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Posted on September 29, 2014

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I learned a new way to cook bacon, and it’s not nearly as messy as the stovetop. Today’s buzz features news from every region of the US plus featured stories on Detroit, e-cigarettes and urban agriculture – plus a story on a banana shaped sculpture.

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Is There Room for Black People in the New Detroit? – On a sunny Tuesday earlier this month, I watched from the picture window of one of Detroit’s new and hip West Village eateries as children whizzed by on scooters, smiling couples walked their designer dogs and tattooed millennials chatted among themselves while smoking both electronic and tobacco-laced cigarettes.

Urban agriculture comes home at a small farm in Twin Cities suburb – It all started with “Super Size Me.” Watching the 2004 documentary, which highlighted the ills of a fast-food diet, made Kristie Kellis determined to change the way she ate.

Minneapolis could crack down on e-cigarettes – Minneapolis council member wants e-cigs put in the same category as regular tobacco.

Shift to elected officials a smart move in Detroit – Detroit City Council’s decision to keep Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr on through the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, while returning much of the governance of the city to elected officials, is a landmark day in the city’s history, and a positive indicator of its future direction.

Banana scultpure near Purdue violates city code – If you’ve ever walked or driven down State Street on Purdue’s campus, you may have seen a large banana statue. If you drive or walk by now, you’ll see it’s no longer here.


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Las Cruces City Manager Recommends Repeal Of $8.50 Minimum Wage, Discussion Of Changes To $10.10 Law – The minimum wage controversy in Las Cruces continues to grow more complicated.  Now, it appears the Las Cruces City Council may modify the minimum wage ordinance it recently approved.

City re-examines staffing levels – Periodically the question as to the necessity, or lack, of the mandated staffing levels of the Portsmouth Police Department and the Portsmouth Fire Department comes up, and Monday (Sept. 22) night’s Portsmouth City Council meeting was no exception.

Atlantic Beach Commission to review recommended city manager candidates – Interim City Manager Nelson Van Liere is among nine people recommended as most qualified by an executive search firm to the Atlantic Beach City Commission for consideration as the city manager.


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ELGL Northwest

Top-two primary: A solution or a problem? – By advancing the top two finishers in a primary — regardless of their party affiliation — Measure 90 either will prod candidates to appeal to the political center or reduce choices that Oregon voters will have in future general elections.

Governor candidates serious, but some also provide laughter – Candidates for governor weighed in Saturday on issues of concern to city officials, such as property tax limits and transportation funding, at the annual conference of the League of Oregon Cities.

Council rejects plan for police advisory committee, will try again – Bainbridge Island city council members hope the third time will be the charm for creating a citizens committee to oversee the city’s police department.

ELGL Midwest

State grant to bring Divvy bikes to Evanston – Gov. Pat Quinn today announced a $3 million state grant that will bring the Divvy bike sharing program to Evanston and Oak Park and expand the existing program in Chicago.

City of Columbia employees to get pay boost – Starting tomorrow, city of Columbia employees will take home slightly larger paychecks, the result of the Columbia City Council’s approval last week of legislation to give a 2 percent across-the-board raise to all employees and adjust pay rates for some positions to bring compensation closer to market rate.

MDOT looking at potential major changes to Stadium Drive and Michigan Avenue corridor in Kalamazoo – Gala Coats rides her bicycle on the sidewalks because she is afraid to pedal with traffic on Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo.


ELGL Southeast

Leaders see mill project as key to redeveloped city – City leaders and developers are energized after plans for several projects started coming together in what has been coined a “perfect storm” for Hendersonville in its booming revitalization era.

Residents concerned about tree ‘butchering’ in Northwoods – Oaks, maples, magnolias, Bradford pears, river birches, crepe Myrtles and pines — and remnants of the less easily identified — now line Gum Branch and other Northwoods roads after crews cleared foliage near the powerlines in recent weeks.

Volunteers turn to out to beautify downtown Maryville – About a dozen people from different organizations turned out Saturday morning to grab a paint brush or roller and help beautify downtown Maryville.

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City of Owasso proposing half-cent sales tax for public safety, streets – If Owasso is to keep pace as a progressive city, it can’t be playing catch-up with its sales-tax rate, municipal officials say.

Belton council considers proposal for workforce apartment complex – City Council members are considering a low-interest loan in response to a proposal from an Atlanta-based company interested in the construction of a 76-unit apartment complex that would provide workforce housing.

Plano wraps up $3.5 million purchase of 194 acres for park – With large parcels of land becoming scarce, the city of Plano is in the final stages of purchasing 194 acres to expand its 4,000-acre park system.

Social Media & Technology

Instagram Blocked in China Amid Violent Protests in Hong Kong – As the political protests in Hong Kong have intensified over the last few days, reports have surfaced that Instagram had been blocked in mainland China on Sunday.

10 Job Positions for Tech-Savvy Workers Across the United States – Are you on the job hunt? The Mashable Job Board is the ideal place to search for your next big move. More than 3,000 employers in tech and digital have posted on our board, and they’re looking to fill positions from Mashable‘s community.

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