08.23.13 Your Morning Buzz

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High 5

Sochi Is on Track to Be the Most Expensive Olympics in History – Russia may spend as much as $50 billion on new sports venues, better public transit, and modernized electric power systems.

Suburbs Might Be Just as Green as Cities – According to a new study, the carbon emissions of urbanites and suburbanites are more or less even.

Can a Hockey Arena Survive Once the Hockey Team Moves Out? Nassau Coliseum will lose the Islanders in 2015. But developers say with a serious revamp, that might not be a problem.

Citing Obamacare, some cities, counties cutting hours – Facing the prospect of paying new health-care costs, some administrators opt instead to reduce the hours of their part-time employees.

Swiss Valley Aims for Peak of Luxury – Andermatt Swiss Alps, now under construction, is a bet that a sleepy village with a population of 1,400 can become a global luxury hot spot.

Elected

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After Dodging Harassment Allegations, San Diego Mayor Is Reported Set to Resign – The City Council is expected to meet Friday to approve an agreement that is said to include paying for at least part of Mayor Bob Filner’s legal fees in the sexual harassment suit against him.

Where They Stump: A Mayoral Race Map – More than 3,000 appearances by the candidates for New York City mayor at debates, block parties and other events offer clues about the voters they hope to reach.

Colin Powell slams North Carolina voting law – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell bashed North Carolina’s recent voting law at a forum in the state Thursday, with the governor that signed the bill in the audience.

Obama: Republicans afraid of Limbaugh – President Barack Obama says there are some Republican congressman who are afraid to speak out against a government shutdown because they fear a backlash from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Fund Balance

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Budget to fight wildfires runs dry – After depleting its budget for the second straight year, the federal government will be forced to move $600M from other funds.

What’s on the Agenda for Jackson Hole? The agenda for the Kansas City Fed’s summit in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is officially out, as is the list of central bankers, dignitaries, academics and Wall Streeters.

Think Globally, Tax Locally – The mayor’s plan for “carbon taxes” aims to take money from a familiar pocket—yours.

With Congress on Recess, Clock Ticks Down on Fiscal Deal – Talks between the White House and Republicans in the Senate have stalled since Congress began its summer recess, increasing the chance of a government shutdown in the fall.

Portlandia

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Novick retrofits Portland home to withstand the “Big One” – For years, experts have been telling us to retrofit our homes to protect against earthquake damage.

Riverkeepers’ head reflects on decade of expansion – Monica Smiley quits Tualatin group for new state park post.

Lake Oswego officials seek homeowners’ help in tap water testing – The city is looking to gather samples from 60 homes by the end of the year.

Q & A with Forest Grove Police Captain Mike Herb, author of the weekly police log – We often hear from our readers that one of the most popular items, both in print and online, is the Forest Grove police log. The log entries are often poignant, bizarre, and hilarious.

Cascadia

Backers, foes of new Washougal government make cases – Campaigns vowed over changing from strong-mayor to council-manager system

City Manager’s to do list – Yakima’s city manager has a full plate of work set out for him this coming year.City council outlined the specific projects they would like accomplished from now through next year.

Dallas police chief leaving for new job in Keizer – After serving about four-and-one-half years as Dallas’ police chief, John Teague is returning to where his law enforcement career began.

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State sees little need to toss out Detroit mayoral primary votes, official hints – But Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas rejected suggestions the controversy undermines the integrity of the Aug. 6 vote and said there is no need for the state to count all of the more than 96,000 ballots cast.

Ingham County Land Bank has $56M impact on region, study says – Homes within 500 feet of renovated houses increase in sale price, MSU study shows

Voices from 1863 raid on Lawrence sound anew on Twitter – So quiet at the start, much like the town of Lawrence 150 years ago early in the morning on Aug. 21. The sun would be up soon, and the massacre would begin.

ZERSCHLING: Friends reminisce as Sioux City manager departs – “I consider it like herding cats,” Scott said, to laughs of those attending the event at the Orpheum Theatre on Aug. 15. “You served 15 council members. It takes a special person to do that. You had to deal with 15 large egos – and you survived that.”

Rest of the Union

Why Chattanooga Doesn’t Need Facebook – The city isn’t looking for the next big thing. Instead, its cultivated a pipeline of small companies and innovative manufacturers.

In S.C., Park Prescriptions Used to Fight Obesity – Doctors can write a parks prescription for patients that gives free admission to one of South Carolina’s 30 state parks.

In a city with a rich history, more must be done to promote equality – Fifty years after the March on Washington, and 150 after slaves were freed, inequities persist.

Area 51 Exists. But What of the Little Green Men? Extraterrestrials’ big cultural moment may have come and gone, but for residents of a remote corner of Nevada, mysteries and conspiracy theories never go out of style.

U.S. Government Sues Texas for Voter Discrimination – The Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it will challenge Texas’ implementation of stricter ID requirements for voting in the state.

The Patent Troll That’s Been Bilking Transit Agencies Finally Slinks Away – ArrivalStar settles after facing its own lawsuit from the American Public Transportation Association.

Career Center

6 SIMPLE RITUALS TO REACH YOUR POTENTIAL EVERY DAY – BECOMING AND STAYING PRODUCTIVE ISN’T ABOUT HARD-TO-FOLLOW PROGRAMS OR LOGGING YOUR EVERY MOVE IN AN APP. IT’S ABOUT SELF-CARE. HERE ARE DAILY TO-DOS TO GET YOU STARTED.

Is a degree in public relations necessary for success? As you can imagine, there was a rift between those who feel it is best to jump right into the trenches and work your way up and those who advised taking the time to get a formal education and training.

EXPLOIT HIRING BIAS: BE THE FIRST JOB INTERVIEW OF THE DAY – IF YOU’RE THE FOURTH GREAT CANDIDATE IN A DAY FULL OF AWESOME CANDIDATES, YOU’LL BE MARKED DOWN. WHY?

Social Network

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How Twitter Amplify May Change Sports And Social Media As We Know It – Social media and internet companies have long searched for stable revenue and earnings beyond the hype of connecting people for free.

Can Facebook Rewrite the Industry Standard For User Engagement? The “monthly active users” figure has long been the industry standard for user engagement in social media. It’s easy to digest, but more importantly, it’s a benchmark capable of comparing the most social of social networks to the new kids on the block.

LinkedIn Redesigns Group Pages – Redesigning LinkedIn Groups is a noticeable change for the platform, considering how many users utilize the feature. The average user belongs to seven Groups on the site, and those who post or engage in group conversations receive four times as many profile views as those who don’t.

GOOGLE WANTS TO BE YOUR DICTIONARY – WHAT’S THE ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD “FORTUITOUS”? NOW GOOGLE’S SEARCH RESULTS WILL TELL YOU.