Today’s Buzz features Trump’s legal troubles and bankruptcies, biohackers, and ethics problems in Alabama. The Buzz is dedicated to squirrels because they are better than chipmunks!
Right Now with Ian Davidson
What I’m Doing: Saving the world
What I’m Watching: BIG, starring Tom Hanks
What I’m Listening To: NPR
The Internet is having a royal field day with the queen’s ‘green screen’ outfit: Long live the (green screen) queen. Yes, Queen Elizabeth’s eye-catching birthday outfit was an Internet prankster’s dream. Why? It was pretty much the color of a green screen —the monochrome backdrop used to shoot footage with scenery that must be added in post-production. (Think driving footage and Star Wars.)
30 years ago, scientists warned Congress on global warming. What they said sounds eerily familiar. In 1986, Republican Sen. John Chafee convened a remarkable set of climate change hearings.
Upcoming ELGL Events
- June 15 & 16 – GOVERNING Summit on Leadership & Innovation at Seelbach Hotel, Louisville KY
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- June 21 to 24 – Association of Washington Cities Conference at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett WA
- June 22 to 24 – WCMA & ILCMA Summer Conference at The Abbey, Fontana WI
Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants: “Biohackers” are putting microchips and magnets in their bodies for everything from unlocking the front door to detecting moon earthquakes.Tim Shank can guarantee he’ll never leave home without his keys. Why? His house keys are located inside his body.
Donald Trump moves to block release of video testimony in university lawsuit: Attorneys for Donald Trump are seeking to block the filing of a portion of his video-recorded deposition in a class-action lawsuit by former Trump University students, a move that could prevent the public release of the videos, according to a court document filed Friday.
Obama approves federal money for flooded Texas counties: President Barack Obama on Saturday approved a request from Gov. Greg Abbott for federal aid for the Texas counties hardest hit by the latest run of storms that flooded thousands of homes and streets with reckless force.
How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions: Mr. Trump boasts of his success at the Jersey Shore resort, but regulatory reviews, court records and security filings indicate otherwise. And others paid the price.
China Tries to Redistribute Education to the Poor, Igniting Class Conflict: A plan to expand higher education to students from impoverished regions, at the expense of the urban middle class, has set off an intense backlash.
In Albania — a NATO member and U.S. ally — concerns over the emergence of ISIS: After more than 100 Albanians traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State, officials are on a war footing in the country of 2.8 million people, where an outsize problem is trickling in amid a shift in the religious climate.
Local Gov Confidential
Massachusetts Moves Zoning Reform Bill Forward: An update to the state’s zoning laws—the first update of its kind since 1975—is moving forward through the Massachusetts Legislature.
3,000+ gallons of untreated sewage leak into Grand Traverse Bay: 4 popular beaches have no-contact warnings
Sounder South trains: so popular, Sound Transit’s trying to add more: Sound Transit is negotiating with BNSF Railway in hopes of bringing all-day service to the Sounder line to serve fast-growing communities in Pierce and South King counties.
An Ethics Conviction in Alabama: Alabama House Speaker Michael Hubbard was automatically removed from office Friday after a jury convicted him on 12 felony public-corruption charges, adding to the state’s extraordinary political crisis.