We are in the midst of Lent, the time when Christians recall the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness and overcame the Devil's temptations. Many people make vows to abstain from certain pleasures or luxuries during this time -- a symbolic way to overcome their own temptations. For a few, there is no greater temptation than carbon, which they have decided to abstain from using (but not too much) during the Lenten season.
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida has raised the question of whether mass attacks on schools are getting more frequent, and more deadly. If one were only to follow the press coverage of the issue, then the impression would be that schools are more prone to shootings than ever. But the research says that's just not so.
One might think that a powerful, long-time Democratic politician in California would have little problem getting the state party to endorse them for another term in office. As Sen. Dianne Feinstein found out, that's just not the case, as the state party declined to endorse her re-election bid. The reason?