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  • By the Numbers: Teen Driving

    Statistics have shown for years that teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of car crashes, so the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges parents and teens to be cautious on the road. DMV officials say that inexperience is the obvious factor and that teen drivers need time to learn about the various […]

  • By the Numbers

    400,000 Estimated number of people who have died from overdoses of legal and illegal opioids since 1999 $18 billion Value of the settlement agreement that’s in the works between three drug distributors – McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation and Cardinal Health – and state and local governments for the companies’ roles in fueling the opioid crisis.  […]

  • By the Numbers: Pedestrian Safety

    Compiled by Myles Dannhausen [email protected] “For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier.”  — Peter C. Baker 41 Percent more pedestrians killed on American roads in 2018 than in 2008 777 Number of cyclists killed on American roads in 2017, a 25 percent increase […]

  • By the Numbers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S.

    50,000 Number of women severely injured while giving birth each year 700 Number of women who die during childbirth or as a result of complications of pregnancy each year 50  Percentage of those deaths that are considered preventable 1 Rank of the United States among the most dangerous places to have a child among developed […]

  • By the Numbers: Great Lakes Shipping

    13 The number of U.S.-flag vessel operators that belong to the Lake Carriers’ Association on the Great Lakes. That is also the number of 1,000-foot cargo carriers plying the Great Lakes. 63 The number of commercial ports on the Great Lakes. 607 The number of miles a Great Lakes freighter can carry one ton of […]

  • By the Numbers: Friday the 13th

    Greeks feel Tuesday the 13th is unlucky. Italians consider Friday the 17th an unlucky day. But in America and some other European countries, it’s Friday the 13th that causes anxiety for some superstitious folks who may be suffering from triskaidekaphobia (the irrational fear of the number 13). The day has spawned a slasher-film franchise that […]

  • By the Numbers: New Report on Economic Impact of Agriculture in Wisconsin

    A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Community and Economic Development provides insight on the impact of agriculture on Wisconsin’s economy. Despite depressed prices for farmers, the industry has grown since 2012, primarily due to the growth in food processing. We break down some big numbers from the report here. 7.1 Percent […]

  • By the Numbers: Teen Vaping

    Recent reports of teens suffering lung damage from vaping warranted a look at teen-vaping trends. Upon the release of a national survey on the subject in December, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams officially declared e-cigarette use among youth an “epidemic” and added, “I don’t use that word lightly.” 10.9 Percentage of 10th-graders who reported vaping […]

  • By the Numbers: Gun Violence

    2 The number of states that allow assault rifles but ban high-capacity magazines (Colorado and Vermont). 6 The number of states that ban assault rifles and high-capacity weapons (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York). 42 The number of states that allow the sale of both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – that […]

  • By the Numbers: The Great Lakes

    The Great Lakes face many challenges, almost all of them human-made problems. 1 The percentage of water in the five lakes that turns over annually, meaning pollutants are likely to stay in place. 9 The number of miles from Lake Michigan that an adult Asian carp was found in 2017. It had gotten past electric […]

  • By the Numbers: An American Land Grab

    “There is a tremendous underground, not-so-subtle awareness from people who realize that resources are getting scarcer and scarcer.”  — Bernard Uechtritz, real estate adviser 42 million Acres of U.S. land – or 65,000 square miles – owned by just 100 American families 50 Percentage increase in land owned by the top 100 landowning families since 2007 700,000 […]

  • By the Numbers: Iran

    3 The percentage of its GDP that Iran spent on its military. 4 Iran’s ranking for the amount of proven crude-oil reserves – 158.4 billion barrels. 5 Iran’s ranking in volume among petroleum-producer states, which amounts to 4.1 million barrels a day. 17 The number of women who won parliamentary seats in 2016, making it […]

  • By the Numbers: The Fourth of July

    27 The number of different official U.S. flags used throughout the nation’s history. 61 The percentage of Americans who prefer beef hot dogs to those made with other meats. 62 The percentage of Americans who own a U.S. flag. That same percentage will attend a Fourth of July picnic. 95 The percentage of fireworks in […]

  • By the Numbers: the 19th Amendment

    On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became one of the first states to vote in favor of ratifying the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote. 36 The number of states required to ratify the 19th Amendment in order for it to become law. That happened on August 18, 1920, when it was narrowly approved […]

  • By the Numbers: World Oceans Day

    In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, we take a look at some key numbers. 1 The number of ocean basins not ratified by the International Hydrographic Organization – the Southern (Antarctic). It has been recognized by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. 4 The number of named ocean basins – the Atlantic, Pacific, […]

  • By the Numbers: Wisconsin Lakes

    4 The number of lakes in Brown and Outagamie counties, making them the counties with the fewest. 10 The number of inland lakes in Door County: Arbter (also known as Mud and Schmok), Big March (also known as Gunnerson), Bley Pond, Bradley Lake (also known as Little), Butler Pond, Clark Lake, Coffee Swamp, Dunes Lake […]

  • By the Numbers: The Earned Income Tax Credit

    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify for EITC, you must have earned income from working for someone or from running or owning a business or farm. You must either meet additional rules for workers without a qualifying child or have a child […]

  • By the Numbers: World Migratory Bird Day

    In honor of World Migratory Bird Day on May 11, we look at some numbers related to the annual celebration of birds. Each year has a theme, and this year’s is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.” How can you help? Limit your use of plastic materials; replace them with eco-friendly alternatives; and […]

  • By the Numbers: ‘A Sand County Almanac’ Turns 70

    “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.” So begins the foreword to Aldo Leopold’s conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac, which is 70 years old this year. 12 The number of years it took for Aldo Leopold to […]

  • By the Numbers: Notre Dame Cathedral

    Following the April 15 fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, we looked at some numbers associated with the iconic Parisian landmark. 13 The weight in tons of the grand Emmanuel Bell. It is tuned to F sharp. 120 The average number of minutes a visitor had to wait to tour the cathedral. 157 The width in […]