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07.04.2014

7 Comments 04 July 2014

Happy Fourth of July! Today’s Buzz includes an homage to the Notorious RBG, plus fascinating articles about how local governments are paying for fireworks shows, the political power of single women, and more!

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The 49-page Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling mentioned women just 13 times Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg begins her dissent to Monday’s 5-4 Hobby Lobby ruling with a short quote from a 1992 landmark decision — reaffirming Roe v. Wade — penned by the first woman ever appointed to the high court, Sandra Day O’Connor.

Blame It on the Patriarchy Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a woman who’s easy to cheer for. The Supreme Court justice stands at five-feet, one-inch tall.  She was the second woman ever appointed to America’s highest bench, the first female Jew. She’s a grandma. And most importantly, she’s a breathtakingly accomplished legal scholar who’s not afraid to stand up to her largely conservative male peers.

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How Cash-Strapped Towns Are Saving Fourth of July Fireworks The night sky will be dark this Fourth of July for many towns across the country. In recent years, several towns—small and large—on tight budgets have canceled their fireworks shows for the Fourth of July.

We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development When we think about transit-oriented development, we typically think of rail stations. We know that in certain environments with density levels of X and height limits of Y, we can predict levels of investment of Z. But how would that equation hold up if Transit Oriented Development centered on a bike-share station, for instance, rather than rail stop?

Do Cities Really Want Economic Development? A poor economy and all the problems that come with it actually benefit some people, giving powerful players less incentive to improve the status quo for the rest.

How to Freak Out About Millennials in a Statistically Responsible Manner This morning, I explained why the meme about Millennials living in their parents’ basements is overblown, thanks to the Census’ quirky definition of “parents’ basements.” (It includes college dorms.) Americans love to wax histrionic about young people, and it would be cruel for me to deprive them of a beloved national past-time hours before Independence Day weekend.

Single women emerging as political powerhouse Democrats and allied groups are making an aggressive push to woo single women — young and old, highly educated and working class, never married and divorced or widowed.

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A Social Media Agency Takes an Edgy Approach Goodstuph focuses less on tweets and more on events or promotions designed to cause a digital stir. Now it’s opening a bar.

#etiquette: Please stop humble-bragging in your terrible out-of-office vacation e-mails This is an occasional feature wherein we discuss a bit of online etiquette currently in the news. You can find all our #etiquette posts compiled here. Roughly 41 million Americans plan to take vacations around July 4 this year — which means roughly 41 million out-of-office messages will soon be pinging around the inboxes of their overworked, office-bound colleagues.

Become Instantly Addicted to This Google Maps Geography Trivia Game We’ve played quite a few great Google Maps-based games in the last year. And now, Google itself has unveiled Smarty Pins, a new geography trivia game that’s just as addictive as the rest. In Smarty Pins, you start with a total of 1,000 miles in the bank.

What Do You Think About Facebook’s Experiment? Facebook’s data science team is in the spotlight this week with reports of a psychological experiment involving manipulating the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users. The Wall Street Journal asked readers (on Facebook, of course) whether they were concerned about their privacy and this research.

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Greagor won’t face charges in dating website case The Washington County District Attorney’s office has decided not to prosecute Steve Greagor, former assistant city manager for the city of Hillsboro, after consideration of filing charges of child abuse 2 and other unspecified child sex charges.

Seattle City Light’s Carrasco: “I apologize.” After a couple rough weeks of publicity, the City Light chief tries to make amends.

West Linn detective personally demonstrates dangers to children, pets in hot cars (video) Francis, a West Linn Police Department spokesman, decided to sit in a parked car for a half-hour while the outside temperature soared to 98 degrees. Not only that, but he shot a video of his experience, with running commentary, then edited it down to 10 minutes and posted it on YouTube.

Murray names new city transportation chief A former big-city transportation deputy with experience in developing transit, street cars, bike lanes and pedestrian routes is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s choice to lead the city transportation department.

Murray nixes pay raise for City Light boss Mayor Ed Murray announced Wednesday that Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco will not be getting a pay raise, despite a recent Seattle City Council vote to increase Carrasco’s $245,000 salary into the $300,000-plus range. Mayor Ed Murray, here seen with Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, likes to make announcements flanked by Council members and department heads.

City Council finalizes ordinance to legalize Airbnb style rentals here Portland city commissioners informally agreed Wednesday to legalize Airbnb-style short-term rentals in single-family homes, if the host pays a $180 permit fee, gets their home inspected every six years, pays lodging taxes and lives on-site at least nine months out of the year.

