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Significant Digits For Friday, July 15, 2016

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. On Wednesday, FiveThirtyEight launched an in-depth look at guns in America. Significant Digits is going to highlight that work over the next few editions.


80 percent

Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans murder victims in 2015 were black men. [FiveThirtyEight]


3,411 years

A program focused on tough federal sentences for gun offenders in Rochester, New York, has put 633 people behind bars for a total of 3,411 years. But it’s unclear what effect that has had on gun violence in the city. [FiveThirtyEight]


$52.1 million

Taser International signed deals to provide police departments with body cameras worth $52.1 million in the first three months of this year, nine times the company’s sales in the equivalent period of 2014. [FiveThirtyEight]


3.6 out of 10

The new “Ghostbusters” hits theaters this weekend, and despite — or because of — all of the controversy around it, it has managed to become a perfect articulation of a fundamental issue with online ratings systems. Men on IMDb rate the movie 3.6 out of 10, while women have it at 7.7 out of ten. It’s up to you to decide whether or not every one of those 12,000 ratings come from someone who’s seen the movie, which went into wide release Thursday night. [FiveThirtyEight]


-6 points

Mike Pence is reportedly Donald Trump’s vice presidential choice. Still, the Indiana governor is rather unknown to voters — only 23 percent of voters have an opinion of him, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis, and that opinion is more negative (15 percent) than positive (9 percent). Trump has moved his VP announcement — originally intended for 11 a.m. today — to sometime in the future because of the terrorist attack in Nice, France. [FiveThirtyEight]


23 nominations

Emmy award nominations are out, and “Game of Thrones” leads the pack with 23 overall nominations. Fear not, as our queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus is once again nominated for best lead actress in a comedy. All is right in the world. [TIME]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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