10.12.13 Your Morning Buzz

Urban Dictionary: halloween-head

 

 

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Operation Government Shutdown

Masters of the Adorable Universe

GOP scrambles after Obama pans House plan – New drafts ask for an immediate reopening of government, funding at sequestration levels, and increasing the debt limit through Jan. 31, 2014.

Idle federal workers try to resist the siren song of the BlackBerry – For many furloughed employees, the smartphone is a symbol of the work they yearn to do but can’t.

Think the Shutdown Doesn’t Affect You? Try Applying For a Mortgage – The government shutdown in Washington has been messing with the housing market in some maddeningly invisible ways. If you’re trying to apply for a home loan right now under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural housing program, for example, you’re out of luck. That program is shut down (the USDA backs less than 5 percent of all mortgages).

Both Houses of Congress Try to Extend the Dialogue – Amid a mood of tempered optimism, House Republicans were expected to meet on Saturday as the Senate planned to vote on a plan to extend the debt limit.

Shutdown brews trouble for craft beer industry – Local beer lovers should raise a pint for a quick end to the federal government shutdown

Lane County’s 1,700 furloughed federal workers bide their time – While federal workers are anxious to get back to their jobs, many try to make the best of it

Did the Internet cause the government shutdown? It is generally accepted today that the United States is more polarized politically than at any time since the civil rights era—and perhaps even the Civil War. Is the Internet responsible?

States pony up to open national parks, sights – The three iconic national symbols will be at least temporarily reopened after the states of Arizona, New York and South Dakota each agreed to pay the National Park Service six figures to manage them after they were shuttered to visitors because of the government shutdown.

High 5

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The Final Insult in the Bush-Cheney Marriage – President George W. Bush’s refusal to pardon I. Lewis Libby at the end of his second term led Dick Cheney to accuse him of “leaving a good man wounded on the field of battle.’’

100 Ideas For Cities, From A Department Of Listening To Pay-Per-Honk Cars – How to make cities better? Why not ask the people who live in them? The Participatory Cities Project asked people how to make their urban homes better, and came up with this extensive list of improvements.

Cities Have Made Hard Choices Federal Government Keeps Putting Off – While Washington politicians continue to dither about federal finances, city officials have already made some hard fiscal decisions.

America’s New $100 Bill Is Awesome (but Still Nowhere Near as Awesome as Kazakhstan‘s Currency) – You’re looking at it: Our new $100 bill, the product of more than a decade of research and development, and the most sophisticated piece of currency technology in U.S. history.

Chasing the beast: How a killer E3 tornado in Oklahoma trapped three storm chasers – Tim Samaras sat in the front passenger seat of the white Chevrolet Cobalt, considering the next move in a storm chaser’s game of cat-and-mouse with the massive tornado that thundered across the landscape.

50 Nifty

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After 53 Years, Action on Long Island – Superstorm Sandy shocked new life into a decades-old federal plan to fortify Long Island’s southern coastline.

In California, New Package of Gun Laws but One Snag – California passed a sweeping package of gun control bills, but Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a ban on semiautomatic rifles.

After Court Ruling, 2 States Plan 2-Tier Voting System – Barred by the Supreme Court from requiring proof of citizenship for federal elections, Arizona and Kansas are planning to use a separate set of ballots for state and local races, which could decrease turnout.

Electeds

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Timbers, Thorns First Pro Teams To Back Gay Marriage – National advocates say it’s the first time that major league sports teams have backed such a same-sex marriage campaign.

Oregon public employee unions file ballot measures to combat “right to work” initiative – Dubbed the “Public Employee Choice Act,” that measure takes direct aim at the political and financial clout of organized labor by saying that government workers represented by unions can’t be required to pay dues.  Currently, represented workers have to pay dues, either as a union member or as a “fair-share” employee.

De Blasio Courts a Wary Wall Street – “Wall Street is our hometown industry,” Bill de Blasio told an audience of wary moguls and financiers last week, part of his ongoing effort to court New York’s plutocrat class.

 Social Network

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How To Opt Out Of Google’s Plan To Sell Your Endorsements To Advertisers – Googleannounced Friday that it is “pulling a Facebook.” Google is making a change to its terms of service that will allow it to monetize the reviews, comments and “+1″s its users have doled out around the Web.

