Thursday Numbers

Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. – Vince Lombardi

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm and sometimes I am actually serious.

This week’s topics include Baltimore & Freddie Gray, unemployment, stolen honey, the manhunt, cable television, Obama’s nuclear deal, going hungry, “Longmire” on Netflix, active wildfires in Montana, Carroll College, DUI, and much more!

6,400,000

That’s how much ($6.4 million) Baltimore officials approved to settle all civil claims tied to the death of Freddie Gray. Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while he was transported in a Baltimore police van in April. (Source)

This was a sad deal all around…

275,000

That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (Source)

5,000

That’s the amount of honey (5,000 pounds) stolen from a bee farm in Opportunity (MT). The owners have offered a sweet reward of $1,000 if someone will step forward and help them recover it. (Source)

Maybe they will throw in some free honey if you help find the thieves.

110

That’s about how many people are on the ground and in the air in the Helena north valley searching for homicide suspect Branden Miesmer. (Source)

After three days on the run, Miesmer was finally captured Wednesday evening. (Source)

99

The average cable bill in the United States is $99.00, which is an increase of 39% from 2010. (Source)

Cable is too expensive.

42

That’s how many U.S. Senators are backing President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. (Source)

Game – set – match to Obama. 

30

As of this morning there are 30 active wildfires in Montana. (Source)

11.5

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 11.5 percent of Montana households had difficulty at some point providing enough food for all family members. This report covers 2012 to 2014. (Source)

In the USA, nobody should ever go hungry.

10

That’s how many new episodes of “Longmire” are streaming in Netflix starting today (Sept. 10).  (Source)

“Longmire” was on A&E for the first three seasons, and Netflix picked it up for season four. You can watch the previous three seasons on Netflix, too.  Good show! 

5

That’s how many years in a row U.S. News and World Report has ranked Carroll College in Helena (MT) as the top Regional College in the West. (Source)

Go Saints!

4

A Billings man is pleading guilty to his 4th DUI after being found in his car in a Taco Bell parking lot. (Source)

Beer and tacos sounds good…

 

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