More than 6,200 pedestrians died in 2018, an increase of 50 percent from 2009. It was also the second year in a row that overall traffic deaths fell while pedestrian deaths rose. The increase is largely due to the proliferation of SUVs, which are deadlier for pedestrians because of their greater weight, higher bumpers, and diminished visibility.
Attendance at many historic tourist destinations has been falling steadily. Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia now draws half the number of visitors it did in the 1980s, while tourism at Gettysburg is at a 10-year low.
President Trump’s re-election campaign is using models from stock video footage to portray “Trump supporters” in its Facebook advertisements. Although the ads depict characters such as “Tracey from Florida” or “AJ from Texas,” the videos were produced in France, Brazil, and Turkey and are available to anyone online for a fee.
One in six public school teachers works a second job outside the classroom to supplement income, including some during the school year.
The temperature in Anchorage reached a record 90 degrees on July 4, a whopping 5 degrees higher than the prior record. It was so hot that many Alaskans went to the beach or lakes to cool off, while others bought their first air conditioner.