This week local government leaders in the South learned to be a little more skeptical about meteorologists’ predictions. That led to scenes like the one above, with snowed-in elementary students sleeping overnight on gym mats while gridlock filled the streets.
AS THE MERCURY PLUNGED…
- Area meteorologists to blame for snow disasters in the South?
- Alaskan port cut off from road traffic after avalanches
- How locked-in weather spreads woe from Alaska to Alabama
- Winter weather halts production at Alabama’s Hyundai, Honda and Mercedes plants
- Auburn-Alabama basketball game postponed due to weather
- Rare “snow rollers” form in Northeast Ohio (pics must be seen to be believed)
HIGH TECH HEATING UP
- Can’t get through to your health insurer? Vent on Twitter!
- Miami Beach: Tech startup hub?
- Seattle turns to tech’s wasted heat as a neighborhood power source
- Facebook will soon employ humans to tell you what news to read
- NSA hires first civil liberties and privacy officer
- The cult of overwork
- Seattle, Denver mayors make friendly Super Bowl bets — Wait til the Bears go to the big show. We’ll wager a 12-foot-long Polish sausage against anybody’s hometown dish!
- Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha!’ has taken over Denver’s airport — Maybe they’re trying to help their QB remember his most famous play-calling expresion?
- Chicago pension tab: $18,596 for every man, woman, child — The per-person figure is the highest among the nation’s 25 largest cities.
- Downtown Detroit apartment rents spiking higher, even pricing out middle class — Rent spikes are pricing out the very young professionals that have been revitalizing the city’s core.
- Urban road-building linked to poor statewide economic performance — Nationwide, our highway system is more or less complete. So why throw money at incremental increases that are rapidly approaching zero?
- Chicago’s data projects: Overblown or on target? — Chicago is a model for civic technology, but are the projects paying dividends?
IS THIS REAL LIFE?
- 11-year-old’s cupcake business shut down by county health department — Young baker will need a commercial-grade kitchen, county says.
PURE MIDWEST (and points south, east and north)
- On the Plains, the rush for oil has changed everything — An oil boom in North Dakota is changing the state’s fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams.
- Debate on proposed mine packs house in northern Minnesota — The $650 million open-pit copper mine drew a crowd of 2,000 people from across the state.
- Up to 44,000 new drilling jobs could be coming — They could be on the way by 2025, according to a new report.
- Gubernatorial candidate calls for a truce on Midwest job stealing — There’s enough economic prosperity to go around … right?
- The battle for Braddock, PA — Who will save this small town in the shadow of Pennsylvania’s steel industry?
- Rust Belt gentrification and how it hurts the poor — Shrinking Rust Belt cities need to be careful how they manage gentrification to attract younger workers.
- What makes a region an incubator for prosperity? — A Minnesota columnist muses on the subject after the State of the Union.
- West Virgina is for AOL holdouts, apparently — “You’ve got mail!” rings true for the Mountain State, moreso than any other area.
- Is Gov. Cuomo taking power away from local governments? — The headline says it all. You be the judge!
CASCADIA (Know your roots!)
- Property owners defy county, reduce Tanglewood Island icon to rubble — The demolition took place despite a stop-work order issued Friday by the Pierce County Planning and Land Services Department.