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Friday’s 5 favorite things from my Facebook feed

One of the beauties of Facebook is that your friends become editors for you, choosing among the endless stories, videos and websites and sharing things that you often wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Here are five things that came through my Facebook feed today:

1) From the Economic Prosperity Institute come statistics on who is really working those minimum-wage jobs. It’s not teenagers. “The typical worker who would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015 looks nothing like the part-time, teen stereotype: She is in her early 30s, works full-time and may have a family to support.” Read the rest here.

2) On the same subject, here’s a map that shows how many minimum-wage hours it takes to afford a two-bedroom apartment in each state. In North Carolina, it’s 78 hours.

3) Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s death is just so very sad. You have to wonder how much pain he must have been denying if he got a cancer diagnosis just 10 days before his death. Read The N&O story here.

4) Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame appeared on Glenn Beck’s show last fall and challenged “the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success.” Here’s the best quote: “We’re lending money we don’t have, to kids who will never be able to pay it back, for jobs that no longer exist. That’s crazy, right?” Check out the rest here.

5) A Pittsburgh artist has designed a new Barbie that has the proportions of an average American 19-year-old. “Average is beautiful,” says designer Nickolay Lamm, who is trying to sell 5,000 of the dolls through a crowdfunding site. Give her a look here.