09.24.13 Your Morning Buzz

BlackBerry’s dwindling users ponder an uncertain future

High 5

Why Cops and Prosecutors Are Begging iPhone Users to Upgrade to iOS 7 – The new operating system might reduce iPhone thefts.

Pension Liabilities May Play Bigger Role in Ratings – Moody’s proposes making pension liabilities a bigger factor in bond ratings, which may lead cities to make better financial decisions.

Hypocrisy in the USA: States Boss Around Localities – One minute, states are complaining about the federal government meddling in their business. The next, they’re imposing dictatorial mandates on localities.

Bad Urban Planning Is Why You’re Fat – What you put in your mouth can make you fat. But so can the way your neighborhood is designed.

Struggling, San Jose Tests a Way to Cut Benefits – The city that calls itself the capital of Silicon Valley is planning to cut pensions and other benefits to fight its escalating fiscal woes, and other municipalities are watching.

50 Nifty

10 Questions with One of Obamacare’s Architects – On the eve of the implementation of one of Obamacare’s most significant provisions, Governing spoke to Harvard economist David Cutler.

Maryland Procurement Gets More In Line With Stable, In-State Employment – Maryland has taken a big step toward refining its procurement process. Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday signed an executive order that requires state agencies to consider contractors that participate in registered apprenticeship programs and encourage hiring in priority areas.

Electeds

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Lobbyists cheer plan to jam Dems by linking debt hike to tax reform – K Street insiders say the move by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to include tax reform deadlines in a debt-ceiling bill could be the game-changer they need to get legislation moving in Congress.

Poll: Cory Booker lead shrinks – Booker topped his Republican opponent Steve Lonegan 53 percent to 41 percent in the Quinnipiac poll of likely voters. An August poll from Quinnipiac, conducted before the primary, had Booker up by 25 over Lonegan among registered voters in the expected head-to-head race.

How to Beat Hillary Clinton – Joe Hagan’s cover story peeks inside Hillary Clinton’s proto-campaign, and one of the most interesting things that emerges is the underlying awareness of vulnerability among her supporters. Six months ago, Clinton was a quasi incumbent dominating the field.

Female voters help vault McAuliffe into lead in Va. – The Democrat leads GOP competitor Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race, a Post/Abt-SRBI poll shows, a flip from Cuccinelli’s 10-point lead this spring.

The Social Network

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9 Manufacturers Doing It Right on Twitter – Manufacturing has long been associated with orange vests, factory conveyor lines and big machinery. Most people are oblivious to the industry’s wide-casting net of sectors, jobs and companies that fit under the “manufacturing” category — electronics, transportation, telecommunications and construction — but life would be far more difficult without them.

4 WAYS TO CURE YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL “DISTRACTION ADDICTION” – You don’t have to purge technology from your life; Alex Soojung-Kim Pang argues that you can get the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul. Here’s how.

Facebook’s Focus: Smart Talent Practices (the Smarter, the Better) – Yesterday, I covered the first 11 of the smart talent management practices at Facebook. Today in Part 2, I’ll cover 13 more best practices that you can learn a lot from.

Data Analysis and the Promise of Speedy Government – Combining data with new analytics techniques can help governments react nimbly and purposefully.

Career Center

Why Our Kids Need Play, Now More Than Ever – Unstructured time allows children to develop creativity and empathy. But too often, it’s missing from the schedule.

WHY WE’RE MORE CREATIVE WHEN WE’RE TIRED, AND 9 OTHER SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT HOW BRAINS WORK – YOU MAY BE HARDWIRED AS AN INTROVERT OR AN EXTROVERT. BUT DON’T WORRY, THERE ARE WAYS TO CHANGE HOW OUR BRAINS WORK.

Jeff Skoll On How He Uses The Power Of Storytelling To Push For Change – For his whole philanthropic career, the eBay co-founder has harnessed compelling narrative to help inform and inspire a better future.

WILL SAYING “LIKE” ALL THE TIME, LIKE, RUIN YOUR CAREER? PROBABLY NOT, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD SAY IT ALL THE TIME. AN EXPLORATION OF THE WORTH OF WORDS–AND WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR YOUR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT.

Portlandia

C-Tran light-rail plan is likely Tuesday – A proposed financing plan for annual operations and maintenance of light rail will likely be released Tuesday by C-Tran, just as a longtime critic of the Columbia River Crossing has raised new doubt about projections.

Cornelius leaders work to design future town center – The think, dotted black line represents Cornelius’ town center boundary. Inside, the u-shaped area marked by black dashes is the city’s main street district.

Tigard voters will decide if they should approve high-capacity transit – Tigard voters would have a say in the city updating certain regulations to allow for light rail or a rapid bus system under a measure on the March ballot.

Beaverton City Council to vote on contract for public safety building design – The Beaverton City Council is set to vote on a proposed $415,000 contract with an architecture firm to design an updated public safety building.

Cascadia

Backyard hens back on the agenda – When Salem approved its backyard hen ordinance three years ago, Janine Wood couldn’t wait to build a coop.

Former port director to lead CREDC -The retired director of the Port of Vancouver has been named interim president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council.

Washougal OKs amended deal for Hambleton site -Opinions mixed at hearing on plan to develop site

Clark Public Utilities to consider CEO salary bump – Clark Public Utilities commissioners on Tuesday morning are expected to discuss the job performance of the utility’s CEO and general manager, Wayne Nelson, and to consider bumping up his pay.

Auditor raps Vancouver’s knuckles – A summary of findings, released Monday by State Auditor Troy Kelley, didn’t say the city lost any equipment, only it “did not maintain adequate records to support that it had performed a physical inventory as required.”

City OKs homeless camps – If the first 15-person site works out, others could be added on lots approved by the City Council

Ex-Lane official won’t be charged – An outside prosecutor will not pursue the case against a recently fired county administrator

Apple eyes more land, Prineville data center expansion – The first of two, 338,000-square-foot data centers Apple plans in Prineville. This photo is from February. The company has not said when it plans to open the facility, but is already eyeing an expansion.

Church’s worry over light rail draws in president of Latvia – Members of the Latvian Lutheran Evangelical Church near Northgate fear a Sound Transit light-rail alignment might displace their church. On Sunday, the president of Latvia visited the church and added his support to the congregation.

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Detroit’s Casino-Tax Dollars Become Big Issue in Bankruptcy Case – An insurer has filed a lawsuit, trying to block a deal Detroit reached over interest-rate swaps.

Poll: 85% of Detroiters give thumbs-down to Bing, 75% to Snyder, 62% to Orr – The City of Detroit is on the wrong track. The bankruptcy was a bad idea. And those in charge are doing a lousy job at fixing things.

Woodbury shedding ethnically homogeneous image – The city’s population boom was driven in part by the influx of minorities drawn to high-paying jobs in the area.