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Geekiest Trucks in America Finally Going Away
Those geeky box-shaped trucks used by the US Postal Service are finally going bye-bye. The USPS is planning to replace a 163,000-strong fleet of delivery vehicles that have been in service since before Amazon.com sold its first book. The familiar Grumman LLVs now in service were built between 1987 and 1994. Upkeep for the aging vehicles has become insanely expensive, and with the trucks only getting around 10 miles to the gallon, they guzzled down $540 million on fuel alone in the last fiscal year. General Motors is among those chasing a contract for 180,000 "next-generation" vehicles expected to be worth around $5 billion. In a blog post, the USPS describes fleet replacement as an opportunity to include modern safety and environmental features in its vehicles, as well as to address the huge growth in package delivery with new vehicle designs that "could address the challenges of larger and irregularly shaped items." Of course how all this will be paid for is still a question. After all, weren't they about to go completely bankrupt just a year or two ago? (Wall Street Journal)
Sorry Teacher -- You'll Have to Do Better Than That!
Pro tip: If you choose teaching as a profession, it's going to be hard to sell a "phobia of children" disability claim. In Cincinnati, Maria Waltherr-Willard just lost an appeal in federal court over such a claim. She had apparently worked for years as a high school foreign-language teacher in Cincinnati's Mariemont district with no trouble. But then she got transferred to a middle school and after six months requested to be returned to high school. She retired when her request was denied and then sued the district, arguing that her pedophobia, or fear of young kids, should have prevented her from being transferred to middle school in the first place. But the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio didn't buy it and rejected her claim. Then she tried age discrimination and they threw that out too. (Education Week)
Student Loan Debt is Bad for Your Mental Health!
A new study suggests that not only are large student loans bad for your finances, they're also bad for your mental health. The study looked at survey responses from nearly 5,000 Americans born between 1980 and 1984, and found that the higher a person's student loans were, the worse off his or her mental health was. They found problems with both "occupational trajectories" and "health inequities" including increased depression and stress related to the debt. This turned out to be true even if the student went on to make a lot of money in his or her future career. Ironically there was only one exception: Students from low-income families saw their mental health improve with higher student loan amounts, perhaps because, researchers theorize, those loans helped boost the person's social standing and thus happiness. The study's lead author said, "We speculate that the American middle class is suffering the most from post-graduation debt, since they do not qualify for governmental assistance, nor is their family able to take on the bulk of the costs associated with college." (Live Science)
Lick It Up!
There once was a classic television commercial asking how many licks it takes "to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop." The conclusion was, "The world may never know." Turns out that was wrong and scientists with nothing better to do have indeed figured it out. While the number is approximate, researchers from New York University put the number at about 1,000. Actually, the finding was incidental to research on what some might see as a topic of more importance: the way water currents shape objects they're rushing past. The findings also help explain how solids dissolve -- handy knowledge for pharmacologists making pills and geologists studying erosion. And one researcher admitted that resisting the temptation to just bite into one was really tough. (ABC News)
Give Somebody a Kidney, Get a Husband!
When Ashley McIntyre of Louisville, Kentucky donated a kidney to a total stranger, she had no idea it would lead her to the love of her life. Now Ashley and the kidney's recipient, Danny Robinson, are getting married -- and they're expecting a baby in June. Their love story began in January last year when McIntyre heard a radio appeal for a local 25-year-old man who needed a kidney. McIntyre, who was the same age as the patient, felt sorry for him because his house had also burned down on Christmas Day 2011 and his father had died of brain cancer a year later. She called to volunteer as a donor and it turned out they were a perfect match - in more ways than one. In April, she successfully had the surgery which left the couple each with one functioning kidney. They stayed in touch afterwards and eventually started dating. Ashley said, "As soon as we started dating - not long after that - was when we realized, this was it. It's crazy how it all worked. It was all planned out by God." (Ananova)
What the What?
In Framingham, Massachusetts, a judge has dismissed charges against Lindsey McNamara who threw uncooked bacon and sausage inside a police station while saying she was there to "feed the piggies." Police charged her with disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property after the Dec. 26 incident, which was caught on video surveillance. She was seen entering the station with a box of meat and started throwing it and smearing it on the dispatch window. However a judge dismissed the destruction charge, saying police had provided little evidence that McNamara had damaged anything. And the disorderly conduct charge will be dismissed upon payment of $150 in court costs. (MetroWest Daily News)