- - Tuesday, November 9, 2010

MARYLAND

Cyclists’ rights passed by city

BALTIMORE | Baltimore wants bicyclists to know the city has their back.

The Baltimore City Council passed a Cyclists’ Bill of Rights on Monday night, a nonbinding resolution expressing support for improving conditions in the city for cycling.


The resolution calls for equal access to city streets, greater involvement in planning by bicyclists, greater awareness of bicyclists’ rights in accident cases, improved bike parking and mass transit access for bicycles.

MICHIGAN

Mr. Goodwrench to be fired by GM

DETROIT | General Motors is asking Mr. Goodwrench to pack up his toolbox.

The automaker said Tuesday the mechanic who served as the symbol of GM’s dealer service brand for 37 years will be scrapped as of Feb. 1 in favor of “certified service” brands for each of GM’s remaining four remaining nameplates.

GM dumped four brands as it went through bankruptcy protection last year and now sells only Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

The Detroit automaker has been focusing its marketing efforts for the past year or so on brands rather than the corporate name because customers know the brands better than they know General Motors.

Mr. Goodwrench started in 1974 to give a common identity to service for all of its dealers and brands.

MINNESOTA

Dismissal refused in aided suicides case

MINNEAPOLIS | A judge ruled Tuesday that the case against a former nurse who allegedly sought out depressed people in Internet chat rooms and encouraged them to kill themselves won’t be dismissed on free speech grounds.

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