Portland’s Vision for Broadband Lures Google Fiber to City

Google Fiber, PortlandWhile the deal is not consummated, Google and the City of Portland are one step closer to bringing Google Fiber’s gigabyte broadband service to Portland, Oregon. On June 11, the Portland City Council agreed to enter into a ten-year franchise agreement with Google Fiber Oregon, LLC.

The following link will take you to more in depth coverage, including why Portland was one of the 34 cities chosen for feasibility. At the end of the article is a video which describes how Google Fiber works.

Google Fiber: Portland Vision May Bring Gigabyte Broadband to City [Video]

The following PowerPoint presentation describes the process of bringing gigabyte broadband to Bridgetown.


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Syphilis Is Back on the Rise and Is Still Deadly


Syphilis is back on the rise and is still deadly. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 90 percent of people who are infected with the disease live in developing countries. In the United States, the incidence of the disease is on the rise. Of the newly reported cases in 2012, three quarters of infections are found in men who have sex with men (MSM). The highest rates of increase occurred in the  20-29 year old MSM demographic.

The following article is posted on Guardian Liberty Voice and provides more information about the disease and why diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent the spread of HIV as well as syphilis.

Syphilis: Back on the Rise and Still Deadly

Below is an interactive Google map showing the 30 U.S. cities with the largest per 100,000 people rates of syphilis. Clicking on red markers will reveal the specific county and comparisons between 2011 and 2012 for both men and women. Also included are year-to-year changes in the rate of infection per male and female.

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School Shootings Since Sandy Hook: 74

Everytown is a new group that addresses gun violence and advocates for safer communities. Yesterday the 74th school shooting incident since Sandy Hook occurred in Gresham, Oregon yesterday. Everytown compiled this information, and Mark Gongloff, writer for Huffington Post created a Google Map demonstrating the geographical layout of the incidents.



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Twitter Is Stunned by Big Brother’s Cool Showing

Twitter Is Stunned by How Cool Big Brother Is

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Future Entrepreneurs Travel to Atlanta to Compete at International Business Competition

Local students from Longview, Kelso, and Castle Rock will travel to Atlanta Georgia to compete with students from Canada, Spain, Puerto Rico, and China at the International Career Development Conference. For R. A. Long High School in Longview, Washington, this will be the first year in many that students have made it to the international DECA conference. DECA, or Distributive Clubs of America is a business centric organization committed to providing “a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Sue Edmunson teaches CTE at R. A. Long in Longview, Washington. While other schools in the southwest Washington area have classes dedicated to preparing students for entrepreneurial competitions, Edmunson’s students have to study on their own time, after school.

Preparation includes intensive study of course materials in business management and administration, marketing, finance, and hospitality and tourism, and business administration management. Judges for the competition come from business and industry and volunteer to help students prepare to become future business leaders. For students to be able to compete in a local area, they must pass 100 questions tests with high scores At the competition, students have to take the test and then perform impromptu scenarios that are given to them by the judges.

Winners advance to state, national, and then the international competition which will be held in Atlanta from May 2-6, this year.

Edmunson’s students will be competing in “Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making.”

Edmunson is a vocal advocate of career and technical education. In a phone interview, she voiced respect and pride for the 24 students who entered the competition. “The most impressive thing about being involved in a program like this is that I have never had a kid get this far into the competition without realizing that they need to continue investing in themselves to continue to develop,” she said.

Edmunson notes that students in her program realize that they have achieved this success on their own, outside of the classroom. They see the business leaders seek out their skills. They build camaraderie with other students. “When they succeed at this level, they just want to grow more,” she said.




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