01.27.14 Your Morning Buzz

The 13 Weirdest Interview Questions You’ll Hear in 2014



Ryan Kilpatrick leaves as Douglas director of community development

RIVERSIDE: Retired fire chief got six-figure leave payout

Chesapeake city manager’s year: So far, so good

Former Ashland library director remembered


swansonAll Aboard: Why America’s Second Rail Boom Has Plenty Of Room To Run – The relic of the 19th century will become the most important logistics system of the 21st century–and it’s making billions for Warren Buffett and others.

Cannabis Legal, Localities Begin to Just Say No – Alongside statewide measures easing access to marijuana have come local efforts to restrict it.

A Race for a New Mayor; a Trial for an Old One – C. Ray Nagin, the embattled former mayor of New Orleans, has been largely forgotten by residents keen to leave the Katrina era behind.

The next George Bush – Can the heir to America’s oldest political dynasty save the GOP?

Minimum wage is set to rise in Britain — and Conservatives are all for it – Unlike in the U.S., consensus emerges across the pond that the working poor deserve higher pay.


scrubsMayor Hancock, Denver City Council support late bar hours option – The city would not necessarily approve later hours but supports the idea of local governments having that option, according to a statement first reported by Fox31 News.

Understanding Jan Goldsmith – We sit down with San Diego’s city attorney for an unexpected marathon interview

Beleaguered Oakland police see a turnaround in crime – Data show homicides down by nearly 30%, as low as they’ve been since 2002. Shootings and burglaries are down too.

Six in 10 oppose Mayor Gray’s plan to finance new D.C. United stadium – Residents say the District should not use its money for the soccer team, a Post poll shows.

City Unveils New ‘Welcome’ Signs With de Blasio’s Name – The Department of Transportation last week began updating the “welcome” signs that greet drivers as they travel between the city’s five boroughs, replacing the old mayor and borough presidents’ names, which appear in white letters, with their newly-elected replacements.


jennifer-lawrence2014 Elections Likely to Keep Party Control Split – With the political landscape becoming more defined, it is increasingly likely that the midterm elections will maintain divided government in the capital. But how divided remains to be seen.

Washington’s attention-to-deficits disorder – Fatigued by a government shutdown and repeated failures to reach a grand bargain, leaders from both parties have moved on.

Some Republicans Departing From Response Script – An emphasis on name recognition and the popularity of social media have upended the traditional party response to the State of the Union address.


liar-liarCity of Forest Grove to update its short and long term goals in annual town meeting – The city’s action plan, first approved in 2007, tackles goals the city hopes to accomplish. Community Development Director Jon Holan said the city tries to reevaluate its action plan and vision statement every five years.

A debate over Washington County growth: Editorial Agenda 2014 – Add it all together and this year could produce a public debate of sorts on the condition of Oregon’s second most populated county. It’s a discussion that matters to everyone in the state, not just residents of Washington County.

What would a Portland teachers strike look like? A look at other Oregon districts offers clues – Rising tension between the Portland Public Schools teachers union and district leaders has left the word “strike” rolling off many people’s tongues. For parents, it’s often in the form of a question.

Oregon City 2014: Improved police service, new library, plans for new parks on the agenda – Oregon City commissioners and department heads met Saturday to take a mid-term look — the city started a two-year budget in 2013 — at how the city is meeting its goals and to preview some of the issues that will come before them this year.


survivorCardiac app coming to Bend – Smartphone app alerts of heart emergencies

Editorial: Don’t shift state park funds to county parks – If the state of Oregon were suddenly presented with unlimited money to spend, we’d guess its priorities might go something like this: schools first, transportation second, public safety third.

What fundraising says about Oregon races – Out-of-state groups not financing Oregon Senate race

Wyden becomes Oregon’s chief patron in Congress – Sen. Ron Wyden will soon become the most powerful member of Congress that Oregon has had in two decades — and as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee he’s positioned to help the state out.

PURE MIDWESTTwitter and Column

fireflyWill Minnesota be next state to legalize medical marijuana? – Before Minnesota considers following 20 states, a debate rages within homes, at the Capitol, health offices and law agencies.

Minnesota officials set to woo NFL for 2018 Super Bowl – Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday will announce leaders for a campaign to land the game. A party to woo the NFL is set for Super Bowl weekend

Schaumburg teacher invited to Obama’s State of the Union – A black 3-D printer sits in a corner of Michelle Burke’s seventh-grade classroom in Schaumburg

Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought – New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than projected from the government pension overhaul approved last month


bobs-burgersFeud over Dallas police-fire pension audit threatens to boil over – Fund officials say they’re being transparent, but Mayor Mike Rawlings says he owes it to officers, firefighters and taxpayers to make sure the fund is sound.

Makeshift stock show town moves on preparation and precision – Herding a record 28,000 animals — plus their human owners and their families — during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo requires difficult choreography.

Tunnel beneath Dallas convention center seen as pedestrian thoroughfare – The city is spending millions to redo the area along Lamar Street that connects Southside, the DART station and the Omni.

Secession, Obama get more talk in Texas attorney general race than job’s main functions -Conservative GOP primary voters are more focused on core values than job functions such as child support, experts say.

Pearl’s history will live on in pieces from old brewery – The Pearl has taken salvaging and repurposing historic material to a new level. Everywhere you go in the complex, you’ll find material, equipment and tools that have been repurposed and reintegrated by local architects and artists

CAREER CENTER: 01.23.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Cool Runnings Remix)

3aae6bd8You Innovate Only if Doing Nothing is a Bigger Risk – I visited a large company where both managers and their innovative employees were very frustrated. The innovators said their managers were just to scared to innovate.

How to See and Manage Your Organization’s Culture – Organizational culture is the heart and soul of a company. Yet leaders often perceive culture as a nebulous collection of intangible concepts, seemingly impossible to measure

Inspiring Advice From Exceptional Women – Long before anyone knew who Sheryl Sandberg was and even longer before anyone knew what it means to “lean in,” Mary Ann Byrnes jokingly quips that when she started her career she leaned in so far she broke her nose.

Take a lesson from the McDonnells: Keeping up appearances can sink you. No matter your income level or station in life, trying to live above your means leads to trouble.

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everything-is-terribleThe End of Facebook – 2008 in historical digital terms feels like eons ago. That was the year when I first began writing an essay about the Facebook ‘Like’ button; a feel-good-click-once-and-move-on action.

6 Vine Comedians Nominate the Best Videos of the Year – Video sharing platform Vine turns one year old on Jan. 24. In anticipation of the event, we reached out to funny Vine users and asked them to pick their favorite videos of the year.

82% of Women Think Social Media Drives the Definition of Beauty – Beauty that was once idolized in glossy magazines of celebrities and models is now having less of an impact on youth, thanks to social platforms such asFacebook and Instagram, according to the study, which was conducted among 1,000 women between the ages of 18 and 64 in the United States.

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