06.03.16

In today’s Buzz, read about the time New York City tried to ban cars, where do the homeless have the right to sleep in America’s biggest cities, and the tragic crashes of both a Navy Blue Angel and Air Force Thunderbird jets in separate incidents.

The Buzz is brought to us by Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriends.  Earlier this week, in preparation for her next album, Taylor Swift broke up with Calvin Harris.  I guarantee we will be hearing all about the breakup on Taylor’s next album.

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What I’m Listening to – Ryan Adams: 1989

What I’m Reading – Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovell

What I’m Watching – The NBA Finals (This is a big deal for me, I am not a big fan of basketball)

What I Want to Know from You – Who is your favorite Taylor Swift ex?

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When New York City Tried to Ban Cars Before the eager young New York traffic department employee who would eventually become known as Gridlock Sam had begun his long war against cars in earnest in the early 1970s, he got a dull assignment: standing out in the cold weather, timing car traffic as it crossed into Midtown.

Homeless say booming cities have outlawed their right to sleep, beg and even sit David Cross had been such a fixture at Five Points Park, a patch of green in the prospering heart of this city, that residents dubbed the homeless man “the mayor.” But that was before the city removed the park bench where he held court. Before a new panhandling ordinance made it illegal to ask for money in most places. Before he was given a written infraction for sleeping outside. So the 66-year-old did what an increasing number of homeless people across the country are doing: He sued, claiming that the city had virtually regulated away his right to sleep and scratch together an existence. He and others in similar suits argue that homelessness has been effectively criminalized in some cities.

In bizarre coincidence, a Blue Angels F-18 and a Thunderbirds F-16 crash on same day A U.S. Navy Blue Angel crashed shortly after takeoff, killing the pilot, during an air show practice on Thursday in Smyrna, Tenn., a Navy official said. According to Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeanette Groeneveld, the F/A-18 single-seat jet crashed while in formation. The Navy has notified the pilot’s next of kin and will not release the name or aircraft number for 24 hours. The F/A-18 crashed at approximately 4:01 p.m. eastern time. According to Groenveld, the cause of the crash was unclear and the Navy has opened an investigation into the incident.

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Bank of America worker fired after offensive Facebook post goes viral A 57-year-old Coweta County, Ga., woman was fired from her job at Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) due to a racially offensive Facebook post that went viral.

The Swiss Are About To Vote ’No’ On Basic Income Voters in Switzerland will decide Sunday whether to cut themselves and all their fellow citizens checks.

Amazon Abruptly Lays Off Its Seattle Bike Couriers: “It Was Not a Pretty Picture” The couriers were given only three days notice, according to a bike courier who asked not to be named because Amazon could still reverse its decision.

North Korea decries ‘dull Hillary,’ praises Trump as ‘wise’ leader Donald Trump is a “wise politician” and “far sighted presidential candidate,” in the words of an endorsement-like Tuesday editorial in North Korea’s state-run media outlett DPRK Today.

Kansas faces $74.5 million budget shortfall amid school funding fight Kansas legislators wrangled on the final day of their annual session Wednesday over whether to comply with a court-ordered increase in aid to poor school districts amid fresh evidence of the state’s deteriorating financial condition.

Feds considering endangered listing for moose in Michigan Federal officialswill consider extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to moose in four states.
Trump: Mexican American Judge Has an ‘Absolute Conflict’ Was Donald Trump’s suggestion last week that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an American of Mexican descent, could not fairly preside over a lawsuit about so-called Trump University simply an off-the-cuff remark?
Trump’s Industrial Belt Appeal In his still improbable path to the White House, Donald Trump has an opening, right through the middle of the country.
For African Americans, Park Access is About More Than Just Proximity The Trust for Public Land has just released its annual scores and rankings on city parks across the U.S., as Laura Bliss reports.
The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In Three Acts  Supermarket tomatoes have a terrible reputation. But the industry is evolving. More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or “shade-houses,” and flavor is improving.
Army’s Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers Many combatants return from the battlefield with hearing loss. The U.S. Army has begun deploying a “smart earplug” system that can protect hearing without blocking crucial sounds.

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Local Government Confidential

City declares business co-owned by City Council member in default of agreement A business co-owned by City Council member Katrina Brown has been declared in default on an agreement that provided about $590,000 in city loans and grants for a barbecue sauce manufacturing plant.

LV City Council to consider allowing charitable donations in lieu of some nonmovoing violations Paying parking tickets in Las Vegas could soon be temporarily replaced with acts of philanthropy.

19-year-old making bid for Poquoson City Council Once you’re born in Bull Island, many will tell you, leaving the herd can be an easy task to accomplish, or an impossible one – depending, ultimately, on your loyalty to the town and its culture.