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Toronto committee approves food truck rules; bylaw goes to council for approval

TORONTO - A Toronto committee has approved regulations that could double food truck operations in the city and be in effect by the summer if city council passes a new bylaw. The Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that food trucks be at least 50 metres from a restaurant and at least 30 metres from school property. Ice cream trucks are to operate temporarily on residential streets, and stationary food carts are to operate on some city sidewalks. The annual fees for a vendor would cost over $5,000, including the vendor permit and parking fees.

Toronto committee approves food truck rules; bylaw goes to council for approval

TORONTO - A Toronto committee has approved regulations that could double food truck operations in the city and be in effect by the summer if city council passes a new bylaw. The Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that food trucks be at least 50 metres from a restaurant and at least 30 metres from school property. Ice cream trucks are to operate temporarily on residential streets, and stationary food carts are to operate on some city sidewalks. The annual fees for a vendor would cost over $5,000, including the vendor permit and parking fees.

New York's St. Patrick's parade marches on amid gay rights controversy

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - About one million spectators, mostly dressed in green, streamed into New York on Monday for its St. Patrick's Day Parade, even as the city's mayor and beer companies that previously sponsored the event dropped out amid concerns that organizers excluded gay groups. Parade organizers in New York and Boston, two of the most liberal U.S. cities, have long excluded openly gay marchers, saying that doing so would conflict with the group's Roman Catholic heritage.

Rio's Carnival cleaners get police escort

Rio de Janeiro's street cleaners pursued their post-Carnival sweep-up under police escort on Thursday after reports they had been threatened by gun-wielding striking colleagues. Mayor Eduardo Paes said most of the city's cleaners had shown up to work this week, despite a strike call, but had been intimidated by an aggressive minority demanding pay rises. The disruption came just after the city's world-famous carnival, which brought out four million revelers and left the streets overflowing with garbage ahead of this weekend's samba school competition.

Spain's most active train graffiti artist arrested

Spanish police have arrested the country's most active train graffiti artist, whose works have appeared across Europe and the United States, officials said Tuesday. Police accuse David Sanchez Esteban, a 31-year-old unemployed electrician known as "LOSE" who started painting in 1995, of causing over 31,000 euros ($42,000) in damages to metro and commuter trains in Madrid. The Spanish national has also painted trains in London, Copenhagen and Athens, New York and other cities, a police statement said.

Justin Bieber and pals fill a Bogota tunnel with graffiti

Bogota, Oct 31 (EFE).- Pop star Justin Bieber and a group of his friends were seen in a Bogota tunnel painting graffiti on the walls escorted by a Colombian police patrol, media outlets said Thursday. Wearing his habitual cap and hood, the star took advantage of his stay in the Colombian capital after the concert he gave on Tuesday to leave his signature and several written bits of advice on how to "overcome expectations" in one's life on the concrete.

Miami teen graffiti artist dies after being tasered by police

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Miami Beach, Florida, police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old graffiti artist who died after being shot with a Taser during a pre-dawn chase with officers who said they caught him spray-painting a building. Israel Hernandez-Llach, known by his so-called tag name as "Reefa," won notice for his graffiti work as well as for sculpture and painting.

Caribbean Carnival to review parade safety following teen's death on Saturday

TORONTO - Organizers of Toronto's Caribbean Carnival say they will scrutinize parade safety in their annual review, following the death of a young man on the weekend. "We had a three-hour meeting this morning," said organizer Chris Alexander on Monday. Alexander said festival personnel will undertake an extensive review of the three-week carnival, as is standard every year. But he said added safety measures on the parade route — such as barriers or side guards on the floats — will be looked at seriously.

Teenager dies after being run over by float at Toronto's Caribbean Carnival

TORONTO - Toronto police are appealing for witnesses as they investigate the death of a young man at the city's Caribbean Carnival. Police say 18-year-old Rueshad Grant was standing beside a parade float Saturday night when he was run over by the vehicle just before 9 p.m. It was earlier reported that Grant had been riding on the float when he fell under the vehicle`s wheels.

Author Adam Mansbach moves out of bedroom, into graffiti

(Note strong language in book title in paragraph 3) By Andrea Burzynski NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Adam Mansbach moves out of the bedroom and into the world of graffiti in his new book "Rage is Back," a tale of redemption revenge featuring a "nerd with swagger" and his father.
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