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Woman fights Williamstown to feed her allergenic kids home raised food

Posted March 16th, 2013 by Gryphonsclaw
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Jessica and her family moved a to rural homestead in hopes of raising food for her kids who have extreme food allergies. After receiving a verbal okay from the township allowing livestock animals such as chickens and goats she purchased a plot of land outside of the town Williamstown, MI. Now, the town is informing her that she has violated zoning laws and to remove her animals. She is fighting back for her family against the town and has a pretty detailed story above.

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Tardy on Rent in Arkansas? You Could Go to Jail

Posted February 13th, 2013 by Mattfree88
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Tardy on Rent in Arkansas? You Could Go to Jail

Under something called the "failure-to-vacate" law, more than 1,200 Arkansas tenants were taken to court last year simply for failing to pay their rent on time. According to a report published last week by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and reported by Salon's Natasha Lennard, Arkansas is the only state in the U.S. that can require a tenant to vacate if they are late to pay rent by just one day. Once they are told to move out, the tenants have 10 days to do so, or face criminal charges.

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DOE offering $10M in prize money to thwart local bureaucrats.

Posted January 31st, 2013 by fatcat87
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Now, to get us over the hump on solar power, DOE is offering a total of $10 million in prize money to the first teams of Americans that can figure out how to cut through the red tape and make solar installation cheaper on a sustainable basis. It might be the first time the government has offered such a huge reward for finding a way to get around the government.

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Illegal Flags, Banners, and Pennants

A NJ town is proposing banning flags, banners, and pennants. What's left of advertising?

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British ban squatting to tackle 'anarchists'

Posted November 21st, 2012 by Jking8767
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Under a law in place since the beginning of September, squatting in empty residential properties in England and Wales is already a criminal offence, with those convicted facing months in prison and steep fines. The ministry of justice estimates that up to 2,000 people could be prosecuted each year.

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Man fights to keep veggie garden in front yard

Posted November 8th, 2012 by Sammy316
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An Orlando man is fighting city officials to keep his vegetable garden in his front yard. You have to step over radishes, wax beans and kale to get to Jason Helvingston's front door in College Park. However, his 25 x 25 foot micro-irrigated vegetable garden is against city code, and the city of Orlando has asked Helvingston to dig it up by Wednesday.

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Food Truck Shut Down For Not Having a Permit that Doesn’t Exist

Posted October 4th, 2012 by phonon
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In an interview with the Buffalo News, Pete was outraged: “The way we've been treated, I can't say it's anything other than being bullied.” In addition, he actively tried to comply with all the relevant paperwork before he started selling. He called town officials to see if any permits were needed and was informed he didn’t need any. Sadly, this is the third time in less than a month that a food truck has been forced to stop vending in Amherst without a permit.

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Retiree's rental cottage legal since 1976 deemed illegal

Posted September 4th, 2012 by phonon
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Milligan said the year her guest cottage was remodeled — 1975 — her neighborhood was zoned R-2, allowing duplexes. The year she bought the house — 1976 — the area was rezoned single-family residential. Her unit, she said, should at least be grandfathered in. Milligan said the complaint filed with the city came from the mother of a disgruntled tenant who lives in another part of the state. Neighbors have not complained. "I was told by Ms. Burgess I had to get a demolition permit and have it taken out."

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Phoenix Man Jailed 60 Days, Fined $12,000 for Home Bible Study

Posted July 29th, 2012 by snowdog2012
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PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Arizona Supreme Court has denied a petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by attorneys for The Rutherford Institute on behalf of a Phoenix man who is serving a 60-day jail sentence and was fined more than $12,000 for using his private residential property to host a weekly Bible study, allegedly in violation of the city’s building codes.

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Think Lemonade was Hard? Try Being a Kid Selling Hot Dogs in Michigan

Posted July 22nd, 2012 by AnarchoMinded
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13 year old saves up $1,200 to buy a hot dog stand to help his family out. He files all the necessary paperwork, he gets a vending permit, gets permission from the property owner on where he is to set up his stand just to be shot down by city hall.

Duszynski was told by city officials that "his cart was in violation of a Holland zoning law that protects existing food businesses downtown against competition from mobile food vendors, and he would have to cease operation immediately."

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