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What’s Happenin’ Around the Social Web? August 15-21

This week’s top shared content included the loss of a TV and radio announcer and new reports on the cost of raising a child and the majors that lead to the highest-paying jobs.  Let’s see what else was buzzing on the social web this week!

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Supreme Court Puts Hold on Same-Sex Marriages in Virginia

A day before same-sex couples were slated to begin marrying in Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court delayed an appeal’s court rule striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.  The decision was not unexpected, and like other southern states, Virginia is attempting to strike a balance between traditional, conservative values of the south and modern times.  17% of news about the hold on same-sex marriage was shared on Twitter.

Don Pardo, TV and Radio Announcer, Dies at 96

You may not recognize Don Pardo’s face, but you definitely would recognize his voice.  The radio and television announcer most know for his lineup introductions on Saturday Night Live passed away on Monday at the age of 96.  News of his death spread quickly through Facebook, which made up 63% of shared content.

USDA: Cost to Raise a Child up Slightly to $245,340

The USDA released his annual report this week on the cost of raising a child up to the age of 18.  Excluding college expenses, a child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income family an average of $245,340.  This number is a 1.8% increase over last year’s number.

Escaped Ebola Patients Found as Outbreak Death Toll Tops 1,200

The Ebola outbreak was a hot topic this week, and 23% of content about Ebola was shared via Twitter.  A raid of an Ebola center in West Point, Liberia on Saturday allowed for 37 infected patients to flee, but all patients have since been found.  In more positive news, the two Americans being treated for Ebola were released this week.

Majors that Can Lead to the Highest-Paying Jobs

Back-to-school is right around the corner, and college students should choose their majors wisely.  CareerCast released an infographic of the top degrees of 2014 and the best-paying jobs of 2014.   Topping the list were business, statistics, computer engineering, and chemistry-related fields.

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