01.21.14 Your Morning Buzz

 The Internet Reacts to Richard Sherman’s Epic Postgame Interview


Transaction Wire

Ex-Lowell councilor files suit

Owasso council names interim city manager to full-time post

Lenly Weathers, “model citizen” of St. Louis, dies at 87

Council set to approve Gregory Rose as city manager

City of Bonham is accepting applications for Director of Finance

Benoit to leave Astoria city manager position

In the ’50s, a city manager helped integrate Sarasota

Josephine County Rep. Wally Hicks won’t seek another term in Oregon Legislature

Beaverton activists receive Emily Georges Gottfried Everyday Hero Award

Portland to name new city attorney

High 5

After Years at War, the Army Adapts to Garrison Life – The Army sent 1.3 million troops to war after 9/11, creating the most combat-tested force in the nation’s history, but now it must learn how to sustain morale and capabilities.

What drives Bill and Melinda Gates crazy? Bill and Melinda Gates and 25 other thinkers on the misconceptions about the U.S. that drive them crazy.

A crumbling Sochi hides behind Olympic facades – A shining new $635 million highway on the outskirts of Sochi stands next to a crumbling apartment block with a red “SOS!” banner on its roof.

The Beltway’s Silicon Valley emerges – In its move to Northern Virginia, a tech company finds plenty of engineers and a good fit in the region’s stable workforce.

Old Job Is Hurdle for Napolitano on Campuses – On campuses filled with foreign-born students, Janet Napolitano, who was named president of the University of California last summer, faces anger over her role in the Obama administration’s deportation of 1.9 million unauthorized immigrants.

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Making Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard a haven for pedestrians – Pasadena is considering plans to narrow portions of famed Colorado Boulevard and use that space to widen sidewalks and create tiny parks.

South Vermont Avenue: L.A. County’s ‘death alley’ – A two-mile stretch of South Vermont Avenue in tiny Westmont has one of the highest homicide rates in L.A. County.

Boulder Shelter provides safe, secure living space – The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, which is a past recipient of Denver Post Charities Season to Share funding, is primarily aimed at providing a safe place to sleep, food and support services for homeless adults in Boulder.

Columbia considering Savannah Sand Gnats’ owner’s stadium proposal – The owner of the Savannah Sand Gnats minor league baseball team is determined to get a new stadium, whether it is here or in another city.



New Yorkers Think Bloomberg’s Tenure Was a Success: Poll – Sixty-four percent of respondents said Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure was “mainly a success” and disapproved of thecriticism the former mayor suffered at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month.

Gov. Inslee’s letter to Republicans: Half-hearted diplomacy? Washington Governor Jay Inslee lashed out at the Senate majority coalition caucus with a letter Thursday, urging them to act on a transportation package.

Accused of Blurring Facts of Stirring Life Story, Texas Lawmaker Offers Chronology – Wendy Davis, a Texas state senator, released a chronology of her life after a Dallas newspaper said that she had blurred some details about her past.



Clackamas County ambulance contract: Jim Bernard cleared of improper campaign contribution in 2004 – Former Commissioner Bill Kennemer, now a state representative, filed an elections violation complaint against Bernard because Metro West owner JD Fuiten donated to the Oregon Democratic Party, which then immediately donated $34,000 to Bernard’s campaign.

Legislature may step in on Hillsboro growth issue – The 2014 Oregon Legislature will be asked to jump start development on almost 2,000 acres in Washington County areas — North Hillsboro, South Hillsboro and the South Cooper Mountain area

Portland Fire Bureau evaluates use of new rapid response vehicles – Response times to emergency calls have improved at all four fire stations that have new rapid response vehicles — essentially medically equipped SUVS sent to low-level medical calls, according to a Fire Bureau study.

Multnomah County GOP Wants to Set the Record Straight: We Are All Slaves – Party still trying to defend AR-15 raffle tied to Lincon and MLK



$15 wage campaign joins in MLK celebration – For his decades of activism, County Councilmember Larry Gossett was honored during Monday’s M.L. King Jr. Day rally at Garfield High. Seattle activists turned out in droves on Monday, making their $15-minimum-wage movement into the issue of the day at this rally, and another at Westlake Park.

A farewell (for now) to Wallingford’s garbage – After 47 years of service, the grime-infused facility will close its doors for a rebuild.

Supporters plan push to keep libraries open – The Eugene budget committee is holding a hearing on proposals to close the Sheldon and Bethel branches

Yoo: Some losing hope, still struggling in Cover Oregon pipeline – At least for several people who have called me directly, that hasn’t been true. These consumers have had such trouble trying to get answers and move their application through the Cover Oregon pipeline that people are losing hope.

Pure Midwest ELGL: Twitter and Column


Iowa’s GOP governor opens assault on state Republicans for control of party –  Gov. Terry Branstad is leading a push to wrest control back from Ron Paul’s liberty movement.

Cleveland plans to add 70 miles of bikeways by the end of 2017 – The city of Cleveland plans to more than double the amount of bike-friendly routes in town, adding 70 miles of dedicated lanes, trails and pavement markings by the end of 2017.

Identity crisis: Names of places in Twin Cities lack creativity – Seriously, there’s just too much homogeneity. For example, practically everything within five miles of the Ridgedale shopping mall is named Ridge Something: Ridge Center, Ridge Village, Ridge Park, Ridge Point — the list goes on and on. And, practically every building within screaming distance of the Stone Arch Bridge has one of the three words in its name: Bridgewater, Stonebridge and so on.

South by Southwest


Finalists for Irving city manager sell themselves as turnaround artists – Vying to become Irving’s next city manager, three men wrote to the City Council about the highs and lows of their careers: of cleaning up after a top official’s arrest in Arizona, dismantling a broken department in Arlington and rebuilding an economy in Washington state.

Phoenix copes with leadership turnover – If Phoenix were a basketball team, its head coach would have just abruptly resigned. Rival teams would have poached much of its starting lineup, and a handful of other star players would have retired early.

Lone Company in Texas Cashes In on Nuclear Waste – As aging nuclear reactors retire, Waste Control Specialists is the only company in the United States that will dispose of some categories of waste.

Oil to start flowing through southern Keystone pipeline – TransCanada is still battling with environmentalists and landowners over the Texas leg of the controversial pipeline.

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Can Facebook predict who wins the Senate in 2014? Social networks have changed the landscape of campaigns and elections. During the 2010 election, political scientist James Fowler conducted a get-out-the-vote experiment with Facebook on Election Day. Fowler found that Facebookers delivered 61 million get-out-the-vote messages that he estimated increased voter turnout by 340,000.

Chinese Social Network Blazes Its Own Path – Weixin, a fast-growing app from the company Tencent, may thwart Facebook’s ambitions in China. Above, Allen Zhang organized the team that began developing the app in 2010.

A Politician Just Joined Snapchat and It’s Not Anthony Weiner – We already knew Rand Paul was a fan of long form. Now he’s taking a stab at a more phantasmal form of communication — Snapchat.

Career Center: 01.14.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Fun Fact Remix)

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Honesty without Compassion is Cruelty – While in a meeting a few months ago, I saw the words “honesty without compassion is cruelty” posted above the other person’s desk. It so struck me that I paused the conversation for a moment to absorb the intent.

8 Simple Ways to Avoid Common Spelling and Grammatical Errors – Improve your writing by using these 8 tips to avoid common spelling and grammar mistakes.

Why Government Employees Should Assess Their Bosses – Giving public workers input into their managers’ performance appraisals would be a big step toward the goal of employee engagement.

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