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October 2, 2013 | By Karin Klein
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
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 ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2013 | By Kelly Corrigan
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
The production lost two days to sandstorms. The crew faced a last-minute scramble when the nervous owner of a mall changed his mind about allowing filming there. Some days locals chased the cameras away; other days they brought platters of lamb and rice to the set, and asked to be extras. Meanwhile, the director hid in a van, speaking to her cast via walkie-talkie. In Saudi Arabia, where driving a car is a subversive act for a woman, a 39-year-old mother of two has done something remarkable: written and directed what her distributor believes is the first feature film shot entirely in the ultraconservative kingdom.
SPORTS
September 1, 2013 | The Sports Network
Tommy Heinemann scored the equalizer in stoppage time on Sunday as the Vancouver Whitecaps battled back from two goals down to salvage a point with a 2-2 draw against Chivas USA on Sunday at BC Place. Coming off an impressive 3-2 victory at home against the New York Red Bulls last week, the Goats got off the mark just three minutes into the game when Erick Torres corralled a poor defensive header by Vancouver's Andy O'Brien and volleyed it home with an outstanding bicycle kick from just inside the 18-yard box. Chivas made it 2-0 in the 14th minute when midfielder Edgar Mejia whipped a cross into the box and Torres, who found himself alone in the area, nodded it into the bottom left corner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Police knocked on doors in a Long Beach neighborhood Friday seeking information on a suspect accused of sexually assaulting women while riding past them on a bicycle. Officers canvassed an area near 5 th  Street and Alamitos Avenue, handing out fliers and asking the public's help in finding the male cyclist who is suspected in at least 35 assaults over the past year. In all of the cases, the suspect has ridden up behind women and girls walking on the sidewalk and grabbed their breasts or buttocks as he passed by. The victims range in age from 12 to their mid-60s, Long Beach police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Saddle up your Trek, Schwinn, or Bianchi (or other brand), the bicycle renaissance is coming Sunday to the streets of San Diego. The first-ever CicloSDias event is set to peddle off at 10 a.m. along a 5.2-mile route closed off to vehicle traffic. The event is set to last until 4 p.m. Biking, dancing and walking are all encouraged on a route that extends from Golden Hill through North Park and South Park to reach Cherokee Point Elementary School in City Heights. Kids and dogs are invited.
AUTOS
July 27, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Electric bicycles are expected to generate $10.8 billion a year in worldwide revenue by 2020, up from $8.4 billion in 2013. E-bicycles remain a small niche in North America. A new report by analysis firm Navigant Research credits Asian and European countries for sustaining the market so far. Projected sales in China this year are about 28 million, 92% of the total world market. According to the report, growth of that country's market is expected to slow because of a weakened economy, manufacturer consolidation and some supply-chain issues in lead-acid batteries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2013 | Emily Foxhall and Hailey Branson-Potts
Quincy and Monica Jeffries had never seen Wilshire Boulevard so quiet. They smiled up at the blue-green facade of the Wiltern theater. "You just drive by, and you don't recognize all the beautiful buildings," Monica Jeffries, 40, said. The couple had traveled from Santa Clarita to participate in CicLAvia, which offered a rare opportunity to enjoy a car-free 6.3-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard, from downtown to the Miracle Mile area. The Jeffrieses rode Trikkes -- three-wheeled, scooter-like vehicles with no motors or pedals.
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