Imagine looking up into the sky on Christmas Eve and seeing huge balloons floating down carrying hundreds of packages of Peeps. The people of North Korea will experience just that this Christmas due to a new initiative from Seoul USA.
The Colorado Springs-based organization has offices in South Korea where it plans balloon launches to its northern neighbor throughout the year. The 40-foot weather balloons usually carry goods like religious materials, Bibles, practical necessities and news from the outside world.
But this Christmas Eve, the organization decided to launch a very different payload into the world's most closed country. The popular marshmallow stars, Christmas trees, and reindeer will infiltrate North Korea through balloons launched from secret locations on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone. more >>
NFL legend John Elway remains skeptical of Tim Tebow's recent success quarterbacking for the Denver Broncos and what it’s meaning for the football franchise's future.
Elway, both the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations and its most successful quarterback ever, raised remaining doubts about Tebow's playing ability during his weekly radio broadcast Monday. Speaking to host Gary Miller, the revered Rockies athlete admitted he hasn't tagged Tebow as Denver's long-term quarterback just yet.
"Any closer to feeling like you have a quarterback on this team?" Miller asked Elway during Monday's broadcast. more >>
Onlookers and followers of the 2011 Thanksgiving Day Parade will be able to track its route with the "MyCityWay" mobile application.
MyCityWay’s official website offers a description of the application.
"MyCityWay is a real time app designed to transform your hand held device into a mega-utility tool for navigating the urban scene. By combining urban reference apps and app platforms with vital urban information, MyCityWay helps you pilot and explore the world's cities like never before. Use MyCityWay to find a Chinese restaurant in your neighborhood, locate the nearest wireless hotspot, or buy tickets for the next showing of a blockbuster movie. Connect with other users to find the perfect lunch spot, keep tabs on apartments for rent, or check live traffic feeds before leaving your home or office,” said the website. more >>
As the holiday season begins, New York-based Coalition for the Homeless, the nation's oldest advocacy group, and other charity-in-action institutions are in great need as the number of homeless grows in the nation's most populous city, including more and more families with children.
Every second Monday, Carl Mercurio, 51, a healthcare analyst from Manhattan who is also a volunteer for the coalition, drives a van to the Bronx with three to four other volunteers and hands out bags of food to the homeless and hungry. He has been doing that for the past three years.
The bags usually contain the same items – soup, a bagel, an orange, and a carton of milk. The people are mostly the same too, Mercurio told The Christian Post. They know where the van will stop and at what time. They form lines in the cold November weather and wait for the food rations. more >>
Could Tim Tebow eventually work his way into gridiron greatness?
It's a question more football fans are asking as the Denver Broncos quarterback racks up wins during the 2011 season's closing stretch. After a rocky start, Colorado's football franchise is now 5-5 and second place in their AFC West division. Given Tebow has taken his team to 4-1, many players old and new have started singing the young athlete's praises.
"We're on the edge of our seats saying, 'knowing Tim, this is the time he's going to make that one play or get that drive going,'" said Brian Dawkins, a Broncos safety, in an interview with NFL.com posted Friday. "He's a hard worker. He just doesn't stop. There aren't too many people in this league who can step up in crunch time like he does." more >>
A visit to Philadelphia by actor Bradley Cooper is helping the city's homeless population stay warm this winter.
The National Enquirer reported Tuesday that the Hollywood star recently returned to his hometown to film "The Silver Linings Playbook," a movie about a former teacher coping with life after mental hospitalization. While there, Cooper noticed the city's cold and thus went on a shopping spree for its homeless people.
"While filming in Philly, Bradley noticed a lot of homeless people shivering on the streets," a nameless source told the Enquirer. "He knew the weather was only going to get worse with early snowfall and blistering temperatures predicted, so he sent his assistants to several discount stores to buy thousands of dollars' worth of clothing. Then Bradley returned to the area and began to hand out clothing himself." more >>