Money magazine has released 2014’s list of the top 50 small cities in America, and Texas’ McKinney is home to the No. 1 ranking. The magazine uses dozens of factors in their ranking methodology, but relies heavily on economic indicators like the affordability of homes, how much residents make and how good schools are. But, the list isn’t just a rundown of wealthy towns. Regional data that demonstrates diversity, the presence of local art and culture, green spaces and recreation also factor in. You can go here to see the full list, and filter down to check out the best small cities near you ... Discuss
Following a series of domestic violence and child abuse incidents among NFL players—as well as accusations that NFL leadership mishandled the punishment of former running back Ray Rice—the league has lost a major sponsor. From CBS Sports:
Procter & Gamble, on behalf of its Crest toothpaste brand, had worked with NFL approval to launch a significant, league-wide initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which it decided to cancel today. [Hand-selected] players would have worn pink mouthguards and engaged in social media on a variety of platforms as part of the deal.
Procter & Gamble said that they will still make a donation to breast cancer charities, even though they no longer want their brand associated with the league in such a high-profile manner. Commissioner Roger Goodell has faced widespread criticism after being accused of intentionally avoiding watching a security video that showed Rice brutally punching out his now-wife, and suspending him for just two games. After the video was made public by TMZ, Rice was suspended indefinitely, but questions immediately rose about why the league office hadn’t seen the video earlier. Since then, severalother players have faced discipline for domestic violence allegations ... Discuss
Following a legal complaint by an atheist airman, members of the United States Air Force will not have to repeat the phrase “so help me God” in their oath. The American Humanist Association said that they would sue on behalf of the service member, leading Air Force authorities to review the phrasing. An Air Force official told the branch’s newspaper, “We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously” ... Discuss
Let's see. Frank Sinatra's "My Way?" Check. Filmed in the Bronx? Check. Derek Jeter shaking hands with NYC's adoring hoi palloi? Check plus. As the tributes continue to roll in for the Captain's final season, this one serves as a tribute to America's favorite city ... Discuss
The search for missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been ongoing since Saturday, with no real leads about what happened to the first-year student. She was last seen leaving a party and then later texted friends that she had gotten lost while walking home. Police and bloodhounds are canvassing the area, but have so far been able to turn up any sign of her. Charlottesville police on the verge of calling in additional resources to help with the search, and recent tips have led them to refocus their hunt on a different side of the city. The AP notes that Graham is the fourth young woman to go missing near Charlottesville in five years ... Discuss
Covergirl, the "official beauty partner of the NFL", recently launched a new ad marketing eye shadow that coordinates with team colors, which is what the people want, evidently. But in light of the NFL's miserable past few weeks and the outrage swirling around a leaked video of Baltimore Raven Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee and the NFL's subsequent handling of what they considered a punishment, cries some Photoshop-gifted protestors are repurposing the ad. The new, 'Shopped image serves to intensify cries for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to step down from his position, in light of his initial two-game suspension of Rice and the allegations of coverup and deception ... Discuss