May 10, 2012
Nanjing City Wall

Nanjing City Wall     Photo: Monztermash/Flickr

Ferrari Burns Rubber on Ancient Wall

Car spun donuts, left tread marks in China

Italian car-maker Ferrari has apologized for an advertising stunt in Nanjing, China, this week that left tire marks on a 600-year-old wall. Ferrari had rented a section of the ancient wall to showcase a limited-edition 458 Italia worth $954,000. As the car was driven into place for the publicity event, the driver was filmed gunning the engine and spinning the rear wheels, leaving dark tread marks. In a statement, the Italian-based company insisted they had a deep respect for "the protection of historical and cultural relics" in China and that they had not authorized the driver's stunt. A news clip showed workers trying unsuccessfully to remove the marks with a mop. Nanjing's wall, which is being considered as a World Heritage Site, was built early in the Ming dynasty and is the oldest intact city wall in China.

Read more at Bloomberg

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Cyclists

Cyclists     Photo: Liam Gladdy/Flickr

Cyclist Investigated for Race Crash

Injured rider calls for lifetime ban

USA Cycling has launched an investigation into a crash that left top rider Isaac Howe with a double clavicle fracture in Saturday's Electric City Circuit race in South Carolina. According to witnesses, rider Jonathan Atkins retailed after he was edged off the road and Howe refused to apologize. Howe, who held second place in the National Criterium Calendar, pressed charges against Atkins and called for a lifetime ban. Atkins caught a standard 72-hour suspension for the incident pending the investigation results. He plans to take some time off from cycling, but says the crash was an accident.

Read more at VeloNews

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Sochi, Russia

Sochi, Russia     Photo: CruisePortAtlas.com/Flickr

Alleged Plot Against Olympics Halted

Russian police seize weapons in Abkhazia

Russia's security services on Thursday announced the arrests of three men and the seizure of a cache of weapons that could have have been used to attack the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The weapons included anti-aircraft missiles, guns, and a flamethrower and may have belonged to a group known as the Caucuses Emerite, an organization that has long resisted Russian authority in the Caucuses. The weapons were recovered in Abkhazia, a semi-autonomous region of Georgia that saw violent fighting between the two countries in 2008. Sochi, which sits along Russia's southern border with Georgia on the Black Sea, will host the Olympics in February 2014.

Read more at The Chicago Tribune

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Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher in April, 2011, in D.C.     Photo: Linh Do/Flickr

DeChristopher Appeal Today in Denver

Activist not released for hearing

Lawyers for environmental activist Tim DeChristopher appeared in a federal court in Denver on Thursday to appeal his two-year jail sentence for disrupting a 2008 federal oil-lease auction. In July, a federal judge ordered DeChristopher to serve two years in prison and rejected his argument that his actions were valid civil disobedience. DeChristopher was not released from prison in California to attend the hearing, although he expects to be transferred to a Littleton, Colorado, facility later this month to be closer to his family.

Read more at The Washington Post

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