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Locker room injury leads to municipal liability drama
Connecticut Law Tribune
In 2005, Middletown High School student Jasmon Vereen was injured while roughhousing in a locker room at the school. He cut his arm on a locker he claimed was damaged. His family filed a lawsuit and a jury awarded a $30,000 plaintiff's verdict. But what appeared to be a small potatoes personal injury case has turned into a long-running legal battle which recently resulted in an Appellate Court decision that, at least one lawyer says, seems to muddle Connecticut law regarding municipal liability.
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Painting your own crosswalk: Crime or civic opportunity?
The Atlantic
In Vallejo, Calif., recently, a man was arrested and jailed for painting a crosswalk at what he says is a dangerous intersection in his city. Anthony Cardenas, 52, was bailed out to the tune of $15,000 by an anonymous donor after a night in the slammer. When he got back to his neighborhood, he was greeted with what the local Times-Herald referred to as "a hero's welcome."
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City settles lawsuit in case of SWAT team invading wrong Longview, Texas, home
Longview News-Journal
The city of Longview, Texas, recently reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by two brothers who claimed their rights were violated when Longview police mistakenly raided their home to serve an arrest warrant. James and Kenneth Jimmerson were asleep about 11 p.m. Oct. 20, 2010, when Longview Police Department SWAT officers ripped the front door from its hinges, tossed a flash-bang grenade into the house and charged in brandishing automatic weapons.
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City Council expected to gulp hard, approve parking-meter deal
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago aldermen vilified for leasing the city's 36,000 parking meters and spending nearly all of the proceeds on city operations get a do-over — but it's not the mulligan many of them had in mind. The City Council is expected to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to settle outstanding claims by Chicago Parking Meters LLC in a way that could relieve taxpayers of a $1 billion burden and sweeten the deal by trading a longer parking meter day for free neighborhood parking on Sundays.
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After allowing employees to concealed carry, the city wants to drop $300,000 into further security
Colorado Springs Independent
So, do guns make you safer in the workplace, or not? The city can't decide. First, it barred its employees from carrying concealed weapons to work. Then, with Mayor Steve Bach's endorsement earlier this year, City Council reversed the policy. Now, Bach wants Council to appropriate $270,000 to beef up security at two downtown city buildings — City Hall and the City Administration Building — seemingly because concealed weapons are allowed there, though one official says there's no connection.
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City plans to beef up security, fireworks at Red, White & Boom
The Columbus Dispatch
This year's Red, White & Boom celebration on July 3 will have not only a bigger fireworks finale but also more police officers and firefighters patrolling the event in Columbus, Ohio, organizers and public-safety officials said recently. After the bombings at the Boston Marathon in April, Columbus city, police and fire officials met to discuss security for the annual Independence Day celebration, which typically draws more than 500,000 people downtown.
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City holds ground on fire insurance review
Gloucester Times
Gloucester, Mass.'s Fire Department received the same safety and adequacy rating this May as the last time the national insurance services office, or ISO, examined the department — when the Hubble Telescope was launched into space, the World Wide Web was first created and Nelson Mandela was stepping out of prison.
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City of Ralston, Neb., denies liability in sewer backup case
It's a homeowner's nightmare. The sewer starts flowing the wrong way. That's bad news for the home's basement. And on top of that, the owner says it's the city's fault. Kim Benak says sewer water flowed into her basement last March, and she promptly filed a claim with the City of Ralston, Neb. But she says a letter from the city's insurance really stinks, claiming that it was not responsible for the backup.
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    Overtime fees, legal potholes dot Chicago's bike-share program (Chicago Tribune)
Judge allows Mississippi liability suit over underage drinker to proceed (Insurance Journal)
Iowa City in insurance dispute over landfill fire (Insurance Journal)
Insurance covers bulk of sewage backup cost at city building (Today's News-Herald)
Belding City Council in Michigan addresses liabilities, skate park and 'popping' stones (Ionia Sentinel-Standard)

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