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  • Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived

    01/28/2015 6:06:09 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/26/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Figuring out how much government makes from speeding tickets is a fool’s game. Just ask the National Motorists Association, the one group whose mission it is to know. “We will not be unwitting cannon fodder for self-serving government programs, over-bearing police departments or greedy courts,” states its website. Michigan Capitol Confidential contacted the NMA to see if it had tallies on speeding ticket revenue in Michigan. Speed limit reform bills in both chambers failed to make it out of committee last session but are expected to reappear this session. Jim Walker, the executive director of the NMA, says that the...
  • Hackensack police make it a merry parking day

    12/23/2014 3:04:36 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies ^ | 12-22-14 | Stephanie Dazio
    HACKENSACK — City resident Edward Garner thought he was getting a parking ticket for some violation on Main Street Monday, even with 40 minutes left on his meter. Despite Garner's pleas, Officer Frank Garrett handed him a "summons" that contained a note from the city's police director himself: "Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and peaceful new year." Garner, 57, stared at the "ticket" as his wife Victoria laughed in the car. "You know, at my age I could have a heart attack!" he admonished the officer before cracking up. Garner's "ticket" was one...
  • Ticket Sales a Matter of Property Rights

    05/07/2014 7:44:40 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2014 | Dr. Mark Perry
    Personal property rights are the very foundation of our country's economic system. When you buy something, you own it. Period. And when you own something as your personal property, you have the right to use it, lend it to somebody, give it away or sell it as you decide. These property rights apply to houses, cars, shares of stock, furniture, personal possessions and just about anything you can imagine — everything, that is, except for sporting event or concert tickets bought and sold in Michigan. Unfortunately for consumers in Michigan, we live in one of the few states that impose...
  • Judge rules flashing headlights is free speech in Oregon case

    04/11/2014 7:15:04 AM PDT · by relictele · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 Apr 2014 | Associated Press
    Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flashed his lights to warn a UPS driver coming the other way. The deputy pulled over Hill on U.S. Highway 140 in White City and handed him a $260 ticket for improperly using his headlights, saying another deputy had seen the flashing lights from behind the UPS truck and alerted him to stop the log truck because of the signaling. Outraged, Hill decided to fight the ticket, and on Wednesday, a Jackson County Justice Court judge dismissed the citation,...
  • Burning Man Gone: 38K Tickets Sold in 44 Minutes

    03/01/2014 2:10:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    The popular counter-cultural event in the Nevada Desert burned through its 38,000 tickets in 44 minutes this week, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. The $380 tickets went on sale on Wednesday with little issue, the newspaper reported. They are being relisted online at places like StubHub for up to $1,545. If you missed the Burning boat, fear not: Another 1,000 tickets will go onsale on Aug. 6. A record-breaking 68,000 people went to the playa last year.
  • Report: Detroit is owed $82M for parking tickets

    02/20/2014 3:14:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/20/14
    **SNIP** Reporting the figure, WDIV-TV says some of the overdue fines are more than 10 years old and can't be collected. Some individuals owe the city more than $10,000. The city is trying to get payments for some of what's owed. James Canty of Detroit's parking division says the city is putting holds on driver's licenses when they come up for renewal, taking motorists who owe money to court and reporting them to credit agencies.
  • Super Bowl indoor suite tickets going for $1M (global warming)

    01/21/2014 3:04:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/21/14 | Jeane MacIntosh
    Luxury Super Bowl seat prices hit the $1 million mark Monday — with frigid weather expected to fuel hot demand for indoor seats at MetLife Stadium. An optimistic seller listed an amenity-heavy, climate-controlled suite for the Feb. 2 Seattle-Denver showdown at $1,019,000 on the secondary ticket market, and plenty of other sellers came in above the $500,000 mark. Many of the asking prices for Super Bowl XLVIII suites are double those of prior Super Bowls, which commanded $100,000 to $500,0000, market watchers said.
  • Delta Glitch Causes Ultra-Low Fares

