In today’s Buzz we recap last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, provide updates on the powerful earthquake that  struck Japan, and read about the Panama Papers claiming another victim.

Today’s Buzz celebrates Jackie Robinson Day. Today every player across Major League Baseball will wear number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.


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What I’m Listening to –  Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

What I’m Reading – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

What I’m Watching – Hannibal Takes Edinburgh

What I Want to Know from You – Has your council, board, or mayor ever pushed to end a public meeting early because of a sporting event?



Clinton, Sanders brawl in Brooklyn ahead of pivotal N.Y. primary  Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders traded testy accusations and open scorn over policy differences and personal judgment in a debate Thursday that put on full display just how much the once-genteel Democratic presidential contest has turned ugly. Days before the all-important New York primary, the longtime front-runner and the persistent underdog did little to disguise the resentment and dislike that have taken root as Sanders has eroded Clinton’s national lead and laid claim to a hold on the Democratic Party’s populist heart.

Strong Earthquake Strikes Japan’s Kyushu Island, Killing at Least 9 A powerful earthquake struck the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday, killing nine people, collapsing roads and buildings, and knocking out power, officials said. According to the government, some 1,000 people had been treated for injuries caused by the magnitude 6.2 quake, which struck just before 9:30 p.m. and was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks. About 40,000 people spent the night outdoors or in temporary shelters.

The Panama Papers Claim Another Victim José Manuel Soria initially denied knowledge of the accounts, but had to reverse course after El Mundo, the Spanish newspaper, also connected him to a firm in Jersey, the U.K. tax haven. The New York Times adds: The resignation of Mr. Soria, who has not been charged with wrongdoing, comes at a time of turmoil in Spanish politics, after inconclusive elections in December. [Prime Minister Mariano] Rajoy’s Popular Party won the most votes but lost its majority in Parliament, making it likely that new elections will be held in late June.

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Maybe don’t buy May TriMet pass, says TriMet TriMet took the extraordinary step of warning MAX riders to consider not buying a monthly pass for May, when it plans two weeks of disruptive track maintenance. 

At Plaza library, Crawford Architects presents an alternative plan for KCI A Kansas City architecture firm sought public support Wednesday night for its alternative plan for KCI. While airport and airline leaders recommend a new single terminal, Crawford Architects advocates saving and renovating the existing 43-year-old terminals.

Slender Man stabbing defendant seeks placement with grandparents A mentally ill girl charged in the Slender Man stabbing case wants to live with her grandparents until her trial, and avoid becoming “institutionalized” at a juvenile jail where she’s suffered assaults.

Detroit’s health chief: Screen all children for lead A drinking fountain in one Detroit school spewed water with lead levels 100 times the federal threshold, DPS tests found

The Fallout From Arizona’s Primary A little less than a month after long lines—and waits—defined the Arizona primary, the Democratic Party, and both the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns, will sue the state over the insufficient number of polling locations, according to The Washington Post.

$1 Million Won’t Make You ‘Financially Comfortable’ in San Francisco Sorry, Bay Area millionaires—all your money doesn’t mean you’re rich. The lower limit to be considered “wealthy” in these parts means having an average net worth of $6.3 million, according to research from Charles Schwab.

In a Week of Anguish, Some Austin Residents Turn on the Homeless The University of Texas at Austin tower is darkened on April 7 in memory of Haruka Weiser, who was murdered on campus.

Obama to Help Push for Open Market for Cable Set-Top Boxes The president will weigh in on a proposal at the Federal Communications Commission, filing comments that encourage the agency to loosen cable companies’ grip.

This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison Together We Bake is a bakery in Alexandria, Va. that supplies granola, cookies and kale chips to local eateries. It’s also a job-training program for women — many of whom have criminal records.

This Week in Civic Tech: Tax Prep Services Fight IRS on Free Filing, OpenGov Acquires Ontodia This Week in Civic Tech presents a line-up of notable events in the space that connects citizens to government services. Topics cover latest startups, hackathons, open data initiatives and other influencers. Check back each week for updates.

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Local Government Confidential

Atlanta-area city eyes 4-day work week  A small city south of Atlanta is expected to adopt a four-day work week. The Grantville City Council this week held the first reading of an ordinance that would make the four-day work week permanent for city employees, reports The Newnan Times-Herald. Grantville, which is in Coweta County, has been on a trial period for the four-day work week since October 2015.

Feds: No complaints against City Council for housing vote If critics of City Council demand a federal investigation into its position and practices regarding low income housing, then it’s news to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

City council expects to complete city manager review in May Inside Austin City Hall there’s an air of uncertainty caused by the council personnel review of a top leader, City Manager Marc Ott.

Cycling community to Lacey City Council: give us bike lanes on College Street A half-dozen cycling enthusiasts stepped up the pressure on Lacey City Council Thursday night, urging the council to incorporate a five-foot bike lane into the city’s plans to widen College Street Southeast.