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).
The problem here is how screwed up the towns are. Seriously, go to Google Maps, type in 'Ferguson, MO' and then follow the red dashed line to see the border. Now just how do you enforce a curfew in that?
As to the adjacent towns, lets see, Dellwood and Jennings both rely on St Louis County who's helping out in Ferguson, Berkley last i heard was struggling to afford a PD, Kinloch kinda has a PD, and Cool Valley's policing is done by Normandy. If this expands outside of Ferguson, its going to get real ugly.
What they need to do is reduce the number of towns out here, its ridiculous. A county of 524sq miles has 90 incorporated municipalities, and 45 unincorporated areas. The biggest problem with the police is that they have to justify their existence, which as you can imagine is hard with this many towns.
Don't forget about Alderman Antonio French, a former reporter who's been one of the best sources for information there, he was arrested and held overnight for unlawful assembly. This on top of... lets see, they threatened to arrest him on Monday, tear gassed a state Senator, arrested 2 reporters, tear gassed another Huffington Post reporter, tear gassed an Al Jazeera news crew that was setting up, then dismantled their equipment, and rolled up on another news crew and tear gassed them. And did we mention the No Fly Zone over Ferguson?