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Submission + - New city law impounds cars with loud stereos 3

SaDan writes: On August, 20th this year, a new law was passed in Rockford, IL, that grants police the authority to impound any vehicle reported for having a stereo turned up too loud:

"Cars taken will be held until fines of $150 to $750 are paid — in addition to a $75 towing fee, a $15 to $20 per day storage fee and a $60 per hour charge if the police officer has to wait more than an hour for the tow truck."

Anyone who has their car impounded is in for a long wait, in addition to the fees previously mentioned. After requesting a hearing, the city can wait up to 45 days before going to trial, accumulating around $1100 in impound fees. An article, with PDF of the recently passed law, can be found here.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - $25M bounty offered for global warming fix

SaDan writes: Richard Branson is offering $25M as a bounty for a fix to global warming. The person or organization that can devise a method to remove at least a billion tons of carbon dioxide a year from the atmosphere will be able to claim the bounty.

A quick Google search yields a partial solution to this issue: plant trees! "If every American family planted just one tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion lbs annually." That sounds like a good start to me.

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