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Free Rides For Some Government Workers Costing CTA Millions
CBS LocalFebruary 1, 2012

Today, the list of government workers who get free rides on the CTA is long and costly for the transit agency. CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker reports how thousands of Chicagoans are riding buses and trains for free, costing the CTA $18 million a year.more »

Toy firm owners get 3 years in money laundering case
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The case involving Angel Toys was the result of an investigation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division and the California attorney general's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.more »

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Dangerous Premises
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Why I've quit buy-to-let
The GuardianFebruary 3, 2012

It restricts supply, and tenants have very few rights, or aren't aware of rights they do have. "You hear all kinds of horror stories, such as three months' rent in advance, or houses let out that aren't safe but if tenants say anything they're evicted.more »

Housing Discrimination
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Department of Justice applies legal muscle to St. Bernard Parish fair housing ...
NOLA.comFebruary 1, 2012

About a year ago today, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development filed an internal complaint against the parish that focused broadly on zoning ordinances the Parish Council had passed in December 2009 that eliminated most multifamily housing ...more »

Disputes With Neighbors
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$16 house? Dallas area man evicted after squatting
Fox NewsFebruary 6, 2012

Someone who has openly taken charge of abandoned land for an extended period of time — using a driveway on a neighbor's property, for example — could try to claim that land later, he said. But it takes a long time to establish those rights ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Disputes
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Inland Real Estate Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Net income for the quarter decreased primarily due to the recording of aggregate non-cash impairment charges of $2.8 million related to two consolidated single-tenant properties under contract to sell at prices below their current carrying value and by ...more »

Mold Claims And Habitability
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Funds fall short for buying out flood-prone homes | The Republic
The RepublicFebruary 2, 2012

But Porta had only filed three flood damage claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency's Severe Repetitive Loss Program requires four before it will consider buying a home. “A FEMA representative told me, 'I don't have you on the ...more »

Mass Evictions at Pinheirinho: Favela Residents Confront Brazil's Development Boom
The IndypendentFebruary 1, 2012

On January 22, an estimated 6000 people were evicted from Brazil's Pinheirinho favela on the outskirts of São Paulo. Backed up by armored cars and helicopters, some 1800 state and municipal police descended on the site without warning, using tear gas, ...more »

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