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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 31, 2016 At Strawberry Fields, Feuding Musicians Give Peace a ChanceAt Strawberry Fields, Feuding Musicians Give Peace a Chance
QUOTE: for the past few years peace itself was elusive among the musicians. The idyllic mood had been marred by altercations, vitriolic screaming and performers dueling to sing over one another....Recently, however, something surprising has happened in Strawberry Fields. The musicians have found themselves in an unfamiliar state of near-civility...In essence, the musicians realized that their bad behavior was not only tarnishing their image, but, perhaps more important, threatening their livelihood.
New York Times Sep 03, 2014 How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty
QUOTE: Jackson County has just 19 municipalities, and just 15 municipal courts — less than a quarter of municipalities and courts in St. Louis County. Some of the towns in St. Louis County can derive 40 percent or more of their annual revenue from the petty fines and fees collected by their municipal courts....white people didn’t just flee St. Louis, they used whatever tools were at their disposal to prevent black people from joining them, including race-restrictive deeds and covenants until they were struck down in 1947, segregation until it was struck down in 1954, real estate pacts, and finally zoning laws.
Washington Post Sep 26, 2013 Public Nuisance: What happens when calling 911 could cost you your home.
QUOTE: the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and Briggs’ lawyer sued the borough of Norristown on behalf of Briggs, arguing that its disorderly behavior ordinance—and hundreds of similar laws around the country—unconstitutionally punish protected First Amendment speech, fall most heavily of victims of domestic violence, and recast those victims as a public nuisance.
Slate Jul 29, 2013 A City Invokes Seizure Laws to Save Homes
QUOTE: Scarcely touched by the nation’s housing recovery and tired of waiting for federal help, Richmond is about to become the first city in the nation to try eminent domain as a way to stop foreclosures. The results will be closely watched by both Wall Street banks, which have vigorously opposed the use of eminent domain to buy mortgages and reduce homeowner debt, and a host of cities across the country that are considering emulating Richmond.
New York Times Mar 15, 2012 A Meter So Expensive, It Creates Parking Spots
QUOTE: ...San Francisco is trying to shorten the hunt with an ambitious experiment that aims to make sure that there is always at least one empty parking spot available on every block that has meters. The program, which uses new technology and the law of supply and demand, raises the price of parking on the city’s most crowded blocks and lowers it on its emptiest blocks....acknowledged that the program was “complicated on the social equity level.”
New York Times Dec 13, 2011 Inside Wukan: the Chinese village that fought back: Something extraordinary has happened in the Chinese village of Wukan.
QUOTE: For the first time on record, the Chinese Communist party has lost all control, with the population of 20,000 in this southern fishing village now in open revolt....The plan appears to be to lay siege to Wukan and choke a rebellion which began three months ago when an angry mob, incensed at having the village’s land sold off, rampaged through the streets and overturned cars.
Daily Telegraph Sep 19, 2011 In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious
QUOTE: In rural America, where an older, poorer and more remote population has lagged the rest of the country in embracing the Internet, the growing use of social media is raising familiar concerns about bullying and privacy. But in small towns there are complications. The same Web sites created as places for candid talk about local news and politics are also hubs of unsubstantiated gossip, stirring widespread resentment in communities where ties run deep, memories run long and anonymity is something of a novel concept.
New York Times Feb 05, 2011 A Dot on the Map, Until the Earth Started Shaking
QUOTE: “They took advantage of people’s ignorance,” said Greg Hooten, the superintendent of the local water utility, who now worries about the effect of the drilling on the groundwater. Nonetheless, Mr. Hooten had signed an agreement for drilling on his property. “Who’s going to stop the gas and oil companies?” he asked.
New York Times Dec 26, 2010 Conflict Over Squatters Divides Argentina
QUOTE: a series of land invasions by thousands of people in the last few weeks that have pushed the capital to the brink of crisis. The ostensible cause, analysts said, is a shortage of low-income housing that has been exacerbated by high inflation and a boom in immigration. But scratch the surface and there are mind-twisting layers of maneuvering and intrigue that one resident called “Alice in Wonderland” politics, in which the president and the mayor of Buenos Aires are blaming each other.
New York Times Jun 30, 2010 Black Landowners Fight to Reclaim Georgia Home
QUOTE: n 1942, Harris Neck, a thriving community of black landowners who hunted, farmed and gathered oysters, was taken by the federal government to build an airstrip. Now, the elders — who remember barefoot childhoods spent climbing trees and waking to watch the Canada geese depart in formation — want to know why they cannot have it back.
New York Times Apr 16, 2010 Put Vendors in Their Place
QUOTE: An army of book sellers set up tables along Fifth Avenue, blocking the sidewalks, collecting no sales tax and paying no property tax, and in some instances selling stolen goods. My concern for a poet’s right to sell his poems by hand (the regulations wouldn’t limit artists who roam with their works) was never meant to encompass commercial vendors appropriating the public right of way for private business use.
