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Tony Dungy, Super Bowl winning coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, seen at the Super Baskets of Hope volunteer event on Monday January 26, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The baskets - filled with games, crafts, toys, books and NFL team merchandise - will be transported by FedEx to more than 20 children's hospitals. (Jason Wise/AP Images for FedEx)

Super Bowl bags, baskets made for sick kids, families

By Deborah Simmons

You probably haven't heard about the Super Bowl-related good deeds amid the hype around the New England Patriots' "DeflateGate" and the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, who prefers to let his fashion statements and on-field play speak on his behalf. But there are some super do-gooders in Arizona, too. Published January 29, 2015

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At the 2014 Super Bowl, legions of law enforcement personnel, hospitality workers, high school students and airport employees were trained to watch for signs of human trafficking before the game. Members of Congress are introducing more bills to curtail the "modern-day slavery."  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The dark side of the Super Bowl and how Congress aims to fight it

- Catholic News Agency

Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crack-down on the hidden menace of sex trafficking, which some human rights advocates refer to as "modern-day slavery."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, wife Tonette and their two sons, Matt and Alex, are all Harley Davidson fans. (Office of Gov. Scott Walker)

Scott Walker: He takes his family with him

- The Washington Times

Our American Revival: The title suggests camaraderie, patriotism and purpose. It is also the name of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's new political action committee, launched Tuesday and raising the volume on rumors he would run for president in 2016. Well, sure. Mr. Walker has been delicately developing his political brand, starting with "Unintimidated: A Governor's story and a Nation's Challenge," his 2013 memoir. The son of a pastor and an Eagle Scout, Mr. Walker has a lot of heartland in his soul.

Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

- Associated Press

Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books.

"I think that a lot of people in this country without party labels agree that we need to be pro-life, and lives are worth saving," Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told CNA at last week's annual March for Life. (CBS News via Associated Press)

Why the pro-life movement needs Democrats

- Catholic News Agency

Pro-life Democrat politicians are fast becoming an endangered political species, but their pro-life presence is necessary for the movement to succeed, both Republicans and Democrats agreed.

11 'gorgeous' things men should say to their wives

- Deseret News

Helping your wife feel gorgeous can bring magic into your marriage. These genuine statements that come from your heart will be sure to put a smile on her face.

Image from the Public Religion Research Institute

53 percent of Americans say God rewards 'athletes of faith' with good health, success on the field

- The Washington Times

Sunday is often associated with both church and devoted football watching. Now there's an intersection of the two: 53 percent of Americans and 56 percent of sports fans say "that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success on the playing field." So says a new survey of public sentiment about sports and religion conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service.

Having a new baby is both exhilarating and tiring, and new moms may find certain questions or comments to be annoying. (AP Photo/Enid News & Eagle, Bonnie Vculek)

10 things a new mom doesn't want to hear

- Deseret News

It's hard to know what to say to new moms, especially if you've never been in their shoes, but asking about breastfeeding and sleep can be intrusive -- unless she brings up the topics.

The Rev. Billy Graham (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

America's handwriting on the wall - unless 7:14

In 1973, the Rev. Billy Graham preached to tens of thousands in St. Louis, Missouri, lamenting that America as a nation was under God's judgment for the U.S. Supreme Court Roe. v Wade decision made earlier that year legalizing the mass murder of children.

Kevin Spacey skips award shows to help aspiring Arab actors

- Associated Press

Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildly popular role on "House of Cards", to watch 34 young actors from across the Arab world perform a play as part of his foundation's Home Grown initiative supporting local talent.

Pro-life supporters are gathered in Washington this week for the annual March for Life. More than half a million people are expected to participate in the 41st annual march and most of them will be young people - better known as "millennials," writes Christy Stutzman. (Associated Press)

The pro-life generation

They say that ladies never reveal their age, but for once, I will reveal mine in hopes of making a point. I was born in 1973, the year that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade. As much as I don't like the name, I'm a member of "Generation X," whatever that means. I'd suggest that we might be earning ourselves a new name soon, and it has to do with the "Right to Life" movement.

Recent Opinion Columns

The Bible is a textbook, saving grace

- The Washington Times

Have you been to a funeral lately? A funeral where the assembled start reaching into their jacket pockets and purses? Grabbing their cellphones? Looking up and down the pews?

Civilization's essential book

- The Washington Times

It was 1952 and as a seven year old who had a Sunday School perfect attendance record for a year, I was presented with my very own King James Bible. I still have it and still refer to it.

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