McMinnville’s downtown in final face-off of Parade’s Main Street competition McMinnville, that berg of about 33,000 people located southwest of Portland in the cradle of Yamhill County wine country, has made it to the final bracket of Parade magazine’s best American Main Street competition.

THPRD, Beaverton School District finalize land purchase to expand Cedar Hills Park The land is next to William Walker Elementary, and will expand the park by 1.7 acres. The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has finalized its purchase of about 1.7 acres of land next to William Walker Elementary.   The property is adjacent THPRD’s 10.3 acre Cedar Hills Park and to the west of the school, located at 11940 SW Lynnfield Lane.

Forest Grove City Manager gets a positive evaluation and a raise from City Council Councilors met in closed-door executive sessions over the past two months before City Council meetings to discuss Sykes’ performance. The Forest Grove Leader obtained copies of his evaluation on Wednesday. Forest Grove City Manager Michael Sykes received mostly positive marks on this year’s performance evaluation by members of the City Council.

John Ludlow called ‘blowhard’ by Willamette Week Portland’s alt-weekly listed politicians by category, such as horndog, sleaveball and hatemonger. Ludlow ended up in the blowhard category.

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Court ruling on Chapel Hill towing could affect regulations elsewhere A North Carolina court’s support of a lawsuit challenging local towing rules has forced other towns to re-examine their own towing regulations.

Raleigh looks to restart business incubator A year after city leaders pulled funding from the Raleigh Business and Technology Center following a scathing audit, the City Council moved ahead Tuesday with plans to relaunch the incubator.

Lochmere encourages residents to protest tree removal At the Cary Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on July 7, the owners of Amberwood Apartments are expected to appeal the $70,184 fine they face from the town.

Former Cary mayor Glen Lang spends retirement as a roadside farmer If someone had asked former Cary mayor Glen Lang 10 years ago what he would be doing in 2014, his answer probably wouldn’t have had anything to do with protecting.

How North Carolina Turned So Red So Fast Until Republicans took control, the state had long been known as an outpost of Southern progressivism. This year’s elections may indicate whether the state’s shift to the hard right is in step with most voters.


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California Town Is Immigration Flash Point Murrieta, Calif., has become a flash point in the national debate over immigration after protesters this week turned away three buses filled with undocumented migrants sent to the town for processing.

D.C.’s Fanciest Micro-Housing Project Is Meant for Millennials The Patterson House may be one of the finest private structures in Washington, D.C. The mansion was designed in 1901 by Stanford White, a partner with McKim, Mead and White who also designed the Boston Public Library McKim Building, restored Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda at the University of Virginia.

San Francisco Spars with Developers over New Parking Apps A bout of political road rage is brewing in San Francisco over a new generation of parking apps that let users sell or auction off public parking spaces. The city decries the new peer-to-peer parking apps as illegal and has threatened to sue. City Attorney Dennis Herrera began sending cease and desist orders to several operators of the apps a few weeks ago.

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‘ICE Air’ turns San Antonio into a hub city One by one, some striding in flip-flops, others walking with shoulders hunched and fists in pockets — and one or two in what appeared to be handcuffs — the youths stepped out of the rear of an MD-82 that had landed at Port San Antonio’s Kelly Field.

Texas governor calls for sending migrant children back quickly Gov. Rick Perry told U.S. House committee members meeting in this border town Thursday that the most humanitarian response to tens of thousands of children from Central America surging across the border was to send them back as quickly as possible.

As Perry Exits, Texas GOP Shifting Away From Toll Roads The Texas Republican state convention drew national headlines last month with candidates and activists staking out hard-line positions on homosexuality and immigration.

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Indiana’s Interactive Map Plots Meth Lab Data U.S. citizens are cooking meth everywhere, especially in the Midwest. The Indiana State Police (ISP) have known it for years and collected the data — and now they’re sharing that data in an online map that shows thousands of red pins blanketing the state, 9,262 to be exact.

Same-day voter registration coming to Illinois Sweeping Illinois election law changes likely to be in place this fall mean it’ll be easier to register, vote while away at college and cast an early ballot.

Rooftop owners look to strike deal with Cubs over signs Six weeks after the Chicago Cubs told rooftop owners they were done negotiating, the rooftop businesses are looking to strike a deal over signs at Wrigley Field.

 

 

 

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