09.07.13 Your Morning Buzz

13 People From ’90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

13 People From '90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

High Five

Why Can’t We Just Host the Olympics in the Same Place Every Year? On Saturday, the International Olympic Committee will change the destiny of one city forever. Yes, tomorrow’s the big day when committee members will decide whether Istanbul, Madrid, or Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. For the chosen city, it’s a decision that could catalyze transformative infrastructure projects and long-term investment.

Public Libraries Add Multimedia Learning to Digital Mission – Throughout the country, public libraries are extending their mission beyond loaner books and resources: They’re providing opportunities for students to engage in digital learning opportunities aimed at making them college- and career-ready, often in partnership with schools.

Health Insurance Change Coming to State That Fought It – Despite South Carolina’s refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility, a choice made by about half the states, enrollment is likely to grow under the new health law.

The Six-Figure Price Tag for Selling a $2 Hot Dog – Call it the half-million-dollar hot dog cart. Mohammad Mastafa of Astoria, Queens, has to sell almost that much in drinks and snacks annually to break even on the pushcart he owns at Fifth Avenue and East 62nd Street near the Central Park Zoo. He pays the city’s parks department $289,500 a year just for the right to operate his single cart there.

The Public Safety Tipping Point: When Saving Money Loses Lives – You can only tell you’re not spending enough on public safety when it’s too late.

Social Network

 13 People From '90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

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What Was, Is and Will Be Popular – The most popular candy bar; the most popular author to steal from St. Mark’s bookshop; the best-selling DVD of all time; in defense of “Fifty Shades of Grey”; and more.

15 Brands Kicking Butt on Vine – Vine has revolutionized the way brands connect with their audiences, allowing them to talk directly to the people who matter most. Some brands get it right. Some brands don’t. Here are 15 brands creating skillful, creative Vine videos that make a statement.

Career Center

13 People From '90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

Government Employment Remains Stagnant in New Jobs Report – As the recovery drags on, most state and local government payrolls haven’t yet expanded, either.

The Top 7 Reasons You Should Apply to Work at Prichard Communications (If You Haven’t Already!) – So, you’re noodling on the junior account executive position we opened up last week but aren’t one of the more than forty people who have applied for it yet because…

10 Entrepreneurs Tell Us: The Interview Questions You Should Be Asking – Most job interviews fit a certain mold. You explain the position and company mission, ask a few questions, and decide whether the candidate’s skill set would fit within your organization.

The state of the union is weak: Young Americans are not joining unions anymore


Advice to Millennials: How to Build a Successful Career – “What will the workforce look like in 10 years when Millennials are in charge?” I’m a Millennial, and when I was working for EMC, I had no idea how to get ahead. There was no resource so I had to figure it out and create one — this book.


13 People From '90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

California Republicans thrive at the local level – GOP members hold close to half the 2,500 mayoral and City Council seats in the state. It’s at the state level that the party is largely irrelevant.

Clinton vs. Christie? It’s not too soon to take a look at the prospects in 2016.

Kiss Baby, Check Phone (Over and Over) – At forums, New York mayoral candidates seem more interested in their smartphones than in opponents’ arguments.

Obama & Boehner, bracing for the fall – As a new budget battle looms, a look at how they bicker through negotiations.


13 People From '90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen Resigns – Marissa Madrigal will replace Cogen; says she’s “laser-focused” on job.

Confidential Treasury Memo Shows CRC Still Faces Major Hurdles – Oregon-only project is political and legal challenge

Water District Supporters Get a Hefty Cash Infusion from Portland Bottling – But the first notion of who’s bankrolling the effort became public today, as organizers for a proposed Portland Public Water District have filed the first batch of fundraising transactions with Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown.

Resignation casts light on Jeff Cogen’s successor, process to replace him – Madrigal will become the youngest chief executive officer in county history, serving until a new chair is chosen in the May primary. She said Friday she “absolutely does not” intend to run for the office. She said Wednesday that she would leave Cogen’s staff next month for a job in the county’s Human Resources Department, which she now plans to join in earnest in May.

Hold the Phone – Why is Multnomah County funding two suicide hotlines?


13 People From '90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

Change to city manager will improve local government – The Port Orchard City Council voted 6-1 to place this measure on the ballot. Why?

City looks gift unicorn (the Trojan kind) in mouth – Art installation successfully cheered Hudson’s Bay woman, but can’t keep occupying space in street

Talent public works superintendent retires after 33 years – Naught began working for the city in March of 1980. He was named public works supervisor in 1998 and superintendent in July 2003. Naught also served as the department’s director on an interim basis during 2001.

Controversial cameras gather dust after city spends $5 million – It is a $5 million system with money that has already been spent by the Seattle city council and police department.

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13 People From '90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

Can Whole Foods Remake Itself in the Middle of a Food Desert? In the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, 42 percent of households currently live below the federal poverty line. The unemployment rate of 21 percent is almost twice the city’s average. An aerial view of the community shows a startling number of vacant lots, and a walk through it would offer scant retail.

Report: Detroit pension funds misspent – Pension trustees weakened the city’s retirement fund by using hundreds of millions of dollars on savings plans for active workers and doling out annual bonus checks, according to a restructuring expert hired by the city.

Midway Airport Privatization Put on Hold – Emanuel began exploring Midway’s privatization in December, with the aim of alleviating some of the city’s massive debt. The idea earned considerable opposition from Chicago city council members, though the city had narrowed the field of prospective buyers down to two before pulling the breaks.

Rest of the Union

13 People From '90s Infomercials With Mad Skills

Amazingly Helpful GIFs of the Day: What Every New Yorker Should Know – Back in March, illustrator and t-shirt designer Nathan Pyle published a series of “tips and etiquette” GIFs to help tourists and newcomers navigate New York City. Now, he is back with a second set and even more wisdom to share.

The Wacky Skyline of an Alternative-Universe San Francisco – The Golden Gate Bridge is a massive desalination plant, the Bay Bridge a hanging farm, and the whole of San Francisco Bay is ripped down the middle by a canyon of cascading water. These are just a few of the ways that civic luminaries propose to better the Bay Area’s coast and skylines.

Walnut Creek: Assistant city manager leaving to take job as city manager in Pacifica – Assistant City Manager Lorie Tinfow is leaving, likely to become city manager in Pacifica.

Zoning shouldn’t be used to judge lifestyles – While unfair, this might be expected from the public. However, when policymakers start to consider their own preferences when making decisions, as in the region’s debate about accessory dwellings, they tread on dangerous ground.

Pittsburgh budget monitor has own budget woes – In two weeks, the five-member board of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority will vote on whether to extend the contract of its sole employee overseeing Pittsburgh’s budget: executive director Henry Sciortino.

‘Making it’ in Newark — the future of manufacturing: Opinion – The popularity of the Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” reflects America’s longstanding fascination with cutting-edge processes, state-of-the-art machines, and the shiny, new objects they together produce. It’s not for nothing that, despite years of off-shoring and outsourcing, the United States remains the world’s largest maker and biggest consumer of manufactured goods.