Gabatron Morning Briefing – 8-14-15: Home Sweet Home

Get ready to see more people sleeping on the street. The Department of Justice has ruled that if cities don’t have enough space in shelters for all of their homeless population, they can’t arrest people for sleeping on the street. They say that sleep if a life-sustaining activity, and if there is nowhere else for them to do it, the city can’t arrest them.

Interesting Stat of the Day: More than 135 million Americans, or 56%, say they haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months. That’s up from 126 million Americans, or 52%, who reported going without a vacation for a year in 2014.

Remember the study saying that teens are texting while driving at an alarming rate, and usually because they feel the need to respond immediately? It turns out a significant amount of that anxiousness comes because parents get upset if they don’t respond to their texts immediately. did some DNA testing and proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child out of wedlock with long-rumored mistress Nan Britton.

In science news, researchers at a hospital in Massachusetts have managed to use human cells to help a monkey re-grow their arm.

Plus, American City Diner in Washington, DC has decided to honor the cultural and political phenomenon that is Donald Trump by giving him his own sandwich. It has lettuce, tomato and lots and lots of bologna.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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