By The Numbers

The bright side of the dark side

Carrie Barber Aug 24, 2015
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That’s the price per gallon that gasoline may fall to in the next few weeks, analyst Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics predicts. It’s the bright side of Monday’s stock plunge and sell-off of commodities like oil; a slowdown in China means less need for raw materials. And it appears the oil savings will have some legs. “The holiday season, as far as retailers are concerned, is not very far away. And for them, to see their customers enjoying a big cash flow boost from falling energy prices, is really pretty good news,” he says.

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That’s how many sites, together known as Politwoops, were shut down by Twitter, the Verge reports. The network tracks tweets deleted by politicians and archives them. But Twitter suspended access to the accounts over the weekend, telling overseer Open State Foundation, “Imagine how nerve-racking — terrifying, even — tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable?” Twitter shut down Politwoops’ U.S. arm in June. “It’s a terrible shame that Twitter has made this decision,” Jules Mattsson, who runs the British Politwoops account, tells the Guardian. “Politwoops has been an important new tool in political accountability in the U.K. and abroad.” 

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That’s how many tax-delinquent parcels the Cook County Land Bank Authority is tasked with clearing from the backlog of vacant foreclosed homes in the Chicago suburbs. It’s a great opportunity to buy into a prosperous neighborhood, but also a chance for opportunists to move in. Police recently arrested four mean for taking over 14 homes and living in them or renting them. These “zombie” properties are stuck in foreclosure limbo for years; proceedings have begun, but the lender hasn’t taken title. That’s because Illinois has more protections for homeowners than many states.

 

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