04.21.13: Your Morning Buzz

Neil Diamond Leads ‘Sweet Caroline’ Sing-Along at Fenway Park

The High Five

  1. Oregon streetcars: Money flows despite missed deadlines, cost overruns – Instead, D.C. turned to the city of Portland to help revive a deal with United Streetcar behind the scenes, documents obtained by The Oregonian show.

  2. Tony Hsieh’s Plan To Reinvent Vegas Transportation With Electric Cars – The ambitious initiative, called Project 100, is the Zappos CEO’s latest scheme to change the face of Sin City. This time, he’s using a fleet of Teslas.

  3. Calls for More Video Surveillance – Government use of surveillance technology has expanded in the past decade. Calls for increased camera surveillance are putting a spotlight on the technology and the debate about its use.

  4. On History, Bush Museum Lets You Decide – Visitors to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be presented with the stark choices that confronted the nation’s 43rd president.

  5. For emergency workers, a moment away – At JJ Foley’s, some of Boston’s emergency workers were finally able to reflect on a tragic week.

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Newest ELGL Member: Claire Harvey, Santa Clara University, Economics and Political Science Major

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I’m Just a Bill

A Montana Loophole Leaves a Bitter Taste With Bar Owners – Many of the state’s brewers have embraced a law that lets them open tasting rooms without a liquor license, but some say the tap rooms are bars by another name.

Senate poised to back Internet sales tax – The Senate is expected to pass legislation this week that would empower states to tax online purchases.

Fiscal Cliff

Polk Sheriff’s Staff Will Shrink, But Not Through Layoffs – The county’s budget calls for $1 million in reductions by this summer. Wolfe says three deputies have accepted other jobs, and one detective has announced his retirement.

Klamath faces budget shortfall – Water rate increases to users outside the city limits and continued vacancies in the Klamath Falls Police Department would be the major repercussions of proposed changes to the general fund as the city grapples with an expected budget shortfall of $760,000.

Citizens Show Support in Patrol Car Pull – After losing 65% of its workforce last year, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department says the few who remain could use the support of county citizens.

California Tries to Regain Fuller Control of Prisons – Despite spending $1.2 billion on improving mental health care in its prison system, California has so far failed in efforts to lessen federal oversight.

Inside Portlandia

Nobody’s Home – Lackluster results haunt Portland’s “overnight sleeping” pilot project.

Calling a Do-Over – The city attorney’s office wants a new trial in a $306,000 police brutality case.

Defense Spending – Public defenders are making a strong case for better pay. It probably won’t matter.

Gail Shibley returns to Portland City Hall as most experienced chief of staff in recent history – Gail Shibley, the mayor’s chief of staff. The mayor said Shibley possesses the right mix of discipline, leadership and savvy. “She’s got the right mixture of smile and steel.”

Outside Portlandia

Resurgence in building boosts Lane County wood products industry – Booming construction is forging more jobs in the wood products industry.

Records detail pay bump effort – Lane County’s administrator argued that she deserved a double-digit raise, e-mails show

10 years after: Looking back at former Tacoma police chief David Brame – Ten years ago, the city’s top law enforcement officer became  the city’s worst criminal when he fatally shot his wife and then himself. Afterward, community  leaders realized David Brame wasn’t the only problem. Policies and attitudes had to change.

Career Center

Get a Gig at Google! An Inside Look at the Hiring Process – Do you dream of riding around on your scooter, eating the best free food Silicon Valley has to offer, and collaborating with the most brilliant minds in the tech world? If you’ve always wanted to work for Google, check out this infographic to get an inside look at the company’s hiring process, salary ranges, and more.

The best career advice you’ll never hear in a graduation speech – William MacAskill is an ethicist at Oxford and Princeton. He’s the founder and president of 80,000 Hours, an ethical careers advisory service

Why 43% of Women With Children Leave Their Jobs, and How to Get Them Back – Parents could take on freelance, deadline-driven projects for companies.

Women and the ‘good enough’ life – What the work-life debate misses.

Social Network

Why People Prayed for Boston on Twitter and Facebook, and Then Stopped – Social networks reveal some long-standing human patterns.

Map Shows Hundreds of Tweets From Boston Marathon Bombing – This map, created by a Syracuse University professor and student, shows approximately 200 tweets sent from the scene of the Boston Marathon with the #BostonMarathon hashtag during the hours immediately following Monday’s bombing.

It’s Time for Truth on Social Media -With social networks like Facebook and Twitter, news flows faster than ever. And the news is no longer centrally controlled, making it potentially less trustworthy. Reporters have more access to information through social media, but it’s no longer just journalists delivering that information. The power of information-sharing now rests in the hands of everyday people — that means you.

Startups Get Help Testing Apps Before Their Release –  growing number of companies are helping Silicon Valley tech startups work out the kinks in their products before they are released, as app makers look for ways to refine their offerings and stand out in a crowded market.

Don’t forget to wash your hands after using Facebook – According to a new survey  from CreditDonkey that’s sure to lead to a scientific breakthrough, 52 percent of social networkers have updated their Facebook status while relieving themselves.

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