The folks at the Global Health Data Exchange have all kinds of interesting maps. Here's one on general alcohol consumption of any kind. Red = relatively more drinkers, blue = relatively fewer: Most people know Mormons are supposed to be teetotalers, so the fact that Utah doesn't drink much isn't surprising. But check out that blue zone in and around West Virginia! And while this is just measuring any sort of drinking, West Virginia also has a relatively low prevalence of binge drinking. So contrary to the backwoods moonshine stereotype, it turns out that Appalachia tends to avoid drinking almost as much as Zion. Make sure to check out the interactive map here. Ryan Cooper
This week's award for really poor marketing decisions goes to the police association of Kenosha, Wisconsin, whose latest billboard features a local officer, Pablo Torres, who is currently on leave for shooting two people in March. Torres also has a record of nine citizen complaints for inappropriate use of force. WI #Police Thank Town: Offensive Billboard Of #Cop Who Shot 2 Men In 10 Days t.co/wzcvdT5bsP @MrMilitantNegro pic.twitter.com/2u2sjeGCHa — Reverb Press (@ReverbPress) April 27, 2015 A local paper, the Kenosha News, argued that the billboard should come down while Torres is under investigation, noting that he regularly appears at police events with his police dog, which likewise may unfairly bias public opinion in his favor. A representative of the family of Aaron Siler, the second shooting victim, also questioned what the billboard was intended to communicate during the ongoing shooting investigation: "What are they trying to say? Are they trying to say he's not guilty and they know that for a fact? Why are they thanking him?" Bonnie Kristian
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