Today’s Buzz features the rise of “Other” on census forms, the surprising frequency of Excel errors in scientific papers, and the annual UFO symposium.

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SEAL Team 6 and a Man Left for Dead: A Grainy Picture of Valor: An airman with the unit is being considered for the Medal of Honor after new video analysis suggested that he fought alone bravely in a 2002 battle on an Afghan peak.

The Rise of the American ‘Others’: Something unusual has been taking­­­­­­ place with the United States Census: A minor category that has existed for more than 100 years is elbowing its way forward. “Some Other Race,” a category that first entered the form as simply “Other” in 1910, was the third-largest category after “White” and “Black” in 2010, alarming officials, who are concerned that if nothing is done ahead of the 2020 census, this non-categorizable category of people could become the second-largest racial group in the United States.

An alarming number of scientific papers contain Excel errors: A surprisingly high number of scientific papers in the field of genetics contain errors introduced by Microsoft Excel, according to an analysis recently published in the journal Genome Biology. A team of Australian researchers analyzed nearly 3,600 genetics papers published in a number of leading scientific journals — like Nature, Science and PLoS One. As is common practice in the field, these papers all came with supplementary files containing lists of genes used in the research.


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Trump mentions the death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin in an appeal to voters: The GOP nominee took to Twitter to acknowledge the death of the 32-year-old mother, somewhat circuitously referencing gun violence as a reason that he deserves support from black voters.

‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias: As Mr. Trump assumed an increasing role in his father’s business, the company’s practice of turning away potential black tenants was painstakingly documented.

Paul Wolfowitz: ‘I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton’ The former George W. Bush administration official who is often referred to as the “architect” of the Iraq War says he will likely end up voting for Hillary Clinton for president this fall. Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary

Rising U.S. Mortality Rate For Mothers Is Highest In Texas: The maternal mortality rate in Texas doubled from 2010 to 2014. Dr. Lisa Hollier of Texas’ Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force tells NPR’s Scott Simon it’s a complex problem.


Local Gov Confidential

A teardown a day: Bulldozing the way for bigger homes in Seattle, suburbs: Home demolitions have altered residential neighborhoods across King County, as small bungalows are replaced by large, boxlike houses that on average cost about three times as much.

Scientists, true believers gather for annual UFO symposium Jorge Rigoboulos doesn’t care if you don’t believe him; he knows when he was a 10-year-old boy he saw a circular-shaped object with lights on it that flew across the sky. “It was impressive because it was so close,” the sky. “It was impressive because it was so close,” the now-48-year-old said Saturday. “It is true what I saw.”

Memo From France: From Bikinis to Burkinis, Regulating What Women Wear: What is it about women’s swimwear and general attire that over and over has impelled societies to legislate or regulate women’s choices?

Peak Car Revisited: U.S. vehicle travel increased 3.2% (8.6 billion vehicle miles) in total and 2.0% per capita between Junes 2015 and 2016. That is a new peak in total VMT, but a 2.75% reduction in per capita VMT. Will these growth rates continue into the future?

How Brooklyn Could Survive the L Train Shutdown: When New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority announced plans to close the L train between the Bedford and 14 th Street stations for 18 months of repairs in 2019, Brooklynites freaked. Especially the ones in Williamsburg. The L train’s Bedford station stop is the artisanal-everything neighborhood’s portal to Manhattan. Without L train access, observers warned, real-estate values would plummet, the service industry would shrivel, and the neighborhood’s up-and-comers would flee to more transit-accessible locales, leaving behind only a handful of taxidermists to gaze sadly at the now-vacant streets. “2019 is the year Williamsburg dies,” shrieked the New York Post.


For Kicks and Giggles

Pence Recaptured After Fleeing Trump Campaign Bus VIRGINIA  (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it a “scary moment” and a “close call,” Donald Trump’s campaign officials confirmed that they had recaptured Mike Pence after the Indiana governor attempted to flee the campaign bus in the early hours of Friday morning.