The business of government and book sales will be the main subjects when former Vice President Joe Biden comes to town this summer — and the tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.Out beating the drum for his best-selling "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose," Biden will appear June 14 at Peabody Opera House. Biden, who served as the heartbeat-away person for both of President Barack Obama's terms, has been cagey about a possible presidential bid in 2020, saying only that a bid "hasn't been ruled out." The speaking gigs, aka the "American Promise Tour," were prompted by the publication in November of Biden's memoirs, which hit the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. The book looks at 2015, the year Biden had to juggle his political duties with his son Beau Biden's battle with brain cancer. Joe's St. Louis Sign up to get Joe's weekly capsule of local news, life advice, trivia and humor... delivered right to your inbox. … [Read more...] about Tickets for Joe Biden’s STL appearance on sale Friday
Northwest Indiana candidates running for public office this year will require a lot of help and a lot of money.Candidates this spring and later this fall will need friends to get their names and faces before voters. Those in dozens of contested races will compete to outspend one another. Even those running unopposed still are expected to buy good will with local charitable organizations. And public officeholders who enjoy benefits running as an incumbent, have the added responsibility of avoiding strong-arm tactics to compel tribute from their public employees or private service and supply vendors."I don't want the perception that somehow I owe them, or that they are buying someone," LaPorte County Councilman Randall "Randy" Novak, D-LaPorte, said this spring."If someone wants to buy a ticket to my fundraiser, I cannot stop them, but I don't go out and suggest they buy tickets. I don't send them tickets," Novak said. "I owe you nothing, you owe me nothing. Straight-up … [Read more...] about Are fundraising tickets the currency of corruption?
LINCOLN — The first year of the Scott Frost era may get the biggest crowds in Memorial Stadium history.Before the season kicks off, however, it appears the Nebraska game that drew the most fans in the seats may be NU’s 35-32 win over Oregon in 2016.The World-Herald obtained the total of tickets scanned for each of the last 28 home games — over four seasons — and found the highest number (80,865) was the Huskers-Ducks thriller. NU didn’t have data available for the 2013 season, the first year Memorial Stadium’s capacity topped 90,000. Memorial Stadium’s attendance record — 91,585 — is tied to Nebraska’s 41-31 win over Miami in 2014. The scanned tickets for that game totaled 78,694, or 2,171 fewer than the 2016 Oregon game.Scanned tickets don’t include recruits, media, ushers, coaches, staff, players, cheerleaders, the band, concession workers, etc., so it’s not the total attendance inside the stadium. And scanned … [Read more...] about Husker football ticket records reveal large gap between announced attendance and number of fans who show up
The Cubs will offer 60 $10 tickets to every 2018 home game via an online lottery, borrowing a page from the theater business, the team announced Wednesday.Seats will be in the terrace reserved section of Wrigley Field’s lower deck.The Cubs previously have sold postseason tickets via lottery but never regular-season tickets — and never reduced-price tickets.“With the team’s continued success, Cubs tickets have become harder than ever to get,” team business president Crane Kenney said in a statement. “(This) program helps address the cost and limited availability of Cubs tickets.”Registration at cubs.com/10sixtytickets (or via the MLB Ballpark app) opens 48 hours before games and closes 24 hours before first pitch. But for the home opener Monday against the Pirates, fans can register immediately and through 1:20 p.m. Sunday. There is no fee to enter.Selected fans will get an email notification a minimum of 12 hours before game time and can … [Read more...] about Cubs selling 60 $10 tickets to all home games via lottery
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A lawsuit concerning more than 12,000 speeding tickets being issued by Providence, Rhode Island, speeding cameras in just a month has postponed all speed camera-related court hearings in the city. Thousands of drivers are suing the city over the thousands of tickets stemming from just six cameras in city school zones. WPRI-TV reports that Providence Municipal Court has postponed all speed-camera hearings for the month of April while the city fights the class-action suit. The first hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Tuesday. The plaintiffs are seeking a temporary restraining order on the ticket program. State lawmakers are also considering multiple bills that could change how municipalities install traffic cameras. The mayor's office previously declined to comment on pending litigation. … [Read more...] about Ticket hearings suspended over 12K ticket lawsuit