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Across the U.S., the Worst Pothole Season in Recent Memory – Blame the unusually harsh winter.
6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever – Many freeway systems were overbuilt in an auto-obsessed era, only to realize later that cities are actually healthier, greener, and safer without them. Like freeway cap parks, which hope to bridge the chasms through severed neighborhoods—Boston’s Big Dig is a great example—freeway removal projects try to eradicate and undo the damage wrought from highways, while creating new, multifunctional shared streets that can be utilized by transit, bikes, walkers and yes, even cars.
The Parable of the Mashed Potato Police – And other tales of working for the TSA.
With Deadline Near, Health Signups Show Disparity – With the first open enrollment period set to end Monday, the Affordable Care Act looks less like a sweeping federal overhaul than a collection of individual ventures playing out unevenly, state to state, in the laboratories of democracy.
Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land – Though countries like Bangladesh have contributed little to the industrial pollution driving climate change, they will suffer the most from the devastating consequences.
Will Women Ever Feel Completely Safe on Mass Transit? Cities trying to boost ridership have a few options, but lots of room for improvement.
Is Your City’s Street Grid Really a Grid? This intriguing new visual maps the symmetry of urban layouts.
New Mexico Is Reaping a Bounty in Pecans as Other States Struggle – Thanks to sophisticated irrigation systems and an arid climate that helps ward off crop disease, New Mexico farmers are enjoying a bumper crop and high prices.
A president, a pope and a black cat – The balance of power — an intangible element that the president is accustomed to controlling — appeared subtly tipped in the pontiff’s favor.
Seeking to Ban Online Betting, G.O.P. Donor Tests Influence – The casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s drive to outlaw online gambling has divided the gambling industry and has become a test of his clout in Washington.
A Whitewash for Chris Christie – The glossy political absolution of New Jersey’s governor cost the state taxpayers more than $1 million in legal fees.
Florida’s Scott Travels on Corporate Tab as Lobbyists Tag Along – Months before Florida Crystals Corp. won a no-bid contract to farm sugar on state-owned land, its top lobbyist and president met with Governor Rick Scott in the home of King Juan Carlos of Spain.
Portland And Airbnb Settle On Room Tax Arrangements – This week the planning bureau said it wants to rewrite the law, to permit people to rent rooms in their homes for a day or two at a time.
CRC staff closing up shop after a decade – The Columbia River Crossing’s downtown project office is approaching its final moving day, and it looks the part.
Assistant city manager to leave Lake Oswego in April – After seven years as assistant Lake Oswego city manager, David Donaldson announced last week he is making a substantial career change.
Beaverton’s citizen needs survey, to help prioritize federal funds, will remain open into April – Beaverton and the county are looking to do a five-year planning update that would better delineate priorities for federal dollars. An online city survey, which is open to anyone who lives or works in Washington County, is one way of gathering data for the update.
Deschutes Is The Fastest-Growing County In The West – The Portland area moved down a spot in the rankings of America’s fastest-growing communities. The Charlotte, North Carolina area bumped the Portland metro down to twenty-fourth place.
Painful wait drags on; fire chief says death toll soon will rise – A small army scoured the mudslide zone on Thursday, and the head of a federal rescue team made comparisons to the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina or Oklahoma City bombing. Officials warned that the death toll is about to rise substantially.
Fluoride in water supply sparks debate by council — Since 1971, the city of Monmouth has added fluoride to its water supply. Now, Councilman Steve Milligan is trying to have it removed.
Bringing in a bridge – Eugene’s recycling center gets railings from a coastal span
Polk County deputies will only patrol 10 hours a day starting Saturday – Starting Saturday, crashes on Polk County roads that do not result in life-threatening injuries will not be assisted by sheriff’s deputies between 10 p.m. and noon.
Mountain That Roared Down Turns Into a Tomb of Debris – Recovery is slow and physically dangerous days after a giant landslide engulfed the small community of Oso, Wash.
Editorial: Clarity in short supply in dispensary debate – Confused about whether medical marijuana dispensaries will be opening any time soon near you?