    12/26/2013 1:09:20 PM PST · by DouglasKC · 14 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 12/26/2013 | CNN Money
    Delta (DAL, Fortune 500) acknowledged a glitch caused steeply-discounted tickets to be offered online Thursday -- some for as low as $27, according to customers. They celebrated their finds on social media, including cross-country flights for $40 and Boston to Honolulu lifts for $68. One customer said she bought tickets between Tallahassee and Los Angeles for $27 each way. Those routes normally cost between several hundred and several thousand dollars. Related: United and Delta raise bar on frequent flier miles Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said the airline would honor the incorrectly priced fares, which were offered on the airline's website...
  • New Bill Would Allow You to Sell Event Tickets Without Fear of Arrest

    12/25/2013 6:54:48 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/20/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Tickets to the Rose Bowl to see Michigan State play Stanford are hard to get and those who don't already have them will be further restrained if they try to buy them in Michigan because of a state law that makes it illegal to sell tickets above face value. But a new bill would change that. House Bill 5108, sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township, would make it legal for people to sell tickets above face value on the secondary market in Michigan. Though much ignored (see websites like Craigslist or StubHub), a 1931 law makes ticket "scalping" illegal...
  • Better Buckle Up! 10 Worst State for Drivers in U.S.

    12/16/2013 2:40:36 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 99 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 12/16/2013 | Kate Rogers
    Louisiana is famous for celebrating Mardi Gras every spring, but it’s also home to worst drivers in the U.S. Thanks for residents’ failure to buckle up, driving carelessly and racking up tickets, says drivers in the Pelican State are the worst in the country, coming in the number one- spot for those three offenses. ranked the 10 worst states for drivers, pulling statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The five categories for each state’s score are ranked by fatalities rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, the...
  • Super Bowl premium tickets double to $2,600

    09/17/2013 3:00:40 PM PDT · by Veggie Todd · 18 replies ^ | September 17, 2013 | Melissa Murphy
    Super Bowl fans can prepare to pay double for the best seats. The NFL expects the most expensive tickets for its championship game will be about $2,600 each for 9,000 premium seats for the Feb. 2 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • Military Reverses Decision After Suspending Meal Tickets, Reducing Hours at Walter Reed´s

    08/15/2013 6:51:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/15/13 | staff
    UPDATE: A veteran says that the military has reversed its decision on shutting down the café. There are disturbing new revelations about the treatment of wounded troops recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center. The hospital has suspended meal tickets and reduced hours for its only café. The changes are apparently just the tip of the iceberg as the hospital struggles to cope with budget cuts. Jennifer Griffin reports that earlier this month the military reduced hours at the Warrior Café in Building 62 which is where all of the multiple amputees and long-term recovering patients live.Soldiers were told that on
  • Video: Auburn cop fired for blowing the whistle on ticket, arrest quotas

    07/25/2013 1:45:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Do police officers write tickets because of quotas? Most law-enforcement agencies will deny that any exist, but the police department in the college town of Auburn, Alabama will find that difficult. One of their officers secretly recorded briefings in which quotas were explicitly demanded for traffic citations, arrests, and other “contacts,” which if enforced would have meant nearly 1.5 police contacts per resident each year. Reason TV highlights the efforts of Justin Hanners, who lost his job after blowing the whistle:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Auburn, Alabama is home to sprawling plains, Auburn University, and a troubling police force....
  • Police Say Speeding Tickets Are All About Discretion

    07/05/2013 8:08:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KCRG ^ | Jul 3, 2013 | Forrest Saunders
    Tuesday, dash cam video surfaced of an Iowa State Trooper pursuing a speeding black Chevy SUV on Highway 20 between Cedar Falls and Fort Dodge, back in April. In an audio recording, you can hear DCI Special Agent Larry Hedlund call a state dispatcher for help in pulling over the SUV that he was going a "hard 90." State Patrol started a pursuit, but backed off when they learned the SUV was being driven by a fellow officer and Governor Terry Branstad was a passenger. Five days later the DCI put Hedlund on administrative leave after he complained to his...
  • More fans duped in 'oversold' Cowboys ticket scheme

    12/26/2012 4:20:45 PM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    WFAA ^ | December 26, 2012 | BYRON HARRIS
    The list of angry fans who were stood up by a sports promoter at the Cowboys-Steelers game two weeks ago is growing. It stretches literally around the world and into the hundreds... All say they are victims of the Maximum Sports Connection and Ronni Sokol. Just before kickoff, they say she told them the game had been "oversold." "I don't expect to get any money back, because with her track record, it doesn't look good," said Kerry Vincent of the Mechanicsburg Police Department in Pennsylvania.
  • Motionless Driver Gets Ticketed For Speeding

