10.03.13 Your Morning Buzz

Government shutdown just one big joke on the Internet

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New ELGL Members

SafeBuilt – Organizational Member: Connect: Twitter and World Wide Web

Carla Capasso-Berg, Keller Graduate School of Management, Student

Jonathan Pape, Augustana College, Student

John Noblitt, City of Lindsay (OK), City Manager, Connect: LinkedIn

#ELGL13 Updates

Government Shutdown

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Boehner could end the shutdown now, but he’s got his eyes on a bigger threat – The House speaker may survive one vote relying on Democrats, but two would leave him on political life support.

In Showdown With G.O.P., a Scrappy Reid Plays Hardball – Convinced he has no viable Republican partners on either side of the Capitol, Senator Harry Reid has used aggressive tactics to try to force his opponents to crack.

Full Coverage of Shutdown’s Impact on States – For comprehensive and ongoing coverage of the federal shutdown on state and local governments, agencies and employees, look no further.

As Government Slugs It Out, Government Workers Take It on the Chin – Federal workers say they feel like collateral damage in the continuing fiscal and ideological wars between the White House and its political rivals.

In Shutdown City, workers wait and ask: Now what? The suddenly unemployed find ways to fill the unfamiliar hours, ideally without cash.

Closed, but just technically – Barricades around memorials and parks weren’t doing much to keep visitors out.

High 5

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Why Hemp is Making a Comeback – Hemp – a substance that can’t get you high but can be used to make products like paper and plastic – was banned along with marijuana because they have a similar chemical make-up. As states legalize pot, even more are legalizing

Can (and Should) States Regulate the Internet? – Doing what Congress failed to do, California became the first state to require websites to let minors delete what they post on social media. But the new law has already ignited a heated debate.

Facebook’s Company Town – Facebook’s plans to build a 394-unit housing community near its offices conjure up memories of so-called “company towns” at the turn of the 20th century.

How to Make the Public Sector Appealing to San Francisco’s ‘Brightest Minds’ – The idea resonated with Mewawalla, who earlier this year, after a spin through the White House himself, joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Office of Civic Innovation. But left undetailed by Obama was how, exactly, do you convince the brightest minds to sign up to solve government’s biggest challenges? Moreover, how do you do it in San Francisco, when the minds you really want are hot commodities in the country’s hottest technology market?

The Cities Most At Risk To Be Destroyed By Earthquakes, Floods, And Storms – The good news: more people than ever are moving into densely built, sustainable urban centers. The bad news: many of these cities are at grave risk of disruptive natural disasters.

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Sometimes When Violence Strikes, It Can Be Easy to Overlook What Went Right – A stabbing attack in New York’s Riverside Park acts as a reminder about the way cities really work.

A Trip Inside Philadelphia’s Abandoned Subway Station – Closed for over 20 years, SEPTA’s old Spring Garden station has become a “mecca” for local graffiti artists and urban explorers.

Grove developer, LACMA study feasibility of Fairfax trolley – Months after floating the idea of a trolley that would connect the landmarks of the Fairfax neighborhood, billionaire developer Rick Caruso has teamed with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to study whether such a transit option could really work in the trendy part of town.

Oakland turns to crowdfunding to combat skyrocketing crime – While Chicago may be the murder capital of America, Oakland residents have raised thousands of dollars to make sure their city doesn’t become the robbery equivalent.

Investors dive into Oakland Coliseum City plan – Two investors plan to dive into Oakland’s Coliseum project, a major transformation of the city’s pro sports stadiums and surrounding area, but it’s unclear when the project could move forward or how much money the investors intend to put in.

Watch Amtrak’s Trains Move Along Their Routes in Real Time – The useful, clean, and customer-friendly service lets anyone follow how fast a train is moving at any given time.

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How Social Networks Explain Violence in Chicago – In a new video, a Yale sociologist shows how relationships spread risk.

Three Tips for Tackling Social Media – Facebook, Twitter and other social-media platforms are crucial tools for attracting and retaining customers. Here’s a guide for getting started.

As F.B.I. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm – Unsealed documents show a tech entrepreneur’s refusal to give the F.B.I. broad access to data on users of Lavabit, his secure e-mail service, one of whom was Edward Snowden.

