According to CNN, American middle class income hasn’t risen since 1995, when it stood at $51,719 (today it’s $51,939), but people are paying more for many things. Tuition for private, four-year colleges has risen 61 percent, gas is up 94 percent and home prices have risen 13 percent. World -2
Two Cincinnati breweries received national honors at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival last weekend. Listermann Brewing won a bronze metal for its Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter and Eight Ball Brewing placed third for its Reintarnation ale. Cincinnati +1
The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 6 rejected appeals from five states seeking to ban same-sex marriages, clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry in Indiana, Virginia, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah. World +2
Cincinnatians spend 37 hours a year sitting in traffic, according to statistics compiled by the Texas Transportation Institute, which analyzed traffic delay times in the country’s top 50 metropolitan areas. The cost of the delay was estimated at $947 million in 2011, or $814 per commuter.
Staff at Maruyama Zoo in northern Japan spent four years trying to get two spotted Hyenas to reproduce with zero success — only to recently discover that both animals are male. World -1