New York Times Aug 04, 2009 Evicted Palestinians stand their ground – on thin mattressesEvicted Palestinians stand their ground – on thin mattresses
QUOTE: In all, 58 Palestinians were evicted in this predominantly Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah. Though they had received – and refused to obey – a court order in May to leave after losing a longstanding dispute over property rights, it was still a shock.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 02, 2009 In Kansas, Proposed Monument to a Wartime Friendship Tests the Bond
QUOTE: some of the American [Vietnam] veterans, who see the park as a place to remember American service members alone, say the compromise location [a memorial for South Vietnamese allies] is still too close, and they worry about what group (Iraqi allies?) might be the next to want to erect a statue so near.
New York Times Jun 14, 2009 Blacks abandon San Francisco: No US city has seen a more rapid decline of its African-American population.
QUOTE: While San Francisco's image has been defined by a history of tolerance and openness, some say today's reality is much different. They paint a picture of a racially and economically divided city where blacks are vanishing from the social and cultural fabric, priced out and marginalized by the urban redevelopment policies of the past half century.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 23, 2009 On the Gowanus Canal, Fear of Superfund Stigma
QUOTE: City [of New York] officials and many residents fear that the Superfund label, reserved for the worst contamination in the country and evoking health emergencies like the Love Canal debacle of the 1970s, could deter new development in Gowanus, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook.
New York Times Nov 29, 2008 Preservationists See Bulldozers Charging Through a Loophole
QUOTE: The strategy has become wearyingly familiar to preservationists. A property owner — in this case Sylgar Properties, which was under contract to sell the site to Related — is notified by the landmarks commission that its building or the neighborhood is being considered for landmark status. The owner then rushes to obtain a demolition or stripping permit from the city’s Department of Buildings so that notable qualities can be removed, rendering the structure unworthy of protection.
New York Times Oct 20, 2008 89-Year-Old Woman Accused Of Theft Over Football
QUOTE: An 89-year-old Ohio woman faces a charge of petty theft because neighborhood children said she refused to give back their football.
WLWT May 30, 2008 Nobel Laureates Unable to Win Release of Doctor
QUOTE: Binayak Sen, who has worked with the poorest of the poor in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, has been a vocal critic of the government's use of armed groups to push villagers out of mineral-rich forests to boost development. He was jailed in April 2007 on sedition charges, including allegedly being linked to Maoist rebels and smuggling a letter for an accused Maoist prisoner he had visited.
Washington Post May 28, 2008 Square Feet: Major San Francisco Development Faces a Ballot Test
QUOTE: Proposition F reflects worries that residents will be cut off from the jobs and wealth generated by the development, and that rising property values might force them out of their homes. The proposition expresses this fear most pointedly with a requirement that half of the housing built in the new Hunters Point-Bayview project be offered for sale to working families at below-market rates.
New York Times May 18, 2008 Va. Snake Saga Rattles Residents, Ends in Ban
QUOTE: "This isn't about snakes," said Koskinen, a father of three, who lives next door to the Snake House. "This is about protecting our children. That my neighbor has something from Mexico or Africa that could kill my child violates the social compact in a profound way."
Washington Post Mar 01, 2008 A Town and a Baptist Pastor Vie Over ‘Eternity’
QUOTE: The battle between the city and the church appears to come down to two essential issues: is the message of eternity a commercial one, and is the roof sign a nuisance so grand that the government must intervene?
New York Times Jan 18, 2008 With predator populations rising, more calls for control: Western states grapple with how to address an increasing threat to livestock from wolves and big cats.
QUOTE: While there is no direct connection, collectively these issues reflect the tension between rural Westerners involved in ranching, farming, and logging, and those in growing urban and recreational areas where people are more likely to have a friendlier attitude toward wildlife.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 15, 2008 Crackdown on L.I. Landlords Is Criticized as Harassment of Immigrants
QUOTE: The new policy [a comprehensive rental law intended to stop the crowding of multiple families into single units] has become the latest controversy involving illegal immigrants in Suffolk County, where the county executive, Steve Levy, has won broad public approval and national attention for his aggressive campaign against illegal immigration.
New York Times Jan 13, 2008 On the Lookout for Out-of-District Students
QUOTE: Clifton is hardly the only district searching for students sneaking into its schools....And there are many ways to find students who don’t belong. Bounties, detectives, stakeouts with cameras, and hot lines that receive tips from anonymous callers are tools that some school districts use to combat the perennial problem of illegally enrolled students.
