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This cyclist rides in a bike lane between parked cars located to his left and the sidewalk in Boston on Aug. 16. From Boston to San Francisco and New York to Tokyo, traditional bike lanes running alongside vehicle traffic are being replaced in favour of "protected" lanes or "cycletracks," where physical barriers like concrete curbs, planters or fences separate cyclists from vehicle traffic. "For 50 years, we've just been putting down a stripe of white paint, and that was how you accommodated bikes on busy streets," says Martha Roskowski, director of People for Bikes, a Boulder, Colorado-based advocacy group that's calling for better designed bike lanes. Comment?
A pair of National Hockey League scouts from here are still busy studying teams, compiling notes and generally trying to scrounge as much information on players as possible as the league nears its final four post-season pairings. St. John's native Derek Clancey is still on the road, pre-scouting the New York Islanders-Tampa Bay Lightning second-round series for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the organization for which he's worked the past six years. Comment?
By wide margins, Americans of all ideologies say they have no interest in voting former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg into the White House, suggesting that the billionaire media mogul would have significant headwinds should he mount a third-party bid for president. Just 7 per cent of registered voters say they'd definitely vote for him, while 29 per cent say they'd consider it, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Comment?
Police on Saturday arrested a fugitive suspected of stabbing his girlfriend and all three of her small children with a kitchen knife in a brutal attack at a hotel used as homeless housing, ending a four-day manhunt. Michael Sykes was last seen on surveillance footage Wednesday heading to the Staten Island Ferry shortly after the fatal attack, and a call to his mother to say he'd killed his girlfriend and was going to kill himself, police said. Comment?
FIFA vice-presidents Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been banned from soccer after being indicted on bribery and racketeering charges. The FIFA ethics committee says judge Joachim Eckert applied the provisional bans, which were requested by ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely. Comment?
A New York City police officer was shot in the head and died during and gunfight and chase through a pedestrian overpass and footpath along the East River after responding to reports of shots fired, police said. Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was the fourth city officer to be killed in the last 11 months, Police Commissioner William Bratton said. Comment?
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