09.08.13 Your Morning Buzz

What is wrong with Eminem? The moment rapper ‘freaked out’ during appearance on live TV for ESPN’s Saturday Night Football


High Five

How Selfies Are Re-Energizing The New York Public Library – These photobooth selfies weren’t taken at a bar. They’re from the New York Public Library, which is mobilizing fans through pictures.

Political power on two wheels: Don’t mess with the bikers! – Forget Boss Tweed or newspaper endorsements: There’s a surprising new political power in big cities — bicyclists

Farming as rocket science  Why American agriculture is different from the European variety

Big Data Drives City of Buffalo’s Operation Clean Sweep  By layering data from 311 and 911 calls over Census data, unemployment data and other poverty indicators, Buffalo uses data analytics to identify its most challenged neighborhoods and more effectively deploy resources for everything from neighborhood beautification to combatting crime and reducing fire hazards.

America’s Infrastructure: Ways to Finally Get Rolling? Interest rates for long-term borrowing are at record lows, meaning the future payback costs for borrowing will be millions or billions of dollars less than they might be otherwise.



In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg  The mayor has harsh words for Bill de Blasio, rebuts the charge that he’s in the tank for the wealthy, questions just how poor the poor really are, and considers (for the first time) what he might like named after him.

Think Back: Limits of Presidential Power – While President Obama seeks Congress’ approval for military action in Syria, Writer at Large Sam Tanenhaus looks at earlier American presidents who worked to expand their powers.

Cory Booker: Liberal celebrity? But Cory Booker — who would be just the fourth popularly elected black senator if he wins — says he “would never want to be the next Barack Obama.

John Boehner May Save America After All –  Based on discussions with “four top former Boehner aides, two current aides, five former leadership aides close to Boehner’s inner circle, and a GOP operative on familiar terms with his circle,” Ward concludes that Boehner is probably headed out the door after the midterm elections. This is possibly the most encouraging political news of the year.

Boston Politicians Settle Feud on Event – A Boston city councilman agreed to host the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast with a Haitian-American woman — a state senator — bowing to criticism over his insistence that an Irish-American do it alone.

One Bill Could Prove Bipartisanship in Congress Isn’t Dead – Last week, Ron Fournier wrote that Millennials may be civically minded, but they don’t see politics as the best outlet for their engagement. As one grad student put it: “Politics just doesn’t seem relative to a lot of us and our world. Since the Great Society, tell me one big thing that has come out of Washington. Results are important to us, and sadly, politics isn’t a place for results.”

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At Last, the “Netflix For Books” Is Here – Meet Oyster, the book subscription app that wants to do for books what Netflix did for movies and what Spotify did for music; provide an all-you-can-read experience for a monthly fee. For $9.95 a month, you can download and enjoy titles from HarperCollins, Workman, Melville House, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Boasting 100,000 titles so far, Oyster is still working to procure more publishing companies to add to its roster.

Yahoo’s New Logo Is so 90s and Other Top Comments – Revealed on Thursday, the Internet giant’s new logo was met with sharp criticism from Mashable readers. The comments took a stab at almost every aspect of the logo, including height, kerning, color and of course, that pesky exclamation mark. Many were quick to crack jokes about how it looked like Yahoo was taking a step back into the 90s.

Path’s Ad-Free App Flouts Silicon Valley Conventions – Quite a claim, especially in a startup world where the mantra is “Get users, get ads, get a big valuation.” But then Morin has always gone against the grain. In January 2010 he quit a plum job at Facebook to create its antithesis: a private, mobile-only network dubbed Path that connected you to a handful of close family and friends.

Social Media Usage Up 800% For U.S. Online Adults In Just 8 Years – Who remembers 2005? Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith was in theaters and while you may have heard of Facebook FB +3.02%, you had no clue what a Tweet was. Oh how times have changed for since the year 2005, the number of online U.S. adults who use social media sites has risen from 8% to 72% as it currently stands in the year 2013.

Career Center

How to Tell If You Are a Bad Employee – Experts recommend that all employees do regular career self-assessments that include feedback from co-workers, bosses, customers, vendors and even family and friends.

A Harvard Case Study: Gender Equity – A business school program intended to create an environment where women could thrive brought improvements, but also resentment and uncertainty.

Flex care: Centers increasingly offer flexibility on child care – Faith and Joseph Thomas were working parents in their 20s and stretched to the limit. Faith had an unpredictable schedule — 10- to 12-hour days — as a salesperson for media firms. Joseph, an engineer, traveled out of state for weeks at a time setting up biodiesel plants.

7 Companies Where Creative People Thrive – If you have creativity in your blood, there’s nothing worse than working in an environment that stifles your out-of-the-box thinking—and nothing better than finding a company that’s built by and for people just like you.

7 Ways to Kick Off the Fall Stress-Free – Your lunchtime outings were longer and sunnier during the summer months, making for a nice break from work stress. But that’s when sounds of silence in the corner office were deafening. Summertime has made a graceful exit, and here we are, kicking off what is arguably the busiest time of the business calendar.


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Portland overstated benefits for controversial River View purchase, state review team decided – Nearly 2 1/2 years ago, the Portland City Council decided to spend $6 million from sewer and stormwater funds to help buy a 146-acre hillside, overlooking the Willamette River, for a new nature park.

Underserved – Portland officials say a besieged OLCC won’t crack down.

Vote on Portland arts tax still needed – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who once seemed determined to fix the city’s arts tax, now appears content to ignore its problems. At his direction, city staff this summer proposed a number of changes that would make the tax less regressive. After several weeks of consideration, however, the mayor was won over by Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s argument in favor of the status quo. The tax will remain as it is.


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Plot of land fuels conspiracy talk – At last week’s Clark County commissioner meeting, more than 20 people showed up to ask commissioners not to sell a 10-acre plot of land in Felida designated to become a future county park.

Mayor’s group wants to capitalize on Valley agribusiness – Salem Mayor Anna Peterson contends that one of the city’s greatest opportunities has been at its feet.

Creswell nears skydiver deal – A settlement between the city and Eugene Skydivers owner Urban Moore is on course toward finalization

Homeowners feeling the pinch from renters – Eugene proposes a different set of rules for growth near campus

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Costs Rise for New Homes, and Their Land – Land brokers and development companies in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are reporting that after years of no growth, the price of land is increasing rapidly.

Mayor to gay couples: ‘I want to marry you In Minneapolis’ – Weddings are big business, and the mayor of Minneapolis is targeting a lucrative new market, asking gay couples from across the Midwest to take advantage of Minnesota’s month-old same-sex marriage law and hold nuptials in his city.

Problem Solver: Passing through Tollway proves costly – An Ohio resident thought he had paid his missed tolls over the course of a 5,000+ mile trip. He hadn’t.

Rest of the Union


A Hideaway Where ‘Out in the Ozarks’ Has Multiple Meanings – Tucked in the Missouri Ozarks is a place where gay men are unabashedly celebratory: Cactus Canyon Campground, a 700-acre, clothing optional, all-male retreat.

How a small debt becomes a big problem – A Post investigation finds that out-of-town investors buy D.C. tax liens, tack on hefty fees and, in many cases, move to seize homes.

De Blasio Pushes on Land Use – Bill de Blasio has risen to the top of the polls assailing the Bloomberg administration, but if elected he could pursue even more aggressive policies on creating densely packed new residential towers through land-use decisions.

Lessons Learned: States Focus on Rainy Day Funds, Smaller Workforces – The Great Recession taught states that they should set aside plenty of money for a rainy day. It also gave them a crash course in providing services with fewer people—a lesson they are being forced to put into practice even as the crisis slowly recedes.