02.24.14 Your Morning Buzz

Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On


Transaction Wire

City manager candidates run gauntlet

San Angelo has seen new faces come to city government

New manufacturing research institute in Canton to bring 10,000 jobs to Midwest

Constable with felony record may win re-election to old job

High 5


  1. Is Tony Hsieh downtown Las Vegas’ savior or conqueror?An in-depth, street-level look at the czar of Zappos

  2. The Democrats’ would-be Karl Rove – Jim Messina, the former campaign manager to President Barack Obama who spent two decades in politics out of the public eye, is increasingly stepping out from the shadows — and onto other Democrats’ toes.

  3. Now What? City Fears Flameout After Games – After a building boom, Sochi needs tourists but has no clear strategy for attracting them now that the Olympics are over.

  4. At Heritage, a Shift from Policy to Politics – Under Jim DeMint, the Heritage Foundation, known as an incubator for Republican policy ideas, has become more of a political organization feeding off the Tea Party movement.

  5. Increased disclosure? Or an obstacle for EPA? Should the government have to provide the data underlying a scientific report that it has used to support a regulation? Or would increasing the required burden of proof moot policymaking and expose participants’ private data?

50 Nifty


Ohio Gay-Marriage Push Divides Some Advocates – Activists seek the repeal of a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage in Ohio, but other gay rights leaders caution that “2014 is not the year.”

Not Even F.B.I. Is Exempt From N.Y.’s Parking Rules – The federal agency’s vehicles were long off limits to tow trucks, but the New York Police Department has recently taken away hundreds of cars belonging to governmental entities.

Four key executives leaving in shakeup of Metro leadership – Some top-tier jobs are being eliminated to make the Los Angeles County transit agency more efficient, officials say



Poll: Obama not respected abroad – For the first time, a majority of Americans think he is not respected among world leaders.

Kan. candidate posted grisly images – A radiologist running for Senate posted X-rays of patients who had been shot on his Facebook page.

Want proof of Bill Clinton’s power? Look to Kentucky. He plays a starring role in Alison Lundergan Grimes’s Senate bid.



Portland neighborhoods get new places to play, at last: Editorial Agenda 2014 – The 1980s weren’t a convenient time to develop city parks in outer east Portland. The next two decades weren’t, either. In rich years and in lean, the outer edges of the city were always tomorrow’s priority, never today’s.

Agreement reached in regional land-use dispute – A breakthrough in the so-called grand land-use bargain was reached Sunday after days of intense negotiations involving state and local officials, conservationists and farmers.

Will mounted patrol ride off into the sunset? Nonprofit group takes to TV to buck Novick plan to cut police horse unit


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Another area on S. Side eyes incorporation – A far South Side subdivision with about 1,000 residents is the latest area in unincorporated Bexar County vying to become its own city. Savannah Heights, a neighborhood located west of Texas 16, about two miles south of Loop 1604, filed a request asking to be released from San Antonio’s extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Cascade Bicycle Club rides a new path away from politics – The group is reinventing itself as Seattle tries to regain its reputation as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country.

Another possible booze price hike looms over Washington — Booze prices at bars and restaurants in Washington may go up this year as multiple interests fight over rules following the voter-approved privatization of the state’s liquor system.

Sessions to focus on City Hall – Architects will share information and listen to ideas from the public at two open house events this week

Pure Midwest


Obama to promote job creation on St. Paul visit – Tickets to the event are free to the public and available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. Monday at the Union Depot, Suite 120. Tickets are limited to one per person.

Minneapolis restricts parking so workers can clear roads – The parking restrictions were put in place Sunday for the first time since the winter of 2010-11 to make room for fire rigs and other emergency vehicles. St. Paul city officials said they will decide soon whether to institute similar one-sided parking restrictions.

Detroit’s plan to invest $150 million in technology could end dark ages – The Detroit city government that emergency manager Kevyn Orr envisions over the next decade will be a far more advanced operation

Illinois Tollway to add ‘smart highway’ features – By 2016, the Tollway plans to install an elaborate ‘smart’ system on I-90 in Hoffman Estates. The Illinois Tollway is planning to create one of the nation’s most sophisticated “smart highway” systems, officials say.

For Detroit, New Stage in Its Race to Recover – Leaders of other financially troubled cities will be watching to see how efficiently Detroit proceeds after the bankrupt city filed a proposal that creditors and city labor unions criticized as unfair.

South x Southwest


Texas town comes close to having canine candidate for mayor – The residents of Irving, Texas came very close to having a canine candidate for mayor.

Poll: Abbott widening lead in Texas – He leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 11 points, according to a new survey.

Development sparks increase in regional need for electricity – With power use booming during the past 10 years in Cedar Park and Leander, two energy leaders have proposed a way to increase reliable energy to the cities.

San Marcos’ downtown rebuild well underway – The city of San Marcos is launching an initiative that aims to foster small businesses and startups downtown while the area undergoes major changes with infrastructure projects and new residential developments.

Human Resources


The Undercover Interviewer: “Do You Have Any Questions for Me?” – ‘Do you have any questions for me?’ could be the biggest trap of the professional job interview.

Conference Calls Are Terrible. Here’s How to Make Them Better. Let’s face it: conference calls suck. All jokes about corporate tedium aside, conference calls are not an effective means of communication.

On the meaning of life – The meaning of life We can all make a positive difference while we’re here What do you think is the meaning of life, if there is any?

The Social Network


50 Social Media Habits You Can Stop Doing Now – “Google doesn’t really have an algorithm to degrade content when it’s no longer good advice,” says David Spark, the founder of Spark Media Solutions, a writer, and a podcaster.

Average WhatsApp User Sends More Than 1,200 Messages Each Month – Ever since Facebook announced that it will acquire popular social messaging app WhatsApp, there has been a lot of buzz about its impressive user base.

12 YouTube Easter Eggs Worth the Distraction – You can’t find everything YouTube has to offer just by using the search bar. The social video site has been known to hide Easter eggs (hidden messages, jokes or features) deep within in its site.

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