By The Numbers

Harper Lee a best-selling author once again

Tony Wagner Jun 25, 2015
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That was the split of the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to maintain federal subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the opinion. As reported by the New York Times, Roberts wrote, ““Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”

369,000 copies

That’s how many hardcover and trade paperbacks of “To Kill a Mockingbird” have been shipped by HarperCollins Publishers between early February and the end of May. That’s up from the 59,000 copies shipped during the same period last year. Why the sudden uptick in sales? As the Wall Street Journal reports, with news of author Harper Lee’s newest novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” the public has shown an increased interest in her best-selling classic as well.

89 percent

That’s the portion of packaged foods the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found to be mislabeled at Whole Foods. The agency is levying fines for overcharging at the city’s stores. According to NBC New York, DCA staff said it was among the worst cases they had seen.

48 million

All told, that’s about how many birds U.S. poultry farmers were set back by the recent outbreak of bird flu. Becky Bruns of Danube, Minn. took special care to try and protect the chickens on her farm. But even so, her brood of chickens had to be euthanized when the outbreak hit her farm. What could she have done differently? The problem is, experts don’t know.

10 percent

By some economists’ calculations, that’s how much earnings decline for a graduate who leaves school during a recession. And that decline could stay with said graduate for 10-15 years. 

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