10.07.12 Your Sunday Sermon

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One year later, Occupy Portland regroups and evolves as attention subsides –  Last Monday evening, the diehards of the Occupy Portland movement gathered on the bricks of Terry Schrunk Plaza and pondered the meeting’s anemic attendance.

50 years later, Columbus Day Storm still howls through Portland history – On Oct. 12, 1962, an unusual mix of weather conditions boiled over into a hurricane-force blast that many weather experts say is the most significant windstorm ever recorded in the Portland area.  It did millions of dollars in damage and killed more than 40 people.

USA TODAY analysis: Nation’s water costs rushing higher – USA TODAY’s study of residential water rates over the past 12 years for large and small water agencies nationwide found that monthly costs doubled for more in 29 localities. The unique look at costs for a diverse mix of water suppliers representing every state and Washington, D.C. found that a resource long taken for granted will continue to become more costly for millions of Americans. Indeed, rates haven’t crested yet because huge costs to upgrade or repair pipes, reservoirs and treatment plants loom nationwide.

The Seeds That Federal Money Can Plant – At a time of looming budget cuts, advocates of government financing of technology research argue that it is an investment in the nation’s future.

Charlie Hales’ city experience carries successes and shadows: Portland mayor’s race – A decade after quitting in the middle of his third term as a city commissioner, Hales wants to deliver an all-but-unprecedented comeback tour to Portland government, billing his experience as the best hope for restoring mayoral stability to City Hall.


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.

Panel on open government meets in Mount Vernon – The Washington Coalition for Open Government hosts the free event 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Skagit Valley College, 2405 E. College Way. The presentation will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center.

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

The Workplace


Can You Take Your Strengths Too Far? For the past decade, leaders have been encouraged to focus on developing their strengths rather than always gravitating to working on a weakness. But is this too much of a good thing? Lately, a number of business thinkers have suggested so.

Getting To the Bottom of Why Job Interviews Go South – Interviewing is tough business. A candidate is typically facing a complete stranger and has limited time to develop rapport, assess the environment, assimilate the conversation and interpret body language. Reading an interviewer is also a risky endeavor. Typically, only an objective ear can distinguish between what went “really well” and what went “really south.”

The Social Network

10 intriguing facts and figures about social media – This continued growth and stickiness of social media should give businesses reason to be optimistic, but it’s not all sunshine and lollipops for brands in this space. The infographic says only a third of people follow brands online. That’s about twice what it was in 2010, but there’s still room for growth.

24 Touching Photos That Make Instagram Great – Today Instagram celebrates its second birthday. In just 24 months, the filter-filled photo-sharing service has gone from an iOS-only app to becoming Facebook’s $735 million baby. It’s now so popular that last month, Instagram passed Twitter in daily active users on mobile for the first time.

6 Apps You Don’t Want to Miss – It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you’re in luck — we take care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

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