TABLE of CONTENTS May 2006Cover Story
BY Christopher Swope
Strategies for building municipal wireless networks are evolving fast. But are they prudent in the long run?
Whether you call it global warming or climate change, it's an issue that's being dealt with at the grassroots.
Surrogacy is becoming more common, and lawmakers must confront a host of tough questions.
Reformers dismiss them. Experts call them obsolete. But we can't give up on school boards, because they're needed.
A crusade for open standards in technology cost one top official his job in Massachusetts. But the issue isn't going away.
The fight over public subsidies to corporations is nearing a crucial decision in the U.S. Supreme Court.
A lot of the dollars that feed the Washington lobby establishment are coming from back home.
Maryland's comptroller is a vigorous 84 years old. A little too vigorous, some think.
How do we keep kids in high school? One answer: Get them through freshman year.
Mike Langberg, a technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, dropped by a conference on "smart parking" recently. What he found was mind-boggling. Among the big ideas: You'll be able to use the Internet to reserve a parking meter before leaving home. Even if you forget to make a reservation, a navigation screen in your dashboard will direct you to a vacant spot.
The Business of Government
Four years ago, nine miners accidentally tunneled into a flooded mine in Pennsylvania that wasn't on any map. It took three days to rescue them, and the accident at Quecreek Mine was a wake-up call to the state's Bureau of Deep Mine Safety. The mining community it serves obviously needed a comprehensive, digital map that would chart the thousands of mines, active and closed, in the state.
A federal mandate that states love to hate, Real ID may also harbor some hidden opportunities.
Government-backed reinsurance could make health coverage more affordable for the middle class.
Northern Virginia may be on the road to an elaborate but ultimately workable solution to financing a subway to its international airport.
Westchester County puts the recycling burden on consumers
Georgia will be building Kia cars. A deal with the Korean auto-maker, signed in March, should produce at least 4,500 jobs and 300,000 vehicles a year. The $1.2 billion facility, scheduled for completion in 2009, will be located in the small town of West Point, southwest of Atlanta.