02.18.14 Your Morning Buzz

42 Impossibly Fun Wedding Photo Ideas You’ll Want To Steal

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Transaction Wire

Lobbyists hustle to keep street cred after wave of lawmakers’ retirements

Lakes city manager investigated on bid-tampering allegations

Phoenix set to pick new city manager Wednesday

Duggan: Fort Collins recharges search for utilities director

Murray pays top dollar for top aides

Seattle FBI chief abruptly retires

Nugent joins Abbott on campaign trail

High 5

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  1. Will a governor win the W.H. in 2016? If you live under a governor, you mainly care about his or her ability to govern. If you don’t, and you’re in the political community, you primarily want to know whether a governor is presidential timber

  2. Exclusive: Mega-donors plan GOP war council – On its face, it in some ways resembles a much smaller-scale version of Charles and David Koch’s fabled network, which brings together hand-picked operatives and politicians twice a year at tony resorts to make presentations to dozens of rich conservatives.

  3. The battle for mass transit’s soul: How will tomorrow’s greatest cities travel? – Urban planners are in the throes of an ideological struggle that could fundamentally change the way cities look

  4. A Picture of Detroit Ruin, Street by Forlorn Street – Urban planners are watching the census of blight in Detroit for what it might mean for the way troubled cities can track empty, decaying structures and decide what do about them.

  5. The Daunting Costs of Municipal Bankruptcy – It’s always going to be expensive, but getting it right is critical.

 

50 Nifty

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At Newark Airport, Lights Are On, and They’re Watching – LED lighting systems that can observe people and gather data are being introduced worldwide, but some experts say there is potential for misuse.

L.A. Police Commission may revise scope of shooting inquiries – If approved, the panel would consider an officer’s actions before he fires his weapon in taking into account whether the use of force is justified.

Rent in ND city of Williston exceeds NY, LA—The rapidly growing North Dakota oil patch city of Williston has the highest average rent in the United States, a national study from an apartment renting guide shows. 

Town reels from ‘a tragedy that can’t be described’ – A Riverdale, Calif., man suffers burns in a rescue attempt, but watches as his wife and four children die in a fiery collision at a notorious intersection.

2nd BART tube under the bay would serve region well – A second tube under the bay will serve some of our emerging neighborhoods as well as the classically underserved areas of both cities. Any scenario without a second crossing cannot solve BART’s current and future capacity problems.

Politicos

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The plot to kill Ed Koch – How the late New York mayor ran afoul of South American assassins—and ended up with a contract on his head.

GOP leaders plan to put big-ticket legislation on hold – Congressional Republicans are shifting their focus to calming their divided ranks, making bipartisan deals unlikely.

Obama Orders New Efficiency Standards for Trucks – President Obama plans to announce that his administration will issue new fuel efficiency standards for trucks. The initiative directs the EPA and the Department of Transportation to implement stricter standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.

Financier Plans Big Ad Campaign on Climate Change – Tom Steyer plans to spend as much as $100 million this year on a hard-edge campaign to pressure officials and candidates to support climate change measures.

Portlandia

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East Portland: Despite efforts, plans and money, lasting success slow to arrive in Lents – Since opening a branch of Working Class Acupuncture at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Street last year, Rohleder and her colleagues have been overwhelmed with support. Neighbors pop in to thank them for their arrival. Older business owners from down the street ask for appointments, just to show support.

Multnomah County Chair race: Jim Francesconi’s jobs plan targets minimum wage increase, job training – On Monday, Francesconi released a jobs plan outlining his ideas to stimulate jobs growth in Multnomah County, where nearly 90,000 people are unemployed.

Beaverton city councilors to hear latest on community vision before 18-month process to update plan – The plan, passed in 2010 and updated in 2012, lists 118 local priorities ranging from coordinating major community events like the Beaverton International Festival to improving pedestrian safety with crosswalk beacons and other features. The project list was decided based on ideas gathered from about 5,000 residents, according to the city.

Land-use ‘grand bargain’ draws strong reactions from Washington County politicians, conservation groups – Local conservation groups say they don’t necessarily support the deal, which legislators say offers a solution to land-use gridlock by drawing a line in the sand over legal challenges, which have stymied development in such areas as South Hillsboro.

Cascadia 

7Oregon Legislature: Charges of political posturing fly over controversial bills – Once again, Rep. Julie Parrish tried to get a bill passed that would dedicate an Oregon Lottery raffle, estimated to bring in $1.1 million, to help war veterans in the state.

Former siting panel chair joins waterfront project – The former chairman of the state agency that’s reviewing a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver has been hired by the developer who wants to rejuvenate the city’s waterfront to advise him about the agency’s permitting process.

Spencer’s lawyer asking judge to order county to pay award – Clyde Ray Spencer’s attorney said Monday she’s preparing a writ of execution on the $9 million verdict Clark County commissioners have said they won’t pay.

County to list job candidates – Commissioners are to meet this week with the finalists seeking to become the new administrator

Downtown doors opening for business – The recent influx of new businesses in downtown Eugene that is transforming the Broadway and Willamette Street intersection is starting to drift westward, with a new sports bar already open and a waxing salon, a Subway sandwich shop and Buy 2 convenience store preparing to open this spring.

Pure Midwest

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This season now the 5th-snowiest winter in Chicago history – A rare thunderstorm dropped snow at a ‘crippling’ rate and raised the season’s snowfall total to 66.8 inches.

Massive Server Fails in Miami County, Ind. – For nearly a week, Internet and email access was down in most departments and offices.

Emanuel, Preckwinkle make rare dual endorsement – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are expected to weigh in on a West Side primary for county commissioner.

South x Southwest

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Funding, Security Concerns Threaten Future of Oklahoma’s Health Information Exchange – Grant funds to rural providers for electronic health records are now exhausted and without further support from state government, the movement toward full exchange implementation will be stalled.

Frisco Council to discuss possible ban on e-cigarettes – Frisco City Council members on Tuesday night will discuss and possibly act on an ordinance regulating the use of e-cigarettes anywhere smoking is prohibited.

Small Towns in Southwest Fear Loss of Cherished Train Line – The Southwest Chief route, a lifeline to rural communities, is in danger if Amtrak cannot persuade three of the states it runs through to help fund track repairs and maintenance.

Abbott’s plans to appear with Ted Nugent under fire – Highlighting the rocker’s incendiary comments, some critics call on Abbott to cancel events. He has no plans to do so.

Human Resources: 02.13.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Shirley Temple Remix)

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The Key To Success: Hiring People Better Than You – One mistake managers can make when recruiting new staff is being too cautious and careful in their approach. Subconsciously there may be a fear of taking on a new person who could ultimately pose a threat or a challenge.

How Successful People Stay Calm – The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. 

One Need No One Can Afford to Ignore – What do you really need if you want to lead a successful life? It seems odd in hindsight, but for a very long time no one seriously asked this question.

Information Technology

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Facebook: Why You Really Watched All Those ‘Look Back’ Videos – Storytelling, when it is done well, can create a new chemistry in your brain and that chemistry changes the way you feel.

Seriously Boost your Pinterest Strategy – Tips from top Pinterest pinners to seriously boost your Pinterest strategy.

18 Yahoo Answer Fails That Will Make You Facepalm – Users post queries in categories like beauty, entertainment and technology, in the hopes that another Yahoo user answers it thoroughly and thoughtfully. But every once in a while, some questions completely defy all possible logic. In fact, whole websites are dedicated to tracking down the weirdest Q&As out there.

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