Five for Friday: Icicle Science, Josh Hamilton’s Relapse, NY Times Map Goof

CHICAGO, IL (March 6, 2015) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos 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.

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The Mysterious and Cool Science of Icicles
In case you’re tired of digging out from the snow, take a break and check out the icicles. Scientist Stephen “Mr. Freeze” Morris may be the only scientist who studies icicles full-time, but his work may have important ramifications.

1965 Polls: Mixed Views about Civil Rights But Support for Selma Demonstrators
According to this Pew Research article, 50 years ago “civil rights was a top issue for the American public, but opinions about it were very mixed.” Polls in 1965 indicated that people clearly sided with the marchers in Selma. Yet at the same time, respondents increasingly expressed concern that the government was moving too quickly on civil rights legislation. With this week’s damning federal report on police activity in Ferguson it’s clear that in some ways the government hasn’t moved fast enough.

New Mexico not on mapJosh Hamilton: Rehab or Suspension
Suspending Josh Hamilton would be a disservice not only to Hamilton but to others suffering addiction and to Major League Baseball itself. Drug abuse nearly ended the all-star’s career before it got started, and Hamilton spent more than a year out of the sport after failing six drug tests in 2003-2004. He hasn’t failed a single drug test since 2006, but he recently self-reported a relapse. Sending him to rehab could demonstrate how to compassionately help people battling addiction—especially those brave enough to seek help.

Anti-Semitism on the Rise in Sweden
As Sweden has welcomed large numbers of refugees, its reputation for openness and tolerance is being tarnished as incidents of anti-Semitism increase. The new multicultural society is creating challenges for the once-homogenous country.

New York Times Map Mistakes New Mexico
This is for everyone who loves to make fun of the media. New Mexico is seeking to make the most of this huge geography mistake by the New York Times Magazine. It’s the kind of mistake that keeps editors up at night.

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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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