Weekly Links: The money used to educate kids about science may be the most influential and significant piece of the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement with BP. Plus, a transit-oriented soccer league is developing in Atlanta, a new study shows exposure to television news decreases your ability to discern fact from opinion, and e-scooter companies are finally being sued for negligence.
Updated 11/07/2018 with election night results. From protecting the environment to the controversial issue of creating business courts, here’s what you need to know about those constitutional questions on your ballot.
Weekly Links: water does expand when it freezes, but this theory is missing some critical facts. Plus, the Supreme Court isn’t buying the argument that advertising toxic substances is a protected speech under the 1st Amendment. And, more parking is needed for the Olympics, so Tokyo’s famous fish market has to go.
Major media outlets said they had no warning about Hurricane Michael’s intensity. While the storm’s strength was unexpected, the real culprit is the media’s disinterest in understanding and reporting on the intricacies and difficulties of weather forecasting.
The term “heat wave” and excessive heat warnings are generally reserved for unusually uncomfortable and hazardous conditions. The weather doesn’t really meet that criteria right now, but perhaps we should still issue advisories for when temperatures are simply abnormal.
Weekly Links: This week, facing pressure, MARTA adds more light rail for the Beltline while cutting funding for Emory rail. Also, this month is on pace to be the hottest September on record in Atlanta. Plus, Georgia finally got its very own model solar zoning ordinance!
Expanding the Supreme Court and ending lifetime tenure for justices could make the Court less political and our lives much less stressful
This week, spending $2 billion to develop the downtown Gulch isn’t sitting well with the Atlanta city council, at least for now. Plus, someone has finally made a useful 3-D map showing the steepness of streets. And Ben Carson and HUD may do the unthinkable: attempt to restrict exclusionary zoning to promote affordable housing.