New York Tests Out Bike-Share Program… And Other News

New York Bike Share

It didn’t catch on in Toronto, but Mayor Bloomberg is determined to make it work in New York.

New York City has launched the first phase of its bike-share program, placing 6,000 bikes at 333 stations in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Although it’s off to a late start (10 months later than scheduled), fourteen thousand New York hipsters have already signed up. For an annual fee of $95 New Yorkers can take unlimited bike rides of less than 45 minutes each. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the program was a “big win” for the city. BBC News

Zimmerman v MartinFamiliarity with guns and marijuana use do not make you a shooting target. A Florida judge ruled that “hostile” texts Trayvon Martin sent before being fatally shot and the fact that marijuana was in his system when he died are inadmissible in George Zimmerman’s trial for second-degree murder. Bad news for Zimmerman, who claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. The judge is still mulling over whether the 911 call in which Martin ‘might’ be heard screaming in the background can be used in the June 10 trial. CNN

Frosted Mini WheatsKellogg’s frosted mini-wheats will NOT improve your child’s attentiveness, memory and other cognitive functions. Instead you’ll just be left with an annoying kid hopped up on sugar. Kellogg’s learned that the hard way after they agreed to pay $4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over the marketing claims it made for Frosted Mini-Wheats. Kellogg says in a statement that the ad campaign in question ran about four years ago and that it has since adjusted its messaging to incorporate guidelines set by the Federal Trade Commission. Now, the new slogan is all about fiber: “fill you up first thing and help keep you focused all morning.” CBC News

GoatGoats gone wild! A goat has been terrorizing a Brazilian village, causing hilarious YouTube footage.  Residents of Londrina, Brazil recently filmed a troublesome goat on a rampage as he terrorized bystanders, motorcyclists and even the cameraman, knocking old ladies over and running people off the road before he was finally subdued. After the goat head-butting rampage, there was nothing left to do except upload the footage. Raw Story

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