Posted on November 3, 2014

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Today in honor of Ben’s first day of having a real job we recap the City Hall selfies he took on his road trip from Portland to Durham. The news in today’s buzz includes the Ferguson no-fly area, the only country benefiting from climate change, and an interview with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.


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U.S. approved Ferguson no-fly area to block media – After 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in August, the Federal Aviation Administration agreed to a police request to ban air traffic in more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding the town for 12 days.

Iceland Is the Only Country Benefiting From Climate Change – Iceland was until recently a tree-deprived land, hosting instead an abundance of beautiful wide-open expanses, clad in volcanic rocks, glaciers and some grasses and shrubs. And while it still remains largely that way, trees and woodlands have been steadily returning the past several decades.

The Urbanophile Interview: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales – I was out in Portland, Oregon last week and while there I sat down for an interview with Mayor Charlie Hales. We talked about the real Portland vs. the idea of Portland, the city’s industrial base, retrofitting suburban infrastructure, and a lot more.

Residents, staff have tradition of giving generously – Colorado Springs City Manager discusses the generosity of employees for the city whether through donations or volunteering.

Voices of city managers past – Former Enid heads weigh in on what it takes to operate a city government.



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What will Huntsville look like in 10 years? – Most voters are looking forward to Election Day, but four candidates for Huntsville City Council are looking far beyond that.

Jean Benson fondly remembers 32 years of public service – Jean Benson, longtime Palm Desert City councilwoman and six-time mayor, sat down with The Desert Sun to talk about her career, the early years of the city’s incorporation and her time on the city’s first council.

Downtown Melbourne, FL violence prompts City Hall review – After a stabbing death and a near-fatal fight on back-to-back nights of Halloween celebrations, City Hall officials will meet Monday to review operations of downtown bars and restaurants.



ELGL Northwest

Eugene City Hall project grows to 4 stories – Eugene councilors take advice from experts that raises the cost by $2.85 million

City Council to revisit Yakima plaza advisory vote – Six of the council’s seven members originally endorsed the advisory vote earlier this year, but several expressed trepidation afterward.

Edgewood landowners challenge what they owe the city – again – Property owners in Edgewood are pursuing another round of legal challenges in an ongoing dispute over how much they should have to pay for the city’s new sewer system.



ELGL Midwest

All dried up: Up North lake vanishes after a dam fails – He fished this lake as a child with his grandpa. Years later, he got married on its banks. He waited forever to find a house alongside it so he could live here.

Flint voters to decide if they want to change their city charter – That proposal would create a charter commission. The commission could rewrite Flint’s charter and greatly change how Michigan’s seventh-largest city is run. The commission could conceivably propose dumping Flint’s strong mayor form of government and turn the reins of day-to-day power over to a city manager.



ELGL Southeast

Raleigh parks bonds vote on Tuesday could put big money into existing parks – Scores of parents wandered perfectly curved lakeside walks. Hordes of children scrambled over playground obstacles. A miniature train blew its hearty whistle, and a pack of photographers snapped up the mellowing November light of a Sunday afternoon.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police cellphone surveillance records sought – Two Mecklenburg County Superior Court judges say they believe the public has a right to learn more about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s secret surveillance of cellphones, despite the city’s position that details about the operation must not be revealed.

Underwater mortgages could play role in how people vote – If over-mortgaged homeowners go to the polls bearing a grudge against incumbents, Central Florida’s Democratic members of Congress are most likely to suffer the consequences, a new study shows.



ELGL Southwest

Yearlong marathon comes down to mad sprint in Texas governor’s race – In the past few days, Wendy Davis pew-jumped through black churches and sat with comedian Jon Stewart, while Greg Abbott greeted NASCAR fans in Fort Worth and had tough-man actor Chuck Norris as a sidekick at an El Paso gun shop.

City Manager Pinkney Butler Retires After 20 Years of Service – He’s worked for the City of Tyler for more than 20 years. Thursday, co-workers said farewell to the retiring city manager, Pinkney Butler.

Dallas police look to expand bait car program as arrests increase – The Dallas Police Department is hooked on bait cars. So far this year, police have nearly doubled their total bait car arrests from all of 2013. Police officials are thrilled with the program — their leading crime-fighting technology initiative — and are looking to expand it in the coming years.



Social Media & Technology

20 captivating slow-mo videos made on the iPhone 6 – Everything is better in slow motion. Except traffic — watching that crawl even slower would be horrific.

Virgin Galactic calls safety lapse claims ‘categorically untrue’ – In the days following the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket, some voices have emerged questioning its attention to safety, a claim the company refuted in a statement released on Sunday.

Crash test dummies are growing to match obese Americans – America’s obesity epidemic has claimed an unlikely victim: slender crash test dummies. The mannequin-like figures that are used to simulate a person’s car accident experience are about to pack on the pounds — and the increase in girth is all in the name of increasing automobile safety.

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