I'm of the opinion that the Dems did this more to screw with the Republicans. Think about it, this was a no lose move, they either get a gun law through, or the Repugs... I mean Repubs have to admit that the Terrorist Watch List sucks and needs to be reworked.
These days it seems to be rather common. I worked overnights at a Wal*Mart, and it isn't all that uncommon to see parents bringing their kids with them at 2 and 3 in the morning.
As to the main story, kinda misleading, what we have here is a cop charging someone with a crime that doesn't fit. I wouldn't be surprised that if one took the time to look that there's a law against swearing in public, albeit prolly a very old law that everyone's forgotten about.
I don't get it, why are they fighting so hard to keep the name? You buy a football team to make money, no? Change the name, sell the current merchandise as collectibles, and then reap the benefits of all the fans that need new merchandise. Screw wasting money to fight changing the name.
Actually driver training should be improved for everyone. Livery licenses are kinda pointless, but they do hold the drivers to a higher standard, unfortunately its only the standard that all drivers should be held to.
Out here you are required a special license. Seriously, i had to pay extra and take a written test for an E class license here in MO because its required for any for hire job in a non-commercial vehicle. I was delivering newspapers and later working as a courier, and since i can be ticketed for not having it, i figured the fee is cheaper than the ticket.
Surprisingly enough, no. AZ has no vehicle inspections except in Tucson and Phoenix, and those are only for emissions. You should see some of what drives around down there.
Plus with the number of miles being racked up on these vehicles it'd prolly be better to inspect them more frequently than regular cars, at least annually if not twice annually (when i moved out of NJ they were switching to biannual emissions testing, not sure about safety).
Sorry, got a bit over the top in showing the opposite extreme, you're quite right about the ex-cons (ex-felons i might be more worried about).
That said, the main point is that medallions make sense to indicate that the vehicle is approved for use having been inspected to insure all standard and specialized equipment work. Think of it as a near permanently attached inspection sticker, dunno about NYC's, but Las Vegas rivets them to the left rear fender.
Nothing wrong with certifying the car and the driver, as long as the price isn't artificially inflated. Uber and its ilk are like the PHX market, effectively unregulated, while taxi companies are typically a government run monopoly. Hitting something in the middle would be the best solution, but since both are in it for the money, neither will offer that.
Medallions aren't the problem, its the limit on supply. I worked in Phoenix, which has limited emissions testing for vehicles and no safety inspections (personal or business, at least the small stuff). A taxi company there that offers the lowest prices runs a fleet of boxy old Caprices, most picked up for $500 or $600, with a preference for crashed ones. They straighten the frames themselves, slap a coat of paint on it and put it on the road. Most drivers are ex felons, and many of the cars have to be steered to go in a straight line. That's what you get in a fully unregulated market.
Now, a smart system would be to sell medallions that indicate that the vehicle has been safety certified and also license livery drivers without limiting the number of medallions nor controlling fares. That way you get a safe car at a reasonable price.
I've been fond of the idea of modular cell phones for a while m'self, its just a matter of the execution.
There are times when i want to carry little more than a pager with me, and other times when i'd like to carry basically an entire computer. If i had a core module that could like to the wireless peripherals (displays, input devices, hands free, etc) of my choice, i'd be real happy. Just mix and match what suits my needs at the time. And imagine the commercial applications, the ability to equip employees based on the specific needs of their jobs easily and cheaply.
Here the story i suspect is much more pedestrian and prolly silly. Just look at the fact that we have 90 towns (well, incorporated municipalities) and 45 villages in a 524sq mile area (including the water). Many of those towns started as farms, and many survive because people don't want to give up their town, despite rampant corruption (look up Kinloch for a great example, Jennings has its own history off the top of my head).