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Sign-of-the-times stats on eve of the conventions

A look at the U.S, past and present, by the numbers: LEAPS AND BOUNDS: The U.S. population has more than doubled since Mitt Romney was born in 1947. Population then: 144.1 million. In 1961, when Barack Obama was born: 183.7 million. This year: 314 million. The U.S. grows by one person every 12 seconds.

Lottery luck? Second lightning hit more likely

Before you spend too much time dreaming about spending your Mega Millions winnings, consider the odds: 1 in 176 million. For gamblers, you’re 270 times more likely to be dealt a royal flush in a game of five-card draw poker, which is about 1 chance in 650,000. You are about three times more likely to be dealt a straight flush and a full house on successive hands than to have the winning ticket.

Teens’ jobs outlook ‘tough’

The economy is making it tough to be a kid these days, at least a kid with purchasing power. Many of the jobs traditionally filled by teenagers are now being filled by 50-somethings who have taken any job to keep checks flowing, local economy experts said.

Lab analyst running for mayor

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has her first official opponent in this year’s mayoral race. Christopher W. Fenton, 32, filed paperwork last month announcing his intention to run for the city’s highest office, becoming the first potential challenger eligible to begin accepting campaign contributions.

Third District’s voter turnout low

OLYMPIA – New numbers from the Washington secretary of state’s office confirm what political experts in Spokane have long believed: Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District, one of the state’s poorest, also is one of its lightest-voting. The state Elections Office released voting data from the November election for the state’s 49 legislative districts Wednesday, and they show a wide range across the state for ballots cast, voter registration and turnout, which is the number of ballots cast divided by registration.

Workplace suicides surge by 28 percent

Workplace suicides surged 28 percent last year, the Labor Department said Thursday, as experts said anxious workers watched colleagues depart in a rash of layoffs and faced survivor’s guilt.

Reading facts

Students who reported having four types of reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias) in their home scored, on average, higher than those who reported having fewer reading materials. Children whose parents read to them become better readers and perform better in school.

Minority Numbers Tumble In Uc System Black, Latino Classes The Smallest In Years

The number of blacks admitted to the University of California, Berkeley, has plunged by 66 percent, and the number admitted to UCLA dropped 43 percent as the state's premier public institutions announced the first freshman class in two decades picked without any preference for race, ethnicity or gender. Declines among Latinos were smaller but still substantial - 53 percent at Berkeley and 33 percent at UCLA. Those figures complete a picture that began to become clear last month when other UC campuses released their admissions statistics, most of which showed large declines in black and Latino admissions.

Poise Carries Kentucky Past Upstart Utah

1. Coach Tubby Smith gets a victory ride after his Wildcats, led by game MVp Jeff Sheppard, left, netted him an NCAA chamionship in his first season at Kentucky with a 78-69 win over Utah on Monday. Photo by Associated Press 2. Kentucky's Jamaal Magloire helps the Wildcats stuff Michael Doleac and the Utah Utes' title hopes. Photo by Associated Press 3. Kentucky coach Tubby Smith was anything but cool and calm in San Antonio. Photo by Associated Press