caption Seattle has seen house prices balloon due to the presence of tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon. source Wikipedia Microsoft announced that it’s pledging $500 million to help alleviate Seattle’s housing crisis. In cities like Seattle and San Francisco, the arrival of tech giants has been linked with skyrocketing house prices. Half Microsoft’s money will go towards building low-income housing. Microsoft announced in a press release on Wednesday that it is pledging $500 million to help develop affordable housing in the Seattle area. “Median income in the region hasn’t kept pace with rising housing costs, increasingly making it impossible for lower- and middle-income workers to afford to live close to where they work,” Microsoft said in the statement. Data collected by Microsoft showed that, from 2011 to 2018, the median home price in Puget Sound, a hotbed for Silicon Valley satellite offices, … [Read more...] about Microsoft will spend $500 million on building affordable housing in Seattle
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By Jeffrey MervisNov. 13, 2018 , 4:10 PM The results of last week’s divisive midterm elections, with Democrats reclaiming control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republicans likely strengthening their hold on the Senate, have allowed both parties to claim victory. U.S. scientists are also experiencing mixed emotions. Many are pleased with what they expect to be a more data-driven approach to science policy under the new Democratic chair of the House science committee. But they also face the sobering reality that, by Science’s count, only seven of the 49 House candidates with technical backgrounds were victorious. And environmental activists are chagrined by the defeat of a proposed tax on carbon emissions in Washington and an Arizona initiative to increase that state’s reliance on renewable energy, although Nevada voters took a first step toward adopting a similar policy. In the House, Democrats picked up nearly 40 seats. That outcome gives them control of … [Read more...] about With Democrats in control of U.S. House, science panel gets fresh start
By Jeffrey MervisNov. 13, 2018 , 3:00 PM After 8 years in the political wilderness, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX) is relishing the chance to “restore the credibility” of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. With Democrats winning control of the House, Johnson is in line to move from ranking member to chair of the panel when the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019. And she says ending the committee’s ideologically driven fights over climate change, management of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other research topics is high on her agenda. She feels that the polarizing 6-year tenure of Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), the current science panel chair who is retiring, was an anomaly for the typically low-key panel she joined as a new member in 1993. She is hoping her Republican colleagues take a less partisan approach to the committee’s business now that Democrats are in charge and Smith is out of the … [Read more...] about Science restored: Eddie Bernice Johnson prepares to chair key panel in U.S. House of Representatives
Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 11:21 AM EDT Nov 1, 2018 In a relatively sleepy race, two Marine veterans of different generations are vying for the U.S. House seat representing northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Freshman Rep. Jack Bergman, a retired three-star general from Watersmeet, has rarely split with President Donald Trump, embracing his tariffs, border wall and the GOP tax reform bill. He wants to repeal the federal health care law and scale back regulations. Democrat Matt Morgan of Traverse City, an Iraq veteran and political newcomer, has campaigned on single-payer universal health care, infrastructure upgrades and immigration reform. He says Trump's tax reform has had no "meaningful" effect on worker wages. "People often say, he's a Marine, you're a Marine. What's the difference between the two of you? The biggest difference is who's funding our campaigns," Morgan said. "He accepts corporate political … [Read more...] about Marine veterans vie for U.S. House seat in northern Michigan, U.P.
Last Updated Oct 25, 2018 8:18 PM EDT New York City's Time Warner Center, the building that contains CNN's headquarters, was partially evacuated Thursday as police investigated a "pair of packages" found at the building, the NYPD said. Thursday night's evacuation comes a day after a bomb was mailed to CNN, addressed to former CIA director John Brennan. The NYPD told CBS News that the bomb squad reported to a suspicious package on the third floor, and they evacuated that floor and the second floor. There were some reports the first floor was being evacuated, but NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald tweeted the first floor of the mall remained open. The NYPD said the entire building is not being evacuated. The building also houses a number of shops, called The Shops at Time Warner Center, on the first three floors. There is a Whole Foods in the basement. This is a breaking story and will be updated. … [Read more...] about Time Warner Center, building that houses CNN’s NYC headquarters, partially evacuated