08.31.13 Your Morning Buzz


Warner Bros. Plans $25 Million Campaign Around ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Anniversary


High 5

Convention center hotel: City Club briefly bars out-of-town critic from participating in debate, then reverses course – The City Club of Portlandbriefly touched off a round of criticism from opponents of a publicly subsidized hotel at the Oregon Convention Center when it barred a noted critic of such projects from a debate.

Longshore union pulls out of national AFL-CIO, citing attacks at Northwest grain terminals – The West Coast longshore union is pulling out of the national AFL-CIO, citing “attacks” in which the umbrella organization’s members blatantly cross picket lines at Northwest grain terminals.

Bonneville Power Administration’s hiring and promotion practices get stinging critique by Department of Energy audit –  The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday released a stinging critique of human resources activities at Bonneville Power Administration. The overall conclusion of a triennial audit of the Portland based power marketing agency was that its hiring and promotion activities are “NOT EFFECTIVE.” The audit revealed “pervasive misapplications” of and “system departures” from federal hiring guidelines and laws.

Amid Skepticism, White House Tries to Shore Up Support – The push comes hours after United Nations inspectors left Syria, in effect clearing the way for a military strike.

Fake FBI cyber virus attacks computers –  An email, claiming to be from the FBI, installed a virus on his computer. “One week I believe we’ve seen 5 to 7 FBI infections,” said Mark Hart with On Site Fast computer repair in Valdosta. He says these FBI viruses are keeping him busy.



Portland’s city auditor announces she will not seek re-election – Portland’s elected city auditor announced Friday that she would not seek re-election and will instead leave office at the end of 2014, when her term is over.



Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin eyeing Willamette River as future water source – A growing number of Washington County cities are eyeing the Willamette River as a future source of drinking water. The Tualatin Valley Water District and Hillsboro are planning to build a pipeline and water treatment plant to provide customers Willamette water by 2026. The first step is a two-year study that will lay out the details and costs for the project.

Damascus asks to advocate on disincorporation after state said no – Damascus will fight against the Oregon Secretary of State’s recent decision not to allow its City Council advocate about disincorporation in the newsletter.

Columbia River Crossing: $86.4 million to 3 companies that make products too large to fit beneath the bridge – Oregon and Washington officials have agreed to pay a total $86.4 million to three companies that make products too large to fit beneath the Columbia River Crossing.

Former Cornelius police chief will not face criminal charges following state police investigation – The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute former Chief Paul Rubenstein, accused by Cornelius officers of gambling on duty, covering up misconduct and creating a hostile work environment.

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Coquille tribe revamps Medford casino campaign – MEDFORD — Taken aback by the opposition, the Coquille Indian Tribe has revamped its campaign for a $26 million casino in Medford.

Official calls plaza a public health risk – Lane County may try to oust SLEEPS using an emergency closure declaration

City council hears update on station property – The Albany City Council dealt with a minor matter at its regular meeting this week, and then adjourned into a closed session for an update on how efforts were going to acquire property to expand the main fire station located downtown on Lyon Street.

Salem completes first portion of street realignment – The first portion of a project to realign Market Street, Swegle Road and 45th Avenue NE is complete, making way for a new traffic route today



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Ex-boss of indicted official sought city business – Months after recommending Mayor Rahm Emanuel hire former comptroller Amer Ahmad, onetime Democratic Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce used close ties with his now-indicted ex-employee to lobby for city business here.

Popularity of city-run fitness centers skyrockets – From weightlifting to Zumba, more Minnetonka residents are taking their workouts to one central place: the city’s fitness center. Attendance at the city-owned Williston Fitness Center has skyrocketed since it underwent a $4.5 million renovation in 2010. This year, membership is expected to peak at 8,400; users will top 300,000. For the first time, the city has closed nonresident memberships.

Rest of the States

The Best of ‘What Is Special About My Town’ – Earlier this month, Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows began a trip across the United States. He and his wife, author and linguist Deborah Fallows, have been flying themselves to smaller cities and towns with a particular mission. 

L.A. City Council to debate Time Warner Cable-CBS blackout – The Los Angeles City Council plans to wade into the contentious contract dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp., which has led to a four-week blackout of local CBS stations in more than 1 million homes in Los Angeles.

Salt Lake City among list of top 50 meeting cities – SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time, Salt Lake City ranks among the top cities nationwide for meetings and conventions.

Making the Safety Net More Visible in Philadelphia – Philadelphia has initiated an effort called Shared Prosperity that offers “one-stop shopping” in local outreach centers to help poor people get all the assistance they need.


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How To Identify Your Workplace Strengths – At some point in your career, you’ll likely be asked: What are some of your greatest workplace strengths? Maybe your boss will pose the question in your next performance evaluation; perhaps a hiring manager will ask in a future job interview. Whenever it happens, you’ll want to be able to identify them.


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