10.05.12 Your Morning Buzz

USFL sets 2014 target for inaugural season



Port of Portland executive director talks air and noise pollution in Hillsboro visit – Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland executive director, hosted a public forum in Hillsboro on Thursday, his first in the community in several years.

5 Things the Government Spends More on Than PBS – Twitter reported 17,000 tweets per minute for “Big Bird” and 10,000 tweets per minute for “PBS” in the hours after GOP nominee Mitt Romney told the debate audience: “I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” and then, adding hastily as he looked at moderator and PBS NewsHour executive director Jim Lehrer, “I like PBS. I like Big Bird. I like you, too.”

The Hidden Cost of Counting the Homeless – A professor criticizes the “culture of quantification,” arguing that we don’t do enough with the data we collect.

Crime vexes bankrupt San Bernardino – According to 2010 data, the violent crime rate is twice that of the rest of California. San Bernardino has declared bankruptcy, and it’s struggling to figure out how to make the budget cuts it needs to get back on track.

The Broadnax budget: Pain inherited from follies past – After eight months of poking at Tacoma’s fiscal foundations, Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax has come up with bad news: termites.

Generational Warfare: The Case Against Parasitic Baby Boomers – His name is Tom. He is 63, tall and lean, a contracts lawyer in a small Oregon town. A few wisps of hair still reach across his scalp. The moustache I have never seen him without has faded from deep brown to silver. The puns he tormented my younger brother and me with throughout our childhood have evolved, improbably, into the funniest jokes my 6-year-old son has ever heard. I love my dad fiercely, even though he’s beaten me in every argument we’ve ever had except two, and even though he is, statistically and generationally speaking, a parasite.


Inside Portlandia


Outside Portlandia


Get Involved

RSVP: ELGL Forum with Amanda Marshall, US Attorney for Oregon – Please join us on Thursday, October 11 at noon for an ELGL forum with U.S Attorney for Oregon, Amanda Marshall. The forum will be held at Cafe Allegro in Tigard. RSVP to ELGL Project Coordinator, Megan Messmer, oregonelgl@gmail.com.

Sherwood Chamber of Commerce hosts voter’s forum – The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Edy Ridge School, 21472 SW Copper Terrace, will also provide information on several statewide offices and key ballot initiatives in Sherwood.

Big push set for Stafford pathway finish – Those desiring to attend the event must preregister by calling 360-213-1201 or sending an email to info@columbialandtrust.org. The cost is $10 per person, which covers the cost for wine. Food will be served free of charge. Oswego Hills Winery is located at 450 Rosemont Road in West Linn.

Transportation committee seeks applicants for community seats – Metro’s Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee is seeking four community representatives. Terms begin January 2013. Apply online by Oct. 19

Second round of Tacoma community budget input meetings scheduled – On October 2, City Manager T.C. Broadnax presented staff recommendations for the 2013-2014 Proposed Biennial Budget during the City Council Study Session. As part of the budget development process, the City will hold a second round of community budget input meetings October 22 – November 5 in each of Tacoma’s five Council districts.


The Workplace

5 keys to powerful, precise writing – Too often, though, we’re eager to grant ourselves exceptions to the rule. “It’s just a thank-you note … or an email … or a note to my kid’s teacher … or, or, or.”

10 Common (and Corrosive) Job Reference Mistakes – In the job hunt, there is so much focus on theresume and the interview that your professional references don’t get enough attention. But there are several mistakes that many job applicants make with their references that could easily be avoided.

6 Ways To Make A Team of Rivals Work – Now being made into a Spielberg blockbuster, Team of Rivals demonstrates Lincoln’s political genius at a personal level. So how do you go about getting foes to join forces?

How a Flexible Workplace Saves Money and Lifts Morale – Women frequently start their own companies in order to give themselves the flexibility to balance work and family. Giving your employees the same flexibility can save your business money, spur growth, and make your employees happier.

7 grammatical errors you can ignore (sometimes) – There are two types of grammar: descriptive, which describes what is customary, and prescriptive grammar, which prescribes what should be.


The Social Network

Twitter Sets Record During Debate, But Not Everyone Tweets Unscathed   – The microblogging site clocked an unprecedented 10.3 million tweets during the 90-minute debate.

Pinterest More Important to Brands Than Instagram | Social Media Today – Our “Social Media around the World 2012” study is clear: the two social networks with the biggest growth potential are Pinterest and Instagram.

25 signs you need a vacation from social media – I asked several of the social media experts I’m lucky enough to call co-workers to help me identify social overload. So, if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, it’s probably a sign you need a vacation from social media.

Five Social Media Tricks Every Entrepreneur Should Know – How can entrepreneurs leverage platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? According to Martin, these are the top five social media tricks every entrepreneur should know.

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