11.21.13 Your Morning Buzz

Microsoft Launches Anti-Google Merchandise Line ‘Scroogled’

 

Transaction Wire

Mary Willett chosen as city manager

Council Picks New City Manager – Assistant City Manager Penelope Leach

New city manager fitting in at City

Waco native Fisseler named city manager

Deputy city manager won’t regain license during case

 Val Hoyle, Oregon House majority leader, receiving $1,855-a-month stipend from caucus political fund

Siegel named permanent planning director

Hales Fires City’s Finance Chief, Jack Graham

Double Dipper – The county diversity director ran a personal business on public time—with taxpayer-paid staff.

High 5

Why Can’t Amtrak Get Food Right? The passenger rail provider has lost $609 million on snacks and beverage service since 2006.

The Evolution of How We Build Airports – The shift from close-in spaces to far-flung outposts like Denver International reflects changes not only in travel, but in the culture.

Illegal Immigrants Are Divided Over Importance of Citizenship – Congress’s efforts on immigration have foundered over naturalization for those in the United States illegally. Yet many immigrants say they would settle for less.

Mr. McAllister Goes to Washington, and He Is Wowed – Vance McAllister, Republican of Louisiana, won a runoff election for a House seat. Vance McAllister’s improbable journey began after he won by a landslide in a special vote for a congressional seat from Louisiana. “Wow, wow,” he marveled upon gazing at a chandelier in the Old House Chamber.

The Challenges That Set Public Service Apart – Given how ready the public is to heap disdain on governments and their workers, it’s encouraging that so many still feel passionate about public service.

50 Nifty

Maybe the ‘Broken Windows’ Strategy Could Cut Down on Traffic Deaths Too – Every 30 hours, a New Yorker is killed in a car crash. With the right approach, the NYPD could help bring that number way down.

HIV Is Still Very Concentrated in America’s Cities – Ninety-two percent of new diagnoses occur in just a quarter of U.S. counties, and most of them are urban.

Texas builder, Calif. experts feud over gated community – A petition questions whether L.A. planners have considered the project’s affect on wildlife, including bears, cougars and condors.

Electeds

For Rep. Radel, a rapid rise — and fall – Rep. Trey Radel will take a leave of absence from Congress after pleading guilty to a cocaine charge and being placed on probation

Florida Congressman in Cocaine Case Will Take a Leave of Absence – Representative Trey Radel, a Republican, was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his purchase of cocaine.

State senator burned out by polarization – State Sen. Bill Emmerson says he’s so fed up with the California Legislature that he’s giving up and getting out.

G.O.P. Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law – Republican strategists say they intend to keep Democrats on their heels through a multilayered, sequenced assault on President Obama’s signature legislation.

Social Media 

 

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YES, CODERS CAN BE CEOS–IF THEY LEARN THIS ONE SKILL – TECHNICAL EMPLOYEES AREN’T USUALLY CONSIDERED “CEO MATERIAL.” HERE’S WHY THEY SHOULD BE.

Just 47% of Facebook Users Get News From the Social Network – The most popular social network for getting for news is Reddit, where 62% of users say they get news. The least popular source is Pinterest, where just 3% of users say they get news.

The Average iPhone Sells for More Than Twice the Average Android – Not all smartphones are created equally, nor do they all sell for similar prices. The average iPhone purchased without a contract sold for $635 in Q3 of 2013, while the average Android sold for $268 in the same quarter.

Career Center

 Great Christmas gift idea! http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Scroogled-Keep-Calm-Mug/productID.291428700

Barriers remain for women seeking military combat roles – The first three women to complete Marine infantry training graduate today. But they won’t be assigned to infantry units.

People Don’t Leave Companies — They Leave Leaders!– I have employed thousands of people over the years. And every time one resigned, a little part of me died.

THE RETURN OF A COMIC THAT HELPED INSPIRE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE MONTGOMERY STORY, THE 1957 COMIC THAT INSPIRED CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, GETS A SECOND ACT.

Portlandia

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Portland police contract proposal on steroids is compromise, city official says – Under a tentative city agreement with the police rank-and-file union, an officer who tests positive for steroids can challenge the results by submitting an unopened container of a supplement to a city-approved lab for subsequent testing at the officer’s expense.

Fairview City Council: With a month to go, already five applicants for one open seat – The applicants vying for former councilor Ken Quinby’s seat include two former members as well as a third candidate who is married to a current councilor. That last application sets up the possibility of what might be the first husband and wife team to serve on the Fairview council at the same time.

Cascadia

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LTD takes first step to raise tax – A consultant will seek to determine if the economy has recovered sufficiently to justify the increase

No promises from Cover Oregon director about new deadline – The answers that the lawmakers received weren’t all that promising, close to two months after the state health insurance exchange’s launch and no known enrollees.

Monmouth draws lines for solicitors — Chapter 60 of the Monmouth City Code regarding peddlers and solicitors no longer has provisions for seizing a wagon and its contents or the merchandise of the hawker until a license is produced.

Competition to gain Boeing 777X work leads to Alabama meeting – State and local leaders are working to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft assembly plant to the Huntsville area, which already has a heavy technological and engineering base.

Midwest ELGL – Twitter

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Meter Shock in Cincinnati – Privatizing parking meters was a disaster for Chicago. So why is Cincinnati doing it?

Chicago’s Better Way to Dig Up the Streets – With a major effort to coordinate the needs of city departments, private utilities and residents, the city is tearing up its roadways less and saving a lot of money.