[snip] Corporations–progressive havens? Think about it, writes Marc Gunther in Business Ethics magazine. “Voters from Mississippi to Oregon approved resolutions opposed to same-sex marriages, and fewer than a dozen states provide health care benefits to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian employees. . . . But according to the Human Rights Campaign . . . 228 companies in the Fortune 500–including General Motors, Ford, and ChevronTexaco–offer domestic partner benefits.”

[snip] Does LA even have sidewalks? The American Podiatric Medical Association’s 2005 rankings of the 200 largest U.S. cities list Arlington, Virginia, as the most walkable. LA is 48th, and Chicago is 60th.

[snip] News the Bushies and libertarians won’t tell you. Sarah and Christopher Lubienksi, education professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, surveyed standardized math scores in more than 1,300 public and private schools and found that–contrary to past research and long-standing assumption–kids in public schools outperform kids of equal socioeconomic status in private schools.