Significant Digits For Wednesday, May 1, 2019


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Wide receiver Brenden Rice, son of Jerry Rice, picks Colorado over ASU
Tuesday October 15, 2019

Local wide receiver recruit Brenden Rice announced his commitment to Colorado on Tuesday, picking the Buffaloes over Arizona State. Rice is a three-star recruit (according to ESPN and 247Sports) from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, and is the son of the NFL’s all-time leading receiver Jerry Rice. As a junior in high school, he […]

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$2 trillion infrastructure plan
Democratic leaders announced yesterday that they had reached an agreement with President Trump to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure plan “to upgrade the nation’s highways, railroads, bridges and broadband.” It was the first “substantive sit-down” between the parties since the lengthy government shutdown last winter. “Infrastructure week?” I haven’t heard that name in … [The New York Times]
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Americans Are Sitting More Than Ever—Here’s What To Do If You Have A Desk Job
Tuesday April 30, 2019

There are ways to counteract the effects at work! The post Americans Are Sitting More Than Ever—Here’s What To Do If You Have A Desk Job appeared first on Sporteluxe.

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$5 trillion climate plan
Well, well, well, speaking of trillion-with-a-T-dollar plans, Beto O’Rourke’s got one. His has to do with the climate — he calls it “the most ambitious climate plan in the history of the United States” — and it proposes $5 trillion in new investment, cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, and zero net emissions by 2050. [Vox]

David Johnson not eyeing 1,000 yards: ‘Everyone expected more of me’
Friday December 14, 2018

TEMPE, Ariz. — Expectations have weighed on David Johnson. The Arizona Cardinals stamped him as the face of the franchise with a contract extension hours before the 2018 season began, and 13 games later, a sobering 3-10 record has hit everyone in the organization hard. So the franchise running back hasn’t had time to consider […]

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30 years
The Japanese Emperor Akihito has stepped aside after 30 years on the Chrysanthemum Throne, abdicating his position to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Thus ends the period known as Heisei — “achieving peace” — and thus begins Reiwa — “auspicious calm.” [NPR]

6-to-1
According to census data, there are six public relations jobs for every one reporter job. As my journalist colleague Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux tweeted: “This explains so much about my inbox.” [Bloomberg]

11-point bounce
Joe Biden, former vice president and senator from Delaware, has surged in polls following the official announcements of his 2020 presidential candidacy last week. For instance, according to a new CNN survey conducted after Thursday’s announcement, he is the top choice of 39 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning independent voters. That’s up from 28 percent in March. [CNN]

75 points
Biden has also risen to the top of FiveThirtyEight’s endorsement tracker, where he sits with 75 points — former presidents and vice presidents are worth 10 points, governors 8, senators 6, representatives 3 and so on. We track such things because “party elites use endorsements to influence not only voters but also each other, hoping to get other powerful party members to rally behind the candidate they think would be most acceptable.” [FiveThirtyEight]

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