    12/14/2012 9:13:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 14, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    Speeding tickets generate revenue for the city or county in which they’re issued. If the police department is low on revenue, they’ll set up a speed trap on a busy road and lie in wait for the non-violent speed violators. If the city is really desperate, they’ll invest in a speed camera system that will be distributed around the city and send citations to the registered owners of the alleged speeding vehicles. And if they’re still not happy with the money they’re making, they’ll start issuing speeding tickets to people who aren’t even speeding. In Baltimore, Maryland, they’ve generated over...
  • Tickets still available for Obama campaign appearance

    10/24/2012 2:07:52 PM PDT · by FightforFreedomCA · 31 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | None Listed
    Tickets are still available for President Barack Obama's campaign appearance in Tampa on Thursday, campaign officials said today.
  • Judicial Watch Obtains ‘4 to 5 inch Stack’ of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin

    08/28/2012 9:29:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 28, 2012
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains ‘4 to 5 inch Stack’ of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Filmmakers Obama Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications: Obama White House ‘trying to have visibility into the UBL (Usama bin Laden) projects.’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense (DOD) regarding meetings and communications between government agencies and Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker, and screenwriter Mark Boal in preparation for their film Zero Dark Thirty, which details the capture...
  • Lining up for Obama event tickets in Tampa Bay(Photos - You'd think this was the food stamp line)

    06/19/2012 8:35:21 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 27 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 19, 2012 | Adam C. Smith
    Floridians lining up for tickets to Barack Obama's grassroots campaign events in Tampa Friday.Ybor City:Riverview:
  • Palm Beach police under investigation for writing too many traffic tickets

    06/06/2012 6:56:33 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 11 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | June 6, 2012 | Jane Musgrave
    From its long abandoned practice of ticketing shirtless joggers and issuing ID cards to gardeners, the rules in Palm Beach have always been different. Now, in response to complaints from town residents who believe rules on the tony island should be different, police officers are being investigated and fired for writing too many traffic tickets. Officer William Eaton, who has patrolled the town's ficus-lined streets for six years, was fired this week. Union leaders say two other officers face similar fates. In a termination letter signed Tuesday, the town's director of public safety says Eaton's ticket-writing frenzy violated several department...
  • Dog eats man’s Masters tickets right before he leaves for Augusta

    04/04/2012 7:58:09 AM PDT · by rawhide · 56 replies
    devil ball golf ^ | 4-3-12 | By Jonathan Wall | Devil Ball Golf
    The photo you see to your right would be one of Russ Berkman's four tickets to Wednesday's Masters practice round. The Seattle resident hit the jackpot and was all set to enjoy some time golfing and hanging out with a couple of buddies before heading to Augusta to take in the course and the Par-3 Contest. It sounded like a perfect plan ... until Berkman came home to find his dog, Sierra, had eaten all four of his tickets. I guess his dog didn't appreciate being left out of the trip. As Berkman told sports radio station KJR in Seattle,...
  • Raleigh going after unpaid parking tickets (will intercept state income tax refund)

    12/24/2011 5:09:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/21/11
    Raleigh going after unpaid parking ticketsUpdated: 6:41 p.m. Wednesday Raleigh, N.C. — Hundreds of area residents are getting mail from Raleigh officials this week, but it's not holiday greetings. The city sent 4,000 letters Monday to people who have unpaid parking citations, and officials said more mailings are planned. The move is part of a new collection method approved last spring by the City Council. Effective Dec. 15, the city can intercept the state income tax refund of anyone with more than $50 in unpaid parking citations that are more than six months delinquent in order to pay off the...
  • Trash Can Tickets In Queens

    12/20/2011 8:30:14 AM PST · by massmike · 18 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/20/2011 | n/a
    A Queens man is very upset after trying to put his trash out for collection and ending up with a ticket. He, and others, are getting snared in an enforcement of a law that few people even know exists. The scrooge award goes to the New York City Sanitation Department for the $100 tickets. Raymond Janson says he received the $100 fine for putting his garbage cans at the curb 30 minutes early. It is legal to put out the trash cans the day before pick-up but the time of the day matters. City sanitation rules say the cans can...
  • Lawsuit filed over Duke season tickets

