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"Little Joe" Gets Slap on Wrist PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 08 August 2000 18:00
Joseph “Little Joe” Van Hecke was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Des Moines on federal charges of disposing of stolen weapons and money laundering to a mere seven and a half years in prison. Van Hecke had faced numerous charges, including felony possession of firearms, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, illegal possession of firearms, and trafficking in stolen property.

 
Predatory Lending Comes to the Heartland PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 August 2000 18:00
One bank refers to it, in the great recent tradition of using meaningless jargon to describe unpalatable things, as “risk-based asset creation.” Translated, that means charging huge fees and interest rates to poor people, racial minorities, and folks with spotty credit histories.

 
Leach and Simpson End TV and Radio Ads PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 01 August 2000 18:00
Incumbent U.S. Representative Jim Leach, a Republican from Davenport, and Democratic challenger Bob Simpson of Iowa City have pledged to end all radio and television advertising. The recently agreed-to deal allows for promotional literature and newspaper advertising.

 
The Shadow Conventions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 July 2000 18:00
When the major political parties hold their presidential conventions, they, in essence, place a sign on their backs that says, “Kick me.” The media complains the conventions are highly scripted, no-news, gabfest-coronations — except for the moment the veep selection is unveiled or leaked.

 
The FBI Can Read Your Email! PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 25 July 2000 18:00
“Carnivore” is the name of a new Federal Bureau of Investigation system designed to covertly search e-mail messages to and from targeted suspects, but it could also be used to compromise the privacy of millions of Internet users.

 
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