Today’s Buzz looks at famous rocks throughout history.

Right Now w/ Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Reading: Tulip Mania (seriously fascinating.  I knew the basics of the tale from when I was a kid, but this stuff is amazing)

What I’m Doing:  Final prep work for the Missouri City/County Management Association Spring Conference

What I Want To Know From You: Did I miss any truly famous rocks?


The real reason some people end up with partners who are way more attractive: Research explains the rise and fall of the mixed-attractiveness couple.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: White House Edition: The security cordon around the country’s most famous residence is growing taller and stronger, again.

‘He thought he could help’: Concealed carry gun-wielder intervenes in Texas domestic dispute and is shot dead: The concealed carry permit holder was trying to intervene in a domestic dispute, trying to disarm the fleeing shooter, trying to do the job ordinarily reserved for police.  Instead, he was killed.

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The Taboo Larry Wilmore Broke: Georgia McDowell was born the daughter of farmers and teachers in North Carolina in 1902. She was my great-grandmother, and she taught me to read, despite the dementia that clouded her mind and the dyslexia that interrupted mine. I loved Miss Georgia, though she kept as many hard lines in her home as she had in her classrooms. One of the hardest lines was common to many black households: The word “nigger” and all of its derivatives were strict taboos in person, on television, and on radio from any source, black or otherwise, so long as she lived and breathed. She’d kept the taboo through decades of teaching black students and raising black children. For most of my childhood, the taboo was absolute.

Donald Trump is really going to be the nominee. This is actually happening: Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee.  The only way it won’t is if something unthinkable happens. He could be struck by lightning. He could pull off his Trump Mask and reveal that he’s actually been Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt this whole time. Short of that, I dunno. You never want to say never in American politics, but this is the exception.

The LinkedIn For Women Who Have Taken A Career Break: Après is a new job marketplace that is targeted toward moms who want to opt back into their careers.  Jennifer Gefsky is an accomplished professional. After graduating from law school, she was recruited by a New York firm and worked there for several years before becoming vice president and deputy general counsel for Major League Baseball. Her next career move was a bit of a challenge, though.

Backing ‘Brexit,’ A Salmon Smokehouse Says It’s Been Swimming Upstream: Mom-and-pop businesses are considering how a British exit from the EU could affect them. The owner of Britain’s oldest salmon smokehouse, who wants out, says EU membership dilutes British culture.

Carbon’s Casualties: Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’: A $48 million grant for Isle de Jean Charles, La., is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change.

Colorado Court Strikes Down Local Bans on Fracking: The ruling gave oil and gas companies a victory in a lengthy battle over energy production in the environmentally conscious state.

Ruined Serbian Orthodox Church Was a Landmark of Old New York: Once a chapel for the city’s gentry, the Cathedral of St. Sava served as a house of worship for Episcopalians and, later, Orthodox Christians.

Cruise Ship From Miami Docks in Cuba, Ending Decades-Old Freeze: The Adonia crossed overnight from Florida to Havana, becoming the first cruise ship in nearly 40 years to make the trip.

Local Gov Confidential

Lake Bluff Marks 20 Years As “Tree City USA”: For the 20th consecutive year, Lake Bluff has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation honoring the Village’s commitment to outstanding community forestry practices.

Wentzville aldermen drop smoking ban idea: The board decided by consensus against considering an ordinance to restrict or prohibit smoking in restaurants.

Final NGA decision expected in June: Agency has chosen St. Louis as preferred location

Looking for morels? Find a burn site: Since morel mushrooms are usually found in former burn sites, the Michigan DNR created an online map of the state’s 2015 wildfires and prescribed burns to help hunters find the fungi easier.

Is broadband Internet a ‘basic utility?’ Voters consider high-speed tax: A property tax to build a fiber optic network is on the Tuesday, May 3, ballot.