10.08.13 Your Morning Buzz

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Operation Government Shutdown

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Shutdown seen as lesser threat to U.S. economy – A default on the national debt could be catastrophic, but the government shutdown is unlikely to do lasting damage, economists say.

A G.O.P. Moderate in the Middle of a Jam – Defying the party line, Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania is urging Speaker John A. Boehner to allow a vote on a budget bill without conditions.

Little Fear on Wall Street of U.S. Defaulting on Its Debt – The relative calm on Wall Street is worrying some investors, who fear the markets will not signal to politicians the true danger of hitting the debt ceiling until it is too late.

Shutdown — ‘A pox on everybody’s house’ – While polls show that more people blame Republicans than Democrats, the margin is not so lopsided that GOP leaders feel compelled to back down.

Bend rafters stymied by government shutdown – The government shutdown has been affecting everything from the FAA to the Forest Service and the National Park Service — and as a result, a Bend couple’s dream rafting trip in the Grand Canyon, in the works for years, is jeopardized.

D.C. Is Just As Drunk As You Think It Is – Hill bartenders say that members of Congress were sitting around getting their buzz on before they decided to go shut the government down.

This cancer patient’s treatment is on hold because of the shutdown – Michelle Langbehn is among the estimated 200 patients a week that are being turned away from clinical trials at the NIH. “If I had a message, it would be that lives are at stake.”


High 5

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Veto in California Halts Bill for Jury Duty by Noncitizens – After signing into law several bills expanding immigrant rights, Gov. Jerry Brown drew the line at allowing noncitizens to serve on juries.

Worsening Debt Crisis Threatens Puerto Rico – Mired in debt, Puerto Rico has been effectively shut out of the bond market and is financing its operations with bank credit and other short-term measures.

Millennials Face Hurdles Entering Public Sector – To compete with the private sector and nonprofits these days, states and localities have to rethink their recruiting and hiring processes.

Mental Borders – Borders aren’t just barriers to the movement of people, goods, and services. They can prevent ideas from spreading as well. That’s the conclusion of recent paper published in Management Science by Jasjit Singh of Singapore’s INSEAD business school and Matt Marx of MIT.

Urban Outfitters Bringing 2,000 More Office Jobs to Philadelphia – Urban Outfitters, your local one-stop shop for cat-themed housewares and flannel shirts, is bringing another 2,000 jobs to Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawleyannounced Monday that the company, which was founded in the University City neighborhood, will expand its operations in the city.

50 Nifty

Could Bixi’s Financial Problems Affect Bike-Share in New York, D.C. and Beyond? – The Montréal company that supplies bicycles and docking stations for major U.S. cities is suffering from major cash flow issues.

The Incredible Rise of Stop and Frisk, in One Chart – In New York, stop and frisk grew from 97,296 stops in 2002 to 685,724 in 2011.

Frustrated Rural Colorado Counties Want to Secede as 51st State – Eleven rural Colorado counties are threatening to secede and have put a 51st state initiative on their November 5 ballots, claiming that the government has no respect for their rural lifestyles.

Maryland Says It Has 326 Enrollees in Health Exchange – The state of Maryland says it has thousands of people interested in buying health insurance on its new state-run exchange, but only 326 so far have actually enrolled in new coverage.



New ‘kitchen table’ survey looks to improve state economic aid: Oregon politics today – OK, here’s a wonky state government story to chew on, but it contains just enough gristle to be of interest beyond what passes for a Beltway in Oregon.

Kitzhaber stands by plan for Oregon to regulate genetically modified crops – Environmental groups say they’ll hold Gov. John Kitzhaber to promises he made during last week’s debate about who should regulate genetically modified crops.

For a Skilled Fund-Raiser, Lhota Looks to Home – After years of being a fund-raiser and philanthropist, Tamra Roberts Lhota has a new role as a candidate’s wife, to Joseph J. Lhota, a Republican in the mayoral race.

What We Can Learn from New Hampshire Politics – The Granite State has a unique governmental structure that ultimately gives residents more power than state representatives.

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Career Center

U.S. Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Mothers, and No One Knows Why – Medical advances have prolonged life expectancy, but women in parts of the country have been left behind.

Make the Most of Your Lunch Hour – The best way to recharge at work doesn’t involve fantasy football or online shopping.

A Tiny Pronoun Says a Lot About You – Researchers say that your usage of the pronoun ‘I’ says more about you than you may realize.

U.S. Adults Fare Poorly in a Study of Skills – Americans lagged behind Japan and Finland in math and technical skills needed for a modern workplace.

Building an Effective Hiring Process – Metal Mafia founder Vanessa Nornberg talks about the importance of designing an extensive hiring process that includes multiple steps and practical tests.


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Citizen commission approves construction of new reservoir and pipeline extension in Lake Oswego – The project will require the removal of 177 trees, city staff said.

C-Tran contract brings swift reaction – When C-Tran leaders last month approved a contract with TriMet to operate light rail in Clark County, the reaction was swift.

Milwaukie Police Chief Bob Jordan announces retirement – Jordan, 62, has served as chief since 2008, following a 28-year career with the FBI, last serving as special agent in charge for Oregon.


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Bellingham mayor plans for balanced 2014 budget – Mayor Kelli Linville has presented City Council with a proposed 2014 city budget with revenues that match spending for the first time since the start of the recession.

Flood mitigation plan credited for preventing flooding of US 101 near Seaside – A levee on the west bank of the Neacanicum River was removed earlier this year (the opposite side of the river as viewed in this photograph) allowing flood water to flow onto a natural floodplain, shown here in the background during heavy rains last month.

Council votes to broaden homeless parking program – Springfield churches and businesses now may allow up to three vehicles to camp overnight

Creswell councilor resigns – O’Connell, who clashed openly with former Mayor Bob Hooker and former councilors often, said the controversy “was inevitable because I worked for the people, and our former administration did not.”

Residents speak out on transportation issues – As Washington lawmakers gear up once again to consider a transportation package in Olympia, a group of them listened on Monday to what Southwest Washington residents had to say about their transportation needs

A taxing time – Stressed by rising costs and a shrinking tax base, River Road Park asks voters for help

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With rising political power, Somali community may get first City Council representative – Abdi Warsame, 35, seems poised to become the Minneapolis City Council member representing the 6th Ward.

Detroiters Living Amid Ruins Resist Moving as City Reorganizes – On both sides of Dorothy Wafer’s Detroit home sit rows of crumbling houses among trash-strewn lots. A body was found in a car down the street last month, and there was an attempted rape, she said.

Detroit Faces Millions in Bills for Bankruptcy – The city has been charged more than $19.1 million by the firms and people hired to sort through the bankruptcy.