Thursday, December 16, 2010

Woman causes crash shaving bikini area while driving - NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida


Woman causes crash shaving bikini area while driving - NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida
: "KEY WEST: A woman shaving her bikini area while driving caused a car accident on Cudjoe Key, near Key West, according to a report in keysnews.com.

Troopers told the reporter that 37-year-old Megan Mariah Barnes was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be properly groomed for the visit.

So during the drive, she decided to shave.

Her ex-husband, who was in the passenger's seat, took the wheel while she focused on other areas, according to the report.

The site also noted that Barnes was convicted of DUI and driving without a license the day before the crash.

The vehicle she was driving struck another car from behind, causing minor injuries to the occupants.

The report says she and her ex-husband drove another half-mile after the crash and switched seats, so it looked like he was driving.

But burns on his chest from the passenger-side airbag sank their story – since the site reports the driver's airbag wasn't deployed by the impact.

Troopers charged Barnes with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance.

Eyewitness News: War against drunk driving moves up a gear

Eyewitness News: War against drunk driving moves up a gear: "Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle believes the province’s second Safely Home Anti-Drunk Driving War-Room (Shadow) will turn up the heat on drunken drivers.

It was officially opened in George on Thursday morning.

These 24-hour facilities enable officials to subject drivers to on-the-spot breathalyser and blood tests.

Carlisle said the centre began operating immediately.

“It is an absolute state-of-the-art institution. It also has the capacity for the drawing blood if necessary. It will be under the control of the provincial traffic police,” he added.

Carlisle said the first Shadow centre opened in Athlone, Cape Town a year ago.

“Since then we’ve had 6,000 people through there – about 2,500 of those were over the limit. That constitutes more than 50 percent of all the people arrested for drunk driving in the whole of South Africa,” Carlisle said.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Police raid Hells Angels bikers allegedly planning rival murder - The Local


Police raid Hells Angels bikers allegedly planning rival murder - The Local
: "More than 900 officers took part in searching 22 apartments and four other buildings in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria. They had an arrest warrant for at least one Hells Angels member on charges of attempted murder, prosecutors in the Baden-Württemberg town of Pforzheim said.

The raids came in response to a brawl in late November between the Hells Angels and an association of doormen called United Tribuns. At least three gang members were injured during the fight in Pforzheim, with one person sustaining life-threatening wounds. Shots were fired during the clash, after which police arrested more than 20 suspects.

Monday’s raids centred on stemming an alleged revenge attack on leaders of United Tribuns, the prosecutors said.

The actions followed another series of raids last week in the state of Hesse. There police are investigating the alleged collusion of several high-level law enforcement officials with the biker gang.

Apartments and offices belonging to several police officers with contact to the gang were searched, the Hessian state Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) said.

Among the suspects is one of the LKA’s own chief inspectors, they said. The 50-year-old allegedly gave Hells Angels confidential police information about bribery cases.

Five police officers suspected of involvement were suspended from duty with immediate effect.

The raids were organised as part of a drug dealing investigation against the Hells Angels run by the Frankfurt and Darmstadt state prosecutors' offices.

They followed November 24 searches that came in response to a Hells Angels holdup of another motorcycle club.

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Biker buddies open old Route 66 motorcycle museum | NewsOK.com

Biker buddies open old Route 66 motorcycle museum | NewsOK.com: "That’s the short version of how two biker buddies ended up owning an old filling station on a lonely stretch of State Highway 66. Today, Seaba Station, as the 5,000-square-foot brick building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is called these days, is a motorcycle museum that houses about 75 vintage motorcycles, most from a collection put together by Tims.

Biker in 130 mph police chase says the throttle was stuck - JSOnline

Biker in 130 mph police chase says the throttle was stuck - JSOnline: "A Virginia motorcyclist whose throttle was stuck open has had his conviction for driving at least 130 mph thrown out in court.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a judge overturned 27-year-old Frank Parker's conviction on charges of reckless driving and eluding police.

The Virginia Beach resident says he was heading home from work in August when the nightmare occurred on U.S. 58. During the incident Parker was involved in a 2-mile police chase. He was able to bring the bike to a stop after holding in the clutch.

Parker got the conviction overturned last week after he produced a repair order from a motorcycle shop.

Parker had bought the motorcycle about three months before to save gas. Now he says he's just happy to be alive.

