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Continued from page 1 inflammable materials may not stored in buildings. The walls thrown up in the basement when it was converted into apartments seven years ago were of combustible materials— another violation of the city building code. Rev. Moore said that follow ing his complaint to the build ing department, inspections were made several times—but nothing happened. This checks with the Stan dard’s tinging on procedures used in City Hall for years on firetrap and building health menace cases. Under standard practices, the violator is called in before the department for an informal hear ing—at v'hich he always asks, and is granted, time to correct the abuse. Weeks—and often months— later, the tenement owner is called back—this time for an - appearance before a Municipal Court judge of the license divi sion. Here, in some cases, the judge levies a small fine and permits the violator to walk out of the courtroom—for another months-long violation period. In other cases, the judge merely grants a continuance, under which the landlord is asked to come back in six months or a similar time period. If—as is usual—the landlord still ignores the building code, he may be called back into court a second time, and again fined. This may go on for as long as 18 months. The law provides that in or der to enforce the code, a judge 0 ASC'FHID RATES: 7c per word. $1 minimum Dead line Monday afternoon. TRUCK FOR HIRE TWO-TON TRUCK for hire, with driver. Local moving, hauling, etc. Ask for Tony at CM 3-9003. ROOMS: TO RENT-SHARE SHARE spacious room (male) Near North. Excellent transportation. Out of town frequently. Call MU 4-3883. ROOM FOR RENT in private home. Automatic gas heat. Automatic hot water heater. Single person or employed mar ried couple Excellent transportation. 1017 N. Laramie. Call AU 7-7011. FURNISHED LARGE sleeping room. Small family. CA 7-1131. FOR SALE DINING ROOM SET (mahogany) includ ing buffet and mirror. 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The fines that have been lev ied in the past year come to an average of less than $10 apiece —a total of $33,000 against more than 3.800 violators. Three years ago, the Chicago Metropolitan Housing Council, after a study of practices in the Municipal Court’s license divi sion. made two important rec ommendations: 1. That the steps taken by the building, health and fire depart ments BEFORE a case reaches the court be speeded up, so that the long delay between the filing of complaints and action on them could be short-circuited. 2. That once a case reaches the Municipal Court, the judges be instructed to grant no fur ther delays to the errant land lord. Listening Dog fails to heed IP music By Raeburn Flerlage IF Oscars are given out at the end of 1949 by the record in dustry, RCA Victor stands a great chance of winning the very smallest of them all. Unable to hold its position of leadership by a progressive handling of the problems facing the record-buy ing public and the industry, the Listening Dog company has re sorted to nipping at the heels of its rivals. For the second lime in a de cade, Columbia had assumed the leadership in a move of im portance to record buyers, deal ers and manufacturers. The in troduction of its revolutionary “LP Microgroove” records caught all competitors—includ ing Victor—with hanging trous ers. Other companies immediately started talking of going along with the Columbia development, but Victor representatives spoke of "letting Columbia pay the ex penses for the experiment; if it works, we'll come in and take over.” SPREAD RUMORS Later they started circulating rumors of still another record playing speed—not the '“stand ard” 78 r.p.m., nor the new Co lumbia 33>/3 r.p.m. (used for years in radio), but art “in-be j tween” 45 r.p.m. Protests from the industry—and from potential "LP” customers—failed to move them. j Victor went ahead with plans to introduce further confusion into an already confused and sagging industry. Their prime purpose appeared to be the breaking of Columbia at any cost. The fact that the Columbia “LP” records were more eco I-1 For Comfort and Satisfaction Have Your New Clothes Made-to-Measure. WEILAND BROS. TAILORS 5532 S. 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Late developments, however, indicate that Victor will be faced with important stumbling blocks: (1) Dealers are speak ing of boycotting 45 r.p.m. rec ords; (2) Mercury Records has announced its intention of con verting to Columbia-type Micro grooves; (3) Columbia has added a new 7-inch “LP” disc, capable of handling the “hit-of-the week”-type tune as well as shorter classics, to their cata logue—to retail at 60c for “pops” and 90c for "classics.” Record buyers, faced with the prospect of the industry’s blood iest scrap are keeping their fing ers crossed. A complete line of good furniture and appliances at Bay Furniture Co. Discount to all Standard readers 8856 S. Commercial RE 4-8855 furniture .. . toyi everything f^or to,2 II NORTHTOWN cradle nook 2909 Devon Although the Council made these recommendations in 1946 —three years ago—no changes of any kind have been made in procedures either in the Build ing Department or the Munici pal Court license division. 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