Morning headlines: a brighter outlook, Auburn football, other issues

Here are some things that have caught my eye this a.m.:

A post from yesterday on my favorite blog Calculated Risk (chosen by the WSJ as one of the top 10 economics blogs) about the reasons to be optimistic that the economy will do better in 2011 than in 2010: “The Brighter Outlook”

Auburn is First in One Ranking, 85th in Another” in the NYT chronicles the academic fraud uncovered in 2006 that made its football program plummet in academic rankings. While race is not the focus of the article, there’s this: “Among all the bowl teams this season, Auburn has the highest disparity in the graduation rates between white players (100 percent) and black players (49 percent), according to a study at the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.”

I’ve been writing a lot about state revenue problems in Georgia. Nice overview of the national picture in today’s Washington Post: “Recession-bruised states’ revenue sank 30 percent in 2009, Census Bureau reports

Ongoing financial pressures lead to more turmoil at the top for Memorial University Medical Center. From today’s Savannah Morning News: “Memorial Health CEO fired”