Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Buyer calls Plaza Hotel suite "attic-like" and sues - Yahoo! News

Buyer calls Plaza Hotel suite "attic-like" and sues - Yahoo! News: "NEW YORK (Reuters) – The buyer of a $53.5 million (30 million pound) penthouse apartment in New York's famed Plaza Hotel says the apartment turned out to be an 'attic-like space' with low ceilings and obstructed views, and he is suing for a refund plus damages."
I certainly feel his pain. How about you?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Knife-wielding man released?

<b id=red>Updated 9/3: </b>Arrest made after woman followed from Lake Villa library :: News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Lake Villa Review: "A man was arrested Aug. 21 after he allegedly followed a female motorist to the Lake Villa District Library then displayed a knife in the parking lot.

Theodore Rowe, 58, of Johnson City, Tenn., was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of firearm ammunition without a valid F.O.I.D. card. He was released on a notice to appear in court Sept. 17."

Gee, that's comforting. He tailed this woman and brandished a knife at her, and he's from Tennessee, and he had a loaded pistol magazine, and the judge let him go. Great.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Biggest local government bankruptcy in history?

Alabama county is on the brink of bankruptcy | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean: "BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama's largest county appears headed for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a $3.2 billion mess created by the nation's credit crunch and a colossal, corruption-riddled sewer project.

Politicians in Jefferson County — which has 658,000 residents and includes the state's biggest city, Birmingham — are struggling to find a way out of the jam, but they have mostly abandoned talk of raising taxes and fees after running into fierce opposition at raucous public meetings."

They are going to put the bankruptcy question to the voters in a referendum. Orange County, CA, has the record at $1.7 billion back in 1994, caused by county treasurer Robert Citron gambling on derivatives with public funds. In the Jefferson County situation there is a massive public works project that has (surprise!) led to massive corruption. Read the article for the details, but this is disgraceful.

Here is some advice. If you are going to use public works projects as the basis for large-scale corruption, at least come to Chicago and see how the experts do it, before you screw it up.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Congratulations, Kylie!

Lindenhurst crowns new royalty at pageant :: News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Lake Villa Review: "After competing the past three years for the title of Miss Lindenhurst, 19-year-old Kylie Hartness took home the crown at the Aug. 7 pageant, which kicked-off the annual Lindenfest.

The fourth year was the charm for Hartness, whose experience in the pageant circuit helped boost her confidence, leading her to 'sashay' to victory."

Lindenhurst adopts trail system :: News Sun :: News

Lindenhurst adopts trail system: "A resolution adopting the Lindenhurst Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Comprehensive plan was approved this week by the village and park district boards.

The next step is to implement the plan that outlines eight trail segments at a proposed cost of about $4 million."

I think this is great and I hope it gets built.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lindenhurst bans lawn fertilizers with phosphorus :: News Sun :: News

Lindenhurst bans lawn fertilizers with phosphorus :: News Sun :: News: "LINDENHURST -- The Village Board on Monday banned the use of fertilizers containing phosphorus, effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Penalties will range from $25 to $750 and will apply to any business or resident that applies fertilizer containing phosphorus to lawns. Flower and vegetable gardens will be exempt from the ordinance."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Village prepares backup to Lake Michigan water plan :: News :: PIONEER PRESS :: Lake Villa Review

Village prepares backup to Lake Michigan water plan Lake Villa Review: "Lindenhurst wants to tap into Lake Michigan water, but until the state approves the request, or in case it doesn't, the village is taking steps to ensure there is enough well water to meet the community's demand. This may include drilling another shallow well."
I don't like the sound of this. The state said no to a hospital near us, and now maybe we won't even get permission to drink from Lake Michigan. This is a notoriously corrupt state government that distributes goodies based on politics and various kinds of payoffs. Actual need and the public interest don't figure into the equation much in Illinois.