Jennifer Dixon Detroit Free Press Published 1:03 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 As many as 560 license plates belonging to Michigan's largest school district have vanished — and there's finger-pointing all around. The state-issued municipal plates — distinguishable by an “X” between two sets of numbers — could be a hot commodity: There are no annual renewal fees and they are not tied to a vehicle identification number. Good luck tracking down a getaway car or reporting a reckless driver who has somehow gotten an unauthorized municipal plate. It isn’t just theoretical. The Free Press recently spotted a municipal plate that once belonged to the Detroit Public Schools Community District on a car driving up Southfield Road in Lathrup Village. The Michigan Secretary of State issues municipal plates to local governments, police departments, school districts, volunteer fire departments and other public agencies. As of mid-June, the … [Read more...] about Nearly 600 license plates missing from Detroit schools. What happened?
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WASHINGTON — The gentlemen meeting in convention to ordain and establish the fundamentals of their game began with the object at the heart of things: "The ball.""Must weigh not less than six, nor more than six and one quarter ounces . . . must be composed of india rubber and yarn and covered with leather. It shall be furnished by the challenging club, and become the property of the winning club as the trophy of victory."Section 2 concerned the bat.And the 14-page handwritten document went on, in exquisite Spencerian script, to create what experts say are the crucial foundations of the modern game of "base ball."Parts of the long-lost manuscript, presented to a convention of New York-area baseball clubs in 1857 and tied with a red ribbon, will be part of a large exhibit called "Baseball Americana" that opens June 29 at the Library of Congress.The "Laws of Base Ball," along with two earlier drafts, have been loaned by Hayden J. Trubitt, a corporate lawyer in San Diego who said he … [Read more...] about The long-lost ‘Laws of Base Ball,’ and one fan’s outsize bid to get them
MIAMI (AP) — Florida drivers beware: an appeals court has ruled that none of the lettering on vehicle license tags can be obscured by frames or anything else.The 3rd District Court of Appeal decision Wednesday came in the case of a driver who was stopped by an officer because the words “MyFlorida.com” were obscured by a tag frame. The officer later found drugs in the car and the driver was charged with a narcotics offense.PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: Lakeland woman receives ticket for license plate frame covering part of 'MyFlorida.com'A lower court tossed out incriminating statements the driver made to the officer, concluding that the tag frame didn’t violate requirements of state law regarding display of license tags.The appeals court disagreed, sending the case back for further proceedings. The judges ruled that state law clearly says drivers cannot obscure any lettering or numbers on tags.GALLERY: Vanity license plates denied in Florida so far in 2018 … [Read more...] about Court: Don’t hide the words on your Florida license plates
If you park at Oakbrook Center, your car may be part of a candid camera scenario, as security cars drive up and down aisles in lots and garages, using license plate reading technology to check the plate numbers on vehicles.The license plate recognition system, which has been used since late 2016, helps Oakbrook Center monitor and enforce that shopping center employees are parking in designated areas and leaving the best parking for guests, explained Marissa Ellenby, senior manager of communications for General Growth Properties, the owner/operator of Oakbrook Center.“Our research has shown us that parking is a top pain point of our shoppers,” Ellenby stated.But a senior investigative researcher for an organization that defends civil liberties in the digital world says the use of license plate recognition systems raise privacy questions.“It’s important that businesses respect their customers,” said Dave Maass of the 28-year-old Electronic Frontier … [Read more...] about Oakbrook Center security scans license plates in its parking lots, raising privacy concerns
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Law eliminating life-without-parole drug sentences goes into effect Life without parole sentences for habitual drug offenders are eliminated under a law that went into effect last month. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 6 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Published 6:00 a.m. ET April 8, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 6 COMMENT EMAIL MORE LANSING — A Macomb County man sentenced to life in prison without parole because of a 2000 drug offense could get a reprieve with a new law that went into effect last week. The bill eliminates the requirement that habitual drug offenders get … [Read more...] about Law eliminating life-without-parole drug sentences goes into effect