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Boulder Daily Camera: Boulder phone survey: 71% of respondents support city utility : “Poll results released Monday show strong support for a Boulder municipal utility, with the City Council set to vote Tuesday night on the critical second reading of ballot measures about Boulder’s energy future.”

CNET: Nissan Leaf batteries to power homes : “Rather than cranking up a generator during a blackout, Nissan Leaf drivers may be able to tap into the electric car’s batteries. Nissan earlier this week unveiled its Nissan Leaf to Home system, which it plans to commercialize in Japan within a year.”

Marginal Revolution: Ukraine Modigliani-Miller tax arbitrage
: “Today I received some tax saving wisdom from a taxi driver in Ukraine. He told me that people who import cars to Ukraine sometimes cut the car in two separate pieces and carry it through the customs this way. By doing this, they save a fortune on import tax. A car carried in two pieces is seen as spare parts and therefore is taxed at a much lower rate than a normal car.”

NYTimes: Concrete Tests Faked Again, Officials Charge“In 2008, a company hired to test the strength of the concrete used at major public works projects in New York, including the Second Avenue subway and the new Yankee Stadium, falsified results, prosecutors concluded, and construction executives scrambled to find a replacement.”