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Oregon gay marriage: Weddings quickly follow historic decision Supporters of gay marriage erupt in cheers and tears of joy as the decision is announced, and dozens of couples rush to exchange vows. Watch video A federal judge overturned Oregon’s ban on gay marriage Monday, and jubilant couples began exchanging vows within the hour.
A Tiny Austrian Town Has the Coolest Bus Shelters We’ve Ever Seen Adolf Bereuter Krumbach, a scenic Austrian town with a population of 1,000, came up with a clever idea last year to try to put itself on the tourism map.
Public university tuition is up, and the numbers zero in on why Two reports released this weekend about how public universities are spending their money have sparked widespread outrage across the country. One, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, outlined executive compensation at public universities, revealing that college presidents make, on average
Wonkblog: Americans lie about how much they go to church, even if they don’t belong to one There are but three certainties in American life: death, taxes and fibbing about how often you go to church. That last item comes via a new Public Religion Research Institute survey (brilliantly titled “I Know What You Did Last Sunday”), which found that Americans significantly overstate their church attendance to pollsters.
San Francisco Deputy Innovation Officer Announces Resignation In a Tweet and accompanying goodbye letter, San Francisco’s Deputy Innovation Officer Shannon Spanhake has announced her resignation and move to San Francisco tech startup Planet Labs, a satellite network providing earth imaging services.
Official Says Marvin Nichols Reservoir Should Stay in Water Plan The Texas Water Development Board’s executive director issued a final recommendation Monday that the controversial Marvin Nichols reservoir in northeast Texas remain in the state water plan for the time being, and he asked interested groups in that region to drop their opposition to the plan.
The Playlist: Eat Your Love (With Sriracha) A delegation of Texans traveled to California this week to woo the makers of the hot sauce Sriracha to the Lone Star State, so we kick off this week’s news-inspired playlist with Diane Coffee’s “Eat Your Love (With Sriracha).” The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along.
TCEQ Proposal Could Mean More Dry Years for Rice Farmers Gulf Coast rice farmers who have gone three years without water supplies from Central Texas’ Highland Lakes could be in store for many more dry years, even if the current drought conditions improve. In the midst of an increasingly tense battle between urban and rural water users of the lower Colorado River, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued new recommendations on Friday.
NC lawmakers move to limit local taxes, spurring opposition A year ago, Republican lawmakers slashed taxes at the state level. Now, they want to force cities to do the same at the local level.
Proposed Durham budget includes a tax hike City Manager Tom Bonfield has proposed a $386.7 million city budget for the fiscal year beginning in July, up 2.7 percent from the current year.
Chapel Hill, Carrboro mayors support gay marriage lawsuit Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, a law professor at N.C. Central University, and Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, an attorney, supported a lawsuit seeking to overturn North Carolinas same-sex-marriage ban Sunday
Wake’s budget proposal tops $1 billion, waits for state action on teacher raises Wake County’s proposed budget tops $1 billion, with increased funding for education of $10 million, but no money set aside for teachers raises, waiting for action by North Carolina legislators.
New Wehby harassment accusation The Oregon GOP Senate candidate was accused in 2007 of harassing her now ex-husband.
Senate candidate Monica Wehby responds to ex-husband’s report of harassment, claims political tie-in U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby and her campaign manager have responded to recently disclosed police reports concerning the candidate, dismissing them as political attacks. On Monday, The Oregonian disclosed police reports from 2007 and 2009 stemming from her divorce, both through a public records request.
The elephant in the room in TriMet labor negotiations: Editorial Agenda 2014 Today it’s groundhog day: a repeat stalemate over health care costs in which TriMet cries SOS and its union declares it is duped by management and is getting mugged. The drama is old. But the way forward matters to anyone who uses mass transit or believes a healthy metropolitan Portland needs a solvent system.
Kathleen O’Toole, former Boston police commissioner, selected as Seattle’s first female police chief Kathleen O’Toole, a one-time Boston police commissioner and former inspector general for Ireland’s national police force, was nominated Monday as Seattle’s first female police chief. SEATTLE — Kathleen O’Toole, a one-time Boston police commissioner and former inspector general for Ireland’s national police force, was nominated Monday as Seattle’s first female police chief.
Beaverton police to step up traffic enforcement through rest of May Beaverton police will be on the lookout for improper seat belt and child safety seat use, cases of distracted driving and speeding vehicles from May 19 to June 1. The extra enforcement is part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Beaverton police will be cracking down on improper seat belt use and other traffic violations through the rest of the month of May.
Seattle agrees to lower height limits of new houses on small lots The Seattle City Council sides with neighbors over developers in limiting the height of houses on small lots in adopting rules aimed at guiding construction in single-family neighborhoods.
How to Win Millennials: Equality, Climate Change, and Gay Marriage Two months ago, Derek Thompson walked readers through the results of a huge new survey by the Pew Research Center on Millennials and their attitudes and opinions. As he noted, this generation, roughly defined as people between the ages of 18 and 33, is the object of almost obsessive levels of scrutiny and observation. Now, another new survey—this one from Harstad Strategic Research, Inc.
Getting Rid of Local Schools Would Make Student Bodies More Diverse Neighborhood public schools are outdated. They were designed to keep children close to parents, especially when many had mothers who spent their days at home. But today, almost two-thirds of American kids don’t have a stay-at-home parent—most moms and dads work long distances from their children’s schools, creating long commutes, missed days at work, and fewer opportunities to attend school events
What you need to know about Julián Castro, the likely next head of HUD Since Saturday morning, the media in San Antonio have been buzzing about a likely home in President Obama’s Cabinet for the city’s 39-year-old mayor and ascendant Democratic star, Julián Castro. Now it appears that the boyish-looking Harvard Law School grad — the twin brother of U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro — will become the next head of the HUD.
City Room: New York Today: Smell of the City What you need to know for Monday: a scent scientist follows her nose, more mild weather, and a subway mystery solved.
Can Your City Be Brought Back from the Dead? The signs of a dying city are usually all too obvious . Houses and landmarks stand vacant, their walls crumbling into ruin; businesses are failing while residents’ incomes drop; and young people are fleeing in droves to seek jobs elsewhere. But there are also ways to revitalize a city, and reverse its decline.
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