In today’s Buzz: Japan blows space garbage, The Huffington Post hates that conservatives don’t hate Lady Gaga, and Elizabeth Warren gets the boot!

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What I’m Reading – 1776 (still!)

What I’m WatchingThe People v. O.J. Simpson

What I’m Doing Soft Sleep @ Bunk Bar this Saturday!


Warren barred from speaking on Senate floor for rest of Sessions debate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was prohibited Tuesday night from speaking on the Senate floor for the rest of the debate over Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be attorney general.

Japan’s Ambitious Space Junk Experiment Ends in Failure A 700-meter cable failed to deploy and the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere without getting a test under way.

The Joke’s On Conservatives Who Love Lady Gaga For ‘Not Getting Political’ Conservatives are applauding Lady Gaga for not taking the opportunity during the Superbowl Halftime Show to get political. And the Huffington Post can’t stand it.




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City Hall: Recycling will cost Lincoln residents Recycling has its environmental benefits. It saves trees. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling just 1 ton of cardboard could save more than 17 trees, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Or put another way, one tree equals 151.6 cardboard boxes. And recycling will help lengthen the life of Lincoln’s landfill, which is expected to be full by 2032 without any efforts to recycle more. But recycling comes with a cost locally, particularly since the markets for recyclable material have plummeted in the past few years.

City Council to study three sites for affordable housing bond funding Over 70 percent of Asheville voters approved the city’s $25 million affordable housing bond referendum this past November. According to the city’s website for bond-related information, $10 million is earmarked for beefing up the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which provides low-interest loans to developers who commit to building new affordable housing. The rest of the money — $15 million — is designated as funding to repurpose city land for affordable housing.

Seattle City Council votes to sever ties to Wells Fargo The bank is one of the financial institutions that is financing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last week, the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee voted to move forward with an ordinance proposed by council member Kshama Sawant to remove deposits from Wells Fargo and seek a “more socially responsible bank.” Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Wells Fargo in downtown Seattle and filled the council chambers to speak against the bank.

Retailer threats to leave Utah shouldn’t dictate public policy, House speaker says SALT LAKE CITY — The announcement that organizers of Utah’s largest convention are considering other sites, plus concerns some retailers have raised about the state’s political public lands stances has caught the attention of Utah policymakers. But Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes said no group or industry should think it can dictate public policy.

Duncan Public Works addressing water safety concerns Following new regulations from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the city of Duncan is limiting the amount of chorine used to disinfect its water supply. EPA regulations stipulate that a running annual average of the amount of trihalomethanes in large surface public water systems cannot rise above.080 milligrams per liter. The recent regulation change affected more than 150 communities in Oklahoma whose trihalomethane levels posted higher than .080 milligrams per liter for 12 consecutive months.

Henderson City Council adopts 6-month moratorium on sale of recreational marijuana The Henderson City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance Tuesday declaring a six-month moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana. The ordinance follows the passage of Question 2, which legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada.

Local Government Confidential

City Council names Scott Schubert permanent police chief Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved Scott Schubert’s appointment as the permanent chief of the city’s Police Bureau this morning. But the comity lasted only a few moments before a dispute over his predecessor broke out.

Residency of City council candidate called into question Manny Pelaez, a local lawyer who is running for the District 8 City Council seat, is facing residency questions that could disqualify him from running for the office.

 Obama backs Garcetti for reelection in low-profile race for L.A. mayor Mayor Eric Garcetti hardly needed the support of former President Obama to strengthen his campaign for reelection, but he asked for it anyway during a party at the White House last month.