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Chicago Sun-Times December 2,1999

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Surveillance Proposal Reaches City Hall

After multiple revisions, the much-discussed proposal for increased surveillance is ready to be voted on by the city council. Currently, any business or organization using surveillance cameras must keep them clearly visible in areas intended for use by the general public, a requirement introduced several years ago in order to protect individual privacy. Greater acceptance of video monitoring and increasing safety concerns have changed attitudes, however. The new guidelines allow much freer use of cameras by private businesses. Supporters hope that the looser guidelines will help businesses protect themselves against rampant crime.

Special Election

Ballots open later this week for the special election to replace recently resigned alderman James Lannski. Candidate Frank Mendoza has a slight lead over Anthony Napolitano in the polls, with 52% reported support compared to 43%. Mendoza’s tough-on-crime stance is likely becoming attractive to many voters given recent events. In response, however, Napolitano has doubled down on campaigning, organizing an additional series of high-profile rallies to drum up support.
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Heavy Rioting in East Village

A demonstration against skyrocketing crime turned violent last week when fighting broke out among protesters. The initial cause of the riots was unclear, but in crowded streets with minimal police protection, conflict quickly spread throughout the neighborhood. Violence and vandalism were widespread, and some limited fires broke out during the confusion. By early morning, the streets had emptied save for a few opportunistic looters and some bands of locals protecting particular buildings. Damage was fairly extensive, and the neighborhood may take considerable time to fully recover.

Murdering Painter Brought to Justice

The streets got a little bit safer earlier in the week when information from concerned citizens led to the capture and arrest of a dangerous killer. An exsanguinated corpse found in the dumpster downtown was found to be the work of a deranged artist who had been using the victim’s blood as paint – lab tests matched blood found in the painter’s refrigerator to the victim’s body. After being apprehended, the killer refused to comment, and is awaiting a trial scheduled for early next month.

Tightening Building Codes Spark Controversy

A thorough round of building inspections over the last few weeks has uncovered large numbers of businesses and apartment complexes in violation of new, more stringent building codes. Many of these structures have been slated for repairs or renovations to bring them up to city standards, but some will have to close down permanently. As a result, many business owners have come together to protest the changes, warning of negative effects on the city’s economy. The main organizer, landlord Ricky Nugent, has presented an appeal to reduce the city’s stringent requirements. The Department of Buildings states that it will consider the appeal, but does not currently plan to change its course of action. Officials acknowledge there may be a brief adjustment period for businesses, but remind the public that these changes are needed to ensure public safety. Recent accidents include the complete collapse of a historic building a few weeks ago and some serious injuries due to lack of fire safety measures in buildings near the recent riots.

Tightening Building Codes Spark Controversy

A thorough round of building inspections over the last few weeks has uncovered large numbers of businesses and apartment complexes in violation of new, more stringent building codes. Many of these structures have been slated for repairs or renovations to bring them up to city standards, but some will have to close down permanently. As a result, many business owners have come together to protest the changes, warning of negative effects on the city’s economy. The main organizer, landlord Ricky Nugent, has presented an appeal to reduce the city’s stringent requirements. The Department of Buildings states that it will consider the appeal, but does not currently plan to change its course of action. Officials acknowledge there may be a brief adjustment period for businesses, but remind the public that these changes are needed to ensure public safety. Recent accidents include the complete collapse of a historic building a few weeks ago and some serious injuries due to lack of fire safety measures in buildings near the recent riots.

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You repeated the last one

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It cut and pasted from notepad funny. Why are you complaining about double news? Unless you’re so excited about the “Multilayered tapestry of story and meaning that is our amazing adventure world” – New York Times writer, Not A. Fake-Quote.

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