Today’s buzz looks at old train stations.  

Right Now w/ Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m reading: ICMA 2016 Final Conference Program

What I’m watching: Mr. Robot Series 2 Finale

What I’m doing: Putting the finishing touches on some council retreat plans for this weekend


Entire Indiana Fever Team Kneels During Anthem Before Playoff Game: The gesture came in the wake of police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte, and many other professional athletes have joined either side of the protest movement.

‘He Will Be Our Brother’: Boy, 6, Asks Obama To Bring Syrian Boy To Live With Him: The breathtaking sadness of seeing a young boy suffering amid Syria’s civil war has prompted a breathtaking offer of hospitality and friendship.

‘New York Times’ Editor: ‘We Owed It To Our Readers’ To Call Trump Claims Lies: Executive Editor Dean Baquet says “it would almost be illiterate” to call Donald Trump’s longstanding claim that President Obama was born outside the U.S. anything but a lie.




50 Nifty

  • Time Warner CEO admits the DC movies kind of suck: In a masterful bit of word-mincing, Time Warner CEO admitted on an investor call yesterday that, yeah, Warner Bros.’ DC movies aren’t all that great. Okay, so he didn’t say that specifically, but he did note, according to Variety: “We can do a little better on the creative.” (Just read between the lines on that one.)
  • What Happens When Yelp Restaurant Reviews Turn Political?: First American Fried Chicken, owned by the family of the suspect in the Manhattan bombings, is the latest eatery to see reviews plummet based on more than food. Some attacks can cross into real life.
  • Which Trump Will Show Up at the Debate?: The only thing that’s certain about the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday night is that a lot of people will be watching—perhaps more than any debate since 1980.
  • The Exorcist and the Lost Art of Catholic Storytelling: A mother fears that something terrible is happening to her daughter. She hears voices inside the walls of her house and seeks the help of her parish priest—a charismatic man suffering a crisis of faith. He, determined to help but afraid of what he might encounter, reaches out to a world-traveling priest versed in the ancient rite of exorcism. Together, they battle the devil in order to save the young woman’s soul.
  • The Adversity of a Child’s Life in Rural Kentucky: Of the 50 U.S. counties with the worst child poverty rates, 48 are located in rural America. Yet, these regions are often overlooked when it comes to visual storytelling. The short filmClass of ‘27 takes us to the very small town of Booneville, Kentucky, where most of the residents live below the poverty line and employment is mostly limited to the school system. It’s a moving documentary which aims to expand the current narratives surrounding rural poverty in America. These are not destitute regions whose residents are unable to achieve more advantageous surroundings, but areas that have been deprived of resources and are moving towards investing in the next generation. “The stereotype that bothers me the most is we have less complicated lives in rural places,” says the Kentucky-based writer Silas House. “No matter where you live, your life is complicated and has great joy and sorrow.”
  • State of emergency in Charlotte after man shot during 2nd night of protests: A demonstrator was critically injured in what officials called a “civilian on civilian” shooting, but word spread among protesters that the victim may have been shot by police.

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