 100 Businesses Prospering in the Inner City

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The Inner City 100 ranks the fastest-growing inner-city businesses in the U.S., a Who’s Who of companies located in downtrodden urban areas that are prospering, despite the recent recession. The annual roundup is compiled by the Boston-based not-for-profit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School competitiveness guru Michael Porter. The goal is to show that not only can companies thrive in the inner city, but there are also competitive advantages to locating there. Over the past 12 years, winners have created 71,000 new jobs and employed 40,000 inner-city residents. Porter notes that the Inner City 100 dealt nimbly with the effects of the recession and is prepared for the recovery. That may be why 85 percent of the companies on the list expected revenue to increase in 2009-10, with more than a quarter predicting upwards of 30 percent, about double from the previous year’s expectations. (READ the story in Business Week: Watch videos of CEO profiles and see the Top 100 list there…  last_img read more

How One Man Skipped College to Become a Fire-Breathing, Stilt-Walking Billionaire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat is the number one piece of advice parents give young people for being successful later in life? “Go to college!”But a young man named Guy ignored all the of conventional wisdom on how to get ahead and instead decided to hitchhike around Europe, playing the accordion for tips, and hang around jugglers and stilt-walkers. All with zero plans for college.One of the great business success stories in the history of entertainment industry was off and running, and Laliberté never looked back, later becoming a fixture on the Forbes list of world billionaires.(READ the inspiring story from Forbes)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Missouri Woman Gets $6.1 Million From State’s Unclaimed Property Office

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Kansas City woman got an early Christmas present when she received a state record $6.1 million from the Missouri unclaimed property fund, which works to return stocks, bonds, bank balances and safe deposit box contents to unknown owners.The Missouri state treasurer says the average payout is about $300 but there are still thirty-eight accounts of more than $100,000 each remaining unclaimed in the state, Reuters reported.The lucky recipient had purchased the obscure financial equity some time ago, and its value had substantially increased in value.(READ the story in reuters)Photo by alvimann via morguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Dream Comes True After Coded Message Sent 60 Years Later

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt starts with intrigue and ends with a dream coming true.The story began on Martha’s Vineyard where an 81-year-old mystery writer received a coded message in the mail.There was no key for breaking the code — and no return address.Cynthia wondered if it wasn’t from the same man who sixty years earlier passed coded notes to her in a biology lab. At the age of 90, Howard finally got the courage to tell Cynthia what he really felt — with a coded message that ignited a real-life love story.(WATCH the video below or READ the story from CBS’s Steve Hartman)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Little Boy Upset About Wearing Glasses Gets Support on Facebook

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNoah Fisher was devastated when an optician told him he’d have to wear glasses, fearing that he would be laughed at.But his mom, Lindsey, set up a Facebook group called Glasses for Noah, and encouraged friends and family to send pictures of themselves wearing glasses.It grew beyond Lindsey’s circle of friends and now includes tens of thousands of strangers who have posted their own pictures, encouragement, and photos of celebrities wearing glasses.– READ and WATCH the story from the Huffington PostThanks to Joel Arellano for submitting the link on our Facebook Page! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Police Officer Pays Out of His Own Pocket to Help Family in Need

first_img(WATCH the video below, or READ the story from WVEC.com)Story tip from Stacey EvansAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA news tip called into KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon brought to light a story of kindness and generosity by a local police officer.Officer Carlos Ibarra says he deals with a lot of homeless people who could use help, but usually it is just a husband and wife and a kid or two at the most. This dad and seven kids were living in a van.When none of the local shelters answered their phones on the weekend, he put them up in a hotel and paid the $70 fee from his own pocket. He went and got them a box of food too. last_img read more