Estonia's government and a tunnel in Israel are two examples of how cyberattacks have affected cities, with outdated technology and insufficient testing and upkeep creating vulnerabilities for governments worldwide. "There are a lot of unique surface areas that exist in a city that a typical organization doesn't have," says Tom Cross, chief technology officer of Drawbridge Networks.
New York City paid out almost $138 million in settlements related to potholes and other road defects from July 2009 through June 2015, according to a report from Comptroller Scott Stringer. The report encourages additional, speedier work from the city Department of Transportation.
Emergency personnel in Brunswick County, N.C., participated in a hazardous-material exercise near the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point facility. In the simulation, a semitrailer had run into a railway car carrying hazardous materials. Firefighters, police officers, hazmat crews and emergency medical service personnel were among respondents.
Jersey City, N.J., has opened three cooling sites for residents to escape the heat. They will run as long as the temperature tops 90 degrees. "We are anticipating several days of high heat and humidity and will be opening our cooling centers for residents who need a place to find relief," Mayor Steven Fulop said. "Residents are reminded to check on seniors and neighbors who many need assistance, and to take advantage of our park sprinklers and pools, which are great places for children and families to cool off."
North Miami, Fla., City Manager Aleem Ghany has chosen Budget Director Arthur Sorey as deputy city manager, filling a position vacated in May by Lumane Claude. Sorey has worked for the city since 2003. "It was always my goal to be at the top of leadership in North Miami and to give back through public service like my dad did," said Sorey, whose father was the first African-American member of the City Council.
Bloomington, Ill., department heads and staff members have generated more than 40 ideas to shrink the budget, as the city faces an estimated $7 million deficit. Closure of a swimming pool, reduction of streetlights and elimination of an assistant police chief and a dispatcher are among options presented to a community task force, which will deliver suggestions to the City Council in September.
The Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., Metropolitan Council has granted the Nashville Zoo $10 million to support expansion. Phase II of the Grow Wild campaign will add an African savannah, while Phase III will introduce a gorilla habitat and African forest animals.
Family workouts don't have to be complicated or time-consuming, writes fitness expert Dana Santas. The workout contains four categories: pushing, pulling, hinging and squatting. "Using a plug-and-play format to address the four movement categories, we simply add a quick warm-up and cool-down to create endless workout sequences appropriate for everyone in our family," she writes.
A historic mural in Bay City, Mich., is being covered because officials have deemed the wall a safety hazard. The city is requiring building owner Terry Spencer to repair masonry or cover the wall. Spencer, who has had masons inspect the wall and report it is safe, disagrees with the city and says being able to afford the repair will take a year.
A townhouse community in Memphis, Tenn., has requested that Shelby County deal with eight dilapidated units, which have attracted insects and other problems. The properties, which are in the process of being condemned, have been in decline since December 2012, when the first of two intentional fires was set.