July 16, 2013 |
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, speaking to the press before Tuesday's Stage 16 of this year's event, dismissed a question about a group of women cyclists' petitioning to become part of the race in 2014. When asked by the Associated Press about the online petition and letter addressed to him about the topic, Prudhomme swatted the air with the back of his hand and answered, "We are saying nothing for the moment. " Then, true to his word, he walked away. Last week a group of accomplished female riders, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos, posted the petition and letter on Change.org in hopes, not to have women compete against men at the Tour, but to have a parallel racing field over the same distances over the same days.
July 12, 2013 |
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos and several other elite female cyclists have started an online petition to include women in the Tour de France starting in 2014. "For 100 years, the Tour de France has been the pinnacle endurance sports event of the world, watched by and inspiring millions of people. And for 100 years, it has been an exclusively male race," Vos and fellow cyclists Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine and Chrissie Wellington said in an online letter to Tour director Christian Prudhomme.
July 4, 2013 |
A White House petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell straight to consumers throughout the U.S. surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold it needed this week to prompt response from the administration. “States should not be allowed to prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to customers,” the petition created June 5 by a user in Stow, Mass., read. The system available on the White House's website lets users to create petitions for their causes, and requires petitioners to collect 100,000 signatures within 30 days before the administration will officially acknowledge them.
June 29, 2013 |
Tesla Motors' fight over direct sales went grass-roots earlier this month with the launch of a petition to allow straight-to-consumer transactions in all 50 states. The Palo Alto maker of high-end electric cars has been in a tussle with traditional dealers in several states over its standalone sales model. Dealers and their advocates say Tesla is breaking state laws that require automakers to sell cars through franchise dealerships. The petition from Telsa backers argues that state politicians should stay out of a simple transaction between willing buyers and sellers.
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June 29, 2013 |
ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, filed an emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to stop same-sex marriages from continuing in California. The petition says the decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to permit weddings starting Friday afternoon was "premature. " "When the Ninth Circuit originally put in place its stay to prevent same-sex marriage pending Supreme Court action, it stated clearly that 'the stay shall continue until final disposition by the Supreme Court,' " the group said in a written statement.
June 22, 2013 |
The stunning Côtes du Rhône "Petit Ours Brun" (little brown bear) tastes like a youthful Cornas. The grapes come from a parcel that winemaker Matthieu Barret calls "no man's land"; it lies just between the official boundaries of Cornas and St. Joseph. The wine is 100% Syrah from 40-year-old, low-yielding vines. Oh, and it's also certified biodynamic. The taste is cool fruit, earth, bruised blackberries and that indefinable wild quality that makes Syrah from this part of the Rhone pure magic.
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June 19, 2013 |
Feeling backed against a wall by petitioners from an AIDS activist group, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Wednesday to place a measure on next year's ballot asking if voters want the city to create an independent health agency. But then they agreed to also file a lawsuit challenging the validity of such a measure. Council members said they were forced to place the initiative before voters because petition gatherers had successfully qualified it for the ballot. Their only other option was to adopt it immediately, ending five decades of contracted health services provided by county-run clinics, a step the majority said they were reluctant to take.
June 17, 2013 |
Organizers of the Pritzker Architecture Prize - the highest award in the field of architecture - have turned down a request to retroactively honor Denise Scott Brown, whose design partner and husband Robert Venturi received the award in 1991. Peter Palumbo, the current chair of the Pritzker jury, said in a letter that "Pritzker juries, over time, are made up of different individuals.... A later jury cannot reopen or second-guess the work of an earlier jury, and none has ever done so. " The letter, dated June 14, was addressed to the leaders of a group known as Women in Design, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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June 16, 2013 |
Los Angeles County bus drivers say they are regularly becoming ill - sometimes while behind the wheel - from pesticides sprayed inside their vehicles by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. At least 14 Metro drivers are pursuing workers' compensation claims, and more than 110 have signed a petition that demands a halt to the spraying, according to their attorney. Some operators are on medical leave, and a few say they have left Metro because of repeated exposure. "You can be driving your bus and get hit with the symptoms," said Frank Portillo, a 23-year coach operator who retired in March, sooner than planned, because of medical issues he believes are pesticide related.
June 2, 2013 |
From the start, the most serious problem with California's promising but sloppily written "parent trigger" law has been its failure to require an open, public process. That's especially troubling when the law's power is considered closely. If half or more of parents at an underperforming public school sign a petition, they can force dramatic change in how the school is run - they can turn it into a charter school, for example, or require that the principal or the entire faculty be fired.