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Eyewitness News: Mpumalanga motorist caught driving at 205 km/h

Eyewitness News: Mpumalanga motorist caught driving at 205 km/h: "A Mpumalanga motorist ended up behind bars on Tuesday afternoon after he was caught driving at 205 kilometres per hour.

The man was driving on the N4 from Mpumalanga to Pretoria in an Alfa Romeo.

The Gauteng Department of Community Safety’s Thapelo Moiloa said, “He is due to appear tomorrow in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court on charges of reckless and negligent [driving] as well as speeding.”


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Sunday, December 12, 2010

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Google introduces path finder for Ottawa cyclists

Centretown News Online - Google introduces path finder for Ottawa cyclists: "As Ottawa undertakes new initiatives to improve bike paths and lanes in the city, Internet juggernaut Google is helping make the routes easier to navigate.

The company recently launched a new feature from Google Maps that allows users to map bike routes by entering a place of origin and destination. Users are offered different routes that are most convenient for cyclists, including roads with bike lanes or bike paths.

The new feature was announced in Ottawa at the Sustainable Mobility Conference in November. The launch occurred in seven cities across Canada, including Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto.

Dave Woodbridge, publisher of the website OutdoorOttawa, says this is a step in the right direction for getting more Ottawa residents on their bikes.

“If you know that you could hop on your bike and anywhere you are, you can punch in your route and Google will give you a nice car-free, traffic-free route, it might encourage you to get on your bike,” says Woodbridge.

Woodbridge says the feature is beneficial for recreational cyclists who may be encouraged to bike more often if they could avoid busy roads or those without bike lanes.

NCC spokesperson Jasmine Leduc says the federal agency for the capital and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau have all worked together to improve the region’s bike routes and agrees that the Google feature will encourage people to use them.

“The new feature provides a route that is optimal for cycling and it enables the user to take advantage of all the recreation pathways, bike lanes and the bike-friendly streets,” says Leduc.

Mona Abouhenidy, the City of Ottawa’s program manager for transportation planning, says 150 kilometres of bike lanes and multi-use paths will be created in the city by the end of this year.

Other cycling initiatives include the recently approved pilot project to create a segregated bike lane along Laurier Avenue.

More projects to improving cycling routes are being planned, and as the city adds more bike lanes, Google will update the map information.

Abouhenidy says the goal of Google bike maps is to encourage more people to become comfortable with cycling in the city and knowing appropriate routes.

“The people who are confident in traffic are already on the roads. We are trying to attract people who feel less confident cycling in traffic, by going to Google Maps and looking at the options,” says Abouhenidy.

Abouhenidy said not all routes follow paths or bike lanes, but notes that Google clearly indicates when a cyclist must take a street without bike lanes.

She says this allows cyclists to decide on a preferred route, adapted to their cycling abilities and confidence.

“Now they can go and try different options and make a more intelligent and educated decision on which road they can take based on their skill-level,” says Abouhenidy.

Though enthusiastic about the feature, Woodbridge acknowledges some shortcomings of the Google Maps system. When Woodbridge tried mapping a route through Ottawa, he says the site directed him to cycle along the east side of the canal, along a strip that is currently under construction.

To help prevent such glitches, Google encourages users to send in updated information so changes can be made to route recommendations.

Woodbridge says it’s important to take into account that the site can provide incorrect directions and bikers should not feel overconfident.

“There’s already tension between bikers and drivers, and if you’ve got Google Maps backing you up, you might be more emboldened as a biker,” says Woodbridge, explaining that bikers still need to respect car traffic.

Despite potential problems, Woodbridge is optimistic about the future of cycling in Ottawa, pointing to the various cycling initiatives as signs of progress.

“The segregated bike lane and the bike paths on Google maps, these are two huge steps forward for cycling in our town,” says Woodbridge.

“I’m looking forward to see how they play out.”

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Boomer bikers are riding into the sunset


Boomer bikers are riding into the sunset
: "Boomers are a spoiled lot. Our sheer numbers and deep wallets have dominated markets from the automotive to the financial for so long that we've come to expect cradle-to-grave pandering in all we touch.

Too old to fit into the Porsches we loved in the '80s -- although loathe to admit it -- we single-handedly created the gas-guzzling luxury sport-ute. Clothing stores, recreational facilities and fusion restaurants all abound to cater to our very demanding needs. House, condo and cottage sales have boomed and busted according to our whims and, if economists such as William Sterling and Stephen Waite (authors of Boomernomics) are to be believed, every market the 48-to-64-year-old cohort has sashayed through has reaped the rewards of our largesse and then suffered from the detritus left behind when we move on.

