Only in America
November 20, 2012

Tyler Alred, 17, was behind the wheel when he crashed his truck into a tree, killing his friend in the passenger seat. Alred had only a small amount of alcohol in his system, but because he's a minor, he was charged with a DUI. However, a judge in Oklahoma has spared the teen from going to jail, instead giving him a deferred sentence that requires him to attend church for the next 10 years, graduate high school, and submit to drug and alcohol tests, among other requirements. "All of that stuff makes sense," says Maria Guido at Mommyish. "But you lost me at attending church." The Week Staff

FIFA
9:43 a.m. ET

To any soccer fan who has been following the practices of FIFA throughout the past decade, it's no surprise that FIFA is terribly corrupt. It's a little more surprising, however, that the world's governing soccer organization is finally being held accountable — to the tune of $150 million and charges of bribery, fraud, and racketeering.

"On the surface, it's just another white collar crime story: rich, powerful men making themselves richer and more powerful," says Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post. "But a closer look suggests that there is a lot of real-world suffering happening as a direct result of FIFA's decisions." Ingraham put together a fascinating chart that maps out the estimated human toll of building the stadiums and facilities necessary to hold the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, and the result is startling:

(The Washington Post)

While Ingraham's graphic is an estimate (he explains how he arrived at this comparison here), this rough approximation of the potentially World Cup-related deaths of migrant workers in Qatar is undoubtedly shocking. Even worse, the Post points out that the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that in addition to 1,200 migrant worker deaths so far, up to 4,000 additional workers could die in Qatar in the run up to the 2022 World Cup.

For a full explanation of how the Post arrived at these bleak estimates, head over to The Washington Post. Samantha Rollins

Numbers don't lie
9:37 a.m. ET
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Sandvine, a Canadian bandwidth management company, found that during primetime hours, Netflix streaming accounts for 36.5 percent of downstream internet bandwidth.

Meanwhile, Netflix' competitors combined still don't match that figure. During the same time period, YouTube accounted for 15.6 percent of downstream internet traffic, and just two percent was used for Amazon Instant Video and 1.9 percent for Hulu.

Sandvine measured bandwidth usage during primetime hours in North America in March. Netflix increased its primetime bandwidth usage since Sandvine's fall report, when Netflix video accounted for 34.5 percent of primetime bandwidth. Meghan DeMaria

happy trails
9:22 a.m. ET

For more than 20 years, the marquee for Late Show with David Letterman has dominated a small stretch of midtown Manhattan. The familiar blue-and-yellow awning atop the Ed Sullivan has greeted every person who entered the studio for a taping, and been the subject of countless tourist selfies.

And now it's gone. Just a week after the series finale of Late Show with David Letterman, this is what the Ed Sullivan Theater looks like:

Presumably, it'll get a little cozier when Stephen Colbert takes over in September. Scott Meslow

FIFA
8:44 a.m. ET
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In a speech Thursday published on the Kremlin's website, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich. Putin apparently believes the arrests are the U.S.' way of extending its power into other countries.

In the transcript of Putin's speech, he says the foreign arrest on U.S. charges represents "another blatant attempt by the United States to extend its jurisdiction to other states."

Putin defended FIFA and its president, Sepp Blatter, before discussing former NSA agent Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. "Why have I recalled all this?" Putin said, about Snowden and Assange. "Unfortunately, our American partners use these methods to achieve their selfish goals and persecute people illegally. I don't rule out that this may be the same case with FIFA." Meghan DeMaria

Pataki-mentum!
8:43 a.m. ET

Former New York governor George Pataki launched his longest of long-shot bids for the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday via 2015's de rigueur announcement method, a YouTube video. While he throws out some red meat — the video shows him buying a room full of veterans lunch and invoking 9/11 — Pataki mostly talks up his bona fides as a Republican governor in a blue state. In an increasingly crowded field of GOP candidates, can a moderate New York Republican who supports abortion rights win the nomination? Even Pataki himself concedes his candidacy is an "extreme long shot," The New York Times reports.

You can watch his announcement video below: —Nico Lauricella

The Digital Divide
8:01 a.m. ET
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a plan on Thursday proposing to subsidize high-speed internet access for low-income Americans. The federal government has been helping people pay for telephone service for 30 years, because phones are considered crucial to finding work, getting medical service, and climbing out of poverty. Wheeler's proposal to change the $1.7 billion subsidy program to include broadband reflects the FCC's recognition that high-speed internet service also is now essential. Read more at The New York Times. Harold Maass

This doesn't look good
7:46 a.m. ET
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The U.K.'s Methodist Church announced Thursday that investigations revealed 1,885 physical and sexual abuse cases, many of which involved children, within the church over more than 50 years. The church issued an apology for "failing to protect the victims," The Associated Press reports.

Martyn Atkins, general secretary of the Methodist Conference, told AP that the abuse "is and will remain a deep source of grief and shame to the church."

The church published the report after three years of investigations into sexual, physical, emotional, and domestic abouse or neglect within the church since 1950. AP notes that in 26 percent of cases, church ministers or employees were the perpetrators of abuse. Six police investigations have been opened as a result of the church's report.

Atkins told AP that in the future, the Methodist Church, which includes about 200,000 members in Britain, will "do all in its power to improve its systems to protect children, young people, and adults from abuse within the life of the church and on church premises." Meghan DeMaria

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