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"Knowledge is the best eraser in the world for disharmony, distrust, despair, and the endless physical deficiencies of man" -- Orlando A. Battista, 20th century Canadian chemist and writer.

* Inequality is growing among a sector of Americans who don't even work: our children. David Brooks writes in the New York Times that "Equal opportunity, once core to the nation’s identity, is now a tertiary concern. If America really wants to change that, if the country wants to take advantage of all its human capital rather than just the most privileged two-thirds of it, then people are going to have to make some pretty uncomfortable decisions":

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/10/opinion/brooks-the-opportunity-gap.html?_r=1&ref=davidbrooks

* The federal government says states are seeing improvement on the key factor of college attainment by residents:

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-state-state-college-attainment-numbers-show-progress-toward-2020-goal

* Remember what Mom said, too much of anything is bad ... even homeownership, apparently:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/06/homeownership-means-little-economic-growth/1379/

* Gov. Rick Snyder doesn't strike one as a Rolling Stone reader, but the circumstances outlined by the magazine may have had something to do with the governor exercising his veto power against legislation ostensibly aimed at "voter fraud":

http://www.a2politico.com/2012/06/rolling-stone-mag-calls-out-michigan-gop-for-dark-side-politics-war-on-voting/

* Michigan business owners express optimism in survey, still worried that they can't find skilled workers to fill job slots:

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/06/28/survey-finds-michigan-business-execs-upbeat-about-states-economy/

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