What's Changed Since Columbine?

15 years after the Columbine shootings, a look at the numbers.
 

Mayura Dissanayake is a convenience store clerk in Houston, Texas who seems like a nice, mild-mannered guy. Just don't try to rob his friends. That was the mistake two alleged bandits made when they tried to rob Dissanayake's friend and co-worker as he was returning to the store. Dissanayake saw what they were doing and flew into action. Oh, also, Dissanayake has a decade's worth of experience as a semi-pro mixed martial arts fighter was Sri Lanka's national MMA champion five years in a row. Yes, there's a video. Yes, it's worth a watch ... Discuss

 

The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research recently unveiled their “Unhappy Cities” study which compiles survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about life satisfaction across America, and evidently, those Duck Dynasty dudes are onto something. For the surveys, the CDC asked residents around the country to self-report their own levels of overall life satisfaction, then adjusted the results for income, age, race and gender. When the results were calculated, the state of Louisiana was home to the top five happiest cities in the country, with Lafayette, leading the way. Other non-Louisiana cities in the “happiest” top ten included Rochester, Minn., Corpus Christi, Texas, Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. New York City ranked dead last, making it officially the “unhappiest” place to live in the country. The infograph below, created by The Huffington Post's Alissa Scheller shows the entire rundown ... Discuss

 

Yesterday in Arizona, convicted double-murderer Joseph Wood “gasped and snorted” throughout an execution that lasted nearly two hours. Leading up to the lethal injection, Wood’s attorney had attempted to have it stayed because prison officials would not reveal where they acquired the combination of drugs used. Ultimately, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that would have stopped the execution. Many drug companies do not want the association with capital punishment, and prisons are, in turn, increasingly hesitant to reveal their drug suppliers.

Arizona had never before used the two-drug cocktail, but the same drugs were used in criticized, prolonged executions in two other states. Wood’s public defender told NBC, “"The state of Arizona today conducted a failed experiment. It was horrible to watch." In 1989 Woods murdered both his girlfriend and her father. In interviews with several news outlets, members of the victims’ family said that the public attention should be on Wood’s crimes, not the execution ... Discuss

 

How Christians Can Help Undocumented Children Right Now

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the NHCLC on how Christians should respond to immigrant children. Read More
 

Jack White is playing in Chicago this week, and he decided to spend part his trip taking part in the great American pastime. And he had the time of his life. Just look at him. Can you blame him? The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. Even the most tortured rock star can't help but let free his inner child when once taken by the spirit of baseball. Have an extra hot dog for the rest of us, Mr. White! ... Discuss