Go Ahead, Use the Restroom – NYTimes.com

Public restrooms aren’t any dirtier than the rest of our environment, researchers report. To reach this conclusion, scientists first decontaminated two men’s and two women’s restrooms, then let people come and go. They tracked the accumulation of bacteria and viruses on toilet seats, floors and soap dispensers, checking periodically to …

For 40 million students, classroom Internet is way too slow. This will change all that. – The Washington Post

Federal regulators have just approved a massive increase in funding for a program that gives schools and libraries access to faster Internet. For many students, this means more classrooms will soon include high-definition video and other next-generation learning tools. For low-income Americans who don’t have broadband access at home, it means better service …

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014 with 12 to go. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include women’s suffrage leader Mary …

Quote of the Day

“It will be step by step for sure, but we are super happy, all of us without words really to express this history.” ~ARMANDO GUTIERREZ, who operates a small inn in Havana, on the Obama administration’s restoration of normal diplomatic relations with Cuba. Quotation of the Day – NYTimes.com.

Celeb Birthdays for Dec. 19, 10`4

Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 94. Actress Cicely Tyson is 90. Singer Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 73. Actress Elaine Joyce is 71. Actor Tim Reid is 70. Musician John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 69. Country singer Janie Fricke is 67. Actor …

The Census Still Doesn’t Know How Many Same-Sex Couples There Are | FiveThirtyEight

Same-sex marriage has gained legal acceptance faster than even its most ardent backers could have believed just a few years ago. Now the Census Bureau is racing to adjust to the fast-changing landscape. Getting an accurate count of same-sex couples has never been more important. Last year’s Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense …