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Breaking Music Down To Its Genes — Collectors Meet Nolan Gasser, chief musicologist for Pandora and architect of the Music Genome Project. Gasser has categorized more than 500 unique genes across seven genres of music, and his genome project is the most extensive categorization of music in history. Now, Gasser is trying to create data-driven music therapy.

LA’s New Minimum Wage Isn’t Worth Anywhere Close To $15 — The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted to raise the city's minimum wage to nearly $10 an hour. Oh, sure, the headlines in Wednesday's papers all said the council raised the wage floor to $15 an hour. That's what the actual ordinance says, too.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Likely Won’t Face Execution For A Very Long Time — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted of murder in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, was sentenced to death by a federal jury Friday. But if he is executed at all, it isn't likely to be anytime soon. In the nearly four decades since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, the states and the federal government have taken an increasingly long time to carry out executions.

Advanced Placement Tests, Tuition Increases And The Power Of Lists — Every Monday, the Title: "Giving College Credit Where it is Due: Advanced Placement Exam Scores and College Outcomes" National Bureau of Economic Research , a nonprofit organization made up of some of North America's most respected economists, releases its latest batch of working papers.

The Jobs Recovery Is Back On Track — The jobs recovery was what we thought it was. After last month's lousy numbers, that's reason enough for celebration. The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent, its lowest level in nearly seven years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday .

Enough Already About The Job-Hopping Millennials — As more and more millennials enter the workforce, companies are scrambling to figure out how to retain their younger employees. Or at least so says The Wall Street Journal, which is the latest contributor to a long line of stories in many outlets about a generation that, as the Journal puts it, "won't stay put in a job for long."

Baltimore Has A History Of Improper Arrests — Baltimore's top prosecutor on Friday didn't just charge police officers with murder and assault in the death of Freddie Gray. She also said the arrest that led to Gray's death was itself illegal. Claims of wrongful arrests have a long history in Baltimore.

jasongrotto's blurblog — At Freddie Gray's funeral on Monday, before the riots that made headlines across the country, Pastor Jamal Bryant spoke of the limited opportunities for young black men in Baltimore and across the United States.

How Baltimore’s Young Black Men Are Boxed In — At Freddie Gray's funeral on Monday, before the riots that made headlines across the country, Pastor Jamal Bryant spoke of the limited opportunities for young black men in Baltimore and across the United States. Men like Gray feel like they are living "confined to a box," Bryant said, according to The New York Times.

Few Countries Are As Vulnerable To Earthquake Damage As Nepal — The news coming out of Nepal, where a powerful earthquake struck near the capital city of Kathmandu on Saturday, is horrifying and tragic. But it isn't surprising: Disaster experts had been warning for years that Nepal faced some of the highest earthquake risks in the world.
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May 22, 2015

"Overvalued"? "Frothy"? "A coming zombie start-up apocalypse?" All fine. But don't you dare call tech a "bubble."…

May 22, 2015

@JoshZumbrun This makes me feel a lot better about getting this question "wrong."

May 21, 2015

The median immigrant worker earned 81% as much as the typical native-born worker in 2014.…

May 21, 2015

@berubea1 I do and would be happy to share but would need CCER's permission -- their data's proprietary. If they OK, I"m happy to send.

May 21, 2015

@JHWeissmann Yeah, that's the major impact. Gasoline too, but housing's the biggie.

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