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  • Smoking banned in New York City parks and on beaches

    02/23/2011 7:09:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/22/11 | Deborah Brunswick
    Smoking banned in New York City parks and on beachesBy Deborah Brunswick, CNN February 22, 2011 8:14 p.m. EST New York (CNN) -- Life just became more of a drag for New York City smokers after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill Tuesday banning smoking in many public places. The new law will make smoking illegal in New York City's 1,700 parks and on the city's 14 miles of public beaches. Smokers will also be prohibited from lighting up in pedestrian plazas such as Times Square. The ban, which the city council overwhelmingly approved earlier this month, is designed to...
  • Large Cities and the Elimination of the Middle Class

    02/14/2011 4:27:31 PM PST · by Tom Rounder · 22 replies
    Metropolis ^ | February 14, 2011 | Joel Kotkin
    America’s largest cities are increasingly divided into three classes: the affluent, the poor, and the nomadic class of young people who generally come to the city for a relatively brief period and then leave. New York, the aspirational city of my grandparents, now has the smallest share of middle-income families in the nation, according to a recent Brookings Institution study, with Los Angeles and San Francisco not far behind. In 1980 Manhattan, New York’s wealthiest borough, ranked 17th among U.S. counties for social inequality; by 2007 Bloomberg’s “luxury city” was first, with the top fifth earning 52 times the income...
  • How Bad is Detroit’s Detroitification?

    01/24/2011 7:54:46 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 43 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | January 21, 2011 | James M. Hohman
    Mackinac Center analyst Jack McHugh has called the long process of hollowing out a private economy to prop up an unsustainable government "Detroitification." Detroit's most recent comprehensive annual financial report shows just how much the title-city itself has been hollowed. The report lists the number of jobs provided by the city's largest employers, which indicates how sensitive its finances are to the actions of a particular firm. In Detroit's case, six of the top 10 employers are not private businesses at all, but government entities: public schools, the city government, the U.S. government, Wayne State University, the State of Michigan...
  • Court Allows San Fran City Resolution Condemning Catholicism as 'Insulting,' 'Hateful'

    10/27/2010 12:10:42 PM PDT · by topher · 87 replies ^ | October 26, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Tuesday October 26, 2010 Court Allows San Fran City Resolution Condemning Catholicism as 'Insulting,' 'Hateful' By Kathleen GilbertSAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 2010 ( - The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has shakily allowed to stand a resolution by the city government of San Francisco that lambasted the Vatican as "meddl[ing]" and "insult[ing]" for reaffirming its teaching against homosexual adoption, and which urged Church officials to disobey the Magisterium.The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2006 had issued a statement clarifying that Catholic Church agencies, in line with the Church's moral teaching on sexuality, should not hand...
  • Baltimore Hands Out First Trans Fat Citation

    10/27/2010 5:23:09 AM PDT · by Abathar · 66 replies ^ | October 26, 2010 | staff
    BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore City Health Department issued its first environmental citation for repeat violations of the city's trans fat ban. The Health Department issued Healthy Choice, a food facility in the 400 block of Lexington Street, a $100 fine on Thursday. "It was the second time they were found with a high trans fat level in their ingredients," said Health Department agent Juan Gutierrez. Officials said that during inspections in July and this month, the facility was found to be using a margarine product with trans fat levels in excess of what the law allows. The law banning food...
  • Live News Feed Oakland CA.

    07/08/2010 8:45:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 92 replies
    KRON ^ | 7/8/10
    Live feed from KRON Oakland Ca.
  • Ex-Detroit mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick) indicted on federal fraud charges

    06/23/2010 1:16:44 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6-23-10 | Ed White
    DETROIT (AP) - Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already in state prison for probation violations stemming from his conviction for lying about an affair with his chief of staff, was indicted Wednesday on federal fraud and tax charges for allegedly using his charity as a slush fund. Federal prosecutors said the alleged scheme is related to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a tax-exempt fund that was supposed to pay for voter education and other purposes. Instead, they accuse the former mayor of taking cash payments from the fund for himself, friends and relatives. He is charged with filing false tax returns for...
  • Black Flight Hits Detroit

