Drug OD’s Higher in Rural Areas Than In Cities

Drug OD’s Higher In Rural Areas Than In Cities
The Center for Disease Control recently released a report that indicates rural areas face higher drug overdose deaths than cities face. The center says that rural areas need more attention from federal agencies to fight this serious drug epidemic. Although the actual number of drug deaths is lower in rural areas than in cities, rural areas exhibit higher percentages of drug deaths per capita than cities do. To read more about this study, click on https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_169213.html.

Find Out Which Colleges Experienced Increases In Student Interest
As high school seniors complete college applications, some colleges and universities prove easier to attend than others. For example, the University of Maine accepts 90% of applicants. The University of California, Davis accepts a paltry 42% in comparison. To make the college application process easier for seniors, the website 24/7 Wall St lists 100 colleges that have seen application increases over the last 10 years. To access the list of popular colleges, surf over to http://247wallst.com/special-report/2017/10/19/colleges-where-applications-are-on-the-rise/2/. The list also provides the percentage of successful applications to each institution. The application process is just as stressful today as it was in my day, although the number of applicants proved smaller back then. Then, only about 15 percent of high school graduates applied to colleges. Fewer applications meant less competition for the even smaller number of college seats available. Good luck to this year’s applicants.

London Rated World’s Safest City For Women
The Thompson Reuters Foundation recently released a report that indicates London ranks as the safest city for women to walk around. The study rated 19 megacities with populations of at least 10 million people. Tokyo ranked second and Paris came in third. The study evaluated how well cities protected women from sexual violence and harmful cultural practices. In addition, the ratings looked at healthcare, finance and education as indicators of safe living elements for women. To view this story, visit http://www.africanews.com/2017/10/16/poll-rates-cairo-most-dangerous-london-safest-for-women/.

More London News
A decade or more ago, Eddy Grant recorded the Reggae song ‘Electric Avenue’ which protested living conditions faced by the poor. Today, however, instead of picturing poverty issues, the city of London is showing off a real electric avenue. The city is showcasing a short street paved with tiles that produce electric energy as people walk on them. Bird Street now generates enough power to produce bird sounds during the day and nighttime light displays along the pedestrian walkway. In addition to providing nature sounds, the street also includes an air-purifying bench that converts urban- polluted- air into clean air for people who occupy the bench. To learn more about this, click on https://www.livescience.com/59819-interactive-smart-street-london.html. And, if you can’t remember the song lyrics to Electric Avenue, surf over to http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858519973/. Then you really can ’rock down to electric avenue/ And then …take it higher.’ Enjoy

Even Legal Immigrants Denied Entry Into U.S. Army
The plight of DACA people has been well documented. But in a new prejudicial twist, the U.S. Army now refuses to accept some legal permanent residents who wish to enlist. In addition, the Army now subjects other legal residents to tougher background checks that may take up to a year to complete. The military implemented this new policy in early October. This new policy adversely affects immigrants who saw an expedited road to citizenship by completing U.S. military service. Critics have called this new policy unconstitutional. To learn more about this issue, visit http://inmilitary.com/it-looks-like-were-afraid-of-foreigners-army-turns-away-some-green-card-holders/. “What a revoltin’ development this is.” A frequent quote by Bill Bendix who starred in the TV show “The Life of Riley.”

TED Talks Prove Enlightening
A website that features popular TED talks added an 11 minute talk by Shingeru Ban. Ban talks about his use of ecologically sound building materials such as cardboard tubes to provide temporary structures in disaster-struck areas such as Haiti, Rwanda and Japan. The architect won the prestigious Pritzker Award for 2014. Some of Ban’s building projects have achieved permanency. To learn more about paper buildings and other topics, click on https://www.ted.com/talks/shigeru_ban_emergency_shelters_made_from_paper. Other interesting websites may be accessed at https://www.randomusefulwebsites.com/index.php. And so it goes.

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