Gay marriage advocates in Texas are asking a San Antonio federal judge today to halt the state’s ban.
"Shame … A Dirty Shame … A Low Down Dirty Shame …"
Humans are easily confused, especially by double y-axes.
Exhibit A: The chart above that’s been making the rounds again. It shows how the stock market today looks—dun, dun, dun—just like it did in 1929. Hurry up and invest with the geniuses who first identified this spooky pattern before it’s too late!
Except don’t. Please don’t. Double y-axes have their time and place, but too often they’re the first, last, and only refuge of charlatans and cranks. That’s because you can use them to make almost anything look like a pattern.
Suppose, for example, that you had some stock prices from a historic boom and bust. And then suppose that you had some other stock prices from a much, much smaller boom. Well, you can make them look identical if you use devious enough y-axes. All you need is a small range for the small boom, and a big range for the big boom—and voilà, you have a “pattern.”
Gay couples in Texas are challenging the state’s constitutional language that prohibits them from getting married.
A federal lawsuit will be heard Wednesday in San Antonio before U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, who will consider a court order that would bar Texas from enforcing a ban against gay marriage while the lawsuit continues to be litigated.
Touching photos by Express-News photographer Kin Man Hui, who covered the funeral of slain SAPD officer Robert Deckard with me today. Thousands of officers from across the country attended the ceremony. By the time the first vehicles in the motorcade reached the cemetery at Mission Burial Park South, a few cars were still leaving Cornerstone Church on the North Side.
Onlookers lined the roads, watching the miles-long procession in silence. “I’m just sad,” said Charmaine Jankowski. “I wanted to pay my respects.”
Census Bureau Releases Mapping Tool
The US Census Bureau today released an updated set of statistics based on its nation-wide, 2008-2012 American Community Survey. Along with it, the Bureau’s created an interactive map to allow users to visually explore communities across the country.
Via the US Census Bureau:
The new application allows users to map out different social, economic and housing characteristics of their state, county or census tract, and to see how these areas have changed since the 1990 and 2000 censuses. The mapping tool is powered by American Community Survey statistics from the Census Bureau’s API, an application programming interface that allows developers to take data sets and reuse them to create online and mobile apps.
Site visitors can explore eight core statistics (eg, median household income, total population and education levels) via the map.
Those with coding chops can hit up the Census Bureau’s API to develop creations of their own. The API gives access to 40 social, economic and housing topics.
Image: Screenshot, Census Explorer.
A fire at the San Antonio zoo killed a Komodo dragon and five other reptiles:
The zoo’s female Komodo dragon, Scatha, and the other animals died of smoke inhalation during the early-morning fire, authorities said.
A hot mat, which the zoo’s Komodo dragons lie on to keep warm, shorted because of a problem with a fuse or breaker box, zoo Director Steve McCusker said.
Heartbreaking story and photos about an Incarnate Word student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer. The incident raises a lot of questions, and I thought the Express-News reporters who covered the story did a good job answering them. They checked the officer’s track record and found he had worked at nine different law enforcement agencies over the course of eight years. They also wrote how campus police are certified peace officers and can make arrests off-campus, and they tracked down neighbors and witnesses.
Great shoe-leather reporting for a sad, sad story.
Amazing story and photos about the ‘San Antonio 4.’