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Chatty Parrots Land Owner in NJ Court

Somebody didn't like their porch greetings

(Newser) - A pair of parrots in Avalon, NJ, apparently didn't get the memo that the borough would rather they shut their yappers. Birds Edmund and Arthur landed their owner Elaine Scattergood in court on Monday on a noise citation after police received a complaint in May, reports the Press of ... More »

Connecticut May Be First to Lower Movie Volumes

State considers limits in theaters

(Newser) - Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies. The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below... More »

New Yorkers Crack Down on Sex in Cars

Back-seat love annoys neighbors

(Newser) - New Yorkers are getting fed up with clubgoers who make hanky panky inside of parked cars. Residents between Seventh and Eighth Avenues around West 30th Street say randy partiers are having sex in cars, leaving condoms on the street, honking car horns at all hours ... you get the idea. So... More »

Dog Shrinks Grapple With Yappy Canines

Hawaiian anti-barking law has owners in hot water

(Newser) - Kala and Kamakani are not only on probation, they're in therapy. And they both happen to be Italian sheepdogs who got their owners in trouble because of tough new anti-barking laws in Hawaii, the Wall Street Journal reports. If a dog psychologist can't quiet them down—and he'... More »

In LA, Your Barking Dog Will Cost You

City Council votes for new fines

(Newser) - If you live in Los Angeles and you have a noisy dog, you might want to start thinking now about how to quiet it. The City Council voted yesterday to fine owners whose dogs bark too much—$250 for a first offense, then $500 and $1,000 for additional offenses.... More »

Brit Pleads Guilty to Loud Sex

Caroline Cartwright admits noisy sex breached earlier order

(Newser) - Caroline Cartwright, the British woman jailed in April for engaging in extremely loud sex, pleaded guilty yesterday. Cartwright’s bedroom sessions with her husband were described by neighbors and passers-by as “murder” and “unnatural,” the BBC reports. Said one, "The noise sounds like they are both... More »

Noisy-Sex Woman Loses Appeal

Loud lovemaking called nuisance; recording played in court

(Newser) - A judge in England has upheld the conviction of a woman whose loud noises during sex "constituted a statutory nuisance," the BBC reports. Caroline Cartwright appealed an earlier decision, saying she had a right to "respect for her private and family life," but the court disagreed.... More »

Au Revoir, Paris Nightlife

Noise ordinances strangle once-legendary music and party scene

(Newser) - Paris, a city whose decadent nightlife was once the stuff of legend, is looking more like a museum these days: pretty, quiet, and closed at night. Gentrification of former party neighborhoods has brought an influx of residents unwilling to put up with noise; resulting noise ordinances have caused music venues... More »

Yes, Yes! Brit Jailed for Loud Sex

Woman whose groans annoyed even the deaf in custody for breaching court order

(Newser) - A British woman whose amorous moans and groans were so loud that even a partially deaf neighbor complained has been jailed for breaching a court order, the Daily Telegraph reports. The woman, 48, was "banned from making excessive noise" anywhere in England earlier this month but she landed back... More »

Noisy Teens Sentenced to Manilow Sessions

'Music misery' sentences used to bring noisemakers in line

(Newser) - Call it cruel and unusual punishment—or at least unusual. When a Colorado judge sentences teenagers guilty of blasting car stereos too loud in Fort Lupton, he often imposes a session of enforced "musical misery," the Los Angeles Times reports. That means a Friday night in his courtroom... More »

Punishment Fits the Crime for Colo. Noise Offenders

Teens made to listen to an hour of Manilow after late-night backyard gig

(Newser) - One Colorado judge has had it with teenagers making repeat appearances in his court for noise violations. So rather than issue a fine for mom and dad to pay, he’s devised his own punishment: Noise violators are forced to listen to an hour of gloriously un-hip music, from Barney... More »

Rap Fan's Sentence: Bump Bach

Unable to listen for 20 hours, defendant opts to pay fine

(Newser) - An Illinois municipal court offered to reduce a 24-year-old’s fine for a noise violation if he listened to 20 hours of classical music, but he lasted just 15 minutes, the Springfield News-Sun reports. "I didn't have the time," says the college basketball player, denying that the symphony... More »

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