May 2, 2013

   

Psychiatrist Booby-Trapped Bike Trails

Walker hated mountain bikers

A psychiatrist who worked for Jackson County in Oregon has pleaded guilty to booby-trapping popular trails outside Ashland in an attempt to harm mountain bikers.

According to the Daily Mail, Jackson Dempsey, 57, strung nylon cords across paths and scattered nails and fallen trees on the ground to trip up riders, ultimately injuring three people, because, he said, he didn't like mountain bikers, who often passed him as he walked his dog along the paths.

Judge Lorenzo Mejia sentenced the psychiatrist to 30 days in jail; he also ordered him to stay off national forest trails during his two-year probation.

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Rescued Trabuco Teens Were On Meth

Search cost thousands

When Orange County teens Nicholas Cendoya and Kyndall Jack went missing for five days last month in Trabuco Canyon, there were a lot of unanswered questions. Why did they wander off after calling emergency services from their car? Why didn’t they bring a map? How did the two get separated? Why were they eating dirt and hallucinating?

County officials, who are none to happy about spending $160,000 in taxpayer money on search and rescue, now know the answer to all these questions: meth.

Orange County officials confirmed that they had found a significant quantity of the drug in Cendoya’s car, which was parked at the trailhead. Jack and Cendoya admitted to police that they had just wanted to do a little cocaine before their hike. (Understandable.) They claimed to have been unaware that they were actually imbibing potent methamphetamine. “We wanted to touch the clouds,” Jack told CBS after her ordeal.

A charge of criminal drug possession was filed against Cendoya on Tuesday. He is set to appear in court on May 22.

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UCI President Pat McQuaid     Photo: nuestrociclismo.com/Wikimedia

$64K Missing From Kimmage Defense Fund

Twitter's UCI_Overlord blamed

A legal fund dedicated to the defense of cycling journalist Paul Kimmage against a UCI lawsuit is missing $64,000.

The Kimmage Defense Fund was founded in 2012 after the UCI sued Kimmage for supposedly defamatory comments he made about their handling of the Lance Armstrong doping case. The fund was spearheaded by Aaron Brown, otherwise known as the Twitter personality UCI_Overlord and the founder of the satirical cycling blog Cyclismas.

Within months, the fund raised nearly $100,000 in Kimmage's defense. However, only part of his legal fees have been paid for and he cannot access or locate the remaining funds, according to CyclingNews.

Brown claims that funds remain in the PayPal account he created on Kimmage's behalf but are tied-up in legal battle with Lesli Cohen, a former business parter of Brown's and an advocate for Kimmage's defense. Meanwhile, the UCI has dropped its suit against the journalist.

"When that lawsuit was suspended," Brown said, "The agreement was that we would not have any more action and Paul's legal bills were paid. As it stands now, the legal action is still suspended and if Paul incurs any more legal bills in defence then the fund will pay it. Once the case is over the funds should be dispensed to the donors."

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Isle of Man to Host "Noah's Ark"

Project will protect rare breeds

Organizers of a rare breeds protection project are hoping to create a “sort of Jurassic Park” on the Isle of Man—only with slightly less dangerous inhabitants. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is supporting a plan to set up breeding centers for farm animals at risk of extinction, and human visitors would be more than welcome.

The Isle of Man, located on the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland, offers ideal isolated conditions to protect rare breeds from diseases. Organizers see the project as a genetic safeguard. "It could potentially become very important if we were ever called upon to access the ark in case of a breed going extinct," RBST field officer Ruth Dalton said.

Visitors to the park would have a chance to view rare breeds, like the Manx Loaghtan, a sheep that has between four and six horns. It's no velociraptor, but at least you won't have to worry if it escapes its enclosure.

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Bike on, oh glorious riders! The bike ban is down!     Photo: Christine Rondeau/Flickr

NYC Bike Share Threatened

Frustrations mount

New York City's bike share program is sparking protests among residents. The bike share program is set to launch this month with 330 docking stations and 6,000 bikes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

While a recent poll showed 72 percent of residents support the concept, the installation is sparking discontent, including protest stickers and the defacing of docking stations.

Local business owners are complaining about the loss of parking and a potential spike in traffic. “I don’t know how we’re going to be able to operate really now effectively," business owner Carlo Giurdanella told CBS New York. "It’s a sad, dramatic negative impact.” 

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