09.27.13 Your Morning Buzz

White House says it isn’t behind ‘Adorable Care Act’

It’s true. 

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#ELGL13 Updates

High 5

A federal employee’s request: Fire me. And my colleagues. An unsuccessful battle to have Congress scuttle the Denali Commission in Alaska shows the enduring power of pork.

Are Casinos Still a Safe Bet? Delaware lost revenue when its neighboring states opened their own casinos — something that’s happening around the nation. But some argue that even with more competition and less profit, states are still winning.

How to Bring Economies Back After a Natural Disaster – Rebuilding is never just a matter of putting back structures.

Why Century City Ranks Among the Worst Real Estate Deals in Hollywood History – Today, it is hard to imagine Los Angeles, and Hollywood in particular, without Century City. The town’s apex of wheeling-and-dealing, the 260-acre area just east of the 405 is now home to the glittery headquarters of entertainment companies, from top agencies like CAA to A-list law firms such as Ziffren Brittenham.

Bill Gates admits Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake, blames IBM – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has finally admitted that forcing users to press the Control-Alt-Delete key combination to log into a PC was a mistake. In an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign, Gates discusses his early days building Microsoft and the all-important Control-Alt-Delete decision.

50 Nifty

The Incredible History of San Francisco’s Coast, as Seen From the Air – Blood-colored evaporation ponds, smoldering toxic-waste dumps, a rusting fleet of military ghost ships – the Bay Area has it all.

Metro Rail extension for Medical Campus appears off track – Study sought for station at DL&W terminal

Unlikely Debate on Gay Rights in California Town – The issue of a gay pride month arose in June and has split the Central Valley farming community of Porterville ever since.

Reshaping the Clay of Santa Fe – Glints of glass and steel are appearing in the New Mexico desert alongside traditional adobe homes, but not everyone’s happy to see the wave of contemporary structures.


Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

No Clear Path On Shutdown – Congress’s rocky path to avoiding government shutdown became even rougher, as Boehner said the House wouldn’t accept the spending plan likely to emerge from the Senate.

Wendy Davis tells Democrats she’s in – Davis is expected to unveil her plans for governor next week.

The GOP should just do it – Shut down the government! Blow through the debt ceiling! Subject the United States to fiscal chaos or financial ruin if your party can’t get its way on unrelated ideological priorities!

“Too big, too powerful and too influential”—why British lawmakers are obsessed with Google The British Parliament today released a report called “Supporting the creative economy.” The title is snoozy but the proceedings are explosive. Google is mentioned 235 times over 70 pages of the report’s first volume (pdf), which runs to 422 pages (including witness testimony).

The Career Center

Cute baby elephants don’t let other cute baby elephants avoid visiting http://www.healthcare.gov. 

Job Market Embraces Massive Online Courses – Big employers are helping to design and fund the latest round of low-cost online courses, potentially opening the door for inexpensive credentials with real value in the job market.

How to Get Your Resume Past the System and Into Human Hands – Landing an interview for a position in a giant organization can feel impossible if you don’t have any personal connections. People often blame the sheer volume of resumes that are submitted — HR simply can’t review them all with enough detail to see what a perfect candidate you are.

Arizona, Texas Head List Of Best States For Expected Job Growth  The Great Recession had devastating effects across the U.S. and few places were as hard hit as Arizona. The state was booming on the strength of its tourism and real estate markets during the 2000s.

Recent Grad Finds Job Through Her Dad’s LinkedIn Account – Rachel Abady always knew she wanted a career that involves writing and video and says she was “absolutely determined to get it.”

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Visit www.healthcare.gov today!

Referencing a Tweet in an Academic Paper? Here’s a Citation Generator – Say you’re writing a paper on Twitter during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. How do you cite all those tweets you’ll be referencing?

Facebook Finally Lets You Edit Posts – If autocorrect has ever ruined your Facebook post, your prayers have been answered. Facebook introduced the ability to edit status updates starting Thursday.

America offline: Why 15 percent of U.S. adults don’t use the Internet – Everything from Facebook to YouTube to Reddit is completely foreign to 15 percent of Americans.



Get your ducks in a row—visit healthcare.gov to #GetCovered starting October 1st! 

C-Tran board approves light rail financing plan – C-Tran board approves light rail financing plan passes on a 5-4 vote.

Gresham considers safely levy – The city reports details on how much the levy will cost each individual are still being worked out. But Amy Lidstrom and her mother told KOIN 6 News that, whatever it is, it’s a price worth paying.

Hillsboro’s national search for police chief nets 61 applicants, most from out of state – Ten candidates are from Oregon, said Patrick Preston, a city spokesman. The rest hail from Washington, California, Colorado, Texas and a dozen other states.

New Clackamas County Administrator Don Krupp introduces himself to residents – New County Administrator Don Krupp shares his enthusiasm for the post he started Sept. 16 and introduces himself to Clackamas County residents.

Portland Council Examines Gun Control Ordinance – In 2010, the City of Portland adopted an ordinance that allows law enforcement to issue “hotspot exclusions” to people convicted of gun crimes.


Visit www.healthcare.gov today!

Mayor McGinn floats soft-drink tax to fund parks – At a mayoral forum sponsored by the Seattle Parks Foundation, Mayor Mike McGinn proposed a 1-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages as a way to support city parks.

Light rail may open early for U District and Capitol Hill – Sound Transit says the light-rail extension from downtown to Capitol Hill and the University District could get rolling several months early.

Report reveals some details of county probe – Lane County on Thursday released a heavily blacked-out copy of the investigative report into changes former county Administrator Liane Richardso

Timber industry suffers as loggers blame federal regs for lost jobs – The Rough and Ready Sawmill was an institution in southern Oregon for 91 years. Its lumber helped fuel the post-World War II building boom and settle the rural West. Now, it sits empty, the last of 22 mills in Josephine County to shut down for good, signaling the end of an era.

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For kittens & Americans alike. 

$300 Million in Detroit Aid, but No Bailout – The Obama administration’s proposal for federal and private aid for Detroit, only a fraction of the billions the city owes, reflects President Obama’s fiscal and political limits.

Judge Orders Pay for Illinois Lawmakers – Gov. Pat Quinn had suspended the state legislators’ pay over the summer after they ignored a deadline he set to address the state’s pension problems.

Many big cities face serious pension debt, report says – Analysis comes as Detroit’s emergency manager moves to freeze worker pensions.