    07/15/2011 1:48:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 15, 2011
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A family squabble over season tickets to Duke men's basketball games has resulted in a legal fight. A woman filed a lawsuit Friday against her sister, her sister's husband and Duke University regarding the transfer of two tickets that once belonged to her father for games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Katina Dorton is seeking unspecified damages and asking the court to invalidate the "fraudulent transfer" to Gordon and Sophia Caudle that occurred without the knowledge or consent of her father or other family members, according to the complaint.
  • List of the Top Ten Most Ticketed Cars Published

    07/11/2011 8:26:40 PM PDT · by jjotto · 32 replies
    Automobile Magazine ^ | July 11 2011 | Alex Nishimoto
    ...Quality Planning’s Top Ten Most Ticketed Cars Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible Toyota Camry-Solara Coupe Scion tC Coupe Hummer H2/H3 SUV Scion XB Hatchback Mercedes-Benz CLS-63 AMG Sedan Acura Integra Coupe Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Sedan Volkswagen GTI Hatchback
  • Judge: Red light tickets unconstitutional

    06/10/2011 1:04:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    June 10, 2011
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- A Florida judge says red light tickets issued by police officers are unconstitutional because they impose more severe penalties than red light camera citations. Broward County Judge Fred Berman noted last week police write tickets for $260 when they observe a motorist blowing through a red light while $158 citations are issued to motorists caught by the red light cameras, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Friday. Berman said the police-issued tickets, which also impose points on driver's licenses, violate equal protection provisions in the U.S. and Florida constitutions. The ruling eliminated a ticket issued to a motorist...
  • Mayor Villaraigosa agrees to pay $42,000 ethics fine for accepting free tickets ..

    04/01/2011 8:14:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/1/11 | David Zahniser
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has agreed to pay nearly $42,000 in fines to resolve state and city investigations into his practice of accepting tickets to sports events, concerts and pricey entertainment activities without reporting them as gifts, officials said Friday. In a pact drafted by officials with the state Fair Political Practices Commission and the city Ethics Commission, Villaraigosa admitted that he failed to report free tickets to 34 events during his first five years in office, including Los Angeles Lakers games and concerts at such venues as Gibson Amphitheater. Villaraigosa faced a maximum fine of more than $167,000...
  • Hefty warning tickets could be boon to local governments

    03/08/2011 4:27:55 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 26 replies
    The State ^ | Monday, Mar. 07, 2011 | By CLIF LeBLANC
    Should police be able to issue $150 warning tickets to speeding drivers, protecting them from higher insurance premiums while fattening the wallets of governments? A proposal in the Legislature would change state traffic laws and possibly reignite friction that dates back two decades among towns, counties, law enforcement agencies, courts and drivers. A bill in the House of Representatives would allow police to write a warning ticket to speeders driving less than 10 mph over the speed limit. The kicker is the motorist would not suffer points on his or her driving record, which can raise premiums. In addition, cash-strapped...
  • Colts hold news conference to speak out against gun bill

    02/18/2011 7:55:37 AM PST · by jaydubya2 · 41 replies
    wsbt ^ | February 17, 2011 | Kent Erdahl
    The bill would allow people to carry a gun almost anywhere in Indiana. That means licensed gun owners would be able to bring their firearms into libraries, parks, and sports arenas, including Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay held a news conference Thursday to voice his opposition to Senate Bill 292. The bill would allow people to carry a gun almost anywhere in Indiana. That means licensed gun owners would be able to bring their firearms into libraries, parks, and sports arenas, including Lucas Oil Stadium. "It's not taking an issue of bearing firearms or anything. It's about,...
  • Conyers to go for 24th term in 2012 (wife behind bars, $27K worth of tickets go unexplained)

    01/31/2011 7:53:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 1/31/11
    Conyers to go for 24th term in 2012Published: Jan. 31, 2011 at 10:41 AM DETROIT, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Saying he's not ready to retire, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., who has been in Congress since 1965, announced plans to run for re-election in 2012. The 81-year-old Michigan Democrat has had an easy time retaining his seat, but political analysts say the 2012 contest could be challenging because of his age and a redistricting exercise that could expand his district, The Detroit News reported Monday. "It's understood that I'm going to be running again," Conyers told the News. "I mean,...
  • Good Samaritans Face Fine After Rescuing Deer From Icy Water

