Turnout for the 2008 presidential election
For all the attention generated by the historic 2008 presidential election, the percentage of eligible voters who actually cast ballots declined for the first time in 12 years, new census figures show. About 63.6 percent of eligible voters cast ballots; while turnout among blacks was up 5 percentage points over 2004, turnout among the much larger pool of whites was down 1 percentage point.
Why obesity is hard to fight
Public-health officials battling an epidemic of obesity have a difficult task. The average American eats 16 pounds of French fries, 23 pounds of pizza, and 26 pounds of candy every year.
Lance Armstrong and USA Cycling membership
From 1999 to 2005, while Lance Armstrong was winning seven consecutive Tours de France, membership in USA Cycling, the leading American bike-racing and advocacy organization, grew 5.5 percent a year. During Armstrong’s three-year retirement, membership fell 3.5 percent to 4 percent annually.
The New York Times
Post office eliminates blue mailboxes
With the volume of “snail mail” shrinking by billions of pieces with each passing year, the U.S. Postal Service has stepped up its elimination of those iconic blue mailboxes. In the past 20 years, 200,000 mailboxes have been removed from city streets, rural routes, and suburban neighborhoods. Only 175,000 remain.
The Washington Post