Five for Friday: Typeface That Helps Dyslexics, Possible Prostitution Solution, Clergy Prepare for Ferguson Protests

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 14, 2014) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

A Typeface Designed to Help Dyslexics Read
A Dutch designer with dyslexia has developed a font that is legible for people with the condition. Home users are able to download it for free.

Sweden’s Prostitution Solution: Why Hasn’t Anyone Tried This Before
This link was being shared a lot. Sweden’s laws that criminalize the buying of sex but not the selling have been touted as a huge success, and some countries are taking steps to copy it. Other researchers say they might want to think again and argue it hasn’t been a success at all.

I am intrigued by The Conversation website, which is a “collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.” Several major foundations are funding the project.

Petrino Could Get $500,000 Because of Player Academics
The football coach at the University of Louisville is going to make out quite nicely because of the academic performance of his players. And he wasn’t even their coach at the time. What bonus do you think Petrino’s fellow state employees—the professors and tutors who actually taught the students—will get? I think you know the answer.

1114 crosswalk

11 Movements to Replace Common Things
I never even knew some of these were issues—new and improved crosswalks, a one-handed zipper, a cardboard box that’s easier to pack and more environmentally friendly. I wonder what has become so commonplace in our churches that we don’t even think about how they might be improved?

Churches Prepare for Ferguson Grand Jury Protests
Seventeen churches in the Ferguson area have been stocking up on food and drinks to give to protesters who will “inevitably” take to the streets if a grand jury doesn’t indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Prosecutors have said that a decision to indict is expected in early November.

The churches have organized under the auspices of the Metropolitan Clergy Coalition of St. Louis. Some churches have said they will rotate keeping their doors open around the clock for prayer and reflection.

The group released a statement saying, “In this work we do not seek to demonize police officers, but rather challenge and hold accountable a system of policing and criminal justice that stigmatizes black and brown people.” They also called on people to protest peacefully.

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Stan Friedman

Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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