WHY TV EXECS ARE STILL SKEPTICAL OF TWITTER’S POWER TO ATTRACT EYEBALLS – AS NIELSEN BEGINS TO TRACK HOW SHOWS GET TWEETED, NETWORKS SEE TWITTER’S REACH CONFINED TO SMALL GROUPS OF FANS. “I THINK IT MAYBE ADDS A TENTH OF A RATING POINT. I DON’T THINK IT’S SIGNIFICANT,” SAYS FORMER FOX SCHEDULING CHIEF PRESTON BECKMAN.

INSIDE TWITTER’S VISION FOR A TV-POWERED, PROFITABLE FUTURE – FRED GRAVER, CHLOE SLADDEN, AND ALI ROWGHANI ON TWITTER’S MISSION TO WOO STARS, NETWORKS, AND ADVERTISERS–AND TRANSFORM THE COMPANY INTO AN IPO–WORTHY ROLE MODEL FOR EVERY STARTUP THAT BUILDS AUDIENCE BEFORE REVENUE.

Career Center

Did the Recession Convince Americans to Move to More Productive Cities? Last week, I wrote about the big disconnect between population and productivity growth in U.S. metro areas over the last decade. I found the two do not match up at all. I cautioned that the booming Sunbelt metros, many of which have seen rapid population growth with little improvement in their underlying productivity, were on a path to unsustainable or even fictitious “growth without growth.”

Dan Ariely on the Good and Bad Sides of To-Do Lists – On the rational side, lists help us with faulty and mediocre memory; on the irrational side, making lists and checking items off them gives us the false sense that we are actually making progress.

JP Morgan is spending more on fines and lawyers than on employee salaries – That’s right: The largest bank in the United States spends more money fighting and paying off legal and regulatory challenges than it does paying its staff, buying securities or paying rent on its 5,600 Chase retail bank branches.

New York Councilmember, De Blasio Back Closing Harassment Loophole for Unpaid Interns – Last week, a federal judge threw out former intern Lihuan Wang’s sexual harassment lawsuit against her boss at Phoenix Satellite Television U.S. Why? The judge ruled Wang, an unpaid intern, wasn’t an actual employee.

Portlandia 

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Nick Fish draws new line in standoff with Charlie Hales over financial oversight – After threatening legislation to reinstate a top financial post eliminated by Hales, Fish now says Portland not only needs a chief financial officer but that the position should report directly to the entire City Council.

Behind-the-scenes movement continues on stalled Park Avenue West Tower – The developer of the Park Avenue West Tower is continuing to seek city approval for a reconfigured version of the recession-stalled project but says it’s not days away from starting work again as one report suggested.

Jim Kight scandal: Oregon regulators say Troutdale building inspector violated proper process to help mayor – Oregon Building Codes Division investigators found that Troutdale building official Richard Bohlmann “failed to follow standards regarding his state-issued certifications and disregarded local processes,” in his work on Kight’s property.

 Cascadia

Kelso sets aside hundreds of acres for ‘wetland bank’ – The city, which will receive 20 percent of the wetland credit revenue, expects to take in between $350,000 and $1 million over a 10-year period.

Innovation lights up MOHAI’s Bezos center – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos gave the Museum of History & Industry $10 million to fund the new Bezos Center for Innovation. The 4,000-square-foot center at MOHAI features multimedia and interactive exhibits depicting Seattle’s inventive accomplishments.

Bend not quite big enough for some retailers – More than a half dozen national or regional retailers have landed in Bend over the past six months, ranging from Men’s Wearhouse to Natural Grocers.

Report: Bend home prices up – In the city, 207 homes sold last month, the fifth straight month of more than 200 sales. Before that, Bend hadn’t seen a month with 200 or more sales since mid-2006.

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Speed cameras’ potential windfall – Chicago’s first speed cameras at just four locations issued warnings to more than 233,000 speeders in 45 days, violations that would have totaled $13.8 million in tickets, according to data released by the city today.

Wide-ranging impacts hit Illinois – From school districts needing federal mediators to downstate cities counting on dollars from hunters on federal land, the shutdown has widespread consequences.

LED streetlights pay off in West St. Paul – The first community-wide test of LED streetlights in Minnesota is already producing big energy savings for the city of West St. Paul.

Jury rules against Prairie Village councilman who let homeless friend stay in City Hall – A Johnson County jury has concluded that Prairie Village Councilman David Morrison engaged in misconduct in office when he let a homeless friend stay in City Hall a year ago.