Clear channel files suit against Dwyer and Michaels -QCTimes
I must say I kind of saw this one coming. It seems like they are pushing the envelope and violating the spirit of the agreement, if not the letter. That said, even if they move their studio to Cedar Rapids and quit the QCTimes blog, etc, they will still have the streaming audio on the internet. Its not like people in the Quad Cities are going to forget about them in 5 or 6 months. I love these guys, but it did kind of seem like they were asking for it.
Resale outlets wary of city plan -QCTimes
This one is being somewhat blown out of proportion by the Times, and definitely proves that I should stop reading the comments there once and for all. I may disagree with some of you folks that comment here, but the worst of you are a lot better than the worst of the QCTimes.comments. The Davenport police already have a pawn registry, because these locations are such obvious fences. However, as it stands now I believe it only applies to actual pawn shops, so places like CD Warehouse, that used music supply store in the Village Shopping Center, and "resale shops" are the new places to unload stolen stuff.
I think $1.50 per transaction is outrageous, but the general idea of these places letting the city know who is selling them what is already in use. Even serial numbers get entered into the system, so if a burglary victim knows the number off of their item, the detectives can simply type it into their pawn search program and see if its been sold. Its a pretty cool system, but the negative people that comment on the QCT are against this anti-crime tool at the same time that they complain about crime. Stuff like that really makes me think that an article titled "City strikes gold while digging new PD foundation, eliminates taxes for next 20 years" would get 48 negative comments.