Stream Splashes: February 17-23 in Review

By The Stream Published on February 24, 2019

Every week, The Stream rounds up some highlights from the recent news. We call these our “splashes”: everything from insightful commentary on the week’s big events to small inspiring stories you may have missed.


Dear Facebook:

There was no teeth gnashing, but there was wailing. Well, I may have also gnashed my teeth a bit, thinking of some choice names for you.

Frequently when I’ve been on Facebook searching through treasured photo memories, I’ve had the fleeting thought, “Wow, what if I ever lost all this!” I had no idea that moment was soon coming. But it did last week, February 15. You, Facebook, informed me my account had been disabled for “violating community standards.”

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Phil King said he didn’t expect the attention his new song, Not Forgotten, received. Fox News, Faithwire and wrote about his song. YoungHeart, a teen band, covered it and made a music video.

Since the song’s Jan. 27 release on YouTube, King has received messages from listeners saying the song made them fall to the floor crying over abortion, he says. People have told him they now want to do something to help. One family told him that after hearing it, they want to adopt.

“There’s just a big difference between when you know something in your head, and then when you’re burning for it in your heart,” King says.

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Whether at ESPN, Entertainment Tonight or People Magazine, right now Tim Tebow is everywhere. The former NFL quarterback-turned-pro-baseball player just entered spring training for the New York Mets, in hopes of making it beyond Triple-A this year.

The renewed attention comes as Tebow and his brother Robby are gearing up to release their first film, Run the Race, as executive producers.

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“Our water comes from a hole in the ground,” Zacharey from Burundi said. “We know it’s dirty but we have no other choice.” Zacharey’s wife recently died from cholera — a result of drinking polluted water. His fourth child, a baby boy who was still nursing, died three weeks later.

Zacharey, who is caring for his three remaining children, has now contracted symptoms of Cholera. His biggest fear? Leaving his children as orphans.

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