11.04.13 Your Morning Buzz

What Did the Hashtag Do Before Twitter? 

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GovTransactions

Award-winning planning expert and past American Planning Association president Mitchell Silver takes on the ELGL 50 Nifty.

BPA leader promises to fix problems

High 5

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Gore and ‘inventing’ the Internet – Why does Al Gore’s gaffe from nearly 15 years ago still resonate?

Sometimes it pays to be dead – Federal agencies can’t reliably tell who’s alive and who’s not, so some benefit checks keep coming.

Backlash grows over higher costs under health law – If the poor, sick and uninsured are the winners under the new health-care law, the losers seem to include some healthy middle-income workers who buy their own insurance and face rising premiums.

Harper Lee Puts Southern Town’s Gift Shop on Trial – The 87-year-old author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” has written a new tale of injustice in the South. And this time, she is the victim.

Can Adopting Ranked-Choice Voting Make Politics Civil? Some think a new voting process could heal many of the nation’s political system’s ills.

50 Nifty

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San Diego’s Most Walkable Cities – It’s hard to brag about being San Diego County’s most walkable city, since the region’s widely regarded as a car-first area, but nonetheless, this year’s bragging rights fall to La Mesa.

Texas Homeowners Proposition Would Bring State In Line with Nation – Texas has been a little behind its peers when it comes to using home equity to the homeowner’s advantage.

End of Casino Partnership Leaves Fate of East Boston Racetrack in Doubt – Suffolk Downs, a famed but fading East Boston racetrack, is looking for a new partner in a competition for the area’s sole casino license.

Music City Star, small rail networks face funding pinch from lawsuit – A lawsuit filed by two of the nation’s largest railroads challenging Tennessee’s tax on diesel fuel for locomotives could lead to a shutdown of the Music City Star commuter train and a network of smaller railroads that feed tons of cargo from Tennessee companies onto the big carriers’ systems daily, say operators of the smaller lines

 Electeds

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Rep. Michaud: ‘Yes, I am gay’ – Michaud is running for governor for 2014, and would become the first openly gay governor. His opponents’ personal attacks against Michaud, the congressman says, influenced him to come out.

Mayoral election could strengthen Pittsburgh-Allegheny County partnership – Tuesday’s mayoral election, in addition to ushering in a new city administration, will mark a new chapter in the sometimes cooperative, sometimes contentious ties between the region’s two biggest governments, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Chris Christie uses his reelection campaign to send the GOP a message – The New Jersey governor hopes his expected win will pull his party away from tea party absolutism.

Candidates Vow to Make City Hall Faith-Friendly – The two leading candidates to succeed Michael R. Bloomberg as mayor of New York pledged to break with him on issues at the nexus of government and religion.

Invoking Obama in Virginia Governor’s Race – President Obama attended a rally for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, whose rival, Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, sought to turn the focus to the health care rollout.

Kochs’ Group Has Big Ambitions in Small Elections – Backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity has campaigned against taxes and spending in Coralville, Iowa, but some voters are skeptical of its motives.

Social Network

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3 Free Tools to Manage Who You Follow on Twitter – If the list of accounts you follow on Twitter has gotten a little unruly over the years, we can help. We’re highlighting three useful tools that will allow you to analyze and manage the accounts you follow to improve your overall experience.

Dan McDonnell on Using Lists to Become a Twitter Power User – If you’re following hundreds or even thousands of people on Twitter, it can be difficult to parse through every single tweet being sent in real-time, particularly if there are only a handful of interesting users with whom you’d like to keep up. Twitter Lists will filter all of the tweets coming in based on users you select, which is very easily done.

Hunting for clues about Google’s mystery barge – Google isn’t talking about its vessel with a huge stack of shipping containers. A reporter’s sleuthing turns up more questions than answers: Teleportation device or time travel machine?

FAA’s Gadget Rule Opens Yakking Debate – Federal approval to use electronic devices throughout flights has revived a debate over whether airline passengers should also be able to make voice calls while airborne.

Career Center

The ground floor: Where the public can watch you work — by design – Instead of delis and diners, offices aim to showcase design and tech worksplaces in street-level spaces.

HOW TO ASK QUESTIONS THAT UNCOVER YOUR COMPANY’S VALUES – ARE YOUR PERSONAL VALUES ENGRAINED IN THE IDENTITY OF YOUR ENTIRE ORGANIZATION? LET’S FIND OUT.

WHAT IS INNOVATION? LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF STEVE JOBS, RICHARD BRANSON, AND SETH GODIN AND YOU’LL DISCOVER WHAT SEPARATES TRUE INNOVATORS FROM EVERYONE ELSE.

Where Millennials Can Make It Now – Exploring the new geography of being young in America.

Portlandia

 

Oregon City shooting: Witness sees flames erupt, followed by ‘bang, bang, bang’ – Jed Wiley and his brother were outside roofing Wiley’s shed when they noticed smoke coming from a house two doors down on Linn Avenue in Oregon City

Officer shot at scene of Oregon City house fire; suspect dead – Officer shot at scene of Oregon City house fire; suspect dead. Armed police officers at the scene where an officer was shot in the face while he responded to a burning house

Cascadia

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Last-gasp effort goes to Curry County voters – A new Oregon law that gives state and local officials an emergency pathway to raising taxes if voters won’t pay for a minimum level of public safety

Library reorganization first of many changes – State government is about to get all shook up.

The grape indoors – Local wineries lure off-season visitors with enclosed spaces

Midwest ELGL – Twitter Feed

First Amendment vs. angry parents in library porn fight  – The Orland Park Library has powerful allies in the decision to allow porn on its computers.

‘Young People in Omaha Are Able to Take Bigger Risks’ – In the Midwest’s “sweet spot,” it’s easier to stand out.