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After Mom Rushes Kid to ER, Strangers Swarm, Save Car

Women respond to Facebook plea, feed meter, offer coffee and moral support

(Newser) - When ultrasounds and X-rays revealed the cause of her 6-week-old son's two-hour screaming fits, Kaylee Goemans was told to get baby Dominic to the ER immediately to treat a loop in his bowels filled with air and fluid. But the mom of three, who'd lost her job when... More »

NY Parking Cop Swiped $89K —in Coins

Jeffrey Daday could see 15 years in prison

(Newser) - Jeffrey Daday apparently liked to dip his hand into the cash register. Or more specifically, into parking meters. The New York man worked as a parking enforcement officer for five years in the village of Mount Kisco and stole $89,000 in coins over that time, police tell the Journal ... More »

Chicago to Claim Unfortunate Parking Record

As of Jan. 1, its downtown meters will charge most in country

(Newser) - Chicago soon will have the nation's most expensive downtown parking meters. On New Year's Day, meters in the city's downtown Loop area will begin charging $6.50 an hour—up from $5.75. A report from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says the rate change will... More »

Los Angeles May Privatize Parking

(Newser) - The mayor of Los Angeles wants the city to follow Chicago’s lead and privatize parking meters and garages to stem the city's budget crisis, the LA Times reports. Antonio Villaraigosa says LA can pull in at least $80 million by leasing meters and six city garages to private companies.... More »

Va. Repairman Swiped $170K From Meters

William Fell made off with a sixth of city's total meter revenue

(Newser) - A repairman stole $170,000 in coins from parking meters in Alexandria, Va., during the past 12 months, the Washington Post reports. William Fell, 61, looted meters in the early hours of the morning before his maintenance shifts, police say. Wary of depositing his ill-gotten gains, Fell kept the coins... More »

Chicago Leases Parking Meters for $1.6B

Company wants a 75-year lease on 36,000 metered parking spaces

(Newser) - Chicago, which in September agreed to lease out Midway Airport for 99 years in exchange for $2.52 billion, has now made a deal to lease 36,000 metered parking spaces to Morgan Stanley for $1.16 billion, reports Bloomberg. The city council will vote tomorrow on the 75-year lease,... More »

San Francisco Pioneers Smart Parking Spots

Wireless sensor network will alert drivers to open spaces

(Newser) - The streets of San Francisco will be getting smarter this fall, reports the New York Times. The city is pioneering a program to add sensors to thousands of parking spaces; drivers will be alerted to empty spaces through displays on street signs or via their smartphones. City officials hope the... More »

SF Meters Will Take Coins for Homeless

City, aiming to cut panhandling, will give change to non-profits

(Newser) - San Francisco’s got a new plan to address panhandling: The city is installing old parking meters in popular begging areas where passers-by can drop their spare change rather than giving it to panhandlers. The money will go to local non-profits to help the homeless, the Chronicle reports. “We're... More »

Cops Bust Two-Bit Thief With 123 Parking Meters

Ca-ching! Heads found stashed in home

(Newser) - Police arrested a Massachusetts man after discovering 123 parking meter heads stashed in his closets and under his bed. Parking officials had been seeking the culprit cutting the coin-filled tops off meters all over Cambridge for the past year, but he was caught by accident when police came to his... More »

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