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Share of federal spending this year going toward scientific research, down from nearly 10 percent in 1968, at the height of the space race. A group of MIT scientists said Monday that the decline is threatening innovation. Clearly the innovation-industrial complex has yet again found a way to jam itself into American politics, am I right? [Reuters]
Number of wins by NBA teams after falling behind by three games to none in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Six of the eight best-of-seven series started out with one team winning the first three games, and three of those series remain alive, with one team — the Bucks, against the Bulls — winning twice after falling behind 3-0. [ESPN]
Proportion of Boston residents who said in a poll that they believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be executed for his role in the bombing of the 2013 Boston marathon, according to a new poll from the Boston Globe. The trial takes place in a city and state that have lower levels of support of the death penalty than does the U.S. overall. [The Boston Globe]
The approximate number of truck drivers who service the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Several hundred drivers staged a walk off Monday, with what appeared to be minimal impact on international trade. Some of the port’s drivers are engaged in an ongoing dispute with shipping companies to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. [AP]
More than 30,000
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