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Provo makes CNN's news ticker

And they were totally making fun of us. It said something like, "A new city ordinance passed in Provo, UT allows people to now own both 2 cats and 2 dogs."

Yes folks, this law was brought to us by the same people that wrote our less-than-constitutional booting ordinance. Is anyone else beginning to see a pattern here?

I waited around with my camera hoping it would pop back up again but gave up before seeing it again.

(Here's an older post about the 2 cats / 2 dogs thing.)

Meth use in Utah

This story about meth use in Utah reminded me of this NPR story I heard about it over the summer. It opened my eyes about yet another one of meth addiction's devastating effects: meth orphans.

Local union workers now using child labor?

Here's a great letter from the Daily Herald:

While I have walked past the carpenters union's "Shame on BYU" sign every day for the past three months, it hasn't bothered me until recently. This is a free country and everyone is entitled to their say.

However, several times in the past two weeks, there have been small children out holding up this sign. One day there were no adults there, just children...

What type of a message is the union wishing to send? That they believe in child abuse, forcing small children to stand out in the sub-freezing temperatures to hold up their sign just so the parents can collect a pay check?

Does anyone know what that little dispute of theirs is all about, anyway?

Another ridiculous city ordinance

How laws like this get put into place is beyond me:

The Daily Herald

Provo residents who have both dogs and cats as pets are breaking the law -- but one Provo family is working to change that.

On Dec. 7, Provo City Council members are expected to vote on adding one word to existing city code which allows residents to own up to two dogs or two cats at the same time -- but not a dog and a cat together.

Following complaints about the ordinance from a family with existing pets who tried to adopt a kitten but was turned down by shelter staff citing Provo law, Councilman Dave Knecht has proposed adding the word "and" to the code.

The move would allow families the option of legally owning up to two cats and two dogs at the same time, he said.

I'd just like to know what business the city has in telling people they can only own up to two dogs or cats? I feel like I'm back in elementary school.

Provo's booting ordinance on Provopedia

from the light-reading dept.

I found Provo's offical city code governing booting and posted it on Provopedia, along with other local laws that students might be interested in.

There are lots of other laws targeting students that we should include, so feel free to add to the list if you know of anything we're missing.

Provo's municipal codes and ordinances can be found here.

Other ways of visualizing the election results

from the i-like-the-standard-map-better dept.

Here are a few US maps whose shapes have been adjusted to show population centers as geographically larger and less inhabited areas as geographically smaller. Here's a quote from the site:

The (contiguous 48) states of the country are colored red or blue to indicate whether a majority of their voters voted for the Republican candidate (George W. Bush) or the Democratic candidate (John F. Kerry) respectively. The map gives the superficial impression that the "red states" dominate the country, since they cover far more area than the blue ones. However, as pointed out by many others, this is misleading because it fails to take into account the fact that most of the red states have small populations, whereas most of the blue states have large ones. The blue may be small in area, but they are large in terms of numbers of people, which is what matters in an election.

Take a look.  (Via Daypop.)

The Squaw Peak name controversy

from the small-potatoes dept.
The Daily Universe is running a story about the efforts of the Ute indian tribe's language coordinator to get the name of Squaw Peak changed because it's offensive to women in her native language.

Though I can understand her dislike of the name, I don't think changing it will accomplish anything. Hardly anybody knows that it's a derogatory term, so we're not trying to offend by using the it. (Heck, I thought a squaw was a kind of bird.) It's almost as if a rule, which we're already breaking, is being invented just to

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