NEWS RESTAURANTS BARS MUSIC ARTS POTLANDER GUIDES CALENDAR NEWS RESTAURANTS BARS MUSIC ARTS POTLANDER GUIDES CALENDAR COVER STORY City State Courts Schools Business Dr. Know More Cheap Eats Restaurant Guide News Reviews More Bar Guide Bar Reviews Beer Guide Beer Drink Reviews News More Album Reviews Best New Music Profiles Show Calendar Concert Reviews More Movies Books Theater Comedy Visual Arts Television Style More Bar Guide 2017 Coffee Guide 2016 Beer Guide 2017 Restaurant Guide 2016 The Potlander 2017 Going Coastal 2017 Summer Guide 2017 Best of Portland 2017 Donate Find A Paper Advertise Newsletters Contact Us Contribute or Intern Careers Events By WW Classifieds Submit Your Event Olde Portland Willamette Week Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on G+ Share on LinkedIn Share on Email … [Read more...] about In Portland, You Can Steal Cars Over and Over—and Get Away With It. Here’s How.
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Armed with Urban Dictionary and a discerning eye, clerks at the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles act as bouncers, guarding the entrance to the realm of personalized license plates to keep vanity plates from devolving into profanity. Within the last year, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles rejected 84 applications for personalized licensed plates on the grounds that they were offensive. You could use your imagination for some of the rebuffed attempts: anatomy parts spelled out in numbers like middle school boys using calculators; your standard curse words — some of them, like “FUIRS,” directed at federal agencies; several attempts to brand the car with “666.” “I think personalized plates are a way that people try to be creative,” said Kyle Boyd, communication specialist at the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. “Sometimes people try to be overly creative.” Other iterations of the letter and … [Read more...] about Colorado lets you say what you want on your license plates. Except when it doesn’t.
Minnesota lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton reached an agreement to keep fixing the state's problematic licensing and registration system, which includes additional money and some new accountability measures. But the debate over how to make the system fully workable will continue. House and Senate negotiators agreed Thursday morning to grant the $10 million requested by Dayton, whose administration has warned that they would have to start laying off contractors working on the glitchy system at the end of March if they didn't get the influx of emergency cash. Throughout the month, state commissioners overseeing the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) have said programmers were going to leave if the Legislature didn't act fast to grant the cash. But lawmakers said they wanted to make sure the agencies had sufficient oversight and accountability. "While this transfer of funds should have been approved weeks ago, I am thankful that Minnesota IT Services and the Department of … [Read more...] about Lawmakers reach compromise on $10M for vehicle system repairs
Minnesota lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton reached an agreement to keep fixing the state’s problematic licensing and registration system, which includes additional money and some new accountability measures. But the debate over how to make the system fully workable will continue. House and Senate negotiators agreed Thursday morning to grant the $10 million requested by Dayton, whose administration has warned that they would have to start laying off contractors working on the glitchy system at the end of March if they didn’t get the influx of emergency cash. Throughout the month, state commissioners overseeing the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) have said programmers were going to leave if the Legislature didn’t act fast to grant the cash. But lawmakers said they wanted to make sure the agencies had sufficient oversight and accountability. “While this transfer of funds should have been approved weeks ago, I am thankful that Minnesota IT … [Read more...] about Gov. Dayton signs compromise giving $10 million to fix vehicle registration system
Texans' fondness for large, manly vehicles has helped make the Lone Star State the biggest carbon polluter in the nation. The headquarters state of America's oil industry spewed 670 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2003, enough that Texas would rank seventh in the world if it were its own country, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The amount is more than that of California and Pennsylvania - the second- and third-ranking states - combined. A multitude of factors contribute to the carbon output, among them: Texas' 19 coal-burning power plants; a heavy concentration of refineries and chemical plants; a lack of mass transit; and a penchant among ranchers and urban cowboys alike for brawny, gas-guzzling trucks - sometimes to haul things, but often just to look Texas tough. Debbie Howden, an Austin real estate agent, said her family of six has two pickup trucks, three SUVs, and no apologies. "I would definitely … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Texas Is No. 1 Carbon Polluter In U.S.
