How NFL Teams Spend Their Draft Picks

Experts are predicting that quarterbacks will be the top two picks in tonight’s NFL Draft, with Florida State’s Jameis Winston going No. 1 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tennessee Titans taking Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at No. 2.

Draft Day talk is all about priorities and how teams choose to tackle those. Here’s a look at what positions teams have emphasized in the first round from 2000-2014. Of course, this doesn’t take into account trades and existing rosters, but it gives us a good idea of where teams are focused and where they should be focused. We’re looking at you, Jacksonville.

In Honor of the Kentucky Derby: How to Make the Best Mint Juleps

This Saturday marks the 141st running of the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Or, if you’re not into that sports stuff, one of the greatest reasons to drink of the year: The Kentucky Derby.

Besides being one of the premiere events for horseracing, the Kentucky Derby is famous for ridiculous hats, celebrities in seersucker, and its signature drink, the Mint Julep. Want to celebrate this weekend? Learn how to make this Derby mainstay and more twists on the classic Julep below.

This Arbor Day, Let’s Appreciate the Trees

Today is Arbor Day, a time to appreciate and plant the trees that give our planet clean air, fresh water and the vibrant life we enjoy each moment. Global deforestation continues to run rampant – with much of it happening in the air-giving rain forests of the world – but each day we can make a difference with our buying choices and by raising awareness so important to the preservation of trees.

Which NBA Teams Share the Ball More Evenly?

The 2015 NBA playoffs kicked off this last weekend (in case you didn’t notice your feeds blowing up about it). The Visual News team’s loyalties lie all over the country—from Los Angeles, to Colorado, to New York—but we all like a good game. But while basketball is all about sharing the glory, it isn’t necessarily about sharing the ball. Our good friend (and talented designer) Shane Keaney created this infographic to give us a look at how well each NBA playoff team shares the ball. Does a more even share distribution influence how well the teams perform? We’ll find out this year. 

Is College Drinking on the Decline? The Latest Freshmen Say “Yes”

College drinking is on the decline, and it’s been that way for the past decade. That’s according to “The American Freshman: National Norms” reports from UCLA (CIRP/HERI). It found that over the last 10 years entering freshman consistently reported less and less drinking, with the number of students reporting “frequent” or “occasional” beer, wine and spirits drinking dropping by a sizable 25%. Students also reported a large decline in partying, with a growing share saying they didn’t party at all.

California’s Worst Drought in History: The Breakdown

The last three years have left California facing a historic drought. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an unprecedented mandate: Californians must reduce water use by 25%—or the state may face dire consequences. What factors are contributing to this drought?

Who is Most Likely to Die of Alcohol Poisoning? Middle-Aged People

For many people, the term binge drinking conjures up visions of wild frat parties filled with poor youthful decisions. But if you look at what age group is most at risk from alcohol poisoning, the majority of deaths are actually happening to middle aged people between 45 and 54 – a staggering 34% of total alcohol poisoning deaths.

Should Businesses Be Required to Serve Same-Sex Couples? Americans Weigh In.

Last month Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a religious freedom law allowing businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples on religious grounds. While supporters say the law protects religious liberty for everyone, critics were quick to point out that the law would easily allow businesses to discriminate, with many people recalling “separate but equal” laws that were used to disenfranchise blacks from everyday rights until the 1960s.

Happy National Beer Day! Here are the States That Drink the Most

If there’s one holiday to remember, it’s National Beer Day. And just so you don’t somehow miss it, here’s a hint: it’s April 7th, and that’s today!

In honor of this celebration of America’s exceptionally well rounded (and growing) brewing tradition, we asked the question: which State would celebrate the best? While we don’t know numbers for this exact day, we tapped into a study by industry trade publisher Beer Marketeers Insights and found the ten states that consume the most beer on an annual basis. Who topped off the list? The Roughrider State, North Dakota, with a per capita beer consumption of 43.3 gallons per year. Do the math and that’s about 77 six-packs per person!

53% of New Yorkers Face Major Disadvantage

New York: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Unfortunately, the majority of New Yorkers aren’t making it. Beyond high rents, quality of life for the majority of residents is less-than-ideal.

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The Robin Hood Foundation and the Columbia Population Research Center have partnered to research the larger problems the city population is dealing with. From health struggles to lack of transportation, individuals of all ages are struggling to find quality of life. And, unfortunately, the metrics used to measure poverty by the U.S. government don’t account for many of these hurdles, preventing much-needed public funding.