Almost three pedestrians are killed per every 100,000 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida, metro area — twice the national average, according to a report from Smart Growth America. And that wasn't even the most unsafe metro area, per the group's Pedestrian Danger Index, which incorporates a city's fatality rate and the share of its commuters who walk to work. That ignominious honor belongs to Orlando, whose 244 PDI dwarfed second-place St. Pete's 190.
If you're starting to sense a pattern, that's because there is one. The four most dangerous metro regions in the nation are all in Florida, with Jacksonville and Miami placing third and fourth, respectively. Jon Terbush
On Tuesday, Islamic State's official al-Bayan Radio said that two of its "soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on a cartoon competition in Garland, a suburb of Dallas, because the "exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Muhammad." The audio message vowed "even bigger and more bitter" attacks in the future. If authentic (and true), this is the first attack ISIS has claimed credit for inside the U.S.
In the attack, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi — roommates at an apartment in Arizona — allegedly opened fire at an unarmed guard at Garland's Curtis Culwell Center, and both were quickly shot dead by police. The people inside the exhibit were unaware of the attack until police told them. The FBI had been investigating Simpson since 2006, and accused him of trying to fly to Somalia to wage jihad in 2009; he was given three years of probation. Peter Weber
Jessica Williams' report from Washington on Monday's Daily Show is premised on two questionable assumptions: That the Supreme Court will make same-sex marriage a nationwide right, and that this ruling will quiet opponents of gay marriage. Since the writers at The Daily Show have presumably heard of Roe v. Wade, and how much that ended anti-abortion protests, the interviews come across as stylized, participatory gloating. The model is high school graduation.
"With the Supreme Court likely ruling in favor of gay marriage, chances are this would be the last hurrah for the hate class of 2015," Williams said. "Before they moved on to the real world, I wanted to commemorate them." Most of the protesters are pretty gracious, funny even, and then there's Brother Ruben Israel, voted most charismatic. It wouldn't work without Ruben Israel. Watch below. —Peter Weber
For their rendition of the Carter Family classic "Keep On the Sunny Side," on Monday's Late Show, singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile put on a hat and bolo tie and Scott Avett traded his banjo for an autoharp. The harmonies are as tight as you'd expect, and the lyrics make for pretty good retirement advice (as well as general life counsel). "That was lovely, just lovely," says David Letterman after the performance. And he's not wrong. Watch below. —Peter Weber
A year ago, the African militant group Boko Haram held a swath of Nigeria the size of Belgium, appearing unstoppable in their quest to carve out an Islamic state. An offensive by Nigerian troops and allied forces from neighboring nations has taken its toll on the rebels, according to the women rescued from Boko Haram by Nigeria last week in the Sambisa Forest. About a month ago, the women told Reuters, their captors started complaining about a shortage of guns, ammunition, and gas.
"One evening in April, Boko Haram followers stood before us and said 'Our leaders don’t want to give us enough fuel and guns and now the soldiers are encroaching on us in Sambisa. We will leave you.'," 18-year old Binta Ibrahim told Reuters. When the captors heard government helicopters, they first tried to sell of the women for about $10 apiece, then stoned some of them and fled.
In the Reuters video below, 22-year-old Hanatu Musa said the captors also complained that Boko Haram had deceived them into fighting and killing in the name of religion. —Peter Weber
On Monday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart had one simple message for the two gunmen who died Sunday trying to shoot up a purposefully provocative Mohammed-cartoon-drawing contest in Garland, Texas — and for everyone else. "I can't believe we have to reiterate this," he said: "It is not OK to shoot other people because you are offended by what they draw, even if they drew it to offend you." To hammer that point home, various correspondents popped up from under his desk to propose various scenarios where it might be OK to shoot people. (No.)
While he was on the subject of Texas, Stewart took some low, mostly well deserved shots at Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and other Texans claiming that U.S. military exercises in the state are prelude to federal martial law. "You know who's calling it a Texas takeover? Lone Star lunatics," Stewart said. "Texas, there's no Texas takeover. The United States government already controls Texas, since like the 1840s.... Just borrow a textbook from a neighboring state: It's all in there." Stewart ended with this challenge for Texas, ending with "I never thought I'd be saying this — what would Rick Perry do?" —Peter Weber
There is a place where vegans can go and never have to worry about running across something derived from an animal: The world's first vegan mini-mall in Portland, Oregon.
Portland has a long history of supporting vegetarians and vegans, the Los Angeles Times reports. In the late 1800s, Seventh-Day Adventists, who shun meat, flocked to the Rose City, and today it even has a vegan strip club, where animal-free food is served and the dancers aren't allowed to don fur, leather, silk, or pearls. At the mini-mall, the Food Fight! grocery store sells such staples as fruits and vegetables and specialty items like meatless jerky and dairy-free chocolate. After loading up on groceries, patrons can hit up the Sweetpea Baking Co. for vegan baked goods, Herbivore for clothes and pleather purses, and Scapegoat Tattoo, where owner Brian Thomas Wilson uses ink that does not contain any animal byproducts.
Wilson told the Times that when he opened the shop a decade ago, there weren't too many people looking for a vegan tattoo parlor. Now, he often finds himself tattooing pieces that showcase a client's dedication to the lifestyle. Wilson himself became a vegan in 1999, after he ordered a 79-cent breakfast at a casino in Reno, and couldn't eat the hunk of ham and fluorescent yellow eggs. "That was the lightbulb that went off," he said. "It changed my whole life." Catherine Garcia
David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO perhaps best known as the husband of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, died on Friday at a private resort in Mexico from head trauma and blood loss after a gym accident, Mexican officials said Monday. It appears Goldberg, 47, "fell off the treadmill and cracked his head open," said a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Mexico's Nayarit State, where Goldberg was vacationing with family and friends.
When Robert Goldberg found his brother on the floor of the gym, he was still alive, the spokesman said, and Sandberg visited the hospital in Nuevo Vallarta. There will be no charges filed related to the accident. Goldberg was a well-regarded entrepreneur and mentor, and the family is holding an invitation-only memorial service at Stanford on Tuesday. Men are being asked to wear an open collar "in keeping with Dave's lifelong hatred of ties," according to the invitation. He and Sandberg, married since 2004, have two children together. Peter Weber