- Friday, July 4, 2014
Happy birthday, America. Now legalize fireworks.
Through the smoke of Roman candles and bottle rockets, the absurdity of Americans' obsession with do-it-yourself explosives is nonetheless clear: One day each year, we gather with neighbors, friends and loved ones to blow stuff up in our backyards. Go, U.S.A.!Continued ...
- Thursday, July 3, 2014
Cattle at record signals higher beef costs for July 4th grillers
Cattle futures extended a rally to a record as Americans are gearing up to pay the most ever for beef served at barbecues over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.Continued ...
Avoidable injuries are killing too many young Americans
Not so cheerful news before your holiday weekend: Some sobering new government numbers show just how many young people die from injuries that could have been avoided.Continued ...
Higher airfare, crowded planes likely to linger after summer
Air travelers are paying more to fly in the U.S. this summer on crowded planes as carriers keep capacity tight, conditions passengers will have to get used to beyond the vacation period.Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Americans falling out of love with shopping malls
Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of "dead malls" produces 5.7 million results; and the desolate interiors of these unused retailing meccas keep making cameos in thrillers and horror films.Continued ...
More Americans are stuck in part-time work
New government data slated for release Thursday is expected to show the economy added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month - the longest streak since the late 1990s.Continued ...
Best president? Worst president? Don't read too much into those polls
The questions about who are the best and worst post-WWII presidents are useless. What they mainly show is that Republicans are far more unified around a single story than are Democrats.Continued ...
Two boys dead, infant critically injured in mobile home fire
Two young children died and their infant sister was in critical condition after fire engulfed their mobile home in a small town in upstate New York Monday night.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A messaging app that doesn't use words at all
About 10,000 people have signed up for usernames for a chat app that isn't even out yet: Emoj.li. It's an instant messenger app that uses no words at all — not even "Yo" or "Hodor!" Instead, it employs only emoji icons.Continued ...
What states can do on their own about immigration
It's official: Congress won't take up immigration reform this year. This week, President Barack Obama said he'll use executive actions to change policies unilaterally.Continued ...
VIDEO: Manhole cover 'explodes' in Indiana
Recent heavy rains in Terre Haute, Indiana flooded the city’s storm sewers, which built up enough pressure to blow a manhole cover off at Fairbanks Park.Continued ...
Tropical Storm Arthur off Florida may grow into hurricane
Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the Florida coast and is forecast to grow into a hurricane that will threaten North Carolina's Outer Banks during the Fourth of July holiday.Continued ...
Woman's African safari photos draw ire on Facebook
A Texas woman’s photos from an African hunting safari posted on Facebook have provoked a range of responses — including many laced with hate and outright death threats.Continued ...
- Monday, June 30, 2014
A statistical blind spot that makes the US crime rate seem lower than it is
Imagine an American city with 2.2 million people, making it the fourth largest in the nation. Now imagine that city is a place where residents suffer routine violence and cruelty at rates unlike anywhere else in the country, where they are raped and beaten with alarming frequency by their neighbors and even the city officials who are paid to keep them safe. Now imagine that we, as a nation, didn't consider the vast majority of that violence to be criminal or even worth recording. That is, in effect, the state of the U.S. correctional system today.Continued ...
Gallant groom chases down wedding thief
Jared Lightle never anticipated that when he renewed his marriage vows Saturday, he would have to chase some guy from the wedding hall, yelling: “Stop! Thief! Stop!”Continued ...
Woman shoots would-be burglar with pellet gun
A would-be burglar in Pennsylvania received more than he bargained for when he tried to steal a flat screen television from a home he had broken into Sunday night.Continued ...
VIDEO: Emergency slide deploys inside plane
A United Airlines flight with more than 100 passengers and crew made an emergency landing in Wichita, Kansas, after an emergency exit slide deployed inside the plane during a flight. The plane landed safely and nobody was hurt.Continued ...
VIDEO: Mood experiment on Facebook
Internet users are incensed at the revelation that Facebook researchers manipulated the content some users were shown in an attempt to gauge their emotional response.Continued ...
- Friday, June 27, 2014
Limit dies on New York's soda size
Michael R. Bloomberg's plan to limit the size of sodas in New York City, one of the most aggressive and controversial public health initiatives in recent memory, effectively died Thursday.Continued ...
Virginia trying to put brakes on ride-sharing services
Say you leave a bar in Clarendon, Virginia, on a Saturday night. You don't want to walk home, the Metro is closed, and you can't find a cab. There are smartphone apps that will call you a car at the touch of a button.Continued ...
When your high school closes for good
By the time I arrived in 1999, the school had lost its charter and been absorbed completely into the district. By 2006, it was consolidated with a local middle school, part of the district's focus renewed focus on smaller schools.Continued ...
Wanna write a pop song? Here's a foolproof equation
Pop songs (generally) stay in one key, are in 4/4 time, last between three and five minutes, are organized into chunks of four or eight bars, have a repeating chorus played two to four times, include the title sung at least three times, and feature short melodic fragments that repeat a lot to help everyone to remember them.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 26, 2014
Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zones
The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.Continued ...
But Chief Justice John Roberts' ruling was a narrow one, pointing out that other states and cities had found less intrusive ways to both protect women entering clinics and accommodate the First Amendment rights of those opposed to abortion.
The science of shyness
Shy people have quite a bit to contend with - not least the word itself.Continued ...
It has a number of different meanings, none of which are flattering. To "shy away" from something implies avoidance; to "shy" can also mean to move suddenly in fright; to "be shy of" something can mean to come up short, or be insufficient.
- Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Things looking up for law school grads
This might sound weird, but here goes: Now might be a pretty good time to think about law school. For the sixth year running, the employment rate fell, as schools produced a record number of graduates for an industry without the room for them. There was, however, a nugget of good news buried in the data.Continued ...