Today’s Buzz pays homage to one of the objects long of my desire, the Montblanc fountain pen.

Right Now with Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Doing: Playing Destiny

What I’m Watching: Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards

What I’m Reading: Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian #16 (I picked it up at a Comic Con this weekend)

What I’m Reading II: St. Louis Patina, a website dedicated to the architecture of St. Louis, with looks at other places in MO and IL as well!

We’re Buzzin’

Donald Trump Fires Corey Lewandowski, His Campaign Manager: The embattled campaign manager’s dismissal comes amid concerns from allies and donors about Mr. Trump’s preparedness for a general election.

Who Really Cares About the Oxford Comma?: I do. I care. (editors note: so do I!)

‘This was 30 minutes of hell for this young lady’: Unaccompanied minor groped on flight: Chad Cameron Camp, 26, has been charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl during a flight from Dallas to Portland.


Nominate Someone for the Institutional Knowledge Project

Strategic Government Resources Job Board 06.20.16

Save the Date: Technology Efficiency Series on Snapchat

Finding Local Government with Ben Collins, Plain Township, OH


June 21 to 24 – Association of Washington Cities Conference  at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett WA

June 22 to 24 – WCMA & ILCMA Summer Conference at The Abbey, Fontana WI

June 30 – New (Fiscal) Year’s Eve Party at Lucky Lab Beer Hall, Portland OR

July 12 to 15 – OCCMA Summer Conference at Mt. Bachelor Village Resort, Bend

July 13 to 15 – NCLGBA Summer Conference at Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach NC

50 Nifty

High Court Lets Connecticut, New York Assault Weapons Bans Stand: A lower court had decided that banning semiautomatic “assault weapons” and large-capacity magazines does not violate the Second Amendment.

Citing ‘Unnecessary Distraction,’ FBI Reverses Stance On Orlando Gunman Transcript: Hours after releasing a transcript of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen’s phone call with police that omitted his pledge of allegiance to ISIS, the Justice Department releases a new version.

The View From Luxembourg, Where A ‘Brexit’ Is Unthinkable: As Britain prepares to vote on whether to leave the European Union, we take a look at the country with the highest per capita income of any EU nation. It has clearly benefited from EU membership.

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our ‘Underwater Cousins’: Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or “sentience” — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

The Deadly ‘Heat Dome’ Scorching the Southwest: A heatwave across the American Southwest has been blamed for the death of four people in Arizona, and put 30 million people under heat warnings or advisories.

How Rush Limbaugh Explains Donald Trump’s Unpopularity: The biggest political news in recent days has been Donald Trump’s abysmal performance in the polls. Most every national survey of voters has him losing the election.

The Most Mysterious Object in the History of Technology: It was, as they say, a dark and stormy night. The passengers on the enormous ship probably didn’t realize they were in danger until the moment their vessel slammed into the cliffs of Antikythera, Greece.

Local Gov Confidential

West Garfield Park and Austin got Divvy bikes last week. Will anyone use them?: Some residents are skeptical, but $5 annual memberships could win people over. Imagine if the CTA, a public transportation system that’s subsidized by taxpayer dollars, were mostly serving wealthy white folks.

A Sketch-by-Numbers Coloring Book for Urbanists: There’s great way to step away, if only for a couple of hours, from all the chaos and stress in our lives into a world where we draw the lines, where everything is just black and white—or really, any other color we want it to be.

The Quiet Majesty of America’s Public Libraries: Public libraries in the U.S. are at a crossroads. On one hand, they remain beloved public resources. Seventy-six percent of Americans say their libraries serve the educational needs of their community well, an April 2016 Pew survey found. But only 44 percent had actually set foot in a local library or bookmobile over the past 12 months, down nine percent from just three years earlier. On top of that, libraries are increasingly charged with being more things for more people—digital classrooms, public health centers, maker-spaces—with less and less funding to do it. For all of these reasons, they face an uncertain future.

Stenger not on board with Northside-Southside MetroLink expansion as ‘transit priority’: Route cannot be directly integrated into the existing MetroLink system because it would run in the street, letter says

Transgender flag rises at St. Louis City Hall: St. Louis becomes only the third city hall to display transgender flag.

Lake Forest, IL Open Air Market Nurtures Youth: Starting as a vehicle to drive business to downtown merchants six years ago, the Lake Forest Open Air Market has evolved into a place for young entrepreneurs to thrive as well as giving shoppers a place to buy fresh produce and other foods.