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Needy states use housing aid cash to plug budgets
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hundreds of millions of dollars meant to provide a little relief to the nation's struggling homeowners is being diverted to plug state budget gaps. In a recent budget proposed, California joined more than a dozen states that want to help close gaping shortfalls using money paid by the nation's biggest banks and earmarked for foreclosure prevention, investigations of financial fraud and blunting the ill effects of the housing crisis. More

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Secure Communities program takes effect across New York City
NY1    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The controversial "Secure Communities" program goes into effect in New York City, but not without a fight. Critics are again calling on Homeland Security to stop the federal program until significant changes can be made. More

Chicago shifts police presence to downtown area
to handle NATO summit

Chicago Tribune via Bellingham Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chicago police officers are used to flooding hot spots on the south side and west side neighborhoods to fight the street gang violence that drives most of the mayhem in this city, but now they have begun to flood another side of the metropolis — the glittering lakefront showpiece of office towers, parks and restaurants. More

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San Jose, Calif., considers social host ordinance
KGO-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In California's South Bay, there's a push underway to hold parents liable if underage partygoers gather and drink alcohol on their property — the social host ordinance. San Jose City Councilmember Nancy Pyle proposed the measure following several deadly alcohol-related car crashes in her district. More

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America's most bike-friendly communities named
Governing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The United States is now home to 214 bicycle-friendly communities in 47 states, according to a new list released recently by the League of American Bicyclists. Municipalities are evaluated based on their efforts to promote bicycling, investments in bicycling infrastructure and bicycling education programs, the league said in a news release. More

Jury issues mixed verdict on lawsuit against Hente
Colorado Springs Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Colorado Springs City Council President Scott Hente and business partner Robert Ormston will have to pay an affiliate of ANB Bank $437,000 — a quarter of what the bank had sought — under largely offsetting verdicts issued by 4th Judicial District jurors recently in a civil trial over a foreclosed loan. More

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Stamford, Conn., denies liability for fatal fire
The Associated Press via Las Vegas Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Stamford, Conn., official recently rejected allegations by an attorney for the father of three girls killed in a Christmas morning house fire that the Connecticut city failed to ensure safe conditions as the house was being renovated. More

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