Entries in America (4)


Foursquare Ranks Americas Most Patriotic Cities

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This Fourth of July, care to take a stab at which U.S. city is the most patriotic?

You might guess Boston, with its world-famous Boston Pops concert and impressive fireworks show.

Or maybe New York, with the spectacular Macy’s fireworks display over the Hudson River.

Or how about San Diego, with its large military presence and beautiful miles of beaches, perfect for a Fourth of July barbecue?

Those are all good guesses. But they’re all wrong.

This July 4, Foursquare ranked the nation’s most patriotic cities, the cities that had the highest jump in check-ins at parks, firework shows and parades last July 4.

The 10 most patriotic cities, according to Foursquare:

1.    Knoxville, Tenn.
2.    Oklahoma City
3.    Raleigh, N.C.
4.    San Antonio
5.    Houston
6.    Sarasota, Fla.
7.    Phoenix
8.    Baltimore
9.    Charlotte, N.C.
10.  Kansas City, Mo.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


What's the Worst-Dressed City in America?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Alaska is known for its panoramic views, diverse wildlife and stunning mountaintops peaked with snow.  What it takes to stay warm and safe among those wild animals and frigid temperatures, however, has earned the residents of the state's most populous city a dubious distinction.

Anchorage, Alaska, has been rated America's least stylish city.  The flannel shirts, heavy parkas and furry ear covers common in the far north city were too much for the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine who participated in the magazine's annual online poll ranking U.S. cities.

Poll participants were asked to rate 35 cities on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.  The total scores were then averaged and rounded to the nearest hundredth.  In the " Stylish" category, Anchorage scored dead last among non-residents with a score of 3.06.

"It's not uncommon to see oversized parkas with fur-lined hoods and bunny boots, and people aren't alarmed when a person wearing a ski mask enters a room," Dr. Miriam Jones, a paleoclimatologist who spent two years studying in Alaska, told the magazine.

Ranking not far behind Anchorage in the magazine's fashion "no" list is another city with a cold climate, Salt Lake City, Utah, followed by a more moderate climate locale, Baltimore, Md., whose residents may not have anyone or anything to blame but themselves for their ranking.

Rounding out the top six on the least-stylish list are Orlando, Fla., where residents can blame the tourists that invade their city dressed for Mickey Mouse and not the runway, and the Texan cities of San Antonio and Dallas, proving that everything is bigger in Texas, even bad fashion.

Taking a bad rap for the way they are portrayed on TV are the citizens of Atlanta who were deemed the nation's seventh-least-stylish citizens thanks to a certain quintet of as-seen-on-TV stars.

"If the flashy reality-TV stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta are at all indicative of how the rest of Atlanta dresses, it's no wonder our readers ranked it as America's No. 7 least-stylish city," Travel + Leisure writes on its website. "Hotlanta has one of the highest per-capita incomes of any southern city, but as the TV show illustrates and the saying goes: money can't buy taste."

On the other end, the best-dressed cities list stretches from coast to coast and north to south, and includes even a city surrounded by water.

New York City ranked number one with a near-perfect score of 4.56, followed by San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Representing the South in a surprisingly high finish is the city of Savannah with a score of 4.32 from the magazine's readers.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Hunger and Children in America: a Slow and Steady Starvation

George Doyle/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A little two-year-old boy came to the hospital hungry, not just for dinner, but every day of his young life. He is smaller than he should be and his organs, including his brain, are not developing fully. And he lives in Boston, one of America's most prosperous cities.

Doctors at Boston Medical Center's Grow Clinic, which provides assistance to children diagnosed with "failure to thrive," say they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of children they treat who are dangerously thin.

"What's so hard is that a lot of families are working so hard," said Dr. Megan Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics and public health at BMC. "They are working jobs. They are earning money and their dollars just don't go far enough."

That is life for nearly 15 million children living in poverty in the U.S., according to the National Center for Children in Poverty.

Some of their stories were depicted in first-person picture stories by 40 women in Philadelphia who documented their family life for a project called "Witnesses to Hunger." It was a graphic record of what it is like to live in crowded bedrooms and open a largely empty refrigerator and pantry.

Pauline S. told ABC News that while she had some macaroni, Spaghetti-Os, noodles, and peanut butter and jelly in her pantry Wednesday night, the food would be gone by next week.

"It really hurts being a mother to see and to feel the hurt for my children," she said. "Not being able to give them what they want and not being able to have everything that other children have -- it hurts a lot."

The number of children living in poverty in the U.S. is up nearly 20 percent from 2000, according to the NCCP, because of higher unemployment and foreclosures. It's a problem across the nation but children are the worst off in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. They fare better in New Hampshire, Minnesota and Massachusetts.

U.S. food banks say they face slow and steady starvation rather than sudden African famine.

"We talk about global hunger and we have extended tummies and we have sad eyes," said Marie Scannell, executive director of the Food Bank of Somerset County in New Jersey. "That's not what you'll see. For instance, in Somerville, N.J., you'll see sadness in the children's eyes. That's really the worst part for us."

Across the country, nearly 5.5 million children live in families that have lost homes to foreclosures, and eight million children live in families in which at least one parent has lost a job, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Census Data Shows America's Population Center Has Moved South

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- During the past 10 years, America's population center moved about 40 miles west from Edgar Springs, Missouri in 2000, to Plato, Missouri, according to the latest data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

Specifically, the bureau identified the mean center of population as 2.7 miles northeast of Plato, a village with a population of 109.  The mean center represents the middle of the nation's population distribution.

In 2000, the population center of the country rested in Phelps County, Missouri.  In 1790, the year Washington, D.C. was named the nation's capital, the mean center of population sat in Kent County, Maryland.

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