In today’s Buzz read about Philadelphia becoming the first major city in America to pass a soda tax, the latest on British Parliament member Jo Cox who was attacked and killed yesterday, and take a trip through the war torn streets of Syria.

After Philadelphia’s historical  decision to pass a soda tax yesterday. Today the Buzz ask one of the most important questions ever…Coke or Pepsi?

Crystal Pepsi

Right Now with Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – Mumford and Sons: Johannesburg

What I’m ReadingFANGRAPHS

What I’m Watching – Voltron

What I Want to Know from You – Coke or Pepsi?



Philadelphia City Council passes beverage tax with 13-4 vote Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday despite a multi-million dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it. The City Council gave final approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages.

Suspected killer of British lawmaker had ties to neo-Nazi group, watchdog says The man detained by police in connection with the killing of a rising star of British politics had longstanding ties to a U.S.-based neo-Nazi organization and, in the past, had ordered a how-to guide for assembling a homemade gun, according to a watchdog group that tracks extremist behavior. The revelation came as police on Friday continued to investigate the motive behind the killing of the British lawmaker, Jo Cox, who was stabbed and shot midday Thursday in an attack that stunned the nation and led to a suspension of the European Union referendum campaign just a week before the vote. Cox had been a strong advocate of an inclusive and multicultural Britain amid a wave of hostility toward immigrants that is helping to fuel the anti-E.U. campaign.

What I Saw in Syria A reporter’s photographs and cellphone videos from a road trip in one of the world’s most violent war zones.





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Summer TV Preview 2016 Summer is here, but, frankly, the TV premieres look a little too scrawny in their bikinis and Speedos — especially compared with recent summers. Is it because the Olympics are coming in August? Would it have anything to do with wall-to-wall Republican and Democratic convention coverage headed our way in July?

Austin mother sues after 2 year old nearly drowns at city pool A mother is suing the City Of Austin for $100,000 after her two-year-old daughter nearly drowned at a city pool.

Disney World will post signs warning of gators Two days after an alligator attack that killed a toddler, Walt Disney World is planning to put up signs warning visitors about the reptiles that swim in its resort waterways.

Officials: Mercedes-Benz Stadium cost rises to $1.6 billion  A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Falcons says the official cost of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is still $1.5 billion, but twice this week officials said the price has increased to $1.6 billion.

The 5K, Not The Marathon, Is The Ideal Race  On a recent business trip, I asked the concierge at my hotel for advice about where to go running. “Are you training for a marathon?” he asked. Nope. I’m racing 5Ks, I told him. He gave me a puzzled look that said, but you look like a serious runner.

Detroit demolition deals skipped City Council approval  The Detroit City Council next week will begin voting on the contracts after the discrepancy was discovered.

The Maker Movement: If Hamilton Were Around, He Would Be a Fan  The previous two installments in this series, “The Tools Revolution” and “Agility,” of course concentrated on the private businesses, large and small, and the entrepreneurs who have created and applied the tools that are changing manufacturing in a way parallel to what the internet era has done for (and to) the creation and dissemination of ideas.

In the U.S., Walkability Is a Premium Good  Urbanist scholars as far back as Jane Jacobs have extolled the benefits of walkable neighborhoods, though they have been notoriously hard to quantify.

When It Comes to Workplace Noise, Millennials Can’t Even  Companies go out of their way to woo workers with freebies and quirky spaces. Coffee and snacks are somewhat standard. Other businesses go bigger, with neon-orange slides that wind between floors or treehouses and ponds on sprawling campuses.

Arizona Prepares for a Historic, ‘Deadly’ Heat Wave  The coming days will not be a time for Southwesterners to hike, bike, or do much of anything except camp in front of the A/C with the blinds closed.

Christo’s Newest Project: Walking on Water For 16 days, “The Floating Piers,” a saffron-colored walkway, will connect two small islands in a lake in Northern Italy to the mainland.

Invisibilia: How Learning To Be Vulnerable Can Make Life Safer  Tommy Chreene saw a man die while working on a Gulf oil rig — and went right back to work. Then the oil company decided that for the workplace be safer, the roughnecks needed to share their feelings.

 Home Alone

Local Government Confidential

Missoula City Council committee discusses background check ordinance A contentious proposal to require background checks on all gun sales and transfers in the city is back under discussion by the Missoula City Council’s public health and safety committee.

Paid sick leave proposal passes City Council committee Chicago took a major step Thursday toward requiring nearly all employers to offer workers paid sick leave, with a measure excoriated by some business interest groups as overly complicated and inconsiderate of business owners’ needs.

City Council votes to buy 200+ acres for park, green space on North Side City Council voted unanimously to buy more than 200 acres of land on the city’s North Side.