Find out what your zip code says about you

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15205When you mix marketing and Census data, you can get a snapshot of who we are and what we like to do in Esri’s Tapestry Segmentation project.

What pops up for a local zipcode — 15205, for example? Not surprisingly, Rustbelt Traditions: Family time is important to us. We look for the American-made label, watch ESPN and like to read the newspaper, especially on Sunday.

Go here to plug in your zipcode, and find out what you and your neighbors are up to.

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Unpretentious Eleanor Roosevelt gave flashy JFK debating tips

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ERtoJFKside1Fifty-four years ago, the Kennedy-Nixon debate ushered in a new era of American politics on television. Among those watching was former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who the next day wrote a letter to then-Sen. John Kennedy of Massachusetts calling it “a milestone for TV and a really good way to campaign.” Continue reading

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There were 5,000 WMD left by Saddam, and they wounded U.S. troops in Iraq war

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It turns out that Colin Powell might have been right after all, sort of.

His speech in 2003 at the U.N. declared that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and was concealing efforts to produce more. After all, Saddam had used mustard gas on Iranians during the 1980s war with the Islamic Republic, and dropped poison gas on Kurds, part of a brutal effort to decimate 50,000 to 100,000 in 1988.

But it was thought the United States never found WMD in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

Until now. Continue reading

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To flight attendant, Army Ranger wasn’t first class

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1st Sgt. Albert Marle. Photo courtesy of WSOC Charlotte

1st Sgt. Albert Marle. Photo by fellow passenger Brian Kirby, courtesy of WSOC Charlotte

US Airways has gotten a lot of unwanted publicity since Thursday when on a flight from Oregon to Charlotte, N.C., 1st Sgt. Albert Marle made a simple request: Could he hang his uniform jacket in the closet so it wouldn’t get wrinkled?

The flight attendant, a woman who so far has not been named in media reports, refused. Continue reading

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More speak Arabic at home than Polish, Italian

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StatelineWe’re still a melting pot of cultures and languages, according to a Stateline analysis of Census data.

A hundred years ago, our houses will filled with the sounds of German and Italian, Polish and Russian, Yiddish or, bien sûr, French, only three of which, as you can see, remain in the top 10. Continue reading

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Life after death: Clinically dead remained conscious, study shows

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What happens when you die? A lot, according to a study in Resuscitation.

Heart attack victims have been able to give researchers detailed descriptions about what they heard, saw and felt while clinically dead.

Some saw the near-death experience cliche, a bright light. Some felt terrified. Some had the sensation of being dragged through floodwaters or being burned. Some had out-of-body experiences, and in one case, what a patient “witnessed” was able to be validated, proving that it wasn’t an hallucination. Continue reading

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‘Hidden euthanasia’? Senior care homes could become prisons, pope warns

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Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“I really like having (Benedict, who’s 87) living here in the Vatican,” Pope Francis says, “because it’s like having a wise grandfather at home.”

Don’t forget your grandparents, Pope Francis has urged.

In a special Mass for the elderly, the pontiff — who is 77 himself — lashed out at “throw-away culture.” Continue reading

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Employers offer unlimited vacations, ‘pre-cations’

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Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin empire, lets his employees take as many vacation days as they want. (As does Netflix.)

Now comes word that Jason Freedman, a co-founder of 42Floors, might have invented the “pre-cation.”

What’s that, you ask? Vacation days before you take your trip?  Nope. It’s even better than that. Continue reading

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Goodbye, Columbus? Marco Polo got here first, maps may prove

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A rough sketch on vellum of what looks like the Alaskan coastline, an expert says. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

A rough sketch on vellum of what looks like the Alaskan coastline, an expert says. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Just in time for Columbus Day comes the news that Christopher might not be the Italian who first set foot in America.

The 15th century Genoan explorer may have been beaten by his hero. Continue reading

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