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NewsWatch: Mayor Crushes Illegally Parked Car with a Tank (Video)

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Cities and Counties

August 2, 2011 By

Lawmakers: Cities Can’t Ban Guns in Parks, Town Halls

Do handguns belong in South Florida’s parks and recreation centers and city halls? They do according to the Florida Legislature. Under a new law that takes effect Oct. 1, all of the state’s cities and counties must repeal local rules limiting gun ownership. Guns still aren’t allowed in schools or bars. Miami Herald

L.A. County Refuses to Yield Youth Records

Despite a warning from California's state auditor that they were committing a crime, Los Angeles County supervisors defied a subpoena for records involving the deaths of children who had been under the supervision of the troubled Department of Children and Family Services. Los Angeles Times

Mayor Crushes Illegally Parked Car with a Tank (Video)

Drivers who park in cycle lanes would normally worry about receiving a fine or perhaps having their vehicle towed. They probably do not expect to have their car crushed beneath the wheels of an armoured personnel carrier which has the local mayor at the controls. Guardian

Cities Encourage Green Building through Disclosure

Increasingly, cities like Austin, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., along with California and Washington state, are mandating that large buildings perform energy audits that will be benchmarked against other buildings of a similar size, configuration and age. Governing

City Files for Bankruptcy

The state-appointed receiver overseeing cash-strapped Central Falls, R.I., filed for bankruptcy Monday morning on the city's behalf in an effort to help it get back on its financial feet. Receiver Robert G. Flanders announced the step at City Hall Monday. He was joined by Gov. Chafee, who says the move is needed to address Central Fall's finances. Providence Journal

States and Cities Brace for Less Federal Money

The deficit reduction deal reached in Washington produced some relief across the country on Monday, as the nation appeared to have avoided default. But it also produced a sharp wave of anxiety among governors and mayors worried about how the cuts might hurt already beleaguered states and cities, and it sowed anger and cynicism among many Americans about leaders in Washington. New York Times

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