    12/17/2010 7:06:58 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    WJZ TV Baltimore ^ | 12/17/10 | Alex DeMetrick
    BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) – They fought to save a life, and now they say they’ll fight the fine. It all revolves around the rescue of a deer trapped in icy water Thursday night. Alex DeMetrick reports that good deed was rewarded with tickets. Strangers banded together to pull a deer out of the freezing water of the Patapsco River on Thursday night. “We seen the deer going under,” said Khalil Abusakran. “It couldn’t maintain. It was starting to freeze, and it was really getting bad.” Abusakran brought a raft, and Jim Hart joined him. “We had oars and shovels...
  • Former President Clinton in Greensboro for lecture (tonight - good tickets still available)

    11/30/2010 8:06:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Reflector ^ | 11/30/10
    Former President Clinton in Greensboro for lectureThe Associated Press Tuesday, November 30, 2010 GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is visiting Greensboro for a lecture hosted by Guilford College. The event Tuesday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum is titled, "Embracing Our Common Humanity." It's part of an annual lecture series offered by the college. Clinton is the first U.S. president to take part in the Bryan Series. Other former heads of state who have participated in the talks include Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union in 2004 and Mary Robinson of Ireland in 2006. Tickets to the event...
  • Three Unpaid Parking Tickets? No License!

    07/30/2010 9:19:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 53 replies · 4+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/28/2010 | Ken Braun
    Motorist with three unpaid parking tickets at one time should be looking warily over their shoulder at what state politicians are doing with legislation that has cleared the Michigan House but come to a stall in the Senate. The bill would have the Secretary of State deny a driver license renewal to any motorist with as few as three unpaid parking tickets. It cleared the Michigan House last October on a vote of 68-37. But on June 30, when it was brought up for a final passage vote in the Senate, the chamber overwhelmingly rejected it with a vote of...
  • Phoenix Freeway speed cameras to be turned off this week

    07/12/2010 8:55:38 AM PDT · by NewAZson · 18 replies ^ | 7/12/2010 | Catherine Holland
    PHOENIX -- Dozens of photo-enforcement cameras on freeways throughout the state are coming down this week. A total of 76 cameras will cease operation on Thursday. The photo-enforcement program, which was meant to catch speeders on Arizona's freeways, has been controversial from the beginning. The cameras first went up nearly two years ago. While the cameras have done a good job at snapping speeders, drivers have been ignoring the tickets. According to the Department of Public Safety, the cameras led to more than 700,000 tickets in the first year of operation. Many of those people, however, never paid the fines....
  • Traffic Ticket - Failure to Wear Seatbelt When you are - $147

    05/28/2010 8:36:22 AM PDT · by dila813 · 79 replies · 1,479+ views
    Today | Me
    Just now, got a ticket when I and all my passengers had seat belts on. I had a gray shirt and a gray seat belt. The Cop insists that he saw it hanging down. Everyone in my car knows I was wearing a seat belt but they are all minors. I will go to court and fight this, but what the heck.
  • Movie Tickets Reach the $20 Mark (Anyone still going to the movies?)

    05/21/2010 3:39:06 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 102 replies · 1,331+ views
    WSJ ^ | 21 May 10 | LAUREN A. E. SCHUKER
    For the first time, a major Hollywood film will hit the $20 threshold at the box office, as movie-theater owners test the public's ability to absorb ever higher ticket prices. Several theaters will charge $20 per adult ticket to IMAX showings of the animated 3-D family film "Shrek Forever After," the fourth "Shrek" installment from DreamWorks Animation. The theaters include the AMC theater in Manhattan's Kips Bay neighborhood, AMC Loews 34, AMC Loews Lincoln Square and AMC Empire 42nd Street. The increases weren't officially announced, but were reflected in prices posted Wednesday on movie-ticketing Web sites such as and...
  • Indiana highway deaths drop dramatically

    12/30/2009 11:06:47 AM PST · by muawiyah · 11 replies · 610+ views
    Indiana Governor's Office ^ | December 30, 2009 | By Jane Jankowski
    INDIANAPOLIS (December 30, 2009) - 2009 traffic fatalities in Indiana are on pace to be the lowest recorded since 1925. Preliminary statistics through December 28 show 680 highway fatalities, compared to 814 for the same period in 2008, according to Indiana State Police (ISP). That is a more than 16 percent reduction. Since 2004, when there were 947 fatalities, there has been a 28 percent drop in roadway deaths. 2009 will be the first year in which ISP issued more than one million traffic arrests and written warnings. ..................
  • Sex-for-tix case going to trial: January date set in Common Pleas Court, Doylestown

