NEWS: June 23, 2010
Outsourcing | Maywood, Calif.
City to Outsource Everything
Maywood, a working-class community south of downtown Los Angeles facing a $450,000 deficit, plans to lay off all of its employees, disband its police department and turn over all of its municipal operations to a neighboring city. Only the city manager, city attorney and elected officials would remain.
Los Angeles Times
Public Officials | The Nation
NLRB Deal Clears 64 Executive Nominees
The Senate confirmed 64 executive nominees by unanimous consent after reaching a deal over National Labor Relations Board appointees that had stalled other confirmations.
Cleveland Schools' CEO Gets Three More Years
The Cleveland school board added three years to Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders' $263,000-a-year contract, extending the agreement through June 2014.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Georgia County Official in Trouble over Racy E-Mails
Forsyth County, Ga., Planning Director Jeff Chance is on administrative leave while officials review thousands of his e-mails that include photos of naked women, bedroom talk and lewd jokes.
Technology | California
Digital License Plates
Could Carry Advertising
California may become to first state to mix advertising with its citizens' vehicles. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin researching the use of advertising-enabled digital license plates as a way to generate revenue for the state.
Feds' IT Spending Forecast to Hit $122 Billion
Despite government belt-tightening, federal spending on information technology is expected to rise by more than 5 percent annually over the next five years, hitting $122 billion by 2015, according to a new report by the market-research firm INPUT.
Feds to Spend Billions on Cybersecurity Research
As the Obama administration and Congress propose various measures to improve the nation's cybersecurity, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is planning to spend "multiple billions of dollars" on cybersecurity research.
Public Safety | Michigan
Appeals Court Blocks Militia Members' Release
A federal appeals court reversed a judge's decision ordering the release of five members of the Hutaree, a Christian militia group that prosecutors said plotted the violent overthrow of the government and killings of law-enforcement officers.
Detroit Free Press
Public Services | The Nation
Big E-Tailers at Odds
on Dropping Saturday Mail
Lawmakers will hear split views on proposed cuts in Saturday mail delivery from two of the leading online retailers and largest customers of the U.S. Postal Service. Representatives of Amazon.com call delivery cuts "a bad idea," while Netflix says cuts would have little, if any, impact on its subscribers.
Six Accused of Cheating USPS Out of $18.6 Million
Six Houston-area people face federal charges that they cheated the U.S. Postal Service out of $18.6 million by using counterfeit meters for four years at their mass-mailing businesses, including one that mailed for the Harris County tax assessor.
Immigration | The Southwest
1,000 More Border Patrollers Sought
The Obama administration is asking Congress for money to expand the Border Patrol by 1,000 agents, add scores of other federal law enforcement officers and deploy two more aerial drones as part of heightened security at the Mexican border.
New York Times
Mexico Asks U.S. Court to Block Arizona Law
Mexico asked a federal court in Arizona to declare the state's new immigration law unconstitutional, arguing that Mexico's own interests and its citizens' rights are at stake.
Associated Press/Arizona Republic
Politics | Utah
Court Backs E-Signatures for Petitions
The Utah Supreme Court validated the use of electronic signatures in the election process, a first-of-its-kind decision that could have broad implications in Utah and the rest of the nation. The court said Lt. Gov. Greg Bell overstepped his authority in rejecting electronic signatures for gubernatorial hopeful Farley Anderson.
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ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
Social Policy | Robert Rector
Dear Dad: Marry Her
The mainstream media, liberal politicians, activists and academia bewail child poverty in the U.S. But in these ritual lamentations, one key fact remains hidden: The principal cause of child poverty in the U.S. is the absence of married fathers in the home. Marriage, which is declining in American society, is a powerful weapon in fighting poverty.
“Carly has been a public figure for a very long time and, as every public figure knows, sometimes unfortunately that comes along with inappropriate interest from unsavory characters.”
A spokeswoman for California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, on the permit to carry a concealed Glock 9mm pistol held by Fiorina's husband Frank Fiorina, who occasionally doubles as the former Hewlett-Packard CEO's bodyguard
San Francisco Chronicle | More quotes
Amount collected in Pennsylvania's just-concluded two-month tax-amnesty program, the state's first in 14 years and one for which the collection goal was $190 million
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | More data
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Professional Development Conference & Exposition
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