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Pennsylvanians Buck the Trend, don’t reduce their Vehicle-Miles

Oddly enough, Pennsylvania seems to be roughly tied with North Dakota and Rhode Island for least drop in vehicle miles this year.

What are the reasons for this? Is it because SEPTA is so darn good that people have been using it all along, or because Pennsylvanians are just more stubborn than most people? Maybe it’s because public transportation if available to so few people that they really have no option.

I’m sure the people who believe the Poconos are a suburb of New York City are helping, as well as PA having the largest rural population, and a pretty dense road system.

The lighter colors of orange and yellow on the map shows states that have seen the greatest drops in vehicle-miles.

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Flushin’ Babies

LONDON — A woman has told a British court she accidentally flushed her newborn down the toilet because she didn’t realize she was giving birth.

Claire Jones says she knew she was pregnant from an affair with a colleague but thought the pain she suffered in the early hours of Dec. 28 was from diarrhea.

Jones told a coroner’s court in Cardiff, Wales, on Monday that she only realized what had happened when she saw a foot in the toilet bowl.

She said she tried unsuccessfully to revive the baby and then put the body in the trunk of her car.

The corpse was found in Jones’ vehicle after she was arrested. She was given a suspended sentence for concealing the baby’s birth.

The coroner’s court is investigating the circumstances of the baby’s death.