Rest Stop Closures Continue, Continue to Be Unpopular

The steady disappearance of roadside rest stops-a sad chapter in American car culture I chronicled for GOOD last summer-now has would-be bathroom breakers up in arms in Arizona. According to The New York Times, Arizona shuttered 13 of its 18 highway rest stops last fall amid the kind of dire budget crunches that have targeted state-run pit stops in every part of the country since the recession began.Arizona politicians, though, are discovering that if nothing else unites us these days, at least this motto does: save our toilets! State representative Daniel Patterson has proposed a bill that would allow local governments and private organizations to pay to re-open some of the stops."This bill may have the broadest support among members of any bill this year," Patterson tells the Times.New Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, meanwhile, has vowed to reverse one of the biggest closure sprees in the country. Virginia's 19 barricaded stops are all set to open again by April 15. As an indication of the urgency of the problem (or the political popularity of the solution), McDonnell announced the good news just four days after he was inaugurated in January.Photo by Joshua Lott for The New York Times.
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Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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