In today’s Buzz Russian officials celebrate Trump’s election night victory, police departments continue to diversify their staff, and the brutal Facebook Live attack brings hate-crime charges.

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U.S. intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win  Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow, according to U.S. officials who said that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications in the aftermath of the election in which Russian officials congratulated themselves on the outcome.

Study: Hiring more black cops won’t stop fatal police shootings of black citizens Amid the public outcry following the spate of high-profile fatal police shootings of black men, communities have called for police departments to diversify their ranks to better reflect the populations they serve.

Brutal Facebook Live attack brings hate-crime charges, condemnation from White House Already garnering unwelcome attention for its spiraling gun violence, Chicago was thrust into the national media spotlight Thursday as hate crime charges were filed against four alleged kidnappers accused of broadcasting a live Facebook video of their attack on a mentally disabled man while yelling obscenities about Donald Trump and “white people.”



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Port of Portland sues Monsanto for ‘widespread’ contamination costs  The Port of Portland has sued Monsanto in federal court, alleging the agricultural chemical giant knowingly produced toxic chemicals for decades and left the port with the bill to clean it up.

What’s icy, metal and two miles long? A Great Lakes ice boom  As ice forms on Lake Erie, it creates problems for the huge hydro-electric power plants downstream.

The Value of Fighting Attacks on Free Speech Early and Often  Professor Keith Humphreys of Stanford University does not believe that speech is threatened on America’s campuses.

America Is Still Making Things  Big companies such as Rexnord and Carrier are closing down plants in this Rust Belt state and moving their factories to Mexico.

Why Bosses Can Track Their Employees 24/7 Suppose you’re being followed. Someone’s tracking your phone, or has placed a GPS device on your car.

Which U.S. Cities Have the Highest Density of Microbreweries? Mapping the complete transformation of the beer business in the United States.

Op-Ed Columnist: A Month Without Sugar  I have done it and I recommend it. Cutting out all added sweeteners for 30 days can permanently and pleasantly improve eating habits.

Poll: Most Americans Say Don’t Repeal Obamacare Without A Replacement  A poll finds that 75 percent of people want Congress to either leave the law alone or wait to repeal it until they have a new law. For most people, controlling high health care costs is top priority.

Bernie Sanders Says Trump Won Because Democrats Are Out Of Touch  In an interview with NPR’s David Greene, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized the Democratic Party for not listening to the needs of everyday Americans.

American City & County’s 2016 Crown Communities  Each year, American City & County presents its Crown Communities awards to local governments that have executed the most innovative and impactful projects. Showcased here are the winners from 2016.

Local Government Confidential

Judge sides with City Council on Superfund spending  The City Council was justified in paying for most of the Portland Harbor Superfund costs so far with sewer ratepayer funds — and may use them to pay for the majority of the potentially higher cleanup costs required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Multnomah County Circuit Court ruling released Thursday.

Surprise City Council repeals controversial city-attorney boss ordinance  The Surprise city attorney will report directly to the City Council after council members on Tuesday voted to undo a controversial 2015 ordinance that changed the attorney’s boss.

New city manager brings hope to Douglas  Newly appointed City Manager, James “Jim” Russell began day one of his two-year employment contract with the City of Douglas, on Jan. 3.