Today’s Buzz features the FDA ban on chemicals used in antibacterial soap, credit card skimming at Arizona gas pumps, and taco trucks on every corner. Best idea ever – happy Saturday!
Right Now with Emily Leuning
What I’m Doing: Crabbing at the coast!
What I’m Listening To: Ingrid Michaelson’s new album
What I’m Reading: Tsunami Evacuation info for the Oregon Coast
The national economic implications of a taco truck on every corner: That’s good news for the economy in one way. If you assume that three people work in each truck, that’s 9.6 million new jobs created. Adding 9.6 million taco truck workers would help America reach nearly full employment — and that’s just the staffing in the trucks. Think about all of the ancillary job creation: mechanics, gas station workers, Mexican food truck management executives.
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FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps: Consumers don’t need to use antibacterial soaps, and some of them may even be dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration says.
Middle-aged parents are now more likely to smoke weed than their teenaged kids: Smoking weed is often seen as an indulgence reserved for the young and the reckless: kids get high, in the popular imagination, but by and large their parents don’t.
A Farewell Guide to Political Journalism: Lessons gleaned from 30 years of covering American politics—from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump. I left political journalism once before—to help launch a social media site designed to engage political influencers in civil conversation. It failed (one critic called it “the idiotic Hotsoup.com”), but among the many lessons I took away from the experience was one about journalism.
No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them: Even with Facebook, Netflix and other digital distractions increasingly vying for time, Americans’ appetite for reading books — the ones you actually hold in your hands — has not slowed in recent years, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
Local Gov Confidential
Falling behind by staying in place: Portland’s prosperity bypasses many: By any conventional measure, Oregon’s economy is roaring. The state unemployment rate sank below 5 percent this year for the first time since the mid-1990s. In most cases, home values are higher than ever. Demand for downtown Portland office space is surging as employers – many from the tech industry – race to hire highly paid workers.
Immigrants without legal status sue for access to Georgia universities: Three Georgians who have received a special reprieve from deportation are suing the University System of Georgia over its policy of barring them from attending five of the state’s top universities.
Where Apple Has Quietly Built Its Biggest Campus: Apple has quietly moved thousands of employees into a campus that is bigger than any other that the company currently has—and it’s not its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters.
Officials: Credit-card skimming on the rise at Arizona gas pumps: State officials are urging gas stations to routinely check gas-pump card readers for skimming devices and consumers to take steps to protect themselves after more credit-card skimmers were found on Arizona pumps in August than in all of 2015.