    DETROIT—This shrinking city needs to hang on to people like Johnette Barham: taxpaying, middle-class professionals who invest in local real estate, work and play downtown, and make their home here. Ms. Barham just left. And she's not coming back. In seven years as a homeowner in Detroit, she endured more than 10 burglaries and break-ins at her house and a nearby rental property she owned. Still, she defied friends' pleas to leave as she fortified her home with locks, bars, alarms and a dog. Then, a week before Christmas, someone torched the house and destroyed almost everything she owned.
  • 5 wounded in separate shootings overnight (Chicago - 39 shootings over Memorial Day Weekend)

    06/01/2010 3:49:19 AM PDT · by raybbr · 26 replies · 832+ views ^ | 6/1/2010 | Deanese Williams-Harris
    A man was found shot in the head and back this morning on Chicago's Far South Side, one of five shootings across the city overnight, police said. He was found lying on the ground at about 3:21 a.m. in the 200 block of East 115th Street in the West Pullman neighborhood, said Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines, and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. There was no immediate information available about the victim's age or the circumstances of the shooting. In other violence: • Shortly before 2 a.m., another man was found with...
  • Stansberry: Detroit's socialist nightmare is America's future

    05/23/2010 12:18:21 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 49 replies · 1,593+ views ^ | October 29, 2009 | Porter Stansberry
    DETROIT'S SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE IS AMERICA'S FUTURE!One of the most important things to remember about socialism – or coercion of any kind – is it fails eventually because human beings have an innate desire for liberty and a strong need for personal property rights. In fact, the origins of government lie in the need of agricultural communities to protect themselves from violence and theft. So it is particularly ironic that in more recent times, it is government itself that has more frequently played the role of bandit. When you start taxing people at extreme rates to pay for socialist "benefits," when...
  • L.A. Teetering on Bankruptcy, Former Mayor Says

    05/05/2010 10:49:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies · 1,051+ views
    Money News ^ | 05/05/10
    L.A. Teetering on Bankruptcy, Former Mayor Says Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:20 PM By: Dan Weil California’s finances have deteriorated rapidly since the beginning of the financial meltdown in 2007, and now it’s really getting bad. “Los Angeles is facing a terminal fiscal crisis: between now and 2014 the city will likely declare bankruptcy,” former mayor Richard Riordan wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. “Yet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council have been either unable or unwilling to face this fact.” Riordan’s column was co-authored by Alexander Rubalcava of Rubalcava Capital Management. The basic problem: pension and...
  • FREEPER BUYCOTT all Sanctuary Cities Cancel vacations, buying products, & BUY ARIZONA

    05/01/2010 2:17:09 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 111 replies · 2,114+ views
    vanity | May 1, 2010 | steelers6
    Cities and counties that have sanctuary policies include: Anchorage, AK Fairbanks, AK Fresno, CA Los Angeles, CA National City, CA4 San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA Sonoma County, CA Evanston, IL Chicago, IL3 Cicero, IL Cambridge, MA Orleans, MA Portland, ME Baltimore, MD Takoma Park, MD Ann Arbor, MI Detroit, MI Minneapolis, MN Newark, NJ1 Trenton, NJ1 Durham, NC Albuquerque, NM Aztec, NM Rio Arriba, County, NM Sante Fe, NM New York, NY Ashland, OR Gaston, OR Marion County, OR Austin, TX Houston, TX Katy, TX Virginia Beach, VA Seattle, WA Madison, WI Currently there are two statewide policies regarding...
  • Is progressive Asheville Obama's vision for America? (unwashed hippies alert)

