08.26.16

In today’s Buzz, we explore why college students are leaving their home states in greater numbers, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continue to disagree on their stances regarding race, and the Chicago Tribune takes an in depth look at every police shooting in Chicago over the past six years.

Today’s Buzz is brought to you by the National Park Service.  Yesterday the National Park Service celebrated their 100th Anniversary. If you have not yet had the chance to visit a National Park this year there is still time, fall is an amazing time of year to plan a visit to one of the parks.

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What I’m Listening to -The Black Keys: Turn Blue

What I’m Reading – Finders Keepers by Stephen King

What I’m Watching – Bloodline

What I Want to Know from You – What is your favorite memory of a National Park?

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How Cuts to Public Universities Have Driven Students Out of State  Declines in state support for public universities have helped reshape the geography of college admissions, forcing many students to attend universities far from home, where they pay higher, out-of-state tuition. An analysis of migration patterns among college freshmen shows the states students leave each year and where they go.

Clinton, Trump exchange racially charged accusations  In a blistering speech, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of “taking hate groups mainstream,” while the Republican nominee repeatedly claimed that Clinton is a “bigot” toward African Americans.

92 deaths, 2,623 bullets: Tracking every Chicago police shooting over 6 years Every five days, on average, a Chicago police officer fired a gun at someone. In 435 shootings over a recent six-year span, officers killed 92 people and wounded 170 others. While a few of those incidents captured widespread attention, they occurred with such brutal regularity — and with scant information provided by police — that most have escaped public scrutiny.

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An alarming number of scientific papers contain Excel errors  Australian researchers found that roughly one in five of the 3,600 papers they analyzed included errors that were due to Excel automatically converting gene names to things like calendar dates, or random numbers.

San Antonio Cop Suspended for Putting Whataburger Before His Job  A total of nine San Antonio police officers were suspended during the month of June, according to disciplinary records recently obtained by the Current. Depending on how much you love Whataburger, SAPD Officer Gary R. Nel’s suspension probably makes …

Southwest unveils new interior for planes, employee uniforms  Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. unveiled new uniforms and interiors for its Boeing 737-800 planes earlier this summer, and the designs were conceptualized by employees.

Did a Chicago Tribune reporter just stumble onto KFC’s secret “original recipe”?  What makes KFC’s renowned chicken so finger lickin’ good? The Chicago Tribune thinks it knows, and it’s gone to test-kitchen lengths to prove it.

Chick-fil-A threatened with boycott over breakfast biscuit  Chick-fil-A has been threatened with boycotts before. But over a breakfast item?

50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets  From making you live longer to making cities more resilient: If you want a reason to make your city more walkable, it’s in here.

Missouri Could Be A Swing State Again  Which states are you watching?” That’s a question I get a lot. There are Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, of course.

Obama plans to create world’s largest marine protected area  The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area.

Biofuels worse for climate change than gas, U-M study says  The study is the latest in the battle over whether biofuels are providing the environmental and climate benefits many expected.

UChicago To Freshmen: We Don’t Do ‘Safe Spaces’ Or ‘Trigger Warnings’  Academic freedom and empathy are apparently mutually exclusive in the eyes of the Dean of Students.

How to Talk to Strangers  Next time you enter an elevator, walk in and keep facing the back wall. If you stay that way, in my experience, people will laugh or ask if you’re okay. (That’s an opportunity, if you want, to say you would love for someone to define “okay.”)

How Finland Starts the School Year  Heading into my first year of teaching in Helsinki I felt pretty nervous. One of my graduate-school professors—a former Massachusetts Teacher of the Year—had warned me that Finnish students were academically advanced, especially in math.

A Dying Japanese Village Brought Back To Life — By Scarecrows  A remote mountain village once was home to hundreds. Now it has just 30 residents. Tskukimi Ayano, 67, is one of the younger ones. She has repopulated the village by making scarecrow-like figures.

Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika  The organization is going door to door in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The goal: Reach 25,000 households in six weeks with information about Zika prevention and family planning services.

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Local Government Confidential

Drawing determines name placement for City Council ballot  Being closer to the top of the ballot can give an aspiring officeholder a little edge, some have said.

City Council wallows in mud amid heroin crisis  As people all over the city were overdosing on heroin this week, elected officials were inside the City Hall bubble overindulging on rumor-mongering.

Ex-South Texas city council member admits taking bribe  A  former city council member in a South Texas town has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge relating to a scheme involving city contracts.