Even though I've never met you, I know that you're an above average driver. How do I know? Because one of the quirks of human psychology is that virtually everyone - no matter what their driving history -- considers themselves an above average driver. The classic study revealing this common bit of self-delusion was done more than 50 years ago, but has been repeated many times since. In that study, researchers Caroline Preston and Stanley Harris interviewed 50 people who were currently hospitalized from traffic accidents in which they were the driver. Most of these accidents were described as "hit fixed object" hard enough to overturn the car. Police reports placed clear blame on the hospitalized drivers in more than two-thirds of these accidents and suggested it in many of the others. Yet when asked to rate their driving skills, the hospitalized drivers rated themselves closer to "expert" than to "very poor" on a 9 point scale. A second group of drivers, matched to the accident group … [Read more...] about You think you’re a pretty good driver, don’t you?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAbby Goodnough Sept. 5, 2018 FORT WORTH — More than 1,000 miles from the caustic Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Brett M. Kavanaugh, a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday listened to arguments about whether to find part or all of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, in a case that may end up before a newly right-leaning set of justices. The case has become not simply a threat to the landmark legislation. Democrats have sought to make it both a flash point in the battle over whether to confirm Judge Kavanaugh and a crucial prong in their strategy to retake control of the House and Senate in the midterm elections. It has already made some Republicans jumpy, especially those in tight re-election contests, because the Trump administration explicitly said in a legal filing in June … [Read more...] about Legal Case to Smash Obamacare Hands the Democrats a Hammer
Updated 5:05 pm PDT, Friday, August 24, 2018 FILE – In this May 24, 2016, file photo, clowns Ron "Jingles" Wassel, left, of Creighton, Pa., and Jeff "Kit Kat" Cox, right, of Eighty Four, Pa., who perform in an annual fundraising circus presented by Pittsburgh's Syria Shriners fraternal organization, hold signs to express opposition to a proposed city ordinance that would ban the use of wild animals in performances, including circuses, while standing in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building in Pittsburgh. Organizers of the 2018 fundraising circus from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14 to 16, 2018, fear a revised animal treatment law approved by Pittsburgh City Council on Dec. 19, 2017, could mark the end for the 69-year-old Shriners' event. (Darrell Sapp /Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File) less FILE – In this May 24, 2016, file photo, clowns Ron "Jingles" Wassel, left, of Creighton, Pa., and Jeff "Kit Kat" Cox, right, of Eighty Four, Pa., who perform … [Read more...] about Shrine Circus entering its 69th — and perhaps last — year
By NATHANIEL RICH AUG. 1, 2018 We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts. Losing Earth Prologue Part One Part Two Epilogue Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet. The science of climate change was settled. Almost nothing stood in our way — except ourselves. We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts. By Nathaniel Rich AUG. 1, 2018 Editor’s Note This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is … [Read more...] about Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Prosecutors are increasingly treating overdose deaths as homicides, but they aren’t just going after dealers. Friends, family and fellow users are going to prison. Clockwise from top left: Kimberly Elkins, William Tylor Kendall, Amanda Guarneri, Chase Thistle, Misty Dawn Chapman, and Christopher Malcolm were all charged in overdose deaths. Credit Clockwise from top left: Minnesota Department of Corrections, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, DuPage County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, 5th Judicial District Attorney's Office Supported by ByRosa Goldensohn May 25, 2018 HIBBING, Minn. — In West Virginia, a woman woke after a day of drug use to find her girlfriend’s lips blue and her body limp. In Florida, a man and his girlfriend bought what they thought was heroin. It turned out to be something more potent, fentanyl. She overdosed and died. In Minnesota, a woman … [Read more...] about They Shared Drugs. Someone Died. Does That Make Them Killers?