The moment the horn went off in the hospital, Dr. Babak Sarani knew something wasn't right.
It was 8:40 a.m. on a Monday—an unusual time for the alert that summons his trauma unit at George Washington University Hospital.
But Dr. Sarani, the hospital's chief trauma surgeon, did what he does several times a week at the DC hospital: he took the elevator downstairs and waited for a patient with a gunshot wound to be wheeled into the trauma bay. read more
1. Complete with awesome dance moves, the Ohio University Marching 110 performed Ylvis’ ‘The Fox.’ This might make the fox speechless?
2. With 300,000 unique Star Wars related pieces, a Star Wars museum in Northern California earned the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Collection of Star Wars Memorabilia." Here’s to that guy who will now collect 300,001 unique Star Wars-related pieces.
3. There had to be a sign warning against this.
The American poverty rate held steady at 15% in 2012, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. Analysts had predicted a slight decrease in the number of Americans living under poverty since 2011. Instead, 46.5 million Americans—including 16.1 million children—remain impoverished, half a decade into the post-recession economic recovery.
Nor did the middle class see much improvement over the past year. Median household income, after having plummeted 8.3% between 2007 and 2011, didn't budge in 2012. read more
President Obama used the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis as a political cudgel: in a speech on Monday, he blasted Republican threats to use the debt ceiling and a government shutdown as negotiating chips for imperiling the economic gains the country has made since 2008. read more
California may soon have the highest minimum wage out of any state, thanks to a law approved by the state legislature on Thursday. Assembly Bill 10, which Gov. Jerry Brown has endorsed, would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 per hour by January 2016. After that, the wage would continue to automatically increase every year based on inflation. read more
Five years ago this Sunday, Lehman Brothers went bankrupt after its huge bets on subprime mortgages went bad. Days later, insurance giant AIG plunged into crisis due to its own bets on risky mortgages in the form of complex financial instruments like credit default swaps. Thus began the financial crisis that would upend the global markets and the U.S. economy, which still bears the scars of the meltdown. read more