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Pope embraces Huntington’s afflicted in bid to end stigma

2017-05-18

Associated Press Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its sufferers are often shunned and abandoned...Organizers said the audience marked the start of a global awareness campaign, “Hidden No More,” which aims to also encourage scientific research into the disease, which has no treatment or cure. The catalyst for the audience with the pope was Elena Cattaneo, an Italian researcher and senator for life, who in June of 2016 wrote to Francis asking that he meet with a single Huntington’s sufferer, to serve as a representative for the global Huntington’s community. The response from the Vatican was to ask why only one, when so many people suffer.

Most City Employees in U.S. Not Engaged

2017-05-16

Gallup Falling revenues, major demographic shifts and rising citizen demands have become the new normal for city governments across the U.S. If city halls want to deliver on their promises to provide high-quality services, they'll need to find better ways to make government run more effectively. One big way to do that is to view every city employee as a key contributor to their success…This blog post is part of a special initiative to highlight the Equipt to Innovate framework, a national initiative led by Living Cities and Governing to equip cities with an integrated, collaborative framework of seven essential elements that define high-performance government and empower innovation.

Recent Graduate? Chances Are You're in Sales, Making $40,000

2017-05-14

Bloomberg Sales associate positions are the most common jobs for recent U.S. college graduates, a new study from the career website Glassdoor Inc. found. The jobs, which range from real estate sales to retail, have a median base salary of $38,000 a year, the study found. A variety of assistant positions in research, teaching, and administration, all relatively low-paying, were also cited as common. The highest-paying job on Glassdoor's list was software engineer, at a median base salary of $90,000, followed by engineer, at $70,500, and financial analyst, at $64,453. The lowest-paying job was teaching assistant, at $20,000. Substitute teachers earned a bit more, at $25,000, with tutors bringing in $36,000.

Real Estate’s New Normal: Homeowners Staying Put

2017-05-14

The New York Times Homeowners are moving less, creating a drag on the economy, fewer commissions for real estate brokers and a brutally competitive market for first-time home shoppers who cannot find much for sale and are likely to be disappointed during real estate’s spring selling season. Faced with increasing interest rates, more and more homeowners will be choosing to stay in place, says Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow.

How should employers respond to online criticism?

2017-05-12

The Boston Globe One of the Internet’s enduring cultural gifts is the ability to anonymously review just about anything, from that undercooked burger you had for lunch to the hotel bed that gave you a stiff back. The corner office is not exempt. Today, plenty of websites make it easy for current and former employees to sound off about how a company is being run. And for executives bent on attracting the best talent, that means deciding whether to address the anonymous criticism or just tune it out and hope for the best. Glassdoor, founded in 2007, was a pioneer in the field and now has millions of reviews on some 700,000 companies, attracting 41 million unique visitors monthly.

Texting About Driving: St. Louis' Post-Ferguson Approach to Court Fines

2017-05-12

Governing Last week, the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative of St. Louis, a group of public interest initiatives, tech partners and local community organizations, launched YourStLCourts, where users can punch in their ticket number, driver’s license number or look up the general area where they got pulled over, and find information about the violations they’re being charged with, along with their court dates, potential fine amounts and any outstanding warrants…At the end of the day, YourSTLCourts itself doesn’t address these systemic issues. Nonetheless, it's a valuable tool, says Steven Bosacker of Living Cities, another CivTech partner (and a partner with Governing on the City Accelerator project).