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A pair of executives from Tesla Motors Inc., the electric carmaker that’s scouting a location for its planned $5 billion “gigafactory,” secretly met with top city and county officials Wednesday in San Antonio.

A Tesla plant would need between 500 and 1,000 acres with 10 million square feet of production space. The factory would create 6,500 jobs.

Check out the top residential water users in drought-stricken San Antonio. They used 10-20 times more water than the average customer.

laughingsquid:

A TED-Ed Animation Explaining What Universe is Made Of

Gay marriage advocates in Texas are asking a San Antonio federal judge today to halt the state’s ban.

laughingsquid:

Movie Title Breakup, A Couple Breaks Up by Using 154 Film Titles During Their Entire Conversation

"Shame … A Dirty Shame … A Low Down Dirty Shame …"

theatlantic:

That Viral Chart Predicting Another 1929 Stock Market Crash? It’s Absurd

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.”
Read more.

theatlantic:

That Viral Chart Predicting Another 1929 Stock Market Crash? It’s Absurd

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.”

Read more.

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.

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.

Jan 4

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.”

futurejournalismproject:

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.

futurejournalismproject:

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.