    04/25/2010 5:27:01 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 56 replies · 1,752+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 24 April 2010 | Partik Jonsson
    Okay, maybe the Obamas’ Asheville, N.C., trip is just a romantic getaway and a chance to grab some 12 Bones BBQ, as the White House suggests. But you know something is going on when even the local “tea party” affiliate welcomes Obama to their “mountain paradise.” Critics like Hoover Institution fellow Shelby Steele have complained that Obama’s “ultimate vision, he has not been very clear about.” So given that the Obama’s “kind of fell in love” with the Buncombe County burg during a debate prep visit during the 2008 campaign, could Asheville itself be a clue to what the President...
  • Dem Controlled Cities Among Most Violent in the World (N.O.; Detroit)

    04/19/2010 7:39:23 PM PDT · by TigerBait · 18 replies · 922+ views
    Urban cityscapes uniting large and vastly diverse populations have long been sources of great inspiration, commerce and community spirit, but for as long as they have existed, cities have also been beset by their own dangers. While it's a fair to say no city, where humans interact freely, is spared the scourges of violence and criminal activity, it is also evident that some are far more affected than others. It's a tall order to quantify these problems and rank cities in terms of the most dangerous, particularly in countries so ravaged by conflict and chaos that day-to-day safety is only...
  • Spike in murders, shootings shakes New York

    04/10/2010 4:50:17 AM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 671+ views
    z news ^ | 4/10/10 | t news
    A rampage by gun-slinging youths through New York's Times Square this week underscored a surge in murders and shootings that has some New Yorkers fearing a return to the city's dark past. The European-style pedestrian zones, bicycle lanes and flower pots of Times Square epitomize Mayor Michael Bloomberg's clean and tourist-friendly Big Apple.
  • Los Angeles Faces Threat of Insolvency (because of renewable energy)

    04/10/2010 5:00:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 9, 2010 | Peter Sanders
    A bitter political dispute between this city's elected leaders and its powerful municipal utility threatens to push the city into insolvency as early as next month. Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel warned this week that the city's general fund could run out of money and fall $10 million into the red by May 5 unless the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power transfers a planned $73.5 million payment it has so far said it would withhold. Without the payment, the city would need to dip into its reserve fund, leaving that contingency dangerously low in the event of...
  • LA faces insolvency without using $90M in reserves

    04/05/2010 6:25:45 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies · 762+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, April 5, 2010
    The Los Angeles city controller has warned the mayor and City Council that the city will not be able to make payroll next month if it doesn't dip into its reserve fund. In a memo to officials on Monday, Controller Wendy Greuel said the city faces its most urgent fiscal crisis in recent history after the council blocked a proposed electricity rate hike last week
  • Engaged Couple Killed in NJ Carjacking

    04/05/2010 11:07:09 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 40 replies · 2,084+ views
    aol news ^ | 4/4/2010 | unknown
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (April 4) - An engaged couple returning to their northern New Jersey home early today were fatally shot in what authorities believe was a botched carjacking. Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said 27-year-old Michael Muchiaki and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Nia Haqq, were both shot twice in the head. They were found near their car, which was not taken. The couple had attended a party in New Brunswick and returned to their Jersey City home around 3 a.m., DeFazio said.
  • Philadelphia to ease marijuana penalty

    04/05/2010 6:28:09 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies · 429+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 04/05/2010 | Craig R. McCoy, Nancy Phillips, and Dylan Purcell
    The city's new district attorney and the state Supreme Court are moving to all but decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in an effort to unclog Philadelphia's crowded court dockets. Under a policy to take effect later this month, prosecutors will charge such cases as summary offenses rather than as misdemeanors. People arrested with up to 30 grams of the drug - slightly more than an ounce - may have to pay a fine but face no risk of a criminal record
  • 54 arrested, 3 shot in Times Square riot (3 shot as police dispel gang thugs)

    04/05/2010 5:03:17 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 122 replies · 4,540+ views
    Scores of gangbangers marauded through Times Square and nearby streets last night, storming businesses and harrassing pedestrians as three people were shot in possibly related violence. Hundreds of cops struggled to disperse the youths. One man was shot in the ankle on West 41st Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Early this morning two people were shot at 34th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Their conditions were not immediately known. Twenty young men were seen fleeing the scene. * * * At least 30 people, including seven juveniles, were arrested by early this morning. In past years, the NYPD...