09.30.13 Your Morning Buzz

Poll: GOP to blame for government shutdown

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Boston’s New App Rewards Citizens for Reporting Problems – For cities searching for ways to use mobile technology effectively, Boston’s latest app offers a case study on how to do it right. It’s transforming the citizen/government relationship.

On brink of shutdown, all quiet at Capitol – With no negotiations and neither the House nor the Senate in session, the next move belongs to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has vowed to reject measures the House approved when lawmakers return to vote Monday.

How Washington went topless – In hindsight, it was kind of a silly thing to do. Planners were the first to promote the idea of lopping off the tops of Washington’s buildings at 130 feet. “A city,” they said, “is like a well-manicured lawn. Ours must be mown.” They tried other metaphors, too: “Imagine the city as a delicious sheet cake, with the monuments as birthday candles, but not burning birthday candles obviously.”

Newly Declassified Documents Show How the Surveillance State was Born – Almost no one noticed when the book was quietly released this summer. It has perhaps the most benumbing title in publishing history. Yet inside this volume of previously confidential legal opinions is the story of how the surveillance state grew into a monster.

52% want bullet train stopped, poll finds – California voters are showing signs of buyer’s remorse over the $68-billion bullet train project, poll find

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Denver City Council looks to pass 5-cent bag fee for stores in city – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says he doesn’t like the proposal and has hinted he may issue the first veto in his two years as mayor to kill the idea.

Durham’s DIY district turns another corner – The area has been dubbed the “do-it-yourself” district by the scrappy business owners who built their visions from nothing amid a struggling economy. Now, the area is turning yet another corner.

U.S. Justice Department suit aims to stop NC voter ID law – The U.S. Department of Justice will file a lawsuit Monday to stop North Carolina’s new voter ID law, which critics have said is the most sweeping law of its kind, according to a person briefed on the department’s plans.

In Florida, the Front Lines of a High-Pitched, Bite-Size War – Fears of dengue fever — an outbreak occurred this summer in Florida’s Martin County — have given added urgency to the effort to control mosquitoes.

Urban design for downtown grocery success – Declaring the “decade of downtown,” the mayor’s office is educating residents and real estate developers about the value of redeveloping the urban core toward the goal of a long-term sustainable city.

Electeds

Shutdown could be ‘tsunami’ for D.C. – More than 700,000 federal jobs could be affected by a closure, and the Washington area could lose up to $200 million a day if the zoo, museums and other government-funded attractions are shuttered.

Can Online News Outlets Help Fill Statehouse Reporting’s Void? Some worry that the drop in the number of reporters covering state capitals and the slow death of print media are making public officials and institutions less accountable.

Populist Left Makes Warren Its Hot Ticket – Senator Elizabeth Warren, a powerful Democratic fund-raiser who has seized on economic issues, says she is not interested in seeking the presidency.

Reid spearheads strategy – He is taking a no-compromise stance.

Boehner’s pivotal moment – It’s the biggest crisis of his speakership.

Special session bargain put to test – The governor may well achieve his goal on public pension cuts

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Samsung Reminds Apple That It Released Gold Smartphones First – When competing for the global smartphone crown a company can’t afford to allow its competitors, or the general public, to detect any lack of confidence in its own wares.

Tumblr Makes First Appearance Before the Supreme Court – One of the world’s most solemn institutions recently met one of the web’s silliest sites — seriously. Justices and GIFs came together when, for the first time, a Tumblr page featured prominently in a brief presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Career Center

Federal workers turn to prayer and preparedness – The threat of an extended loss of pay is hitting a workforce already battered by furloughs and a three-year wage freeze.

How to Be a Rock Star at an Uninspiring Job – As a recent college graduate, I spent a little over a year “learning the ropes” in an entry-level position at a thriving international nonprofit. I believed in the mission and learned so much about the industry by watching others—but as the Grants and Contracts Coordinator, I sometimes felt left out of the action.

Poll: Most will get health insurance – Two-thirds of uninsured Americans say they will get insurance once the Obamacare mandate kicks in.

5 PROFOUND INSIGHTS ON SUCCESS FROM A WHARTON PROF DEVOTED TO UNDERSTANDING IT – WHEN WHARTON BUSINESS SCHOOL PROFESSOR RICHARD SHELL WAS FACED WITH A LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS, HE WAS FORCED TO THINK ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE. WHAT WAS SUCCESS TO HIM? SINCE THEN, SHELL HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO HELPING FOLKS FIND TRUE MEANING IN THEIR OWN LIVES AND WORK.

Portlandia

Permit streamlines filmmaking in Clackamas County – City adopts version of one-stop permit covering public property Making a film in Wilsonville just got a bit more formal.

Portland Radio Project, an online radio station, bucks trend by going local – Portland Radio Project, a new online radio station, aims to capture the growing popularity of internet listening by bucking a trend. More and more commercial radio stations downplay local coverage, but PRP plans to go in the opposite direction.

Josh Fuhrer resigns from Gresham City Council to pursue city post – He said he’s stepping down to “ensure a fair, transparent selection process” for job of director of the Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal Area. His resignation is effective immediately.

Library director Hummel resigns post – Will pursue other opportunities after leaving job Oct. 7 Canby Public Library Director Penny Hummel has tendered her resignation.

Cascadia

Report: More homes are built in Oregon forestland – The number of homes in Oregon’s forestland is increasing, according to a new report from the state Forestry Department and the U.S. Forest Service.

Realtors, firefighters endorse Leavitt for mayor  Groups also backing Burkman, Topper, McEnerny-Ogle

WA: Yakima Council Meeting to Discuss Transit Route Changes – The Yakima City Council will consider cutting bus service west of 72nd Avenue and other cost-saving moves as the city continues to shore up its public transit budget.

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A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories – Factories are finding that years of doing business overseas has withered what once was a thriving textile and apparel work force in the United States.

Chicago Fights Gang Violence with Facebook – After experiencing a homicide rate that earned it international attention last year, Chicago is upending the traditional style of policing and using social networks to rank people’s likelihood of killing and being killed.

Getting Around: Bus rapid transit for Ashland Avenue hits road bump in Chicago – Critics raise traffic, funding questions about $160 million bus rapid transit proposal