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.

Guess What The Most Popular Dot GOV Website Is Right Now?

You knew it already. IRS.gov is the hottest website right now out of all the US government websites… not that anyone really wants to be there. At this time of the year that website gets a massive hit, but the rest of the time you’ll find people at the next choices down our list of most trafficked dot gov sites — namely Weather.gov and its forecasting service (highly reliable in our experience).

Somebody Labeled Our Hallway Art…

When we headed to Visual News HQ this morning, we noticed something…a little different. Our new office is housed in a corporate business park, and the shared hallways have been getting a little more “personality” in the form of hallway art. But we noticed today that some corporate Banksy among us has added his/her/their own brilliant museum labels to the pieces.

Exhibit A: 

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Is FOX News the Most Trusted Network? This Poll Says “Yes”

Fox News is the most trusted network and cable news in the United States. That’s according to a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month which revealed that 29% of Americans say they trust the coverage from Fox. Depending on where you fall in the political spectrum, that might be a surprise, or a no-brainer.

The University of Phoenix Has Lost Half of Its Students in Just 5 Years

You read that right. The University of Phoenix has lost half of its students. Five years ago the institution had about 460,000 students, today that number is just 213,000. That’s a huge share by any measure of business (and the for-profit university is certainly one of those). Why such a large decline?