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July 3, 2014
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Founding Fathers live! Most common patriotic names are …

New York Public Library Displays Copy Of The Declaration Of Independence

Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Declaration Of Independence was on display at the New York Public Library this week.  | Photo by Getty Images

Somebody at WhitePages decided to count how many people are walking around with the names of the Founding Fathers.

The White Pages database and public Social Security records were scoured for names that ring of Liberty.

John Adams, who beat Thomas Jefferson in 1800, beats him again with 9,893 people carrying the name of the second president and only 522 with the name of the anti-Federalist.

The top 14 names are … Continue Reading →

July 1, 2014
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Sick 7-year-old granted wish: He’s ‘Honorary Marine’

Maj. Gen. Frederick Padilla, director of operations for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, pins an eagle, globe and anchor pin on Andrew Starr’s lapel during a ceremony awarding Starr the title “honorary Marine.” Seven-year-old Andrew is one of less than 100 people to ever receive the title since its conception in 1992.

Maj. Gen. Frederick Padilla, director of operations for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, pins an eagle, globe and anchor pin on Andrew Starr’s lapel during a ceremony awarding Starr the title “honorary Marine.”

Andrew Starr II has been plagued by painful tumors since he was a baby but “believes he can do anything,” his parents tell Headquarters Marine Corps.

Andrew’s greatest hero is his father, a retired Marine colonel, part of a proud family tradition that goes back to the First World War. The 7-year-old wanted one thing: to be a Marine. Continue Reading →

July 1, 2014
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Salary list: Who makes what at the White House

You may recall that the president of the United States rakes in $400,000 per annum and has an expense allowance of $50,000. The Veep makes $230,700. But how much do White House staffers take home?

The White House has sent to Congress its annual report listing the name, salary and title of its 457 employees. Continue Reading →

June 26, 2014
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Black bear crashes birthday party, eats cupcakes

GlennMerillAndBrokenSkylightPhotoCourtesyofJuneauEmpireGlenn Merrill and his wife, who live on an Alaskan mountainside, were expecting guests for their son’s 1st birthday party to arrive any minute on Saturday when they heard a cracking of a skylight, not a knocking at the door.

“I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking,”  Merrill tells the Juneau Empire. “And the next thing you know, there’s this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from (the skylight). It was like three feet away from me” in the middle of the living room. Continue Reading →

June 24, 2014
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X-ray signal tantalizes astronomers

A giant collection of galaxies immersed in hot gas about 250 million light years from Earth.In the Perseus Cluster, a mysterious signal. The cluster contains thousands of galaxies immersed in an enormous cloud of superheated gas.

ET is not on the phone. But nonetheless scientists are excited about a “mysterious” X-ray signal found when a team sifted through old data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton.

Astronomers think it might be evidence of sterile neutrinos — dark matter, that stuff that makes up about  85% of the Universe, but does not emit or absorb light.

“We know that the dark matter explanation is a long shot, but the pay-off would be huge if we’re right,” says Esra Bulbul of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,  who led the study. “So we’re going to keep testing this interpretation and see where it takes us.”

A paper explaining the research is published in the Astrophysical Journal.

You  can read more here.

June 24, 2014
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Tomorrow Land: Tel Aviv to have ‘flying’ cars

ArtistImageOfSkyTranUber and Lyft may already be feeling out of date.

It’s not exactly how George Jetson got to work, but SkyTran, a California company, is going to make “flying” cars a reality in Tel Aviv, the BBC reports. Continue Reading →

June 24, 2014
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Map: Biggest company by revenue in Pa.?

Largest-Company-By-Revenue-In-Each-State-2014A pharmaceuticals distributor is the largest company by revenue in Pa., according to Broadview Networks, which crunched data from Hoover’s, a D&B Company. (Click on map to see a larger image.)

The Chesterbrook-based AmerisourceBergen takes in $87.95 billion per year. A look at all the numbers … Continue Reading →

June 24, 2014
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Chart: Women spend 51 minutes more per day on chores

womensworkviaslateA woman’s work is done — 51 minutes after men finish their chores, data from the 2013 Time-Use Survey show.

Hubby does, however, spend more time working on the lawn and the honey-do list (AKA maintenance & repair). Surprisingly, perhaps, men only spend four more minutes per day on cars than women.

h/t Olga Khazan in The Atlantic

June 21, 2014
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Photo: Think Pittsburgh’s parking is bad?

1minuteparkingBrentwoodLAIf you’re among those that consider the rate hike at Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages and lots this summer “a nightmare,” at least 5 bucks in a Downtown garage will buy you an hour’s worth of parking.

In a pricey area of West L.A., a parking sign was telling drivers that they have precisely 1 minute to park. Continue Reading →

June 19, 2014
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Daughter’s globe-trotting tribute goes viral

parisPhotoByJinnaYang“I took a lifesize cutout of my dad around the world to celebrate his life & bring peace to my family,” Jinna Yang posts on Instagram.

Her dad, Jay Kwon Yang, was only 52 when he died of cancer in Virginia in 2012.

After her parents split up when Jinna was 7, she writes on her blog, it was her mom who moved out. Her dad worked 12-hour days, six days a week in the family dry cleaners while raising her and her younger brother.

By the time her dad receives his diagnosis, his dreams are unfulfilled. “He’s never been to Europe or Africa. California. Florida,” Jinna says. “He never got to travel because he sacrificed his life for our family.” Continue Reading →

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