State and Local Government

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Activist Convicted of Pelting School Board Members With Grapes

Agnes Hitchcock says she has made her point and will no longer disrupt school-board meetings, now that her act of civil disobedience on April 4 has served its purpose of allowing her to talk about mismanagement of the Detroit-area school…


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Atlanta Joins Those Bravely Fighting Low-Pants Epidemic

The Associated Press reports today that a proposed amendment to Atlanta’s indecency ordinances would target baggy, low-riding pants that allow portions of the wearer’s underwear to be seen.  The ordinance would make "the indecent exposure of [one’s] undergarments" in a…


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Decisions Loom in $54-Million-Pants Case

According to Washington Post bloggers, a decision in the Pants Case is expected by Monday, possibly this afternoon.  With any luck, the court’s opinion will be available for immediate posting and review. Also, Marc Fisher reported this week on the…


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City Council Successfully Prosecutes Itself; Feels “Vindicated”

Saying that he believed the Waitakere (New Zealand) City Council had done the “right thing,” Judge Paul Barber convicted the council on six charges of failing to obtain necessary authorizations for a new building project. That is, it had done the…


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Today’s NY Crime Quiz

What do all of the following people have in common? "Fat Frank" Esposito, indicted as an associate of the Bonnano crime family. Frank Capello, arrested for possession of crack cocaine. Nesly Dorce, arrested four times for burglary and drug possession….



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WARNING: “Welsh Dragon Sausages” May Not Contain Real Dragon

In November, the Trading Standards department for Powys County, Wales, forced a sausage manufacturer to change the label of its "Welsh Dragon"-brand spicy sausage, on the grounds that the label was misleading because the product did not contain real dragon….


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San Francisco OKs Pot, Bans Styrofoam

Depending on your viewpoint, this symbolizes everything that’s wrong with San Francisco, or everything that is so great about it. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to outlaw the use of styrofoam and similar products, and (according…


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Andy Griffith Running for Sheriff in Wisconsin

In what seems like an unfair move — how could you not vote for "Andy Griffith" to be your sheriff? — a music store owner in Grant County, Wisconsin, changed his name from "William Fenrick" to "Andy Griffith" upon entering…


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Fortunetelling Permits Freely Available in San Francisco

In my research recently amongst the many ordinances of San Francisco, I did not find what I was looking for, but I did happen to come across something far more exciting. It appears that Article 17.1 of the San Francisco…