    12/17/2009 6:55:17 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 30 replies · 1,102+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Dec. 17, 2009 | REGINA MEDINA
    Susan Finkelstein sat down with undercover Officer Michael Brady at a Bucks County bar and allegedly gave him a bold confession for a first meeting, according to his testimony yesterday at her preliminary hearing. "I admit it. I'm a prostitute. I love sex. I'm a whore," the Bensalem police officer testified that Finkelstein had told him as he posed as "Bob" at Manny Brown's in Bensalem. [excerpted for graphic content]The Southwest Philadelphia woman believed Brady had three tickets to a Phillies-Yankees World Series game and, Bensalem police say, was willing to exchange sex for at least one. In reality, it...
  • Picking (Up) Winners Without Placing a Bet

    12/10/2009 11:28:43 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 818+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08 Dec 2009 | VINCENT M. MALLOZZI
    For the past 10 years, Jesus Leonardo has been cleaning up at an OTB parlor in Midtown Manhattan, cashing in, by his own count, nearly half a million dollars’ worth of winning tickets from wagers on thoroughbred races across the country. During his glorious run, Mr. Leonardo, 57, has not placed a single bet. “It is literally found money,” he said on a recent night from his private winner’s circle. He spends more than 10 hours a day there, feeding thousands of discarded betting slips through a ticket scanner in a never-ending search for someone else’s lost treasure. “This has...
  • HPD Begins Creative Crackdown[Houston]

    11/02/2009 11:36:55 AM PST · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,087+ views
    Click2Houston ^ | 29 Oct 2009 | Mary Benton
    HOUSTON -- The Houston Police Department launched a new creative campaign to crack down on dangerous and aggressive drivers, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday. The plan calls for putting plainclothes officers in different locations around the city to spot drivers who are speeding, not wearing seat belts, or changing lanes erratically. In one tactic, senior Houston Police Officer William Dodson will dress in street clothes and stand at a street corner with a sign in his hand. Some people could mistake him for a vagrant, but on closer inspection, they will see that the sign is reminding people to wear...
  • Female baseball fan booked for prostitution

    10/27/2009 4:08:48 PM PDT · by Saije · 18 replies · 1,145+ views
    NJ Star-Ledger ^ | 10/27/2009 | Alexander Zdan
    A self-described “desperate blonde” was arrested after she attempted to trade sex for World Series tickets, police said. Susan Finkelstein, a 43-year-old Philadelphia woman, took out an ad on the website Craigslist declaring her wish for seats at the "Fall Classic." “Desperate Blonde Needs WS Tix,” the title of the ad read, according to police. Police who viewed the ad apparently believed Finkelstein went into foul territory when she described what she’d be willing to do for the tickets. “Diehard Phillies fan – gorgeous tall buxom blonde – in desperate need of two World Series tickets,” the ad went on....
  • If Chicago hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, will you buy a ticket to go watch an Olympic event?

    10/01/2009 7:28:10 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 146 replies · 2,143+ views
    State Journal Register ^ | October 1, 2009 | steelers 6
    If Chicago hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, will you buy a ticket to go watch an Olympic event? Yes 23.7% No 76.3% Total votes: 615
  • Bummer! Some get $100 tickets at Boston pro-pot rally

    09/19/2009 8:12:59 PM PDT · by Saije · 3 replies · 451+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/19/2009 | Michael Corcoran
    There was something different in the air today at the 20th annual Boston Freedom Rally at the Boston Common. And it wasn’t just the clouds of pungent marijuana smoke. It was the first time the rally organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition had been held since voters passed Proposition 2 last November, which decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. The changed law gave attendees reason to celebrate and a better chance of not getting arrested -- a scenario organizers say is a welcome change for the event, which has caused controversy over the years, including many arrests and...
  • Monkey-masked Ariz. speeder gets 37 photo tickets

