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Lexington’s rainbow crosswalk is a safety hazard, federal official says

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- The Federal Highway Administration wants Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to remove a rainbow-themed crosswalk in downtown Lexington that was installed to promote diversity, saying it poses a legal liability to the city. — “While we recognize in good faith your crosswalk art was well-intended for your community, we request that you take the necessary steps to remove the non-compliant crosswalk as soon as it is feasible,” wrote Thomas L. Nelson Jr., administrator for the Kentucky division of the Federal Highway Administration in Frankfort, in a two-page letter to Gray.

- The crosswalk at the intersection of North Limestone and Short Street was painted in rainbow colors just before the June 25 Pride Festival. The Blue Grass Community Foundation sponsored the project through a grant from its Knight Foundation Donor Advised Charitable Fund. — The crosswalk at the intersection of North Limestone and Short Street was painted in rainbow colors just before the June 25 Pride Festival. The Blue Grass Community Foundation sponsored the project through a grant from its Knight Foundation Donor Advised Charitable Fund.

- Lisa Adkins, president and chief executive officer of the foundation, said in June that the rainbow crosswalk was intended to celebrate the city’s rich diversity and improve safety at a busy intersection. She said Wednesday that other cities in America have rainbow crosswalks and she has not heard of any concerns about them. — “Lexington prides itself as being an inclusive city,” Adkins said. “The crosswalk does that and adds to the downtown’s vibrancy.” The project cost about $10,000 to $12,000, she said, of which the foundation paid about $5,000.

- Nelson said in his Nov. 13 letter to Gray that rainbow-themed crosswalks and other forms of crosswalk art are not compliant with federal standards. “Allowing a non-compliant pavement marking to remain in place presents a significant liability concern for LFUCG (Lexington Fayette Urban County Government) in the event of a pedestrian/vehicle collision,” Nelson wrote. — “It also creates potential confusion for motorists, pedestrians and other jurisdictions who may see these markings and install similar crosswalk treatments in their cities.”

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In the former Yugoslavia I nearly busted my head open on a slick mossy sidewalk and in Rome I almost broke my ankle stepping off a tram onto a broken curb. Those were legitimate liabilities, this is not. You would have to be mentally retarded to somehow get hurt because the crosswalk is painted like a rainbow. But somehow the most ridiculous part of the story isn't the federal order but the fact that it cost $12,000 to paint a rainbow on the pavement. What? Did they hire a plumber to paint it with $500 a gallon paint?
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Guy gets his penis stuck ‘jumping over Tube station barriers’

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China built 2000 meter long solar highway with transparent concrete over solar panels

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- Qilu Transportation Development Group, a state-owned transport firm operating in Shandong, is completing a 2000 meter solar highway in China. The road’s composition is made of three distinct layers, with transparent concrete on top protecting the solar panels beneath. The bottom layer is a strip of insulation that will protect the panels from the earth’s elements. Chinese solar inverter firm Growatt has supplied its string inverters for the project.

- The Jinan South Ring Expressway creeps into the city and will not only plug into the grid but will also serve as a research prototype, with engineers from Tongji University – who developed the core technology for the project – stressing that in the future this solar-powered stretch of road could actually charge electric vehicles as they drive along it. Tongji University professor of transportation engineering Zhang Hongchao said that he hopes the solar highway can kickstart the development of a national network of smart roads.

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I, for one, welcome our new orange robot overlords – and here’s why

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- THE robots are coming to Glasgow – and they’ll be in a clockwork orange near you. We heard this week that the city’s subway will be the first fully automated train system in the UK, with no staff on board either to drive or open doors. The promo pics are slick. The driver’s cab will become a viewing platform. You’ll be able to walk from one end of the train to the other. Wheelchairs will be welcomed.

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Japanese train barks like a dog to prevent accidents

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- Officials from the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) say that a three-second blast of the sound of a deer snorting attracts the animals' attention, and 20 seconds of dog barking is enough to make them take flight. — RTRI researchers say the late-night tests, at times when deer congregate around railway tracks, have resulted in a halving of deer sightings. If proved to be effective, future plans include static barking sites where deer are commonly seen.

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France Says No for Now to Johnson's Idea of Giant Channel Bridge

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- France on Friday politely rejected Boris Johnson's idea of building a giant bridge across the English Channel after Brexit, saying that, while far-fetched ideas were worth considering, there were plenty of major European projects to finish first. — The Telegraph said Johnson believed a privately funded 22-mile bridge might now be an option, and would support increased tourism and trade after Brexit. — Building a 22-mile-long bridge across the Channel would therefore not be without its challenges, especially as the largest ships currently transiting the Strait have a height above the water line in excess of 60 meters.

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