Detroit landlords cash in on rent aid, ignore tax bills – A Detroit News investigation found about 1 in 4 Detroit landlords paid to rent to poor families through the state’s Housing Choice Voucher program collectively owe the city at least $5 million in back taxes and probably much more. Federal and state guidelines for the rental assistance — known as Section 8 — don’t require that all landlords pay.
Largest Minnesota solar project gets tentative approval – Utility regulators, faced with a choice of solar power or natural gas-fired generators, authorized Xcel Energy to negotiate final deals for both energy sources.
’13 Proves Lucky for Knox County, Ill., Which Wins Two Separate National Technology Sweepstakes – Mable Woolsey Elementary and Knox County Government Beat the Odds to Bring Technology to Local Citizens and Students
BP raises estimate of Lake Michigan oil spill – BP today more than doubled its estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan earlier this week from its Whiting refinery in Northwest Indiana.
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Report: Texas Leaves ACA Premium Subsidies on Table – Only 12 percent of Texans who are estimated to be eligible for subsidies have actually enrolled in the marketplace.
Kendall, Hays counties among fastest growing — All around Boerne, Darrel Lux has seen the signs — new apartments and homes going up — sometimes while stuck on area roadways behind construction vehicles.
Court Panel Upholds Texas Law on Abortion – The ruling was a victory for anti-abortion groups and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas who said the law did not pose an “undue burden” on women’s rights.
Abbott, Davis Oil and Gas Records Show Contrast – Neither Greg Abbott nor Wendy Davis has spent much of their gubernatorial campaigns talking about the energy industry and regulations. But Texans should have little trouble distinguishing their positions on the issue. As a lawmaker, Davis has a detailed record, and Abbott has staked his position in the courts.
Some ask why FBI took so long on Cannon investigation – As the corruption investigation of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon went back underground Thursday, a nagging question hung over his embarrassed city: Couldn’t this have been known before he was elected mayor in November?
A Fierce Rivalry Divides a Kentucky United by Basketball – The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will meet Friday night in the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament, gripping the state in an all-consuming fever.
Carlee: City is not ‘pay to play’ – A day after former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on federal corruption charges, City Manager Ron Carlee said he met with city executives Thursday morning who told him the city wasn’t a “pay to play environment.”
Unique challenge of Braves stadium excites architect – The architects of Kansas City-based firm Populous are at work on their 20th Major League Baseball stadium. They view this one — the planned new Braves stadium — as a different challenge than all the others.
How Deloitte Engages Their Creative Employees Through Rock N’ Roll – Wearing a button-down shirt with your Certified Public Accountant certificate hanging on the wall behind you doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t rock out.
11 Secrets of Highly Persuasive Speakers – Powerful Ways highly persuasive speakers use To make an impact
Can We Identify Emotionally Intelligent Job Candidates? Some claim the new phone app MEIT (mobile emotional intelligence test), which shows photos of people’s faces and asks you to identify a person’s emotions, can tell how emotionally intelligent you are.
Companies Find Autism Can Be a Job Skill – Some employers are viewing autism as an asset and not a deficiency in the workplace. Software company SAP, for instance, believes features of autism may make some individuals better at certain jobs.
Job hunting online? How to get your profile the most visibility – Want your LinkedIn or other professional profile.
4 Questions to Size Up Job Candidates Fast and Cut the B.S. – Want potential hires to show their true selves? Ask them these unusual questions.
The Social Network
Anthony Weiner is back on the Internet – The former New York congressman, preparing to debut a new column, has a “new admiration” for pundits.
Facebook Paper: The Inside Story Is Not What You’d Expect – For starters, the standalone app took the company nearly 30 months to build — a lifetime by Facebook’s “move fast and break things” standard. When Paper was finally unveiled, many users were pleasantly surprised by the app’s design, which is image-heavy and — with the exception of a few buttons in the upper righthand corner — looks next to nothing like the Facebook app with which we’ve grown familiar.
8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains – Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention spans and sleep cycles.
Microsoft’s Office apps for iPad ushers in new era – Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company’s lucrative Windows franchise.