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In Sixth Circuit Rejects Clean Air Act Preemption of State Common Law Claims: Four Things to Know, Pillsbury attorneys Matt Morrison and Bryan Stockton explore the Six Circuit Court of Appeals recent rejection of Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 7401 et seq. (CAA), preemption of state common law claims in Merrick, et al. v. Diageo Americas Supply, Inc. and Little et al. v. Louisville Gas & Electric Company; PPL CorporationThe takeaway is that a facility that is otherwise in compliance with CAA emission requirements can still face lawsuits by neighboring landowners for traditional torts such as nuisance and trespass. Merrick and Little add to the foundation of precedent across the Second, Third, and Sixth Circuits, and Iowa Supreme Court.

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Today’s post is for anyone who has ever looked around their house and imagined how much more fun it could be made for their pet with just a little time, money, and effort. Yes, today’s post is for me, I admit it.

Beginning with perhaps the least extravagant and easiest do-it-yourself project, from Ilana DeBare at Berkeleyside, we have the “catio”, an outdoor enclosure designed to let cats enjoy being outside while keeping the cats (and the neighborhood birds) safe. Lest you think this is just another Berkeley phenomenon, check out “Catios offer cats a secure way to enjoy the outdoors” from Michelle Spitzer at the Associated Press.

Laura Moss over at mother nature network has some great photos of tiny homes for feral cats designed by New York architects (including a time machine!).

Giving dogs their due, Janet Eastman’s article at the Oregonian on “unleashing pet designs,” includes some creative ideas for dog owners. Dogwash tunnel anyone? No? Then Beth J. Harpaz of the Associated Press has some more down-to-earth tips on pet-friendly furniture here at “Pet-owner challenge: buying new furniture.”

And finally, check out the amazing house in Margot Peppers’ Daily Mail article about a “purr-fect paradise.” My favorite part is the shark-mouth hideaway in the bathroom.

From everybody here at G2G, have a great weekend!

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Between the Brazilian national soccer team’s amazing victory over Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup last month in Rio de Janeiro and the massive protests that took place outside of the stadiums throughout the tournament, the country of Brazil has been making a lot of headlines recently. Here are a few that relate to construction and development as Brazil moves towards hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics:
Bloomberg examines the $13 billion being spent by the government on the 12 World Cup stadiums and the possibility that these stadiums will become white elephants.
• Meanwhile, TriplePundit looks at the ways these stadiums will be more sustainable than their predecessors, including using a photocatalytic membrane on a roof to offset pollution, building a solar plant on site, and locating new stadiums within walking distance of hotels and housing.
• Romário, who led the Brazilian team to a World Cup victory in 1994 and is currently a Brazilian congressman, explains how this spending–for what will be the most expensive World Cup ever–has incited over a million Brazilians to protest.
• And finally, The Guardian details the rich and turbulent history of the most famous stadium in Brazil, the Maracanã, which hosted the Confederations Cup final last weekend and will host the World Cup final next year.

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  • Demolition of “The Coop,” a 113-year-old building on Michigan State University’s campus, was delayed after a fire broke out on the building’s roof this week.

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  • New York is back and better than ever. Construction crews hoist a 408-foot spire atop One World Trade Center that once fully installed will stand a symbolic 1,776 feet high.

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  • And over in Mexico, while this building may not be designed to grow, the modules on the facade “are coated with a special pigment that, when hit by ambient ultraviolet light, reacts with urban air pollutants, breaking them down into less noxious compounds like carbon dioxide and water”…in other words, it eats smog.

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Ah, Paris – arguably the most romantic place in the world (although my vote would be for MetLife Stadium). In a recent twist on Parisian public displays of affection, locals and tourists alike have taken to affixing locks to some of the city’s bridges and throwing the keys into the Seine. While city leaders debate whether the “lovelocks” are graffiti or a boon to tourism, one thing is absolutely certain – they represent a lot of dead load (or would they be considered live load?) that was never factored into the bridge design. Let’s hope these bridges don’t collapse under the weight of all that love.

The smell of love is in the air – or is it raw sewage? Take your special someone on this Valentine’s Day tour and they’re one and the same. Just remember the hand sanitizer. And, if anyone actually proposes during the tour, please upload it to YouTube!

Finally, for all you cynics out there, here’s a story that has absolutely nothing to do with love. Leave it to the hometown of Microsoft (and grunge music) to build a bridge that has record-setting brawn and a whole lot of electronic brains. Seventeenth century physics will keep the world’s largest floating bridge from sinking to the bottom of Lake Washington but its remote sensors and construction methods will sport a decidedly more modern feel. The new pontoons will be affixed with over 1,000 water sensors which will send a signal through a programmable logic controller to the 24 hour maintenance facility whenever water leaks are detected. Rebar will be protected from corrosion by low-voltage DC electricity. And, in a nod to security concerns, the bridge will be outfitted with multiple security cameras, intrusion detectors and sharks with laser beams attached to their backs will patrol the depths below – just kidding about that last one – or am I?

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The replacement of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge is a process many here in the San Francisco Bay Area have had a first-hand view of, as the new span is being built next to the old span. According to Caltrans, the new span will be the longest Self-Anchored Suspension span in the world. Here CalTrans explains the fascinating process by which the weight of the new bridge is transferred from the falsework which has supported it during construction to the new suspension cable. The load transfer process is scheduled for completion this month, with the new span slated to open Labor Day 2013.

Wish the election were over already? This little girl does too.

Do parking structure designs account for loads generated by large numbers of dancing people? Maybe they should. [Audio NSFW]