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Q: Is it true Steve Harvey was once poor and homeless?

A: According to a People magazine story from 2013, “But when he was first starting out as a comedian in the late ’80s, Harvey, 56, knew what it was to struggle. Living on a shoestring budget, after splitting from his first wife, Marcia, and sending the majority of his paychecks home to his two children, ‘one or two gigs fell through, and suddenly I was homeless,’ the comedian said. Though he’d stay in hotels when he landed a gig that would put him up, once he was done, ‘I had nowhere to go,’ he says, and began living out of his 1976 Ford Tempo, using an Igloo cooler in the backseat as a makeshift refrigerator, and washing up in hotel bathrooms, gas stations or swimming pool showers. His rough patch lasted for an excruciating three years before he was called to appear on ‘Showtime at the Apollo,’ which proved to be his big break.”

Q: Can you print the address of the Washington Post and New York Times?

A: The Washington Post, 1301 K Street N.W., Washington DC 20071; and New York Times, 620 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10018.

Q: If a tick gets into your house and doesn’t attach itself to a human or animal, how long will it survive?

A: It depends on what kind of tick it is. Deer ticks, for example, dry out quickly and only survive for short periods inside — under 24 hours, usually. The brown dog tick, though, is known to lay eggs indoors, and adults can go months without feeding.

Q: The house in the 600 block of West 11th has been condemned and empty for years. When will the city be able to tear this down?

A: The house at 610 W. 11th St. is privately owned. It is one of more than 100 blighted houses the city is evaluating for potential court action under Iowa Code Section 657A, but no action has been filed to date.

Q: Is it illegal for someone to walk through residential neighborhoods after dark and shine flashlights into people’s homes?

A: We could find nothing in the law addressing that situation directly, assuming the flashlight user was not trespassing. Waterloo has an ordinance against “peeping” that states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to look into or loiter around any window or opening of or within any building in order to watch or observe any occupant thereof for any unlawful or wrongful purpose.”

Q: Is there an ordinance in Waterloo about leaving your trash bins in your front yard or should they be put away out of sight?

A: Waterloo’s Code of Ordinances, Section 4-3-5, states: “No refuse receptacles or containers shall be stored in front of a home or in front of the building line closest to the street.”

Q: Who is the auditor for Black Hawk County and what is his salary?

A: Grant Veeder is serving his eighth term as Black Hawk County’s auditor. The position, which is filled by election, pays $77,785 for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Calls are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.


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