New York Times Jan 10, 2008 Human Dignity Also Needs to Be Preserved
QUOTE: HUD filed a complaint against the D.C. government, alleging that by denying the Lucases permission to install a ramp, the city is violating anti-discrimination laws. "I hope they would get off the position that historic preservation trumps fair housing or any law that protects the disabled,"...
Washington Post Jan 01, 2008 Electronic Passports Raise Privacy Issues
QUOTE: The [new passport] cards can be read wirelessly from 20 feet, offering convenience to travelers but raising security and privacy concerns about the possibility of data being intercepted.
Washington Post Dec 30, 2007 Surge in Off-Roading Stirs Dust and Debate in West
QUOTE: The federal government has been struggling to come up with plans to accommodate the growing numbers of off-highway vehicles — mostly with proposed maps directing them toward designated trails — but all-terrain-vehicle users have started formidable lobbying campaigns when favorite trails have been left off the maps.
New York Times Dec 28, 2007 Art Attack: Public installations have been raising hackles ever since that pesky Parthenon went up in Greece. Next up: a controversial sculpture is set to rise from the ashes in Phoenix.
QUOTE: public art...if you think people are arguing over how these artworks actually look or what they represent, think again. In most cases what puts people in a tizzy is location, funding, durability, safety, effect on property values, traffic patterns and other unsexy logistical issues, says Bob Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts...
Newsweek Dec 07, 2007 Young Israelis Resist Challenges to Settlements
QUOTE: The cat-and-mouse contest here lays bare a key dilemma of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute: Israel has pledged that it will permit no new settlements in the territory it has occupied since the 1967 war, no more expropriation of Palestinian land and dismantle unauthorized outposts — like this one — erected since March 2001, but it has never applied the muscle needed to do so.
New York Times Nov 27, 2007 New Orleans' musical traditions changing
QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina altered many of New Orleans' most culturally rich neighborhoods and exasperated the plight of local musicians. Some living in low-income rental units returned to find unaffordable rents and new neighbors.
USA TODAY Nov 24, 2007 Enemy Aircraft Sighted and, Above All Else, Heard
QUOTE: The rise in private-jet travel is being driven in part by long check-in and security lines at major airports. Those waits make private flying attractive to wealthy travelers, while at the same time fractional-jet-ownership companies are making it possible for more corporations to send their executives off in style. The developments have stoked the anger of residents here, who say jet fumes endanger their health and jet noise threatens their sanity.
New York Times Nov 13, 2007 In Farm Belt, Ethanol Plants Hit Resistance
QUOTE: Some experts say the local protests reflect a new anti-ethanol mood spurred by a slow but steady drumbeat of negative attention on the industry. Across the Midwest, questions about ethanol have been raised by environmental advocates, livestock owners have complained about soaring prices for corn feed and farmers have fretted about how expensive some farmland has become.
New York Times Nov 04, 2007 A Battle Rages in London Over a Mega-Mosque Plan
QUOTE: This summer on the Web site of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, more than 250,000 critics of the proposed mosque supported a petition initiated by a backer of the conservative British National Party. Some of them said a large mosque had no right to exist in such a prominent place in a Christian country.
New York Times Nov 04, 2007 Colorado Ranchers Angry Over Army Site Expansion: Plan to Take Land Spurs Debate On Patriotism, Property Rights
QUOTE: Several dozen ranchers and members of 15 county commissions that voted to oppose the project find themselves pitted against the Pentagon and Colorado business interests in a struggle over property rights, personal heritage and the contested priorities of national security.
Washington Post Nov 03, 2007 Texas Proceeding With Plan to Auction Nature Preserve
QUOTE: The dispute pits the donors of the land, the Conservation Fund and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, against a pistol-packing commissioner adamant about preserving hunting and firearms rights on the property, even at the cost of denying the land to the National Park Service, although Texas ranks 44th in park land.
New York Times Nov 02, 2007 Effort to Save Everglades Falters as Funds Drop
QUOTE: The idea that the federal government could summon the will and money to restore the subtle, sodden grandeur of the so-called River of Grass is disappearing, too. Supporters say the effort would get sorely needed momentum from a long-delayed federal bill authorizing $23 billion in water infrastructure projects, including almost $2 billion for the Everglades.
New York Times Oct 25, 2007 Firefighters Get Control as Questions Rise
QUOTE: The fires of October 2007 have sharpened questions about the costs of protecting the increasing numbers of people who live in remote and highly flammable areas, reawakened old jealousies that simmer across Southern California and forced new examination of the tension between the need for local emergency services and the willingness to pay for them.
New York Times Oct 21, 2007 A Court Decision Elbows a Village in Favor of Religious Rights
QUOTE: Peyote or no peyote, land-use planning and zoning board decisions aren’t made for thrilling public debate — unless it’s your backyard that’s involved. But the path from the North American Church to the Orthodox day school does have an Alice in Wonderland quality. It has brought the federal government someplace it has almost never been — the realm of local land use, planning and zoning decisions.
