In today’s Buzz, Donald Trump accepts the Republican presidential nomination, Ivanka Trump makes a pitch to women voters when introducing her father, and the NBA decides to relocate their All Star Game in response to North Carolina’s “bathroom law”.

The NBA All Star Game joins a growing list of events and concerts that have either been canceled or moved in response to North Carolina House Bill 2.  Today’s Buzz is brought by all of the awesome events our friends in North Carolina will be missing this year.  🙁

Jordan All Star


Right Now with Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited

What I’m Reading – Fangraphs, MLBTradeRumors.com, soxprospects.com, etc.. 

What I’m Watching – Stranger Things

What I Want to Know from You – Did you watch last night’s Convention?



His Tone Dark, Donald Trump Takes G.O.P. Mantle  Donald John Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday night with an unusually vehement appeal to Americans who feel that their country is spiraling out of control and yearn for a leader who will take aggressive, even extreme, actions to protect them.

Ivanka Trump introduces her father — with a personal appeal to women Ivanka Trump, the polished, careful daughter of a shoot-from-the-hip presidential candidate, made a personal appeal to female voters who remain skeptical of a Trump presidency, describing her father “as a fighter” for the nation and women.

NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over HB2 bill  The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the league’s objection to the state’s House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the state.


Cirque du Soleil


 Maroon 5




Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato


50 Nifty

Austin snags more than $165 million in loans for utility upgrades  Loans for more than $165 million awarded on Thursday by the Texas Water Development Board will likely be used by Austin Water Utility to replace customers’ water meters and expand its water reuse program. Following hundreds of complaints about …

Florida police shoot autistic man’s caretaker as he lies in street with hands up  A Florida police officer shot and wounded an autistic man’s caretaker, authorities said, in an incident purportedly captured on cellphone video that shows the caretaker lying down with his arms raised before being shot.

How GOP Delegates Are Reacting To Cruz’s Speech  After three days of a rocky Republican National Convention, and watching the wheels come off Ted Cruz’s speech Wednesday night, I’m finding myself thirsting for context. Is this a 1964 Nelson Rockefeller moment, or just a kinda-weird-but-pretty-normal nominating event? So I spent Thursday morning chatting up people who’ve been to multiple conventions to try to get their perspective.

Election Update: Clinton’s Lead Is As Safe As Kerry’s Was In 2004  There has been a lot of polling over the past few days in advance of the Republican National Convention, which got underway Monday in Cleveland. But it mostly confirmed the conclusion our election forecast models had arrived at late last week: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 3 or 4 percentage points. That’s down from a lead of 6 or 7 percentage points a few weeks ago.

Five takeaways from Donald Trump’s convention speech  After three train-wreck days at one of the most mismanaged conventions in recent history – and less than 24 hours after his rival Ted Cruz stood at the same rostrum and refused to endorse him – the Republican nominee delivered an impassioned and conventional plea to restore to America “the respect that we deserve.”

Marijuana-munching cops fired after being caught on tape  A squad of hungry, destructive police officers in Southern California are looking for new jobs after security camera footage caught them unlawfully raiding a dispensary’s stash.

Judge issues injunction, allows voters without IDs to cast ballots  U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee said people without IDs can vote by signing affidavits swearing they are who they say they are.

Craft beer fuels Michigan hop binge  State now ranks fourth in producing important beer ingredient.

Federal judge blocks Michigan ban on straight-party voting  AG Bill Schuette says he will appeal Thursday’s ruling on behalf of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

Drawing the Murder Rate  Last week, we asked readers to draw their best guess of how the U.S. murder rate changed between 1985 and 2014. More than 11,000 of you participated.

Card Shark  Some say that nobody remembers who came in second. But trading-card manufacturer Brian Wallos remembers not only who came in second, but who came in third, and fourth—and even 15th, 16th, and 17th.

New York’s Proposed ‘Clean Energy Standard’ Includes Nuclear  New York’s Clean Energy Standard, if approved, would mark the first time a state put a price on carbon emissions.

The U.S. Cities Creating The Most White-Collar Jobs, 2016  The information sector may have glamour and manufacturing, nostalgia appeal, but the real action in high-wage job growth in the United States is in the vast realm of professional and business services.

Yellowstone tourists were not the only ones to try an ill-fated bison rescue. A Park Service manager did too. The baby bison who had to be put to death at Yellowstone National Park in May after tourists loaded it in the trunk of their car was not the first one to die after human interference tore apart its family.

Edward Snowden to Help Develop a Safer Phone for Journalists  Mr. Snowden, speaking from Russia to an M.I.T. Media Lab conference, said the idea was to alert users to electronic surveillance in dangerous areas.

Small Town In Colorado Tells Residents Water Is Contaminated With THC  Hugo, Colo., is not home to any marijuana growers or retailers. But the town is reporting that THC — the compound that gives cannabis its psychoactive qualities — is in the tap water.

FACT CHECK: Donald Trump’s Republican Convention Speech, Annotated  NPR Politics adds context, analysis and checks facts in Trump’s Thursday night address to the Republican National Convention.

WATCH: Michelle Obama Sings Stevie, Raps With Missy, On ‘Carpool Karaoke’  Oh, and then there was her rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” complete with the moves.

Pearl Jam

Local Government Confidential

City Council president says Baltimore can’t afford $15 minimum wage Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will not agree to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, dealing a blow to legislation that’s aimed at lifting residents out of poverty but which critics say would sink the city’s economy.

Georgia governor picks Fort Oglethorpe city manager as Catoosa’s first state court judge Fort Oglethorpe City Manager Ron Goulart said he will be Catoosa County’s first state court judge.

Local government board fostered ‘culture of excess,’ state audit shows  Board members for a little-known local governments’ insurance co-op treated themselves at taxpayer expense to high-end restaurants, fancy hotels, golf and major league baseball games, a new state audit shows.