StoryMap: America’s 10 Cities Dealing with a Drinking Problem

Using StoryMap JS, I created an interactive map highlighting the top 10 American cities with drinking issues. This data comes from a Centers for Disease Control study, which Men’s Health magazine then used to rank U.S. cities by their “drunkenness” based on liver disease, DUI arrests, etc.

See the interactive map here.



10 Must-Visit Literary Locations in and around Indianapolis

Whether you want to learn more about Naptown native Kurt Vonnegut, buckle-down and find a solitary corner of a library to get some work accomplished, or kick back with a nice cold one and a book, Indianapolis has got you covered. This map of Indianapolis and a few surrounding cities displays 10 locations that book-loving Hoosiers must visit. Monthly poetry readings, a library converted into a restaurant, and craft-beers named after books are just a few of the literary-related items Indiana has to offer.

Chicago Pride Parade Attendance on the Rise

Attendance for the annual Chicago Pride Parade has been steadily rising since 1985.

The parade takes place at the end of June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riot, the event which propelled the Gay Liberation Front and occurred on June 27, 1969. The parade consists of a four-mile route along Chicago’s Halsted strip. Additionally, the weekend before the parade there is a two-day festival which includes music, entertainment, food, and drink.

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Google Trends: South Bend Tribune soars over national papers

By Lauren Fox

Photo obtained from the South Bend Tribune's twitter profile.

Photo obtained from the South Bend Tribune’s twitter profile.

In the cities of South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana, trends show that the local newspaper, the South Bend Tribune, gets significantly more searches on Google compared with The New York Times and USA Today, the two most circulated newspapers in the United States, according to a poll taken in the spring of 2016. This proves there is significant interest in local news in the cities of South Bend and Elkhart.

South Bend Tribune vs. NY Times and USA Today

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Google Trends: Did Ken Bone win the second presidential debate?

By Lauren Fox

Ken Bone in his seat before the start of the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Ken Bone in his seat before the start of the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. (Photo by Andrew Harnik)

After the second presidential debate of 2016 a large amount of discussion in the following week focused not on the statements of the two candidates but rather on the appearance and general aura of Ken Bone, the mustached audience member in the red sweater who asked this question about climate change: “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs, while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?” It was not the question that made Bone famous, but his attention grabbing mustache, red sweater, memorable name, and disposable camera he used to snap photos after the debate.

Before appearing on television, Bone had seven Twitter followers, “2 of which were my grandmother,” he stated in an interview with CNN.

Now, he has about 231,000.

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