From the feds: How to go bankrupt
The federal government is now spending $2 for every dollar it takes in.
A driver’s license at 16 loses its social value
The traditional quest to get a driver’s license at 16 is on the wane, as a generation hooked on texting, Facebook, and being driven around by parents no longer sees independent mobility as critical to their social lives. Just 30.7 percent of 16-year-olds got their licenses in 2008, down from 44.7 percent in 1988.
The Washington Post
Average weight of newborns declines
The average weight of newborn U.S. babies declined nearly 2 ounces, to 7 pounds, 7.54 ounces between 1990 and 2005. Researchers cannot explain the decline, which reverses a trend since the 1950s toward higher birth weights.
The Wall Street Journal
Bank robberies fall by 20 percent
Bank robberies declined about 20 percent last year to their lowest point in a decade. Recessions typically lead to a boom in bank robberies, but new law-enforcement tools, including cash implanted with GPS tracking devices, have discouraged would-be robbers.
The Census Bureau's highly educated workforce
Thanks to widespread job losses, the U.S. Census Bureau has hired the most highly skilled, highly educated workforce in its 220-year history. Among those participating in March’s count of the population will be corporate vice presidents, engineers, and college professors.
The Cincinnati Enquirer