Few convictions for Occupy arrests
Of the 732 people arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge during Occupy Wall Street protests two years ago, 680 cases were dismissed. Six people pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and five were convicted at trial.
The New York Time
Deepwater Horizon residue hits Louisiana coastline
More than 3 million pounds of “oily material” washed up on Louisiana’s coastline in the first eight months of 2013, a 25-fold increase over the same period last year. The oil was apparently from the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Consumption of shark-fin soup falls
Thanks to a public-information campaign led by Chinese celebrities such as former NBA basketball star Yao Ming, the consumption of shark-fin soup has plummeted by up to 70 percent over the last two years, according to the conservation group WildAid. Still, 70 million sharks were killed last year to put fins in Chinese soup pots.
The Washington Post
Fewer Japanese marry
In Japan, 61 percent of unmarried men and 49 percent of unmarried women between 18 and 34 are not in any kind of romantic relationship, according to a survey. Young Japanese are losing interest in marriage due to the country’s economic stagnation, women’s resistance to traditional wifely subservience, and obsessions with technology and online porn.
The Guardian (U.K.)
Ending a romance via email
One in six Americans reports having ended a romantic relationship via email, instant message, or text.