October 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is famous for being unpredictable. Lawmakers and lobbyists at the Capitol say they're never quite sure whether he'll sign or veto a bill. Brown also has a penchant for showing up at their offices along with his dog Sutter, and for keeping his own counsel about appearing at one of the dozens of events he gets invited to each week. Journalists were surprised when the governor visited Bell Gardens on Tuesday to celebrate construction of a luxury hotel at the Bicycle Casino card room, off the 710 Freeway at Florence Avenue . Brown hailed the $45-million-plus investment, saying it would create "hundreds of construction and permanent hospitality jobs.
October 12, 2013 |
In Mexico, people may someday remember where they were the night Raul Jimenez beat Panama. Babies may be named after him. Statues could be built. Or maybe not. Because if Mexico falls again Tuesday in Costa Rica, the country's disappointing performance in World Cup qualifying could be noteworthy for having kept the team out of the tournament for the first time since 1990 and not for Jimenez's magnificent bicycle kick, which beat Panama, 2-1, on Friday to breathe new life into Mexico's flickering qualifying hopes.
October 12, 2013 |
Mexico kept its World Cup qualifying hopes alive with the game-winning goal provided by Raul Jimenez on an amazing bicycle kick in a 2-1 victory over Panama on Friday night in Mexico City. Jimenez entered the game in the 83rd minute and two minutes later took a pass from Fernando Arce just above the 18-yard box with his back to the goal. He quickly flipped the ball into the air in front of him and elevated for the bicycle kick, which rocketed past flat-footed Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
October 11, 2013 |
The folding bike is riding the cycling commuter wave, and the clever engineering is making it quicker than ever to carry on a subway or in a car trunk. Now found in some regular bike shops as well as specialty urban-transportation stores, better designs are helping the bikes shrug off a nerdy-professor stereotype of being ugly, tiny-wheeled, poor-riding machines. Breakthrough models come with chainless belt drives, electric engines and even recumbent formats. Most sport 20-inch wheels to make the bikes compact when folded, with elegant frames that hinge and lock at mid-frame.
October 11, 2013 |
Among the virtues of bicycle riding - not burning fossil fuel, not adding to car traffic, enjoying the scenery - is, of course, the health benefit. You get a real workout, especially if you're cycling against the wind or uphill. So when I came across a chart comparing forms of transportation in the Los Angeles city government's 2010 Bicycle Plan, I knew it would confirm that bicycling burned a lot of calories. Sure enough, bicycling 10 miles in an hour burns 484 calories, according to the chart.
October 4, 2013 |
American cyclist Amy Dombroski died Thursday after being hit by a truck while training in Belgium, the cyclo-cross team Telenet-Fidea has reported. The 26-year-old native of Jericho, Vt., who became part of the Boulder, Colo., cycling community, has been racing with the Belgium-based team since 2012, according to Bloomberg News. "It is terrible, terrible news," said Corne Lepoeter, president of Telenet's development team. "We are all so sad. " Dombroski had competed in the Gran Prix of Gloucester in Massachusetts earlier this week -- finishing eighth one day and 11th the other -- and joined her team in Belgium on Tuesday.
October 2, 2013 |
Calcutta, India, would seem to have reached some sort of bicycling nirvana. In the city of 5 million people in a metropolitan area nearly triple that size, more bicycle rides are made each day than forays by car. So much for that progressive state of things. The BBC reports that the city is banning bicycles on most of its thoroughfares during the day - 174 of them -- saying that because its streets are narrow, there is too little room for bicycles and cars to share the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 |
Nearly a dozen bicycles used by special education students at a Modesto elementary school were stolen over the weekend. A janitor at Sherwood Elementary School on East Rumble Road noticed two locks had been cut on the campus early Monday morning, including one that protected the bicycles in storage. The Modesto Bee reported that 11 of the students' bicycles -- worth some $8,500 -- were stolen, including nine three-wheeled bikes and two specialty bikes for students with severe handicaps. "It's heartbreaking," Darlene Pierson, the class teacher, told the Bee. "To have someone decide they needed them more than we did irritates me. " The Sylvan School District purchased five of the bicycles, but Pierson and her husband bought the others since she began teaching the class 17 years ago, KCRA reported . ALSO: Kabbalah Centre founder Philip Berg dead at 84 Vista Murrieta High football players charged with sex crimes Parolee gets 55 years for sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook firstname.lastname@example.org
September 12, 2013 |
The first feature to be shot in Saudi Arabia, and directed by a woman to boot, "Wadjda" is a remarkable film twice over. We are fortunate to have it for both of those reasons, but it's hard not to wish the result was even better. While the uniqueness of the film's Riyadh setting and the disturbing nature of "Wadjda's" depictions of life for women behind the Saudi curtain are thoroughly involving, the actual plotline of a 10-year-old girl's determination to own a bicycle can be as standard as it sounds.
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September 8, 2013 |
When Glendale teenager Sebouh Bazikian learned how orphans in Kenya had to walk an hour to school, he wanted to find a way to help make their lives a little easier. For a year, Bazikian worked to raise about $5,000 to buy 43 new bicycles through the organization World Bike Relief, which delivered the bikes in August to the children at the Machao Orphanage in Makueni County, about 115 miles from the country's capital of Nairobi, the Glendale News-Press reports . Bazikian traveled to Makueni to be there when the orphans received the bikes.