03.15.2016

03.15.2016

Today’s Buzz looks at the greatest legal defense team assembled in the 20th century, the DREAM TEAM.  Frankly, every episode I watch of “American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson” makes me want to go to law school, find a time machine, and take part in the Trial of the Century.  We also look at news including body cameras for St. Louis police, superheros building bat homes, and Trump facing possible charges for inciting a riot. 

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What I’m Reading: How to Watch Television by Ethan Thompson and Jason Mitchell

What I want to know from you: What’s your favorite show on TV right now?

We’re Buzzin’

Justice Dept. Condemns Profit-Minded Court Policies Targeting the Poor: A top prosecutor called on state judges to root out unconstitutional policies, and warned against operating courthouses as for-profit ventures.

What I Learned When an Angry Group Destroyed My Public Meeting: Introducing the Fiasco Files—a lighthearted look at those times when things went sideways in community engagement. This Fiasco File tells the story of an angry and vocal minority group and the havoc the raised at a public meeting.

N.C. sheriff’s office not likely to charge Trump for actions at rally: The department is still investigating whether the GOP front-runner incited a riot, but an attorney said “it doesn’t appear that we have sufficient evidence” at this time.

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Cash-strapped farmers struggle to pay cropland rents: Signs of financial stress: Some farmers struggle to pay cash rents

Michigan company looks to halve offshore wind costs: Company uses physics of thunderstorms to summon energy out of air.

Bill would give Colorado cities more control over oil/gas well locations: City staff are recommending that the Longmont City Council support draft legislation that would allow local governments more control over oil and gas well locations. Rep. Mike Foote and Sen. Matt Jones are sponsoring the bill. Foote said the measure is set to be introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives by Friday. The bill would allow municipalities and county governments to exercise land use authority over where an oil and gas well is located.

Superheroes build homes for bats: Bat homes constructed from the set of Batman v Superman will be auctioned off to fund bat conservation efforts.

Latest Corruption Report Says Illinois Is Just As Corrupt As Ever: Chicago: city of the big corruption scandals. That’s how our unofficial slogan goes, right?

Where To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In Chicago: For Chicago, St. Patrick’s Day almost feels like a month-long affair. Don your best green outfits and head out to any of these awesome events throughout the month to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

Plan would force parks to pay property tax: Legislation marks the latest in a series of attempts by lawmakers to crack down on the Department of Natural Resources

‘Ugly duckling’ MidAmerica Airport may finally earn some respect: Land banked for under-used airport beside Scott Air Force Base provides big lure for coveted spy agency.

LocalGov Confidential

University City Police halt alcohol sales at topless Delmar Loop bar: City Council will act Monday to regulate sexually-oriented businesses.

St. Louis police seek public input on body cameras: The city police department is nearing the end of a 90-day pilot program that outfitted some sergeants with body cameras.

Chicago’s North Branch Riverfront Expansion Is Moving Forward: The expansion of Chicago’s riverfront walkways will continue with the long-gestating Addison Underbridge Connector project.