1) The Good – Homeless man becomes law school student.

From an arcticle in the Miami’s Just News – http://tinyurl.com/4lbrydj

“In 2005, Desmond Meade stood at a railroad track thinking of ending his life when he noticed the sign for a drug rehab two blocks away, checked himself in and never looked back.

Five years later, he is in his first year of law school. Through Miami’s Community Partnership for the homeless, he became drug-free, attended Miami Dade College and earned a a couple degrees with high honors.

“Community Partnership gave me a sense of gratitude and when you have gratitude you wanna give back,” said Meade.

So how is Meade giving back? He runs a transitional home where he lives with eight other men who are working on getting their lives back on track. They eat meals together, attend counseling sessions and live as a family. He will graduate from law school in 2013. Meade only wishes his mother could be here to see him now, though he knows she will be watching from above.”

2) The Bad

Hundreds gather for a vigil at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 8, for US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona. (Guardian)

A foreign perspective in gun ownership in the US, from the British Guardian:

“Jared Lee Loughner was suspended from college and had been in trouble with the police. And yet he could buy a gun and go on to shoot Gabrielle Giffords and kill six others. What is it with guns and America?”


3) The Loony

Swimming clubs from around Germany gathered at the freezing Orankesee lake in northern Berlin at the weekend for a dip in fancy dress during the 27th annual ice carnival (Guardian)

Have you ever gone ice swimming? What winter sports have you participated in?