Today’s Buzz takes a look at a somewhat forgotten corner of 1980s cartoons, the GOBOTS.  While the toys weren’t quite as cool as Transformers, the storyline more than makes up the gap.

Right Now w/ Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Doing: Recovering from my travels over the past two weeks

What I’m Reading: Jupiter’s Circle Vol. 2

What I’m Watching: Chopped episodes that I’ve missed

What I want to know from you: Which GOBOT was your favorite?


Idaho Rising: The construction industry in Treasure Valley—the region that’s home to Boise, Idaho—has grown drastically over the last year. The city’s increase in building projects is both reviving a once-lagging industry, and putting pressure on its labor force to accommodate the growth in this particular sector. This has resulted in a shortage of skilled labor. Construction workers in the state boast the third-lowest unemployment rate in the industry: As of June 2016, only 2.4 percent of Idaho construction workers were unemployed compared to 4.6 percent nationwide.

Second Night Of Unrest In Milwaukee Following Police Shooting Saturday: A 23-year-old black man was shot and killed as he fled a traffic stop on Saturday; police say he was armed. Protests on Sunday night were smaller and less destructive than on Saturday night.

Thermostat Ransomware: A Glimpse into the Future of Crime in Cities: At this year’s annual DEF CON conference held Aug. 4-7 in Las Vegas, two security researchers demonstrated that it’s possible to infect a smart thermostat with ransomware — a form of malicious software that encrypts or blocks access to a device until a ransom is paid, usually in the form of bitcoins.



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McKee buys Pruitt-Igoe site, a symbol of St. Louis’s decline, and now, rebirth: Developer Paul McKee’s plans call for hotel and offices on the site of the failed public housing project.

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway making state history: STL native is first pregnant woman to hold statewide office.

St. Charles County lawmaker to quit after moving out of district: Democrats had called on Rep. Ron Hicks to step down because of a state law that doesn’t allow lawmakers to live outside of their districts.

Lake Bluff Garden Club Turns 100: Adaptability is the key to longevity for the Lake Bluff Garden Club.  Though its mission remains a commitment to the environment and the community since its founding in 1917, the Lake Bluff Garden Club enters its 100th year in 2016 finding new and different ways to add beauty to the community, according to Club President Nan Patterson.  “We’ve been able to change with the times,” Patterson said. “We’ve always found something to keep everyone interested.”