1 JOHN 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love


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Detroit Offers Plan to Crawl Out of Bankruptcy

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Detroit revealed its plan Friday to find its way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history by cutting pensions and slashing payments to creditors while making small investments in city services.

The announcement marks a major step in Detroit’s effort to come out from under an estimated $18 billion in debt.

At the heart of the plan proposed by Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager, are a 34 percent cut to the pensions of general city retirees and a 10 percent cut to police and fire retirees, plus cuts to bondholder payments, the Detroit Free Press reports. The city of 700,000 will also invest $1.5 billion over 10 years in city services, like the police force, and a plan to dramatically ramp up its demolition of abandoned homes from 114 a week today to about 450 a week.

Most of the particulars of the plan are still being negotiated with…

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Smart Cookie: Girl Scout Sets Up Shop Outside Marijuana Dispensary

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You don’t need a MBA to know that the key to sales is to know your demographic.

That’s why Girl Scout Danielle Lei should earn a merit badge in business for setting up shop outside of a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco.

Lei sold 117 boxes of Dulce de Leches and Tagalong Girl Scout cookies during a two-hour stint outside The Green Cross pharmacy over Presidents Day weekend. According to her mother, Lei sold 37 more boxes catering to the munchies crowd than what she sold during the same two-hour period outside a Safeway store the next day, proving once again that when it comes to business it’s all about location, location, location.

“It’s no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the girls,” Holli Bert, a staff member at The Green Cross, told Mashable

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Fed Judge: Gay Couples Can Wed in Chicago

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Venezuela’s Protests Shake the Regime Chávez Built

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The protesters have a nickname for the water cannons used by the National Guard against them. They call them ballenas, or whales. “This one is Shamu and the other one is Willy,” says Luna, a 24-year-old student wearing a small gas mask and bandana. On Wednesday night, she points towards the water cannons just off Plaza Altamira, long a focal point for opposition unrest here. Flames from burning trash and exploded petrol bombs surround her and tear gas stings her eyes; those around her pelt security forces with stones.

The scene is a familiar one across Venezuela. For three weeks, protests have gathered momentum throughout the country, building on widespread anger at a crumbling economy and the country’s out-of-control crime epidemic. Though a major opposition leader is behind bars — and police forces are cracking down — President Nicolás Maduro faces his biggest test since coming to power…

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Ukraine Pact Marks an Unexpected Victory for the E.U.

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In the idealistic early days of Ukraine‘s uprising, before scenes of cheering crowds waving European Union flags were replaced by images of death and devastation under clouds of tear gas, many saw an irony at the outpouring of support for a bloc battered by crisis and criticism.

The burgeoning protest movement coincided with heated debate in many EU nations about acceptable levels of migration from newer member states, and the people rallying in Kiev were effectively fighting for the right to one day be branded undesirable migrants in a continent struggling to recover from economic crisis.

While the initial outrage over President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to jettison a trade pact with the EU in favor of ties with Russia grew into a broader movement to topple the government, integration with Europe has remained a key goal. But as a tenuous peace deal takes hold after a week of violence…

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Railroads Confront Crude Safety

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ICYMI: Watch These Goats Try to Keep Their Balance on a Metal Sheet

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Every Friday we round up some stories you might have missed this week and publish them in one neat little post. Think of it as our gift to you, only it’s not really free because you’re repaying us in likes and shares. No…thank YOU.

This video of goats attempting to balance on a metal sheet has racked up more than 6 million views on YouTube. (22 Words)

If you like piña coladas, then you’ll like this Tumblr of movies dubbed with Rupert Holmes song. (Daily Picks and Flicks)

Pharrell is backing jeans made out of recycled plastic. (Grist)

Utah mother buys nearly $600 worth of t-shirts that she found “pornographic.” (AP)

Stanford scientists have developed a battery inspired by pomegranates that could help phones hold their “juice” for longer. (Gizmodo)

WeChat may be a better get than WhatsApp. (Quartz

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