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The Page That Counts :: Fall 2009

Percentage of American LGBT students who report being verbally harassed: 86.2

Percentage of American students who periodically skip school:  5.5

Percentage of LGBT students who skip school due to feeling unsafe:  32.7

Grade point average of LGBT students frequently harassed:  2.4

Grade point average of LGBT students who know at least six supportive educators:  2.9 [1]

 


 

scorpion fish, illustration by Alberto RavaPercentage of land protected worldwide as parks:  12.1

Percentage of ocean designated as marine protected areas:  0.7 [2]

Percentage of increase of species in marine protected areas:  21 [3]

 


 

Percentage of life-insurance agencies rated “excellent” by raters paid by the insurance company: 47–81

Percentage rated “excellent” when the rater was not paid by the insurance company:  11 [4]

 


 

Prescription DrugsNumber of Florida deaths in 2007 related to abuse of prescription drugs: 2,382

Number of Florida deaths in 2007 related to all methamphetamines:  989

Number of Florida deaths in 2007 related to the abuse of marijuana: 0 [5]

 


 

Number of American Indians who fought in WWI (1914 to 1918) as volunteers: 6,000

Year American Indians were granted U.S. citizenship: 1924

Number of American Indians who served in the Vietnam War (which ended in 1975):  41,500 [6]

Year American Indians were granted religious freedom: 1978 [7]

 


 

cross.jpgPercentage of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation:  30–40 [8]

Percentage of Americans who described themselves as Christian in 1990:  86

Percentage in 2008:  76 [9]

 


 

Amount a private company paid to take over Chicago’s municipal parking: $1.157 billion

Number of years the company controls parking rates and collects the revenue: 75

Income the municipal parking system will generate during those  75 years:  $2.13 billion [10]

 


 

clam, illustration by Pearson Scott ForesmanAge of oldest human being on record,  Jeanne Calment (1875-1997): 122 [11]

Age of longest-lived mollusk on record, a quahog clam:  400+ [12]

Approximate age of Methuselah Pine, the world’s oldest-known living tree: 4,600+ [13]

 

 


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  1. Kosciw, J. G., Diaz, E. M., and Greytak, E. A. (2008). 2007 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN.

  2. M.D. Spalding et al.  (2008) Toward representative protection of the world’s coasts and oceans; progressive gaps and opportunities. Conservation Letters, Vol. 1, Number 5.

    http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2008.00030.x

  3. Lubchenco, Jane., et al. The Science of Marine Reserves. The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, 2007.

    http://www.piscoweb.org/files/images/pdf/SMR_US_LowRes.pdf

  4. Consumer Reports, Money Adviser, “Is Your Life Insurance Safe?” May 2009

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/money/insurance/life/life-insurance-safety/overview/life-insurance-safety-ov.htm

  5. Damien Cave, Legal Drugs Kill Far More Than Illegal, Florida Says, June 14, 2008, The New York Times.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/14/us/14florida.html

  6. United States Bureau of Indian Affairs

    www.bia.gov

  7. American Indian Religious Freedom Act Report, P.L 95-341, August 1979.

    http://www.archive.org/stream/americanindianre01unit/americanindianre01unit_djvu.txt

  8. Dan Harris, “Young Americans losing their religion,” ABC News, May 6, 2009

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Story?id=7513343&page=1

  9. Dan Harris, “America is Becoming Less Christian, Less Religious,” ABC News, March 9, 2009, http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=7041036&page=1

  10. Chicago Inspector’s General Office. An Analysis of the Lease of the City’s Parking Meters. June 2, 2009

    http://www.chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/pdf/IGO-CMPS-20090602.pdf

  11. Whitney, Craig., Jeanne Calment, World’s Elder, Dies at 122. The New York Times, August 5, 1997

    http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/05/world/jeanne-calment-world-s-elder-dies-at-122.html?scp=1&sq=august%205,%201997%20calment&st=cse

  12. Bangor University. 400 year-old clam found. October 28, 2007

    http://www.bangor.ac.uk/news/full.php.en?Id=382

  13. Gwen Kinkead. At age 4,600-plus, Methuselah pine tree begets new offspring, The New York Times. June 17, 2003

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/17/science/at-age-4600-plus-methuselah-pine-tree-begets-new-offspring.html

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