    09/11/2009 4:00:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,570+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/09 | Amanda Lee Myers - AP
    PHOENIX – Speed camera photos of the man in the monkey and giraffe masks have generated lots of chuckles. But the cops aren't laughing. Dave VonTesmar, 47, started getting the $181.50 tickets last year, but it took Arizona state police several months to realize the same driver was repeatedly triggering speed cameras and refusing to pay the fines. By the time they did, more than 50 of the tickets had become invalid because the deadline for prosecution had passed. VonTesmar, who has now amassed $6,7000 in fines, is fighting each citation by claiming he wasn't behind the wheel.
  • Few tickets sold for Clinton CNE speech

    08/28/2009 3:18:50 AM PDT · by kingattax · 5 replies · 920+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Aug. 28, 2009 | Brodie Fenlon
    Ticket sales for Bill Clinton's speech Saturday at the CNE have been much slower than expected, forcing organizers to reconfigure the stadium layout and offer fairgoers $5 tickets at the door. About 7,000 advance tickets are sold for the 4 p.m. event, a far cry from the 25,000 people expected when it was announced two weeks ago.“I'm the eternal optimist. I thought we were just going to sell like crazy at the very beginning and it looks like we're going to sell more towards the end of this sales cycle,” said David Bednar, general manager of the Canadian National Exhibition....
  • 4 weeks, 10,000 traffic tickets (Red Light Cameras)

    08/01/2009 2:52:45 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 50 replies · 2,259+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 1, 2009 | Josh Jarman
    4 weeks, 10,000 traffic tickets Heath officials say they didn't expect such a windfall Saturday, August 1, 2009 3:01 AM By Josh Jarman THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH HEATH, Ohio -- City officials say they were shocked by the number of violations recorded during the first month of traffic-camera enforcement and decided to make it cheaper to protest multiple tickets. More than 10,000 violations had been recorded by Heath traffic cameras through Tuesday. At $100 apiece, that would net the city a little more than $830,000 after paying the vendor, Redflex, its share. In four weeks, the cameras will have generated an...
  • NYC Buys Homeless People 1-Way Plane Tickets - Keep Shelter Costs Down Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    07/29/2009 7:48:05 AM PDT · by nmh · 23 replies · 741+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | AP
    NEW YORK — New York City is buying one-way plane tickets for homeless families to leave the city. It's part of a program by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to keep the homeless out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. More than 550 families have left the city since 2007. All it takes is for a relative to agree to take them in. The city employs a travel agency for domestic travel and the Department of Homeless Services handles international travel.
  • 'Scofflaw' 0bama Grudge Against Cambridge Police?

    07/23/2009 9:18:19 PM PDT · by jokyfo · 13 replies · 818+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/23/09 | Newsmax
    One reason Barack Obama may think the Cambridge Police Department is "stupid" is that he has a grudge against the law enforcement agency. Obama, who attended Harvard Law School from 1988 to 1991, lived in Cambridge, and apparently didn't like the fact he was frequently hit with parking tickets. In all Obama received 17 tickets for parking violations -- and never paid 15 of them until he was exposed by a local Massachusetts newspaper as a scofflaw.
  • FReepathon Monthly Challenge - FReeper Convention Ticket Drawing

    07/06/2009 11:33:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies · 6,408+ views
    Click here to start your monthly ^ | July 6, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    More Monthlies Needed!! If we had enough monthlies to cover our costs we wouldn't even need to hold FReepathons or, in the very least, they'd run a lot faster. If you are a regular donor to Free Republic, please consider starting a monthly. Your donations will be processed automatically by our program or through PayPal. If you are not a regular donor to Free Republic but find our website fun, useful and informative, please consider becoming a regular donor. Start a monthly if you can. And if you start your monthly this month (or increase your current monthly) please let...
  • Woo hoo!! We're taking the fight to DC!!

    06/23/2009 12:25:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 84 replies · 6,498+ views
    Order your tickets here! ^ | June 23, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Woo hoo!! We'll be taking the Tea Party Express to DC where we'll join with hundreds of thousands of outraged Americans raising holy hell against the wannabe fascist tinpot dictator, B. Hussein Obama!!</p> <p>It's our intention to step up the intensity level of the Tea Party movement a few decibels! Obama is now attempting to RULE over America without even seeking oversight or approval of the U.S. Congress or the consent of We the People! This cannot be allowed to stand! America is a constitutional republic NOT a dictatorship!</p>