Vancouver battles in city hall contest finals

first_imgVancouver City Councilor Jack Burkman wants to know: Have you even seen the city hall in Peoria, Ill.?I mean, come on.“I’m sure they can win the contest for having the most ghosts, but it doesn’t compare to our beautiful, modern city hall,” Burkman said of the Midwest city hall, which opened in 1899.Vancouver City Hall is in a national contest vying for the most “beautiful city hall” and the city councilors want to win.Mayor Tim Leavitt likened the Vancouver City Hall to the Cinderella of the national city hall tournament.“Locals knew all along we have an exceptional city hall,” he said.But now, the rest of the world is about to find out.The winner gets the Leslie Knope Greatest City Hall Trophy, named after Amy Poehler’s character in the television sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” And of course, they also get “extreme bragging rights,” the contest’s organizer, a governmental organization called ELGL, points out.Vancouver City Councilor Alishia Topper, an Olympic-level athlete, is getting into the competitive spirit.“I’m fired up about being in the championship round, the Midwest versus the Pacific Northwest,” she said. “We were just getting warmed up in the other rounds and now Vancouver is ready to bring the thunder.”So far, Vancouver is trailing Peoria, Ill., by about 7,000 votes at the time of this writing. Vancouver defeated Little Chute, Wis., by fewer than 100 votes to get to the final round. Citizens who want to help Vancouver win can vote once a day. They can also tweet their support and use the hashtag ELGLCityHall, which counts as a vote. Posting a selfie from in front of city hall equals two votes. Voting ends at 9 p.m. March 10.The city will host a selfie station every day this week during lunch, from noon to 1 p.m., featuring props and selfie sticks.The city hall in Peoria, Ill., cost $271,500, according to information from ELGL. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and the building’s facade is red sandstone from Lake Superior.Vancouver purchased the six-story, 118,000-square-foot building from Bank of America in June 2010 for $18.5 million. The building was built by Downtown Vitality Partners and sits across from Esther Short Park. The Columbian was the original anchor tenant.last_img read more

Bad Hair Days Could Be Explained By Science

first_imgStay on target If you’re the type of person to have a bad hair day multiple days in a row, you’re certainly not alone. It may not even be your fault that your hair’s misbehaving. It turns out, like many other things in this world, it could be attributed to science.Scientists have localized three genes that can be blamed for an untamable coif, and they’re the ones that cause “uncombable hair syndrome,” or the reason that some people have dry, frizzy, and pale hair that just refuses to be combed flat. There’s even a diagnostics process that goes along with diagnosing this condition, which involves taking strands of hair, splitting them in half, and studying them via electron microscopes.Uncombable hair appears under the microscope as a triangular or heart-shaped strand of hair as opposed to straight ones, making it very easy to distinguish from normal hair. It’s also grooved from root to tip. The genes PADI3, TGM3, and TCHH are the troublemakers in question, and if only one of these genes malfunctions, it can affect the hair.Weirdly enough, despite all of the terrible hair days out there, only 100 legitimate cases have ever been reported. Of course, this could all be because people hardly ever visit the doctor just because their hair won’t settle down. This undeniably leads to fewer people being diagnosed, because it seems pretty ludicrous.But if you continually find yourself trying to figure out what to do with your hair because it just won’t do what you want it to, it might be in your best interest to let someone know about it. You might be one of the unfortunate few suffering from this condition. In the meantime, there are some super choice hairstyles you can do with hair that’s more textured than others! Look, But Don’t Touch, in Hair NahSalonLabs’ Three-Part Hair System Wants To Give You Lustrous, Beautiful Loc last_img read more