Monthly Archives: April 2013

Al Michaels DUI Arrest: Rare for 68-Year-Olds to Drive Drunk

Santa Monica police arrested and charged 68-year-old Sunday Night Football broadcaster Al Michaels last night.  One surprising aspect of his arrest is how rare it is for someone his age to drive drunk.  In California, convicted DUI offenders are on … Continue reading

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Boston Marathon Tragedy: Estimating the Number of Runners in the Vicinity of the Explosions

Today’s tragic explosions occurred at about 4:09:50 of the official marathon time, according to video of the events.  Though it appears that more people finished the race early this year than last year, the 2012 statistics can provide a rough ballpark … Continue reading

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Boston Marathon Tragedy: Explosions Resulted in Estimated 4800 Runners Failing to Finish Race

One of the more minor disruptions of today’s horrific events at the Boston Marathon was that thousands of runners did not finish the race.  About 79% of those who could be expected to finish actually finished.  According to the estimates … Continue reading

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Zack Greinke’s $6,400 Pitch Turned into a $6.5 Million Disaster

Zack Greinke has thrown 180 pitches as a Los Angeles Dodger, but it was his last one that cost the team the most.  After hitting San Diego Padre Carlos Quentin on the arm with a pitch, Quentin charged the mound, … Continue reading

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Irving, TX Bus Crash: Bus Passenger Fatalities Rare; Rate of Fatalities in Bus Accidents Declining Over Time

In light of today’s fatal bus crash in Irving, TX, it’s important to keep two things in mind: 1)  Total bus passenger fatalities are low: 2)  The rate of fatalities among all parties involved in bus accidents has gone down … Continue reading

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Today’s Fatal Irving, Texas Bus Crash is a Rare Occurrence

A bus crashed today in Irving, Texas on the George Bush Turnpike, killing two people and injuring dozens.  Though injury bus crashes aren’t unusual, averaging about 25 per day, fatal bus crashes are.  In 2009, the last year for which … Continue reading

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New Pope Putting People Back in the Pews? Evidence is Mixed.

Some news articles have suggested that Pope Francis’ “common touch” is persuading lapsed American Catholics to return to the church.  However, one quantitative measure of interest in the Catholic Church is less clear. A Google Trends graph of the search … Continue reading

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