11.12.13 Your Morning Buzz

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After Less Than 20 Years, Atlanta Braves to Get New Stadium – In the ultimate sign of the country’s stadium-mania, the baseball team is poised to get another stadium despite moving to Turner Field in 1997.

Blighted Cities Prefer Razing to Rebuilding – Baltimore and other postindustrial cities are destroying vacant buildings in hopes of stabilizing neighborhoods

Believe it: Conspiracy theories live on – Experts discuss what’s driving the prevalence of wacky notions about politics and government.

Health Site Far Short Of Obama Target – Fewer than 50,000 people had enrolled in plans through the federal health-care website as of last week, a fraction of the target

Pew Study Outlines Impact State, Federal Cuts Had on Cities – In some places, cuts in intergovernmental aid played a particularly significant role in causing budget strain.

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Downtown Louisville Is Getting a Trippy Hunter S. Thompson Memorial – Ralph Steadman, Thompson’s famous co-pilot, will help create a banner for the city.

3 Missed Chances to Pay for New York’s Subway Expansions – It’s time to cover the costs of transit investments by capturing the rising value of adjacent land.

What Other Cities Can Learn from Baltimore’s Outcome-Based Budgeting – In contrast to other cities, Baltimore has increased its savings while lowering the property tax rate. But Baltimore’s budgeting style is a hard sell.

A Face-Off Outside Dallas in the Escalating Battle Over Texas’ Gun Culture – A meeting of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was interrupted by a peaceful protest by armed members of Open Carry Texas

When pot smells in Denver, the Nasal Ranger goes in to investigate – Ben Siller looked ridiculous on a recent afternoon, standing on a downtown Denver street corner with a giant device clamped to his face sniffing the air for odorous evidence of marijuana.



GOP losing ethnicity, age battle in California – Deep inside a new poll are details that could make the California Republican Party, and its cohorts elsewhere in the country, fear the march of time and demographics

Poll: Clinton 44, Christie 34 – It is based on hypothetical 2016 match-up.

‘Super PAC’ Gets Early Start on Pushing for a 2016 Clinton Campaign – The Ready for Hillary super PAC resists expensive ads to promote Hillary Rodham Clinton in favor of building an email list of her supporters.

St. Pete’s LGBT victories – The new City Council: And then there were three

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Retina iPad Mini Now Available in Apple Store – After a short period of downtime, the Apple Store is back and it brought the gadget we were promised for November: the Retina iPad mini.

Tech-savvy Revolution Growth bets on low-tech T-shirts – Firm views Northern Virginia’s CustomInk as a “next-generation” social shopping company.

The thermometer of the 21st century? Kinsa plugs into your smartphone and powers an app that shares data to keep everyone healthier.

Twitter Isn’t Spreading Democracy—Democracy Is Spreading Twitter – We have free speech online because we have free speech offline, not the other way around.

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Portland State University launches supply chain management degree program – The tried-and-true formula for outsourcing production for the lowest possible labor cost is outdated and does not accurately portray the global production landscape, says a Portland State University administrator and instructor

Why the government’s price-checkers haven’t been replaced with computers – In a high-tech age, measuring the costs of goods and services is still a labor-intensive, in-person job.

Cover Oregon plans 400 new hires – Because Oregon’s health exchange website still hasn’t enrolled a single person —more than a month after its launch — state officials plan to hire at least 400 workers to manually process paper applications for health insurance

How To Apply For A Job You’re Overqualified For – These days, it’s not uncommon to apply for a job you’re probably overqualified for. For example, when I was hiring my last intern, only a single application came from an undergraduate student—most applicants had graduated more than a year before and were squeezing years of internship experience onto one page.



‘Dysfunction’ at Milwaukie City Hall? Milwaukie City Council doubled down last week on potential management issues that could be contributing to complaints about communication and recent resignation announcements.

Multnomah County Commissioners: We’re Done Talking About Jeff Cogen – The five officials on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners put up a united front tonight: They’re no longer discussing former Chairman Jeff Cogen’s affair with a county employee.”


Fantasy is alive in Forks: exploring the ‘Twilight’ economy – Vampires are still breathing new life into the former timber town with a rain forest for a neighbor.

Drama at council meeting shows how sensitive land-use issues are right now – As I said a couple of weeks ago in this space … land-use planning is where the action is in Corvallis

Wards near campus backed property tax levy by highest margins – The three additional Corvallis Police Department officers that the passage of Measure 02-86 will pay for will focus their efforts on community policing in Wards 2, 4 and 5 near Oregon State University.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Collective Bargaining Law – Wisconsin’s top court on Monday heard arguments on the constitutionality of a 2011 law that all but eliminated collective bargaining for most public employees.

Why These Midwest Millennials Are Choosing Milwaukee Over Chicago – In early 2011, a young Chicago couple found themselves unemployed at the same time. Kate Riley, 29, quit her tutoring job at Harold Washington College, and Dan Jacobs, 32, had been laid off from his executive chef position at a French bistro. They were renting a house in Chicago they couldn’t afford, and all their money from odd jobs went straight to rent and food. Both agreed it was time for a change.

Is Slay orchestrating a power grab at St. Louis City Hall? Francis Slay has over the last decade steadily sought to streamline St. Louis government and instill more power in the mayor’s office. And now he is seeking more.