Happy first Saturday of August! Today’s Buzz features melting ice in Greenland, Zika in Puerto Rico, and a first for the USA’s fencers in Rio. Today’s Buzz is dedicated to the star of last night’s opening ceremony – the Tongan flagbearer, Pita Taufatofua. Sorry, Michael Phelps.

Right Now with Emily Leuning

What I’m Doing: Brunch

What I’m Watching: The Olympics

What I’m Listening To: Lots of national anthems

We’re Buzzin’

Why a Former CIA Chief Says Trump Is a ‘Threat’ to National Security: Michael Morell the latest in a string of ex-national-security officials to back Hillary Clinton as she embraces an image centered on defense.

Melting Ice In Greenland Could Expose Serious Pollutants From Buried Army Base: Buried below the ice sheet that covers most of Greenland, there’s an abandoned U.S. Army base. Camp Century had trucks, tunnels, even a nuclear reactor. Advertised as a research station, it was also a test site for deploying nuclear missiles.

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Podcast: A Day In The Life of Innovation Offices in Illinois, North Carolina & Florida


Smile! National #CityHallSelfie Day is August 15

Upcoming ELGL Events

Supper Club: ELGL Supper Club in San Mateo, CA – August 28

Conference & Networking: League of Women in Government Symposium + Networking – September 24

Networking: ELGL & ICMA BBQ Mixer – September 25

Webinar:Local Governments & Local and Regional Food Economies – October 11

Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month

50 Nifty

An American Muslim Fencer Lunges Into U.S. Olympic History In Rio: Even if fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad doesn’t medal at the Rio Olympics, she is set to make the history books. Once she hits the fencing strip for her first bout in the women’s individual sabre competition on Aug. 8, she will become the first U.S. Olympic athlete to compete while wearing a hijab.

A black woman called 911 because she was afraid of a police officer. A violent arrest followed: Nervous and distraught, Earledreka White did the only thing she thought she could to allay her fears after being stopped by a police officer in Houston: She called 911 to report the traffic stop and asked for police backup.

Zika Cases Surge In Puerto Rico As Mosquitoes Flourish: The Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico is expanding rapidly. Recently, the island has been reporting more than a thousand new cases of Zika each week. The situation is expected to get worse before it gets better.

Khizr Khan Says He Would Live This Week A ‘Hundred Million Times’ Over: Khizr Khan, the Muslim-American lawyer thrust into the spotlight this week after speaking at the Democratic National Convention about his soldier son and criticizing Donald Trump, says he has no regrets about the speech or the attention that followed.

Local Gov Confidential

Ann Arbor is first city in Michigan to raise tobacco purchase age to 21: The City Council voted 9-2 Thursday night, Aug. 4, to give final approval to an ordinance introduced by Council Member Julie Grand, D-3rd Ward, raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21.

12 new Arizona laws that will impact you: The Arizona Legislature this session passed 388 bills. Gov. Doug Ducey signed 374 of them into law. Most of those new laws go into effect on Saturday.

Portland Tribune: Replacing coal will not break the bank after all: When the Oregon Legislature debated a landmark bill in March to phase out coal power in Oregon and require more renewable energy, Republican lawmakers, business groups and some Public Utility Commission officials predicted it would jack up power costs and harm industry. But those fears appear to be overblown, based on the first round of solar and wind power deals negotiated by Pacific Power since the bill’s passage.

A look at big names hosting Trump for Seattle fundraiser: Donald Trump’s planned campaign swing through Washington in late August will include a Seattle fundraiser hosted by prominent Pacific Northwest investors and real-estate developers.