09.25.13 Your Morning Buzz

Watch Ted Cruz Read Every Word of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ on the Senate Floor

It’s Wednesday Morning and Ted Cruz Is Still Talking

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The Lockdown Generation – When I was growing up, the threat of nuclear attack was always in the background. Now it’s mass shootings.

The Billion-Dollar Plan to Relocate One City’s Entire Downtown – Mining damage is forcing Kiruna, Sweden, to pick up and move — two miles east.

The Surprising Key to Making Transit-Oriented Development Work– Turns out quality matters less than government support.

A funny thing in foreclosure country – Fresh construction and empty houses only a few miles apart in Las Vegas, where new housing makes some nervous

A Star Architect Leaves Some Clients Fuming – The architect Santiago Calatrava is collecting critics, who say his building projects have been plagued by rising costs and errors.

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The Warming Climate Could Scorch America’s West – Globe-spanning belts of moisture are gradually moving north, spelling droughts for a bunch of new regions, say researchers.

San Francisco Debates a Proposal to Limit Where Dogs Can Roam – Dog owners in the city are protesting proposed rules that they say drastically limit where the animals can romp without a leash in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

In Corner of Arkansas, Frustration but No Panic Over Possible Shutdown – Residents of northwestern Arkansas see the turmoil over a possible debt default as the new normal of Washington rather than a seminal political moment likely to affect their lives.

Planning expert: Suburban sprawl is the fast food of economic development – Local governments are embracing a money-losing proposition when they embrace suburban sprawl-style development, he added, because it often costs more to deliver utility, police, fire and other services than such properties give back to local government via tax revenues.

In Mayor’s Race, Transplants Galore – The odds are against another native mayor. Nineteen people are in the running to appear on the mayoral ballot next month, but only Councilman David Alvarez — whose local roots grabbed the spotlight last week — fits the born-and-bred-here criteria. At least three were born outside of the country, according to the docs they filed with the city clerk.


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Rep. Steve Southerland believes in hard work. And that’s what he got. Convincing Congress to require adults to work or volunteer to receive food stamps is the Florida Republican’s toughest job yet.

Democrats see shutdown threat as 2014 opening – Democrats say Republicans’ bid to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded could help the party hold the Senate or even retake the House.

Online sales tax resurfaces in Congress — this time, without a small-business exemption – Four months after the Senate approved a controversial bill requiring online merchants to start collecting sales tax, a pair of lawmakers have opened the debate in the House, but with one major change from the original legislation — no exemption for small businesses.

Public can weigh in on Ore. special session issues – Members of the public can speak to key state lawmakers on Thursday and Friday about the issues to be considered in a special session of the Legislature.

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How ‘The New Yorker’ Cover Became Twitter Gold – Twenty years later, topical New Yorker covers are no longer so rare. Monday morning brings a Barry Blitt drawing of the soon-to-end television show Breaking Bad’s Walter White happening upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad down in his chemical laboratory.

The 6 Best Tools for Making Memes – Love them, hate them or flat out don’t understand them at all, memes are here to stay — at least for the foreseeable future. Immortalized on Reddit, the most popular memes spread through the web like a weird, low-resolution wildfire.


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Why the Poor Don’t Work, According to the Poor – Few say it’s because they can’t find jobs. But is that a reason to take away their food stamps?

To Address Gender Gap, Is It Enough to Lean In? The gender gap in pay and work force participation harms not only women, but the economy as well.

Celebrate National Punctuation Day by Avoiding These 5 Common Mistakes – Today is National Punctuation Day. To celebrate this prestigious occasion, the PR News editors put our heads together and came up with our top punctuation pet peeves. Avoid these gaffes (and stay on our good side).

Is It Ever OK To Go Over Your Boss’ Head? While some employers like to boast that they’re “flat” organizations, the reality is, all of us report to someone at the end of the day. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a boss that knows what he or she’s doing and will become a great mentor and ally for you.

Is It Cool to Work for Yahoo Now? Perhaps that’s the point. In the Marissa Mayer era, Yahoo is transforming its image as an out-of-touch ’90s relic, reworking its flagship web products — Yahoo.com, Yahoo News, Yahoo Mail and more — for the current decade.



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Study: TriMet ‘Blue Line’ Biggest Real Estate Investment In Country – The Blue Line — TriMet’s light rail route from Gresham to Hillsboro  — attracted the biggest real estate investments of any surface transit system in the country, according to a new study out Tuesday. But the study also finds that rapid bus lines can garner similar returns, with far less transit spending than light rail.

Clackamas County commissioners letting Boring, Metro figure out how to deal with possible secession – A 10-foot pole might be a stretch, but the Clackamas County commissioners are trying to stay well enough away from Boring’s discussions on seceding from Metro.

Auditors find personnel problems at agency that employs Portland building inspectors – A new city audit of inspectors for the Portland Bureau of Development Services found there are underperformers who conduct far fewer inspections than others, and that the agency fails to conduct performance reviews after inspectors complete their first six months on the job.

Washington County commissioners propose $30 vehicle registration fee, table North Bethany slopes – The commissioners voted for a draft of the ordinance that would include a $30 fee for vehicles and a $17 fee for motorcycles. The ordinance will be subject to public discussions in the next weeks.


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Camas administrator takes ‘indefinite’ leave of absence – The city of Camas today announced that City Administrator Nina Regor is taking an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons.

Google wins OK from The Dalles, Wasco County for data center tax exemptions – Wasco County commissioners and The Dalles city council have each voted unanimously in favor of a package of tax exemptions for a new Google data center.

Veneta fiber optics expanding – The city is adding to its existing network to service a call center that is expected to bring up to 180 jobs

Modoc County joins Siskiyou County in voting to secede from California – Modoc County supervisors voted to join Siskiyou County in passing a resolution calling for secession, according to the Redding Record-Searchlight.  The resolution cites the “increasing tendency by the State of California to exercise legislative and fiscal malfeasance” and “assaults upon Second Amendment rights.”

Redmond dangles $500,000 downtown ‘prize’ – A half-million dollar lure is hanging over downtown Redmond, and community leaders hope a new business will come in and snag it.

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CINCINNATI: BRIDGING DOWNTOWN AND THE SUBURBS – These schemes include a citywide form-based code, a $130-million streetcar system, the gentrification of two key neighborhoods adjacent to downtown, and a plan to privatize the city’s parking meters in exchange for a $92 million windfall.

IN-DEPTH: Trails could be hub of activities and economic growth – Other cities have found routes enhance health and quality of life. They can also attract business and talent.

Show of faith in downtown – $71 million development to be Ash Brokerage’s HQ•Project expected to be completed by Aug. 2015•Cindy’s Diner moving to make way for project. Venture unites business, retail, residential uses

DIA’s Beal vows to protect treasures – When it became apparent last spring that Detroit’s bankruptcy posed a mortal threat to the Detroit Institute of Arts, many, like his wife, figured the 66-year-old museum director would be justified in quietly tendering his resignation. But those who thought Beal would cut and run don’t know the man.

West Shoreway conversion to boulevard with Lake Erie access gets funding, is set to begin in the spring –  A decade-long push to link Cleveland’s West Side to the lakefront has the final piece of funding to complete the project.