Don Ingman didn't think he and his wife had been driving around a piece of junk until a Carfax report told him so. His 2002 Dodge Stratus was mostly a grocery-getter and the Osseo couple had only driven about 25,000 miles since they bought it. This summer, a car dealership delivered the bad news when he tried to trade it in -- the Stratus had a junk title, meaning it shouldn't be driven because of a major wreck, flood damage or other serious problem. "If I would have known that, I would never have bought it," Ingman said. A Carfax vehicle history report uncovered the Stratus' supposed black mark. Massachusetts had issued a junk title for the car in 2002, just five days after it was first put into service as a rental vehicle. The Carfax report warned that it could be a case of title washing, where someone fraudulently wipes a junk brand off a title to secure a clean title. Ingman called Whistleblower, because his car was now next to worthless and he couldn't figure out why. Vicki Albu, … [Read more...] about Junk title on couple’s car turns up years later
Call the Brown County license center in New Ulm and — after many rings — you’ll reach an apologetic, harried-sounding voice message asking if you’d mind waiting a bit longer to renew your vehicle tabs or make other changes to your registration or license plates. “Because of the new state system and the high traffic of transactions we’re doing right now, we are unable to answer the phone or return your message,” the message says. “If you have any item that could be put off for a couple of weeks, we would appreciate it.” Six weeks after Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) rolled out a new computer system for motor vehicle licensing tasks like registration renewals, car titles and license plates, licensing offices around the state are feeling a similar strain. Glitches in the transition between the new system and the 30-year-old one it replaced have caused delays, long lines and frustration on both sides of the service … [Read more...] about Headaches persist weeks after rollout of new Minnesota license plate, vehicle tab system
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Senate committee chairman has killed a payday lending bill that critics charge would have allowed predatory lending practices. A spokesman for Republican Sen. Mark Messmer said Tuesday that the Jasper Republican ruled out giving the bill a hearing in his Commerce and Technology committee. That effectively killed the bill, which was previously approved by the House. Messmer's decision comes after the Senate leader David Long of Fort Wayne said that he is "not of big fan" of the bill. It was also opposed by faith-based groups. It's a felony under state law to offer loans with an annual percentage rate over 72 percent. But the bill would create a new type of payday loan that would have allowed for annual percentage rates of up to 222 percent. Check out our Crossing the Line series here: Crossing the Line — Online Dating Safety Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. … [Read more...] about Committee chairman kills divisive payday lending bill
Editors note: The RTD’s 68th Public Square tackled one of the year’s most contentious topics: relations between police and the community. The 90-minute afternoon conversation was intense but civil. Very Richmond.Held at the newspaper’s downtown office on Oct. 27, the Public Square began with a panel discussion featuring Times-Dispatch columnist Mark Holmberg; Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham; Osita Iroegbu, an activist and educator; and Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia. RTD Publisher Tom Silvestri was the moderator. As always, the audience added fresh insights to the discussion. We will publish the highlights of their remarks in next Sunday’s Commentary section. Today we present the top moments from the panel discussion that began the Public Square.To watch a video of the entire event, go to Richmond.com.Tom Silvestri, Times-Dispatch publisher: ... Since 2005, we have hosted these civil civic conversations on issues of … [Read more...] about RTD Public Square: Acting right, a conversation about police and the community
0 View Gallery View Comments COLORADO GOVERNOR GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER 200 E. Colfax Ave., No. 136 Denver, CO 80203 1-303-866-2885, colorado.gov/governor U.S. SENATE SEN. CORY GARDNER Republican 999 18th St., Suite 1525 1-303-391-5777 gardner.senate.gov In Washington, D.C.: 354 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 1-202-224-5941 SEN. MICHAEL BENNET Democrat 1127 Sherman St., Suite 150 1-303-455-7600, bennet.senate.gov In Washington, D.C.: 261 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 1-202-224-5852 U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REP. DOUG LAMBORN R-Colorado Springs Lamborn represents Colorado's 5th Congressional District, which includes El Paso, Teller, Lake, Chaffee and Fremont counties. 1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Suite 330 520-0055, lamborn.house.gov In Washington, D.C.: 2402 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 1-202-225-4422 COLORADO LEGISLATURE STATE SENATE SD 2: KEVIN GRANTHAM R-Cañon City 1-303-866-4877, … [Read more...] about Discover: Government details