Who cares about college football? Lots fewer people
> Wall Street Journal
— College football has an attendance problem. Average announced attendance in football’s top division dropped for the fourth consecutive year last year, declining 7.6% in four years. But schools’ internal records show that the sport’s attendance woes go far beyond that.
— The average count of tickets scanned at home games—the number of fans who actually show up—is about 71% of the attendance you see in a box score, according to data from the 2017 season collected by The Wall Street Journal. In the Mid-American Conference, with less-prominent programs like Central Michigan and Toledo, teams’ scanned attendance numbers were 45% of announced attendance.
PETA wanted memorial to lobsters killed in crash
> Portland Press Herald
— PETA argues that lobsters have feelings and “sophisticated” nervous systems – a belief that is at odds with scientists who say lobsters do not have well-developed nervous systems.
√ Editor’s note: This reads like a spoof, but here’s the actual PETA press release
### The Department of Justice is throwing its support behind a group of Asian-American students who are suing Harvard University for allegedly discriminating against them in the school’s admissions process. >The Hill
### A man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill employees of the Boston Globe newspaper, in messages repeating Donald Trump’s claims that journalists are the “enemy of the people” and “fake news.” >The Guardian
“… the last acceptable prejudice in America…”
> USA Today
— “Even when companies get rid of their formal retirement age, you are informed with relentless repetition, starting at age 62, that you have reached your sell-by date and it’s time for you to look elsewhere.”
What is Trump getting from all this Saudi ass-kissing?
— Since Trump became president, the U.S. has enabled and supported a disastrous Saudi war in Yemen; watched as Riyadh launched a political and economic war against Qatar that’s split the Gulf Cooperation Council and enhanced Iran’s influence; stood by as the Saudis virtually kidnapped the pro-American Lebanese Prime Minister in a bungled attempt to weaken Hezbollah; remained silent while the Saudis under the guise of reform cracked down on journalists, bloggers, businessmen and anyone else who dared criticize the 30-something crown prince; and said nothing as Riyadh battered Canada—a close U.S. ally that dared challenge Saudi human rights abuses.
Trump personally lobbying Senators to fire Sessions
— The willingness of Republican senators to turn on Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the result of a furious lobbying campaign from President Donald Trump, who for the past 10 days has been venting his anger at Sessions to “any senator who will listen,” as one GOP Senate aide put it.
— The president, who has spent a year and a half fulminating against his attorney general in public, finally got traction on Capitol Hill thanks to the growing frustration of a handful of GOP senators with their former colleague – most importantly, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who have been irritated by Sessions’ opposition to a criminal justice reform bill they support.
Texas Congressman demands answers from ICE in toddler’s death
“I want to know what our government knew about this child”
> Vice News
### Detroit school officials shut off drinking water at all of the district’s schools after testing revealed some had elevated levels of lead and copper in their water, the superintendent announced Wednesday. >UPI