Boomers have also been the fatted calf upon which the motorcycle industry has feasted these last 15 years. Like the lowly SUV that was once but a buggy to take fishermen to their favourite watering holes, what was once a marginal sport in the 1960s to '80s blossomed into an industry catering to wealthy Boomers obsessed with more--more power, more chrome, more luxury and, well, more of everything, including the money required to buy into the world of motorcycling.

Unfortunately, the next big market we Boomers will dominate looks to be retirement homes. Depending on who you believe -- the American Motorcycle Association, Canada's own Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council or market giant Harley-Davidson -- average motorcyclists are somewhere between their early and late 40s and, despite the self-serving Yuppie contention that 50 is the new 40, it means a whole lot of us are going to be abandoning our motorcycles for RVs.

More worrisome is that there are precious few behind us to take up the slack. Having feasted on Boomer largesse, motorcycle manufacturers have, until recently, largely ignored the beginner-bike market. What few lower-priced models were available lacked imagination. While we ageing bikers started out progressing from tiddler to superbike -- what fiftysomething biker never rode a Honda CB350? -- newcomers have grown accustomed to shopping in the 600-cubic-centimetre engine range simply because there was nothing attractive offered in lower displacements. Where we grew up with a wide variety of fun, exciting small-displacement machines to choose from -- Yamaha's YCS1 180 and RD350 and the Suzuki X6 Hustler all come to mind -- the mid-sized segment was left untapped simply because there was so much more profit to be made in satiating the Boomer lust for ever pricier two-wheeled trinkets.

Now, as the market implodes, motorcycle manufacturers have suddenly 'discovered' they need new blood if they are to prosper or even survive. (And, as unthinkable as it might seem to a generation weaned on the might of the Japanese motorcycle industry, there is no guarantee that all four members of Nippon Inc. will survive this latest prolonged downturn, no matter what they do.)

This is certainly a change of heart that has come reluctantly. Token efforts such as Honda's Rebel 250 and the Yamaha V-Star hardly set young bikers' imaginations afire. More recent efforts -- Honda's CBR125 and 250 and Kawasaki's Ninja 250 both come to mind -- paint a rosier picture. Ditto Harley's Super Low. However, they are but a small step in the right direction if we are going to recruit our replacements to the sport.

Kawasaki, for instance, needs a 125 to complete its lineup just as Honda needs a 400-cc-class machine. Suzuki needs to build beyond the TU250 retro tiddler it is introducing. And there has to be a massive expansion of initiatives such as Honda's CBR125R Challenge and Junior Red Rider programs.

Most importantly, Boomers need to stop passing judgment on what the next generation wants from its motorcycles. In recent years, the motorcycling establishment has railed against the antics of young stunters as they so callously undermined the safety-first vision of motorcycling Boomers have spent the last 20 years cultivating. Until quite recently, we, the aged male kahunas of the motorcycling set, snickered when women wanted to join the ranks of the riding rather than the ridden. And, the entire time we forgot it doesn't matter why or what they ride--just that they ride.

I have not a single, solitary clue what the young want from their motorcycles. But I know this: It matters not if the young rebel against our homogenized view of motorcycling, wear ridiculous tartan kilts with their Doc Martens while shopping at motorcycle shows or how many tongue piercings might be ablating their tooth enamel. They are the future of motorcycling. And we are its past.

dbooth@nationalpost.com

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Bikers held over teen attack in Sydney | Herald Sun

Bikers held over teen attack in Sydney | Herald Sun: "TWO alleged members of rival biker gangs have been arrested after an attack on a teenage woman in Sydney's western suburbs.

The 18-year-old victim was assaulted at a car park in Union Lane, Penrith, about 2pm on December 2, police said.

After she fell to the ground, a man allegedly stole a sum of cash and fled the scene.

A 25-year-old male, who is an alleged member of the Nomads OMCG, was arrested at a home in Emu Heights at 8am today

He was taken to Penrith police station, where he was charged with robbery, affray and possession of a restricted substance.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.

A 29-year-old male, who is an alleged member of the Rebels OMCG, was also arrested.

He was charged at Penrith police station with affray, assault and possession of a restricted substance and later granted bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on December 20.

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