How to Optimize Your Profile Photos Across Social Media – Choosing your social media profile photos is an important task. They represent the physical you in the online world, while providing an all-important first impression to anyone viewing your profile.

How LinkedIn and Google+ gave away the alleged owner of the internet’s largest drug market – This is how your social media activity gives you away. Ross William Ulbricht was arrested this afternoon in San Francisco for, among other things, conspiracy to “violate the narcotics law of the United States.”


Dicey deal approved in narrow votes – State lawmakers pass a package of bills that trim public worker pension costs and increase some taxes

Fallout for G.O.P. Candidate Where Shutdown Pain Is Acute – The first gauge of the shutdown’s political fallout might play out in Virginia, where a Republican, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, faces Terry McAuliffe for governor.

Garcetti sets out to rebuild ties with L.A.’s business leaders -L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti embraces the City Hall agenda of the area’s Chamber of Commerce while touting his efforts to speed the city’s economic recovery.

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Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law – Because some states are not expanding Medicaid, two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and a majority of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance will not benefit from the new health law.

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? Hint: The answer has more to do with “The Big Bang Theory” than with old theories about men’s so-called natural aptitude.

5 tips to land last-minute media coverage – Try as we might, deadlines speed up, notice time shortens, and account needs never end. We must stay professional, keep cool and get results despite the ever-changing, less-than-ideal reality.


Q&A: Washington County vehicle-registration fee – Washington County has been discussing the possible adoption of a vehicle-registration fee for road maintenance. Here are the key questions.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s plan to move homeless camp to Pearl District turns political – City Commissioner Amanda Fritz brokered the deal to relocate the 70 or so campers who’ve made West Burnside Street their home to a city-owned, out-of-the-way parking lot beneath the Broadway Bridge, ending a lawsuit against taxpayers in the process.

Sherwood camping ban, with anti-Walmart roots, back to staff for final touches – The only one that remains is a ban on overnight camping on private areas open to the public. City councilors sent the law back to city staff Tuesday Oct. 1 for further refinement.

Multnomah County Chair Marissa Madrigal gets more duties with chief operating officer’s departure – County Chair Marissa Madrigal‘s hands-on role in day-to-day business is about to increase after the departure of the county’s chief operating officer.

Commissioner Steve Novick’s hook falters after pirate day, as battle looms: Portland City Hall Roundup – Normally, such things wouldn’t be news. But it was just a couple weeks ago that Novick — born without part of his left arm and known for using a hook for a hand — playfully called himself “Left Hook Novick” as part of a letter to commemorate National Talk Like a Pirate Day.


Faded Dreams of Riches Drive Pursuit of a Fungus – Each fall, an army of buyers and pickers descends on Chemult, Ore., to hunt matsutake mushrooms, which no longer fetch the high prices they once did.

Mayoral debate: Leavitt, Turlay spar on jobs, CRC – Light rails also a point of contention heading into November election

Civic Stadium back on block – The Eugene school board chairwoman says it is “a bit premature” to consider how proceeds will be spent

City fires Barkovic after his arrest – The prosecutor’s refusal to take an alcohol breath test was a factor in his firing

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Emanuel’s fog machine throws a few cogs – Privatization deals, like the one that just collapsed at the Port of Chicago, are complicated suckers, as City Hall keeps reminding me.

The Agony of Suspense in Detroit – The Detroit Institute of Arts is struggling with gnawing uncertainty as it confronts the threat that works could be sold off to pay billions owed by the city.

Wisconsin Refuses Federal Directive to Close Some Parks – The park service ordered state officials to close the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine, Devil’s Lake, and Interstate state parks and the state-owned portion of the Horicon Marsh, but state authorities rebuffed the request because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.

Michigan Faces Its Own ‘Shutdown’ over Obamacare Medicaid Expansion – Michigan’s Republican-led Senate on Tuesday rejected a Democrat-sponsored resolution seeking to end the legislative year three months early in order to allow for expanded Medicaid eligibility by January 1.

Boomers face downsizing dilemma in Indianapolis – Baby boomers in recent decades built tens of thousands of houses in the suburbs with plenty of space to raise children.