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“Entire neighborhoods are angry and sleep deprived.”

A resident of Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, writing to a city councilmember. Seattle officials have received hundreds of complaints about the noise raised at night by the driver of a modified Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which is disturbingly loud even by urban standards. The driver has told police officers that he can’t slow down as he derives benefit from thousands of Instagram followers who applaud his posted videos of racing 100 mph through the city streets. (New York Times — May 29, 2024)

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  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, on new Census Bureau data estimating that the city added more than 1,800 residents between 2022 and 2023, the first such increase since 1957. Duggan’s administration has publicly fought the Census Bureau’s count of city residents and sued the agency multiple times, seeking what local officials consider accurate figures, and Duggan has described the agency as a “national clown show” for previously reporting a decrease in the city’s population estimates. (Detroit Free Press — May 20, 2024)
  • New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal, regarding the state’s three-year program to allow some news organizations to tap into refundable tax credits each year, with a single outlet able to receive tax credits of up to $320,000 annually. The program will offer up to $90 million in tax credits to hire and retain journalists in an effort to support the shrinking local news industry. (Associated Press — May 23, 2024)
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