I generally don’t go poring over the legal notices in the newspapers; they’re legitimate news, but hardly ever good news, and each and every five-pound notice is packed with ten pounds of Officially Mandated Boilerplate, which is not what makes for encouraging reading. To get my attention, a legal notice has to have something I’ve never seen before.
Something like this one, found in the Mid-City Advocate:
OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR TATTOO ESTABLISHMENT LICENSE
In accordance with state laws and regulations, [name and address redacted], a corporation, hereby publishes notice of its intent to apply within sixty days from this date to the Oklahoma State Department of Health for a Tattoo Establishment License, under authority of and in compliance with state laws and regulations: That it intends, if granted such license, to operate as a tattoo and piercing studio with business premises located at [address redacted], in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, under the business name of [name redacted].
Dated this 31st day of October, 2006.
Signature follows. I suppose that either this is nothing new where you live, or you can’t believe that the state actually regulates such things. But I’ve been here more than three decades (not all of it consecutive), and to me, this is news, and not bad news either.