In today’s Buzz: Trump’s travel ban on Muslim-majority nations, Ramadan, and space glasses.

The Morning Buzz is brought to you by Lil Jon (see article below) so turn down for what and enjoy some of today’s top stories or at least what I deem crunk enough for your feed. 

Right Now w/ Kylie Bayer-Fertterer (LinkedIn/Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – Lil Jon.

What I’m Reading –  Nothing at the moment. Better get in touch with Ben Kittelson for a recommendation!

What I Want To Know From You – Do you believe that “Yeah!” is the only true banger of 2004?




50 Nifty

  • Here’s How Muslims Worldwide Are Celebrating Ramadan’s End: Balloons, body paint, joy and mourning — across the world Sunday, Muslims gathered to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and the festivities took nearly as many shapes as the places they were held. 
  • Philando Castile’s Family Settles With City of St. Anthony for Nearly $3 MillionOn June 16, a jury declined to convict former St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez for killing 32-year-old Philando Castile. Today (June 26), Castile’s family has reached a civil settlement with the city.
  • Science Is Proving Why Urban Design Matters More Than Ever: To shed more light on the role of design in civic life, CAD surveyed over 5,000 people from 26 different communities–and different socioeconomic groups and races–across the United States to quantify how urban design makes them feel.
  • In A First, Texas Boys State Votes To Secede From Union: Earlier this month, a secession bill won overwhelming support from the mock legislature in Texas Boys State, the American Legion’s summer program where youth leaders create and run their own government, as the Wise County Messenger reported Saturday. The vote, held June 15, marked the first time in the nearly 80 years since the program’s inception in Texas that both chambers of the Texas Boys State legislature voted in favor of seceding from the Union.
  • More Lone Star State News, Texas Sanctuary City Law Could Lead To Immigration Police State: A small border town and some of the largest cities in Texas told a federal judge on Monday a new state law aimed at punishing sanctuary cities could lead to an immigration police state and asked him to halt it because it was unconstitutional.
  • Climate Change Is Making Cities Sick: Some argue that climate change needs to be integrated deeper into city plans across all sectors.
  • Live in a city? You could get a county tax break: Double dipping on taxes in Georgia may come to an end. Has that happened where you live/work?
  • To Prevent Motorcycle Crashes, Make Riders ‘Talk’ To Cars: Motorcycles, any self-respecting parent will tell you, are dangerous. Per mile traveled, people on motorbikes are nearly 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in motorcars. You can attribute that to the fact motorcyclists are, well, on a motorcycle. They lack the seat belts and airbags and crumple zones that have made cars so much safer in recent decades.
  • Seattle Law Raising Minimum Wage Is Costing Jobs, New Study Finds: A new law designed to raise the minimum wage for workers in Seattle is also costing workers in the city both jobs and money, states a study by a University of Washington team.
  • 2 Million Free Eclipse Glasses Coming to US Libraries: Public libraries across the United States will distribute more than 2 million pairs of free eclipse glasses to skywatchers for the total solar eclipse that will sweep over the country on Aug. 21, 2017. The glasses will be provided by a major outreach program initiated by the Space Science Institute.

Local Government Confidential

  • Mapping the Shout-Outs of Lil Jon and Ice Cube: If you include both city and the larger metropolitan area populations, 144,040,000 Americans can “put their middle finger up in this b—-,” but 176,050,000 cannot. #FunFact I’m thinking of changing my career path to include rap-based cartography. 
  • Police Aren’t Getting Better at Solving Murders: Indeed, U.S. law enforcement is the worst in the Western world at solving crimes. Only one-eighth of burglaries lead to an arrest. For rapes it’s only one-third, and for murder two-thirds. Murder clearance rates have generally held steady for thirty years—even as the murder rate has nosedived, albeit for reasons we don’t really know.
  • Deputy Mayor Under Investigation for Alleged Misconduct Including Having Staff Babysit Her Child: A high-ranking official in the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is under investigation for alleged misconduct, including improper use of her government car and using her staff to babysit her child.