Zimbabwe’s currency is melting down so quickly that the government has introduced a 10 million dollar bill. As of last week, 10 million Zimbabwe dollars could buy two rolls of toilet paper.
The already crazed competition to get into the nation’s top colleges was even more intense this year, with many schools logging record low acceptance rates. Harvard (7.1 percent of applicants accepted), Yale (8.3 percent), and Stanford (9.5 percent) were among a growing number of schools that rejected more than nine in 10 applicants.
Two of the four finalists in this year’s NCAA college basketball tournament had graduation rates among the nation’s lowest for male students with basketball scholarships. The University of Memphis has a 30 percent graduation rate, while at UCLA it’s 29 percent.
Los Angeles Times
More than 91,000 babies in the U.S. are underfed, neglected, or physically abused in their first year of life, according to the first official assessment of abuse of the nation’s youngest children. “It’s a picture that you don’t even want to imagine,” said Ileana Arias of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Washington Post
Lured by soaring gold prices, which have surpassed $900 an ounce, amateur prospectors are flocking to the Yukon, California, and Colorado to pan for nuggets. Membership in the Gold Prospectors Association of America has increased 40 percent in the past few years, to more than 45,000 people.
The New York Times
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