The cost of Occupy Wall Street
During the first two months of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the movement cost cash-strapped municipalities at least $13 million in police overtime and other services.
Puerto Rico's drug homicides
On average, someone is murdered every seven and a half hours in Puerto Rico, and half of those murders are linked to drug gangs. Puerto Rico’s per capita rate of drug homicides is now higher than Mexico’s.
The Washington Post
Gender ratios in the movies
A study of the 100 top-grossing movies of 2009 found that 32.8 percent of all speaking characters were female, while 67.2 percent were male—the same as in the previous year. The “remarkably stable” two-to-one ratio of male-to-female characters, says researcher Stacy Smith of the University of Southern California, “reveals an industry formula for gender that may be outside of people’s conscious awareness.”
Los Angeles Times
The death rate of Native American babies
Because of extreme poverty and poor health care, Native American babies are dying at a rate 44 percent higher than a decade ago, despite a decline in the overall rate of infant deaths in the U.S.
Americans weigh in
The average American male now reports weighing 196 pounds, up from 180 pounds in 1990. The average female says she weighs 160, up from 142. Yet just 39 percent say they’re overweight, while 56 percent report that their weight is “about right.”