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Friday Facts: Gratuates, Fish Sandwiches, Little Rascals

Friday Facts: Gratuates, Fish Sandwiches, Little Rascals

:: Number of City-Suburban Transit Authority (CSTA) buses whose digital signs read “CONGRADULATIONS GRATUATES” earlier this week: 658 :: Reason given for the spelling error, by a CSTA spokesperson: “Just having a little fun.” :: Number of hours after this statement that the CSTA copped to it being a spelling error: 3 :: Number of…

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Friday Facts: Narnia, Math, Linguistics, Lascivious Radios

Friday Facts: Narnia, Math, Linguistics, Lascivious Radios

:: Median age of mathematics texts used in city public schools:  18 years :: Median tenure of mathematics teachers in city schools:  4.5 years :: Median SAT mathematics score, city schools (2008):  485 :: Percentage of 12th graders in city schools who know how ‘median’ differs from ‘average’:  38% :: A city ordinance passed in…

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Friday Facts: The Honorable Harold Ramis, No Batmobiles

Friday Facts: The Honorable Harold Ramis, No Batmobiles

:: On this day in 1889, boxer John Lawrence Sullivan punched Mayor John Overholt’s wife directly in the face, knocking her out instantly. No reason was ever given for the assault, and neither the mayor nor Sullivan ever chose to speak of it again. :: A 1971 city ordinance prohibits the display of the Batmobile…

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Friday Facts: Charlie’s Angels Lunchboxes, Roadside Cabbage, Fake Squid

Friday Facts: Charlie’s Angels Lunchboxes, Roadside Cabbage, Fake Squid

:: A City Council ordinance passed on this date in 1975 expressly prohibited the “display of images of a licentious, erotic, salient or pornographic nature, or which otherwise arouse the prurient interest for the sole purpose of titillation” on children’s metal lunchboxes. :: The Seventh of the Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes was committed on this…

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Friday Facts: Abe Beats Chuck, Budget Fun, The Old Condor

Friday Facts: Abe Beats Chuck, Budget Fun, The Old Condor

:: 565-acre Pratt Park disappeared into a sinkhole on this day in 1905. ::  Number of people who showed up for the ceremony and forum commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday at Bowman House (the city’s longstanding Republican club): 470 :: Number of people who showed up for the ceremony and symposium commemorating Charles Darwin’s 200th…

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Friday Facts: Impes, “Leapin’ Lepean,” Debtors Prison

Friday Facts: Impes, “Leapin’ Lepean,” Debtors Prison

:: Mayor Cosgrove is expected to deliver to City Council on Monday her administration’s plan to make up the city’s now $728 million five-year deficit. :: Expected remedies: Rec Center  and library cutbacks, trash collection, city vehicle usage cuts, wage rollbacks, hiring freeze. :: The plaque on the Trade and Securities Building (43rd Ave and…

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Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

:: Estimated five-year city budget deficit awaiting Maribeth Cosgrove when she is sworn in as mayor on Monday: Over $650 million :: Portion of the city budget in ten years that will have to be paid for pension and benefits, according to current union contracts : 61% :: City union contracts up for renewal this…

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Friday Facts: Politics, Plumber, Pancakes

Friday Facts: Politics, Plumber, Pancakes

:: Republican City Councilwoman Maribeth Cosgrove currently has a nine point lead over Democratic incumbent Joseph Wilders in polls released this morning in advance of the mayoral election. :: City Treasurer Donald Munro reports that Mayor Wilders has spent $1,192 of his own funds on clothing during his current re-election campaign. An additional $29.95 in…

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Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

:: The voter registration deadline for the November 4 election is October 6. Once again, your mayoral candidates- – Democratic: Joseph Wilders, current mayor – Republican: Maribeth Cosgrove, longtime City Councilwoman – Libertarian: Lewis Armstrong, local businessman – Green: Louis M. Armstrong, Watson University humanities professor – Independent: Leonard Pierce, former Fifth Ward Democratic party…

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Friday Facts: Peelers, It’s the Humidity, Blood

Friday Facts: Peelers, It’s the Humidity, Blood

:: When the new Southside High School opens at the end of the month, it will be the first high school in the city built without an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 46 years, after the school district was finally able to override the requirements of Elanor Jean Hapsworth’s will. :: Number of days (so far)…

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