Can Government Avoid Technology Failure? HealthCare.gov is another reminder of the ongoing problems government has with technology. But success and innovation are possible, says an expert.
Supreme Court delays revisit of Roe vs. Wade – The justices decline to revive an Arizona state ban on abortions after 20 weeks, passing over the opportunity to open up Roe vs. Wade to new scrutiny.
Helping Hands Cut Through D.C.’s Political Jargon – Sign-language interpreters for the deaf get creative in acronym-and-jargon-filled Washington, D.C.
The Rise and Fall and Eventual Rise Again of the ‘Smart City’ – A conversation with Smart Cities author Anthony Townsend.
Why Buy the House When You Can Get it for Free? A grassroots organization plans to give away abandoned houses to writers who agree to move to the bankrupt city and boost its arts community and economy. So far, it’s not costing the city a dime.
What Niagara Falls Looks Like Without Water – In the summer of 1969, engineers stopped the flow of water to the American and Bridal Veil Falls.
Calls for Oversight in West Virginia Went Unheeded – As chemical accidents continued in West Virginia, so did calls for increased oversight, but those recommendations went unheeded by lawmakers, federal regulators said.
New Mexico doctors can help terminally ill patients die, judge rules – Second Judicial Judge Nan Nash said terminally patients have a fundamental right to seek aid in dying.
Does Rhode Island Have a Clear Strategy for Economic Development?With Rhode Island lagging the rest of the country in most every economic measure, GoLocalProv.com talked with Rhode Island’s legislative leaders, candidates for Governor and business reform advocates as to their strategies for Rhode Island’s growth and recovery.
Spending bill of $1.1T would end shutdown threat – Lawmakers unveil a plan that would fund federal agencies and end the threat of a government shutdown when the current spending bill expires Wednesday.
N.Y. backyard press blows up – Christie feels the wrath of the media.
California Democrat to Retire From House – Representative George Miller of California was first elected in 1974, and he earned a reputation as a staunch liberal willing to work with Republican colleagues.
Christie Hopes Speech Will Obscure a Scandal – Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address on Tuesday offers him a welcome, if awkwardly timed, opportunity.
Saunders: Sen. Rubio, don’t belittle government programs that helped you – When U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida attacks President Barack Obama – or even votes against his own bill – that’s typical political posturing. No big deal.
Oswego Lake access: Readers share their opinions in the ongoing debate – Readers made it clear that the longstanding debate over access to Lake Oswego’s central waterway isn’t finished after news surfaced Friday that a Clackamas County judge sides with the city.
Oregon leaders to take up CRC — A year after they authorized $450 million in debt to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge across the Columbia River, Oregon legislators are nearing a decision about whether to do so again.
Clackamas County investment in mountain bike tourism starts to pay off with increasing summer revenue – After attending one of the Clackamas County Bicycle Tourism Studios, former Sandy City Manager Scott Lazenby, a cycling enthusiast, started brainstorming with Economic Development Manager David Snider how to capitalize on the trend in Sandy.
Puyallup right to hit pause button on development – Puyallup voters sent a strong message in November when they elected Heather Shadko and Julie Door to the City Council. The council’s vote Tuesday to temporarily freeze proposed development on the east side shows that message was received.
Residents: Clean up Portland Road underpass strewn with human waste – Bike and pedestrian friendly it is not. The railroad underpass in the 2800 block of Portland Road NE in Salem has a rank reputation as an impromptu toilet.
Fleenor files suit over Richardson report – The former county commissioner seeks release of the full probe into the former administrator’s pay
Council could end energy investing – Eugene officials ask for a policy on divesting the city’s fossil fuel holdings
Economic Development Commission grapples with how to get message across – Economic Development Manager Tom Nelson volunteered to be the point person for assembling the numbers and information that would help the commission get its message across.
Aiming to Save Pensions and Art in Detroit Crisis – Nine philanthropic foundations have committed $330 million toward a deal to avoid cuts to retirees’ pensions and to save the Detroit Institute of Arts’ renowned collection.
Long Grove plan may pave way to privatize public roads – Village’s policy could become more commonplace in Chicago area, experts say
Twin Cities housing hits 5-year high; median price jumps 14.4% – Buyers closed on almost 54,000 deals — an 8.8 percent increase over last year, according to year-end data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service.
Minn. Supreme Court asked to dismiss Vikings stadium bond suit – The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority also asked the court to require the challengers to post a $49.7 million bond to cover any losses the project suffers if the suit is unsuccessful.
South by Southwest
Parker, Wise residents vow to confront state officials about quakes – People at a meeting in Azle pledge to fill buses to go to Austin on Jan. 21 to confront the Texas Railroad Commission about recent earthquakes. The agency regulates the state’s oil and gas industry.
Drinking water may smell funny but it’s safe, Fort Worth water officials say – Drinking water in Arlington and Fort Worth and the surrounding cities that buy water from Fort Worth is safe even though it may have acquired an “earthy smell and taste” recently, the Fort Worth water department said Monday.
With Ruling, Funds to Aid Desegregation in Arkansas Are Ended – Payments from Arkansas to help fund desegregation efforts in three school districts will be phased out under a settlement that was approved.
Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion – Google has acquired Nest, the business behind the smart thermostat and smoke detector, for $3.2 billion.
CHRISTIE AIDE IS LATEST TO USE PRIVATE EMAILS – Personal emails at the center of the brewing scandal for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have remained secret, had the public and press relied solely on the state’s open records law.
FIRST THOUGHT, WORST THOUGHT – One of the strange and slightly creepy pleasures that I get from using Twitter is observing, in real time, the disappearance of words from my stream as they are deleted by their regretful authors.
Could the College Campus Go the Way of the Bookstore? As classes shift online, some are predicting a radical overhaul of academic infrastructure.
How Netflix Reinvented HR – When Netflix executives wrote a PowerPoint deck about the organization’s talent management strategies, the document went viral—it’s been viewed more than 5 million times on the web.
How We Fixed eBay: Lessons from the Crisis Management Trenches – Crises happen every day—from BP’s oil spill along the Gulf Coast to recent issues with healthcare.gov and the ongoing backlash directed at the NSA.
Your ‘High-Earning Years’: Salary Secrets For Your 20s, 30s And 40s – You expect your income will rise consistently, in a straight line—but that’s not how it works. How can you fight the salary arc?