02.27.14 Your Morning Buzz

14 Hilarious Hashtags That Jimmy Fallon Got Trending

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  1. Is Wall Street Pay Hampering U.S. Innovation? The argument is that our idea of achievement has become too narrow and materialistic

  2. The Revolution has begun: How Local Governments are Taking Control – Where do high quality jobs that fuel economic development come from? While the easy answer is “the private sector,” the full one is more complex. Today, a college graduate is developing the next great app.

  3. Will Streetlamps Become Information Hubs for Cities? New technology makes it possible to turn ordinary streetlamps into data-gathering networks. But is it too much of a good thing?

  4. Cities Slow Down on Red-Light Cameras – The number of places using cameras to catch drivers who run stoplights has fallen about 6% since 2012, with some communities citing studies that show the cameras do little to reduce accidents.

  5. For Merle Haggard, a Boxcar Was Home. Now It Needs Work. The house and its working-class locale near Bakersfield, Calif., served as inspiration for many of the musician’s songs.

50 Nifty

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Yes, Police Can Arrest You for Failing to Identify Yourself – You’ve heard of stop-and-frisk. Now meet stop-and-identify.

How Housing Is Making America’s Wealth Divide Worse – Home value is disproportionately concentrated in just a handful of U.S. cities and towns.

Arizona’s SB 1062 is vetoed as NFL, MLB make positions clear – The biggest wedge seemed to come from the leverage of sports. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Arizona next year, and the NFL said it emphasizes ‘tolerance and inclusiveness.’

Watershed Year as States Reconsider Marijuana Laws – More than half the states are considering decriminalizing or legalizing the drug for medical or recreational use.

Politicos

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Joe Biden in winter – Biden’s reply, scrawled on the original missive, came back fast, as if he had just been sitting there waiting for a chance to argue the point, in the form of another quote, this one from the poet Dylan Thomas. “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

To Pay for Infrastructure Repairs, Obama Seeks Tax Changes – President Obama will ask Congress to overhaul corporate and business taxes to pay for a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill.

Most Democrats Want Clinton to Run in 2016 – While Democrats are eager for a presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Republican field appears to be far more mixed, according to a new poll.

G.O.P., Though Deeply Split, Has Election Edge, Poll Shows – Though most Americans agree more with Democratic policy positions, the Republican Party is benefiting from the support of self-described independents.

A Simpler Tax Plan, Not a Better One – The Republican proposal fails to improve a tax code that is inadequate to the country’s needs.

Portlandia

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Google Fiber ponders moving into Tigard – City on list for ultra-high-speed Internet and cable service

Milwaukie medical marijuana dispensaries temporarily banned after council vote – The council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance prohibiting the outlets, which will become legal under state law next month. The ban will give the city time to seek community input and adopt proper zoning or other regulations, mayor Jeremy Ferguson said.

Former Washington County Chair Tom Brian’s $43,000 travel reimbursement detailed in executive expenditures audit – Brian, whose term as chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners ended in 2011, was the focus of a significant portion of the report.

Kitzhaber steps into Port of Portland chaos again as trucking companies refuse cargo, impose surcharges – The battle between longshore workers and the operator of Portland’s international container terminal is creating such chaos that many trucking companies have begun levying surcharges to go there.

Cascadia

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A New Tool in the Fight Against Hurricanes: Wind Farms? Tens of thousands of wind turbines could dampen monster hurricanes into plain old bad storms, claim researchers.

Puyallup mayor attempts to curb citizen’s comments, stays within the rules – Puyallup Mayor John Knutsen temporarily halted a resident from speaking during Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting and although exercising that power isn’t common, it isn’t unusual.

City manager says library branches could stay open – Jon Ruiz suggests that Eugene seek a local option levy to finance future branch expenses

Lane administrator chosen – Steve Mokrohisky, the manager of a county in Nevada, says he’ll decide “very soon” on a contract offer

Pure Midwest: Twitter

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Officials talk government consolidation – When State. Rep. Chris Welch, D-Westchester, sat on the Proviso High Schools District 209 Board of Education, and residents would ask about low test scores, he would often start by explaining how seven different grade school districts fed the single high school.

Obama proposes $302 billion investment in infrastructure in St. Paul speech – The Union Depot in St. Paul — a project that received considerable federal funding — was the backdrop for the president’s push for more transportation spending.

Chicago Digital Hub is a Big Opportunity (Opinion) – President Obama formally announced the deal Tuesday, and is committing $70 million from the Defense Department.

Fertilizer Limits Sought Near Lake Erie to Fight Spread of Algae – Phosphorus runoff from farms and lawns has helped to create a vast blanket of toxic algae each summer, a United States-Canadian agency said.

South x Southwest: Twitter

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Fort Worth to start search over for city manager – The Fort Worth City Council decided Tuesday that none of the four finalists for the city manager position were right for the job and announced that they are starting the search over.

Township prepares for possible incorporation – Now, members of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors are taking steps to prepare for the day the community will become a home-rule city. During the board’s retreat Feb. 20, members discussed how they would transition from a township to a city, including the timing and the process.

Bill Clinton visits San Antonio – Former President Bill Clinton was in town to honor his former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development appointee and friend.

Having buildings ready often essential — One of the recommendations from the consultant who wrote San Antonio’s new job-creation strategy, Deloitte Consulting, is that the city maintain more available buildings so that companies seeking to expand or relocate can study sites that can be occupied immediately.

2 AACOG execs placed on leave amid financial probe— Two top executives of the Alamo Area Council of Governments were placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday amid an inquiry into possible financial irregularities.

Utilities: Whopping heating bills coming – Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas say March heating bills could be, on average, more than $50 higher than in February as a result of colder temperatures that have increased demand on the systems.

Human Resources: 02.25.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Ramis Remix)

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Why I Miss the Suburbs – I’m a Millennial who moved to New York City, but I’m not sure how long I’ll stay.

Three Tips to Telling a Persuasive Story – I gave a speech yesterday on storytelling, and in preparing for the event I was reminded how critical it is to every aspect of our work. Nothing beats a good story.

How to Blow an Interview – How You Answer and Ask Questions Will Determine if You Get the Job Over the past few weeks I’ve interviewed about 20 people for a VP-level position. …. candidates aren’t judged on how well they do their jobs

LAFD rejects thousands of good applicants in seconds – Fire Department hopefuls who submit key paperwork more than 60 seconds after the filing period opens are eliminated from consideration.

The Country’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers – These people are some of the hardest-working and most innovative individuals in the field of government technology.

The Social Network

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Buying a Gun on Facebook Takes 15 Minutes – An extensive Venture Beat investigation has uncovered dozens of pages on Facebook where guns are for sale.

How Can Facebook ‘Own’ Messaging Without Email? It’s easy to dismiss email as a relic of a time when people didn’t communicate through social networks, text messages, or instant messaging tools.

How to get more Pinterest followers – Do you know what can make getting new followers even more exciting? Knowing each new fan could make your business money. According to an infographic from Who Is Hosting This, 47 percent of U.S. online shoppers have made purchases based on Pinterest recommendations.

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