In today’s buzz: Sweden says nothing happened there, Bill Cunningham’s jacket and bike are in good hands, and women.
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- Trump Says, ‘Look What’s Happening In Sweden.’ Sweden Asks, ‘Wait, What?’: “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” Trump said at a campaign-style rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this?”… Shortly afterward Trump got a definitive response from Sweden — literally, as The Guardian points out, since one of Sweden’s official Twitter accounts is controlled by a different Swede each week. “No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden,” tweeted Emma, the school librarian running the account this week.
- SpaceX Launches 1st Private Rocket from Historic NASA Pad — Then Sticks a Landing: SpaceX has launched the first private rocket from the same historic site that saw some of NASA’s greatest space missions, then landed a booster nearby in a resounding success.
- Google’s AI can now lip read better than humans after watching thousands of hours of TV: Researchers from Google’s AI division DeepMind and the University of Oxford have used artificial intelligence to create the most accurate lip-reading software ever. Using thousands of hours of TV footage from the BBC, scientists trained a neural network to annotate video footage with 46.8 percent accuracy.
- Don Lemon Cuts Off Guest After He Calls Story ‘Fake News’: CNN’s Don Lemon abruptly ended the last segment of his show Friday night after one commentator continued to refer to a story as “fake news.” Lemon was moderating a discussion of President Donald Trump’s frequent trips away from the White House, and the costs to taxpayers they incur.
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- Let’s Discuss: Citizen Management Software, Budgeting, Safety Committee
- Kittleson’s Corner: Coffee with Council
- Institutional Knowledge with Cal Horton, Part 1
- Conference: Ohio City Managers Association Winter Conference – February 22 to 24
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Permitting – March 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Purchasing – April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
- Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto talks about the Trillion Dollar Smart City Opportunity at the 2017 Dublin Tech Summit
- Bill Cunningham’s Trademark Bicycle and Jacket Join the New-York Historical Society: Bill Cunningham, the beloved chronicler of street fashion and a longtime photographer for The New York Times who died last year at 87, was known for circulating the city with his Biria bicycle and Nikon camera, often while wearing a blue French worker’s jacket.
- The Small-Scale Change That Can Start Bringing a Neighborhood Back: Everybody wants a big project. But as one effort in Cincinnati demonstrates, there are other ways to attract investment.
- Is Detroit Really Making a Comeback?: After decades of demographic and economic decline, culminating in America’s largest municipal bankruptcy in 2013, many observers were ready to proclaim that the city of Detroit was dead. But over the past several years, following successful resolution of the bankruptcy and the emergence of new municipal leadership, views have changed.
- Oroville v. Folsom: 2 Dams Illustrate Challenge of Maintaining Old Infrastructure: The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam, scheduled to be completed later this year, stands in contrast to the troubles 75 miles away at the state-run Oroville Dam, where thousands of people fled last week after an eroded spillway threatened to collapse – a catastrophe that could have sent a 30-foot wall of floodwater gushing into three counties.
- A Conversation with Cities: Mayors on Catalyzing Collaboration & Engaging Citizens: When it comes to addressing the complex challenges that come with rapid urbanization, cities have an opportunity to tap into their strongest natural resource – their citizens. (Baltimore, Albuquerque, New Orleans)
- STiR Startup Binti Rapidly Signs California Clients with Foster Care Software: The company seeks to streamline the foster application process through automation and better process tracking.
- Innovating Local Government: Under Mayor Park Won-soon, the city of Seoul has become a leader in fostering social innovation.
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- More women taking lead in local government: North Carolina has seen an uptick in the number of women appointed to those offices. Eight women served as county managers of the 100 Tar Heel counties in 2014. This year, 21 women are serving in that position.
- How a Facebook post led women to protest ‘backdoor boys’ club’ of local government: In Arlington Heights, a Facebook post by a candidate for the village board appears to have resulted in the revelation of a deep division in town, with scores of residents – mostly women – packing Village Hall to decry what they called the “backdoor boys’ club” of local government.