New York Times Oct 09, 2007 Arguments in Atlantic Yards Case
QUOTE: The lawsuit, known as Goldstein v. Pataki, was filed in October 2006. It is one of the most significant eminent domain cases to be brought since the United States Supreme Court, in the Kelo v. City of New London decision in June 2005, held that public officials may transfer condemned property to another private interest if doing so would create a superior benefit to the public.
New York Times Oct 03, 2007 Neighbor tenants tangle over tobacco
QUOTE: As tens of thousands of apartments and condos go smoke-free, a new battle is opening in the nation's decades-long fight over tobacco. Smoking bans have spread from workplaces to restaurants, bars, parks, ATM lines, cars with kids and now private residences.
USA TODAY Oct 01, 2007 Muslim sect resisted in Md.
QUOTE: The controversy here is the latest involving Muslim efforts to build or expand mosques and community centers. Local opposition has stalled projects in Pompano Beach, Fla.; Louisville; and Rockaway, N.J. Opponents often cite traffic or loss of tax revenues but, says Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, anti-Muslim bias plays a role.
USA TODAY Sep 28, 2007 Zone 1 in place for California's no-fishing plan: It is trying to protect its world-famous bounty of fish with marine protected areas.
QUOTE: Waterfront boating operators say scenic tours and sport fishing could become too expensive or go extinct. And some local officials say the "quaint fishing village" look could fade into yesteryear, replaced by communities of modern condos. But leading environmental groups say the new plan is the only way to sustain California's marine resources and world-famous bounty of rockfish, squid, tuna, jack mackerel, and hake.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 13, 2007 Diet-conscious Los Angeles eyes moratorium on fast-food outlets: Diet-conscious Los Angeles eyes moratorium on fast-food outlets
QUOTE: Others say [a moratorium on new fast-food outlets] is a well-meaning but misguided attempt by government to control social behavior, doomed to failure, like prohibition in the 1920s. "You can't regulate the supply side of a behavioral problem and expect results," says Dennis Lombardi, executive vice president of Foodservice Strategies, a consulting firm for the restaurant industry.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 05, 2007 Neighbors hope to pull plug on digital billboards
QUOTE: Digital billboards are the latest trend in outdoor advertising, say billboard companies. They are taking hold in cities across the country, even as sign companies, federal regulators and opponents debate the legal status of the technology that makes them possible.
USA TODAY Sep 04, 2007 Appeals Court Finds Ugly Implications in City's Anti-Truck Law: Class, Not Aesthetics, May Be Real Issue, Judges Suggest in Overturning Code
QUOTE: The central question in the ticket case has become: Are the city ordinances targeting pickup trucks, or are they, more sinisterly, trying to exclude the people who drive them?
Washington Post Aug 24, 2007 As an energy-saver, the clothesline makes a comeback: A 'Right to Dry' movement is growing, with some states introducing legislation to override clothesline bans.
QUOTE: a national clothesline – or "Right to Dry" – movement escalates. In fact, Vermont is the latest state to introduce a bill that would override clothesline bans, which are often instituted by community associations loath to air laundry even when it's clean.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 24, 2007 Sprawl exceeds reach of hydrants
QUOTE: Nearly a fourth of U.S. families face the same protection inadequacies as the Webers because they live in extended suburban or rural locations with no hydrants, says Lori Moore-Merrell, an operations analyst with the International Association of Fire Fighters. The lack of fire hydrants is a growing problem as more homes are built outside urban and suburban infrastructure, she says.
USA TODAY Jul 23, 2007 In Alaska, a Road Marked With Controversy
QUOTE: proponents say isolated native Alaskans...could die for lack of emergency medical care if federal officials do not allow the road to be built .... But environmentalists say the road would wreak havoc with the heart of one of the most fertile wildlife breeding and feeding sites in the nation...
Washington Post Jul 19, 2007 After a Brutal Attack, Many Hope for Change but Few Expect It
QUOTE: The people of Dunbar Village are petrified, furious and doubtful that even such a savage crime will bring about change. West Palm Beach — “a city of unsurpassed beauty,” its Web site says — has eagerly permitted luxury condominiums and revitalized neighborhoods for the rich and middle class. But the north side, where steady violence has pushed up the city’s crime rate, continues to languish.
New York Times Jun 28, 2007 Tree-Cutting Proposal Near C& O Canal Spurs Debate
QUOTE: A developer wants to cut down a swath of trees where he is building a home overlooking the C&O Canal in Potomac, arguing that the Americans with Disabilities Act gives him the right because his two young children are allergic to nuts on the trees.
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