Fasting from technology
Among Christians giving up something for the 40 days of Lent, 31 percent say they’re “fasting from technology,” with 16 percent forgoing social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
Public transit ridership rises
Use of public transit in the U.S. rose to its highest level in more than 50 years last year, as more and more Americans opt for buses, trains, and subways instead of driving. Since 1995, public transit ridership has increased by 37 percent—outpacing the 20 percent population growth over the same period.
John McCain: irascible and unpopular
John McCain is the least popular senator in the country, according to a new PPP poll. The irascible Republican’s approval rating is only 30 percent among all Arizonans, and just 35 percent among Arizona Republicans.
Alzheimer’s death toll
A new study estimates that more than 500,000 Americans a year die of Alzheimer’s—six times the number recorded on death certificates. That would make the degenerative disease the third-largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
Food stamps and the minimum wage
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would take 3.5 million people off the food stamp rolls and cut federal spending on the program by $4.6 billion per year, according to a new study. Many big employers rely on federal programs to provide health benefits and food assistance to their workers.
The Wall Street Journal