10.14.13 Your Morning Buzz

Columbus Day 2013: Hero, Villain or Both?


ELGL Notes

Upcoming EventsJessica Williams, Bruce Katz, Bridget Doyle, John Nalbandian

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Dianne Schofield, Port Orford, City Councilor

Ari Wubbold, DHM Research, Associate

Alan Sabat, Augustana College, Student

Erin Lowery, Clean Water Services, Financial Analyst

Michael Enloe, TriMet, In-Street Facilities Designer

 Operation Government Shutdown

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Shutdown Protests Take Over D.C. Memorials – Thousands of people converged Sunday on the White House and some of Washington’s most famous monuments to protest the closing of government memorials and other byproducts of the government shutdown.

Shutdown Deepening Indians’ Distress – Tribes that depend on the government for revenue have furloughed workers and halted programs. Audrey Costa, center, with her family on Montana’s Crow reservation.

World Leaders Urge U.S. to Resolve Debt Limit Crisis – Leaders at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund said the United States must raise its debt limit and reopen the government to avoid “massive disruption.”

The Shutdown Is Teaching Students HowNot to Run a Country – “What we’re seeing now is so at odds with what we teach in civics classes that it’s going to cause cognitive dissonance.”

High 5

CASHING IN ON SO CAL CULTURE – Southern California has always been an invented place. Without a major river, a natural port or even remotely adequate water, the region has always thrived on reinventing itself – from cow town to agricultural hub to oil city, Tinsel Town and the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance – A system in Oakland, Calif., is the latest example of how cities are using big data for routine law enforcement.

City sicker – IN THEIR day they were the engines of the world economy, noisy with steam hammers and black with soot. They were never huge—in 1862 William Gladstone called Middlesbrough an “infant Hercules”—but most are smaller than they once were. Despite dollops of public money and years of heroic effort, a string of towns and smallish cities in Britain’s former industrial heartlands are quietly decaying.

Fast train coming – IN THE grand concourse of Bangkok’s main train station, Hua Lamphong, the future is on display. Hulking billboards announce the impending arrival of high-speed trains and an age of international connectedness. For those who happen not to pass through the capital, a two-month road show called “Building the Thai Future 2020” is touring the provinces to keep people abreast of the government’s plans for the country’s railways and other infrastructure.

Is There a Plot Against Pensions? What may seem like a mathematical quibble has ballooned into an all-out war between two ends of the spectrum with no clear end in sight

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An Alabama Synagogue, Once Struggling for Congregants, Stretches Out Its Hand – A Jewish businessman’s $1 million gift to help Jews relocate to a corner of the Deep South could become a blueprint for other small-town Jewish congregations trying to stay alive.

After Downtown Fire, a Historic South Carolina City Ponders Its Next Steps – John Witzl Walters, a painter who lost his studio and home, is among those who may stick around for yet another rebirth in Georgetown, S.C.

Denver looks at short-term, long-term changes to quell LoDo problems – For years, the city has wrestled with how to handle the large numbers of bar patrons — many of whom are drunk — who spill into LoDo streets between 1:30 and 2 a.m on weekend nights. With the crowds, confrontations begin, fists are thrown and occasionally guns are fired.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan pushing for change – Two years after being elected mayor, Hogan has big ideas for the city and, like the police monitor, he wants to see them done soon. He’s pushed for more recreation centers and swimming pools. He also wants to upgrade the city’s infrastructure.



Hoffman: Democrats worried about ‘right to work’ – Democrats from around Oregon came together in Sunriver last weekend to talk about everything important to their party

Va. Republicans say party is ‘disunited, in flux, in transition and defeated’ – Leaders fear Ken Cuccinelli will lose the governor’s race and want to fix an organization with deep rifts.

Feud between McConnell and Reid may endanger a deal – When Washington is in crisis, the two Senate leaders are usually the ones who put it back together — but their bitter rift may make this go-around different.

Poll: New Jersey Senate race tightens – Newark Mayor Cory Booker still holds a double-digit lead over his Republican challenger in the New Jersey Senate race, a new poll shows, but his lead continues to shrink with the election two days away.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster reluctant to tout himself – Bill Foster rested his elbows on the dais and spun a pencil in his hand. He stared at the semicircle of City Council members and knew he had lost.

Social Media

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BuzzFeed’s Brazen, Nutty, Growth Plan – Until recently, BuzzFeed’s global ambitions were held in check because its “listicles” are published in English. But now, the site’s posts will be translated by foreign-language

The Complete Guide to Twitter Etiquette – Twitter is all about sharing your thoughts and interests, and if you’re lucky you will be rewarded with a host of followers who actually want to listen. But if you’re violating the unspoken rules that govern content, user interactions and posting frequency, you may be driving followers away.

Career Center


Don’t hate Mondays—they’re the best day to apply for a job – The next time you find yourself with “a case of the Mondays” act fast and apply for a job—it’s the best odds you’ll get all week. In the US at least, 30% of Monday job applicants make it to the next stage in the hiring process, according to Bright.com. The least successful application day is Saturday—when only 14% of applicants advance.

The Folly of the SAT Writing Section – Who can write a decent essay in 25 minutes?

1 in 5 U.S. Workers: I’m Too Educated for My Job – Actually, that’s not so bad, by international standards.



Columbia River Crossing faces political hurdles ahead of special session – They’re looking to barrel ahead on a $2.7 billion Oregon-led plan that relies heavily on tolls, cutting interchanges in Washington out after that state’s lawmakers bailed on a plan this summer to kick in $450 million.

Francesconi announces for Multnomah County Chair – Former Portland City Commissioner Jim Francesconi he would run for Multnomah County Chair on Sunday.



A new plan? Measure 02-86 would beef up planning, code enforcement staff — The Corvallis Planning Commission is holding doubleheaders

Most counties cheer surprise timber funds — A surprise extension of a federal subsidy to timber counties will prevent jail shutdowns and keep deputies

In Washington State, Home of Highest Minimum Wage, a City Aims Higher – Voters in the blue-collar Seattle suburb of SeaTac will soon decide whether to raise the local minimum wage to $15 from $9.19 an hour, a move that could have profound implications.

WA: Gig Harbor Trolley Deemed a Success, Service Will Likely Return – Pierce Transit wants to continue running old-fashioned-looking trolley cars in Gig Harbor in future summers after a trial run that ended in late September proved popular and met the agency’s ridership and revenue goals.

Communities channel low-power radio future – Community groups are jazzed over a rare chance to gain access to the airways as the federal government, for perhaps the last time, opens up the FM dial to thousands of new low-power radio stations across the country — including eight or so in the Seattle market.

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As Prentice comes down, stakes rise on its replacement – Northwestern has a chance to replace Goldberg’s innovative hospital with something better, but will it?

Bankruptcy for Ailing Detroit, but Prosperity for Its Teams – As Detroit furloughs municipal workers and struggles to provide basic services, the city’s professional sport teams operate in a vastly different economic world.

Flint’s Man in Washington – The Fight for Legacy Cities Moves to Capitol Hill.

What’s the Safest Neighborhood in Chicago? Chicago’s rough streets get all the press. Where do you find the least crime in the city? It’s not in the richest part of town—just the place the most police live.

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