August 29, 2011 By Wayne Hanson from News Reports
A Dog Walks into a Bar ...
It has always been a violation of the city’s health code to allow a dog anywhere near a beer tap. But for years, this has been one of the most widely -- and gleefully -- violated rules in the city. Not any more. New York Times
Court Decision May Change Lineup Procedure
The decision by New Jersey's Supreme Court last week to overhaul the state's rules for how judges and jurors treat evidence from police lineups could help transform the way officers conduct a central technique of police work, criminal justice experts say. the court strongly endorsed decades of research demonstrating that traditional eyewitness identification procedures are flawed and can send innocent people to prison. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10 Emerging City Neighborhoods
10 great city neighborhoods on the rise. These were mostly a bit gritty not long ago, but are now adding vitality practically by the day and embodying the rebirth of U.S. cities. Sustainable Cities Collective
Cell Phone Stops Bullet
The woman told officers that she was standing outside when her cell phone was struck by a bullet. The phone was ruined, but she wasn't hurt. Denver Post
Faye Outlaw: 2011 County Leader of the Year
In the face of huge losses of operating revenues, under Outlaw’s leadership the county reduced its operations, formed creative partnerships to maintain core services, and instituted new financial policies to bring its recurring expenses in line with recurring revenue. ICMA
Least Walkable City?
Beth Dahlstrom walks everywhere -- from her house to downtown to the coffee shop. And she sees a lot of other people walking around town, too, especially in Franklin’s center, near the MBTA stop off Depot Street, and around the leafy Dean College campus. So imagine her surprise... Boston Globe
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.