This blog was originally posted at: Thousands of teenagers are graduating from high school this month. Many plan to attend college and conquer the world. Others are content to find a good job and settle down. High school graduation rates have been rising in the U.S. over the past several […]

Mapping high school graduation rates

This blog was originally posted at: June is a busy month for professional playoffs in the U.S. The NBA playoffs started Thursday, pitting the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat. In the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup starting Wednesday. The NBA […]

The revenue side of the NBA and NHL Finals

This blog was originally posted at: Many Americans are planning summer trips to theme parks, one of the most popular vacation destinations. Theme parks offer a wide variety of attractions targeted to families. Major theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios draw diverse visitors from across […]

Taking the holiday road to U.S. theme parks

This article was originally posted at: Last week’s Powerball jackpot hit a record $590.5 million, setting off a contagious wave of lottery fever. A single player from Zephyrhills, Fla., holds the winning ticket for this record jackpot. Americans dream of winning big money, so they can provide for their […]

Who’s got lottery fever?

This blog was originally posted at: This year’s Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League final is set to be an all-German affair between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on May 25 at London’s Wembley Stadium. Next to the World Cup, the UEFA Champions League final is one […]

The big business of Champions League soccer

This blog was originally posted at: When evaluating the health of the U.S. economy, most Americans look at unemployment figures as a key statistic. Many, however, ignore another key statistic: Americans who receive disability benefits. In December 2011, the Social Security Administration noted that by county, more than 55 […]

Disability insurance and the U.S. economy

This article was originally posted at: The race is coming down to the home stretch for the next mayor of Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are in the final stages in their respective campaigns to become mayor. Election Day is Tuesday, May 21, so both candidates are […]

Los Angeles mayoral race — who are the candidates’ supporters?

This blog was originally posted at: People often use clothing to help define themselves. Some people will wear only designer clothing. Others try to be as trendy as possible, no matter who the designer is. Still others will wear only comfortable clothes. Being trendy can help some people feel confident. […]

Are you Trendy?

This blog was originally posted at: Home improvement is often a springtime activity. As the snow melts and the weather improves, homeowners often want to make improvements to their homes. These projects can include painting, fixing roofs, carpet and flooring installs, room remodeling and complete renovations. Although many people hire […]

The economic makeup of the DIY crowd