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    There Goes the Neighborhood

    A dilapidated house in Detroit owned by the family of Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers is causing problems for a neighbor.

    She claims her homeowner's insurance premium jumped 300 percent to $7,000 because the abandoned property next door is considered a fire risk.

    Congressman Conyers told a local reporter he will help the woman but seemed vague on details.

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    REP. JOHN CONYERS, D - MI: I've been talking to her.

    REPORTER: $7,000 she says you didn't return her call.

    CONYERS: Well I haven't called her today, no.

    REPORTER: You promise to tomorrow?

    CONYERS: Well I don't know if I got her number, but I want to help I'm not trying to hurt her, I don't even know who she is.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    We reached out to Conyers' office, have not heard back yet.

    Keep it PG

    The District of Columbia council has vowed to clean up its language.

    Council Chairman Kwame Brown has pushed through a resolution banning members from using profanity during public meetings.

    This came after Council members Marion Barry and David Catania got into a profanity-laced verbal brawl during a retreat.

    However, Catania says he is fed up with the constant scandals involving his colleagues.

    Quote -- "It's certainly fascinating that we can have a code of conduct on language. But this body was silent when a member admitted to stealing [from the city.]"

    U.N.-usual Choice

    Finally, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is reportedly seeking a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    A U.N. watchdog calls that an outrage considering Chavez's jailing of critics and his support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

    Last year, Syria sought a seat on the U.N. committee after Libya was booted for attacking demonstrators.