10.17.13 Your Morning Buzz

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Operation Government Shutdown

Comparing the 1996 and 2013 shutdowns – Five key differences between the Clinton- and Obama-era shutdowns.

Federal Employees to Head Back to Work – Government workers were told to report to work on Thursday, after going two weeks without pay.

Hands Empty but Spirit Unbowed, House Republicans Take Stock – While Senate Republicans tried to shake off the past 16 days as a bad dream, House conservatives praised Speaker John A. Boehner and blamed their more moderate colleagues for how it all ended.

Gridlock Has Cost U.S. Billions, and the Meter Is Still Running – Damage to growth, employment and interest rates has already been extensive, economists say, even without a debt default and a continuation of the government

Spirit Unbowed, House Republicans Take Stock – Conservatives blamed their more moderate colleagues for how it all ended, but praised Speaker John A. Boehner.

 High 5

Welcome to Madrid! Here’s a Long List of Things You’re Not Allowed to Do – Spain’s capital is banning everything from dangerous rollerblading to jumping in a fountain.

Building a Better City – The next mayor needs to consider a wide range of design and development issues to assure New York’s competitive future.

In New Book, Cheney Recalls 5 Heart Attacks and His Brush With Death – The former vice president describes, for the first time and in vivid personal detail, a four-decade medical struggle that he has largely kept secret.

What’s New in Cities … and What’s Truly New – Some of the changes we are seeing just make the old more efficient. But some will have a much deeper impact, and governments that apply old ways of thinking

Turning Public Workers into Advocates for Government – When a city’s staffers are kept in the loop about new initiatives and policies, they can be powerful allies and messengers

50 Nifty

The Future of Air Travel Has Arrived in Denver – The NextGen system has made flying into the city’s international airport smoother, quicker, cleaner, and above all predictable.

City Approves Apple ‘Spaceship’ Campus – Apples proposed new headquarters, whose design resembles a flying saucer, received unanimous approval from the company’s home-city council Tuesday, the last real hurdle before construction can begin.

Despite Successes in Colorado and Washington, Marijuana Advocates Still See Cities As Their Best Bet -The working theory: If big, liberal cities won’t liberalize their marijuana laws, statewide initiatives are bound to fail.



Victorious in Senate Bid, Booker Gets Job to Fit His Profile – Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark defeated Steve Lonegan to take the New Jersey seat that Senator Frank R. Lautenberg held until he died in June.

Republicans Lose a Lot to Get Little – Republicans could have used the problem-plagued rollout of the health law as an argument against it, but instead their campaign to strip it of its funding has left their party in disarray.

Where’s John Kuzmanich? Process servers can’t find the Oregon Tea Party founder, who’s more than three years behind on mortgage payments.

Authorize This – Oregon officials say in court they don’t need lawmakers’ approval to keep spending on the CRC.

Sen. President Courtney: No CRC Special Session – Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) issued a statement today expressing his desire for hearings on the Oregon-only version of the Columbia 

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Why Government Tech Is So Poor – Fixing Procurement Process Is Key to Preventing Blunders Like Healthcare.gov

Facebook Eases Privacy Rules for Teenagers – Teenagers will now be able to post items that can be seen by the public, making it easier for the social network to turn a post into an ad that can be shown widely.

Career Center

The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment – If everyone you know is telling you to buy a house, you should read Robert Shiller’s work.

How Not to Email a Recruiter – The email — originally posted on BroBible — is a cringeworthy read in which the student reminds the recruiter about a zit he had when they met and reveals his fears about how a high-pressure job may affect his love life.

How To Uncover Your Company’s True Culture – Every company has a culture: the vast majority as a function of time and institutional evolution, and a few through deliberate intent and design… and constant defense and iteration of that design.



Will West Linn residents decide to dive in? It’s time to finally vote on proposed aquatic center.

City mulls potential recreation district – Tigard residents jealous of the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District in Beaverton may soon get their wish.

Tigard is ready to tackle contaminated downtown sites – City eyes 70 sites with environmental concerns The city of Tigard is hoping property owners take advantage of a new initiative to clean up downtown.

State Sen. Jackie Dingfelder Joining Hales’ Staff – State Sen. Jackie Dingfelder is resigning to  join Mayor Charlie Hales’ staff.



Grocers’ Lobby Faces Lawsuit Over Donors – The attorney general in Washington State says that the Grocery Manufacturers Association illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the identity of its contributors.

The Octopus That Almost Ate Seattle – The Giant Pacific Octopus is, in the words of a Seattle conservationist, a “glamour animal.” It is also tasty. Therein lies the conflict.

Oregon To Recognize Marriages of Gay Couples Wed Out of State – The state of Oregon will now recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed out of state.In a memo sent to all state agencies today

Property taxes show slight uptick – POLK COUNTY — Ready or not, property tax statements will likely be arriving in your mailbox next week.

Veneta celebrates safe water milestone – A new pipeline from Eugene provides a secure water source for city residents for decades

Council sidesteps stadium purchase – It may be getting near the bottom of the ninth inning for Civic Stadium supporters. To their disappointment, the Eugene City Council on Wednesday deadlocked

District attorney seeks chief job – Alex Gardner is one of four finalists to succeed Jerry Smith as leader of Springfield police

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Case Against Michigan Ban on Gay Unions Is Sent to Trial – The judge suggested that a trial would examine a central legal question surrounding the issue: whether the rationales for a ban on same-sex marriage serve a legitimate state interest.

Council candidates spar on city manager pay – SIOUX CITY | The potential $162,000-$174,000 salary range for a new city manager was a major talking point during a City Council candidate forum Tuesday night.

Snuggle House answers concerns over touch therapy business – Jennifer Zilavy, assistant city attorney, said she has yet to see a business plan for the small company, which aims to provide therapy through touch.