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Right Now with Tony Reed (LinkedIn / Twitter/ Instagram)

What I’m Listening toVOIDS by Minus the Bear

What I’m ReadingMunicipal Management & Finances

What I’m WatchingThe West Wing (Still!)

What I’m Doing Orvis Portland Happy Hour this Thursday



WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking DocumentsIn what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaksreleased on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.

This Sea Turtle Ate 915 Coins and Survived Tossing coins in a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a sea turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins.

Oregon moves to protect marijuana buyers’ personal info Oregon lawmakers worried about a nationwide crackdown on legal marijuana under President Donald Trump’s administration are rushing to protect the personal information of pot customers in case federal agents try to seize it.




50 Nifty

Handing Out Tax Breaks to Businesses Is Worse Than Useless A new study exposes the futility of the $45 billion that states spend on economic development incentives.

Garcetti declares victory, and City Council incumbents on path to reelection in early vote returns Mayor Eric Garcetti, facing 10 little-known opponents, was gliding to a second term Tuesday in an election that tested his clout as Los Angeles voters weighed a sweeping anti-development measure that he fought to defeat, according to early returns.

Baltimore City Council moves toward passing $15 minimum wage bill Baltimore’s City Council, pushed by a group of freshmen members seeking dramatic changes, gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

Dave Chappelle Speaks at Hometown City Council Meeting on Police Violence Chappelle called the incident a “gaffe,” and “beseeched” the council to take the “opportunity to show everybody that local politics reign supreme. We can make our corner of the world outstanding.”

‘Day without a woman’ forces closure of Providence municipal court Municipal court in Providence will be closed Wednesday due to the city’s decision to allow female employees to take a personal day in support of the national “day without a woman” demonstration.

City decides to go it alone on economic development In what appeared to be a 180-degree turn, the Nogales City Council voted to chart its own course on economic development instead of partnering with Santa Cruz County to jointly hire an economic development director, as had previously been decided.


Local Government Confidential

Town’s economic development manager stepping down Heather Stinson got economic development efforts in the town of Warrenton off the ground and moving. Now the town is looking for someone to continue that work.

Paterson, New Jersey mayor facing corruption charges The mayor of Paterson directed three supervisors in the public works department and other municipal employees to perform work at a warehouse leased by his daughter and nephew and allowed them to be paid overtime by the city for the work, state authorities said Tuesday.

Ex-mayor paid for trips, online dating with money meant to help poor children, prosecutors say Anthony Silva — the eccentric former mayor of Stockton, Calif., once accused of playing strip poker with teenagers — is facing a slew of new charges alleging that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars meant to help poor children.