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His owner, Kevin Doorlag, told the Kalamazoo Gazette that Zeus died last week of old age. He would have turned 6 in November. On his hind legs, Zeus was 7 feet, 4 inches tall.
Outsiders may think of Portland as its caricature on the comedy series "Portlandia," and picture great coffee, upscale restaurants, and a downtown boom.
But underneath that, Portland's wrestling with something many cities face when they grow: How to remain affordable.
The S&P/Case-Schiller Portland Home Price Index.
What's different in Portland, compared to the rest of the United States, is the law. Oregon is one of two states that doesn't require developers to set aside affordable housing when they build.
In the past, housing argued against proposed laws to include affordable housing requirements.
Jon Chandler, the CEO of the Oregon Homebuilder's Association, spoke recently with The Oregonian, a newspaper based in the area.
He didn't think politicians were invested in changing the law, "They're very serious about being seen fixing it, but they don't get serious about actually doing it."
There's another view in Portland, which is 76 percent white, that much of this is about race.
"Even now you're looking at that 'Portlandia' image, about how I'm a sober cycling vegan," says community activist Cameron Whitten. "There is that image that people come here for ... and at the same time, I've seen erasure. I've seen actual invisibility and silence of these communities that have been marginalized. That have identities that have not been celebrated that have not been celebrated in the same way that we've celebrated all these other things about Portland."
About two years ago Kyle Hill sold his car. For anything over 3–5 miles away, he calls an Uber.
He lives car-less in Los Angeles, the city of cars. Is his decision really feasible?
Kyle did some calculations and came up with "A Financial Model Comparing Car Ownership with UberX (Los Angeles)."
About two years ago I sold my 2000 Lexus GS 300 and replaced it with a sleek single-speed Pure Fix commuter bike. Two years later, I still bike to work every morning. And for anything over 3–5 miles, or when I’m just not feeling up for the workout, I call an Uber. I love the safety and convenience of Uber, the overall quality of their cars, and especially as a young black male, the peace of mind that I’ll never again have to deal with the police.
He says he is seeking treatment for a tumor in his abdomen. His brother Doug Ford will run in his place. Earlier this year, Rob Ford took time off from his job to seek help for substance abuse.
Lizzie O’Leary talks with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson about the future of start-ups. Ben was in San Francisco this week at an annual event called TechCrunch Disrupt. It's part-Silicon Valley mogul party, part-start-up popularity contest, but it's also an event where venture capitalists and others get a sense of the future of start-ups ... and maybe invest.
Ben and the rest of the Marketplace Tech team will be highlighting what stood out from TechCrunch Disrupt over on their website throughout this week.
Apple wants to change the way you pay for things. Credit card companies are embracing its new mobile payment system as a boost to security, but analysts say Apple could disrupt the payments industry.
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Prices for dairy products like butter and milk have risen to record highs in the past few months in the U.S. due to a number of global factors, reports the BBC.
Prices for milk futures on the commodities markets have risen 26 percent over the last year, while the average price for a gallon of milk has risen about 5.7 percent to $3.64 in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The price of butter has also risen sharply, with U.S. customers seeing a 62 percent increase compared to last year, with an average price of $2.75 per pound for the second week of September.
The report from the BBC cites a number of possible reasons for the price increases, including a decrease in government regulation that depleted surpluses, greater demand from China, a drought affecting New Zealand's dairy farms and greater demand for pizza in the Middle East.
There may be some relief on the horizon, however, in the form of Russian sanctions. From the BBC:
In August, Russia implemented a one-year import ban on dairy and other food products from the European Union, US and other Western nations in retaliation for economic sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.
That removed an estimated $6.6bn (£4bn) in annual dairy trade from the global market. In 2013, the EU alone exported $3bn of dairy to Russia, of which cheese accounted for more than one-third.
In response, the European Commission has announced it will provide financial support to the dairy industry, subsidising private storage of cheese, skimmed milk powder and butter until they can be sold at a later date.
The glut of dairy products has weakened the international market and caused prices in Europe to drop.
U.S. dairy consumers could see similar relief in 2015, when suppliers start to build up surpluses once again.