Runners in New York and Arkansas might soon find themselves unplugged, according to the Associated Press. Lawmakers in the two states have proposed restrictions on pedestrians operating electronic devices, such as iPods or cell phones, while using sidewalks and streets.
State legislators in Arkansas hope to ban walkers, runners and cyclists from wearing headphones in both ears. In New York, the law would target people using crosswalks; wearing an electronic device while crossing the street might result in a $100 civil fine.
Wolves in the Rockies will remain on the Endangered Species List despite growing controversy over their protection, the Associated Press reports. Negotiations between the Obama administration and lawmakers in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming - where most of the wolf population is found - over the delisting of wolves have broken down.
The issue of federal protection has become a point of contention especially among ranchers in the Rockies region. Since wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone, they have enjoyed a population bloom and have begun harassing livestock with increasing frequency as their habitat has expanded beyond the park.
While plans to manage the population of the predator in Montana and Idaho were previously approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that presented by Idaho remains an obstacle. In August, a federal judge ruled that none of the Rockies wolves could be delisted while Idaho had an unacceptable management strategy. So wolves will remain behind a government aegis, at least for now.
A wolf in stilettos was crossing Iceland on his way to Vegas, got stopped at a traffic light and injured his Achilles, while Dolly the Sheep was speedflying in France. Sounds like a job for Leslie Nielson. Or something like that. Here's the stuff you should click on this week.
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New Traffic Lights? LEDs Make Clever Interactive Traffic Light Design Possible (Treehugger)
Synchronized Swimming. In Vegas? Synchronized Swimming as a Show (New York Times)
Across Iceland (with a little Hendrix)
The Case For: Exercise Often Enough for Achilles Injury Recovery (Reuters)
The Case Against: Extreme Long-Distance Running Can Damage the Body (Reuters)
Dolly Déjà vu: A Glitch in the Matrix? Dolly the Sheep: Alive and Well (NewScientist)