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Wacky race a boon to Long Beach shops, restaurants

August 25, 2010 | 10:02 am

Flugtag boon: The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports on how the Red Bull Flugtag -- a race of wacky, human-powered flying machines -- impacted local businesses, complete with video (above):

Sales soared for many nearby restaurants and pubs, which reported numbers rivaling those made during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as Flugtag-viewing customers filled businesses looking for cool, shady places to eat and drink.

"It was absolutely fabulous for us," said Bobby Fogg, general manager at Hooters at 71 Aquarium Way, where lines were out the door.

More from around Web L.A.:

Hazmat teams clean Venice streets: Yo! Venice! reports that a hazardous materials crew has responded to reports of recreational vehicle dwellers disposing their waste in the streets. Jump over for a couple videos:

After cleaning up a hazardous RV waste dumping earlier in the day, Hazmat crews set out to clean up near 3rd and Rose. What they found warranted complete removal of all 13-15 RV's from the street. The Hazmat crew expects to be cleaning the streets all night.

Bike-passing law gains traction: Streetsblog L.A. reports that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is supporting efforts to pass a law that would require a three-foot buffer space to pass a cyclist:

Momentum for a "3 Feet Passing Law" for California has been growing in Los Angeles since the start of the year. Council Member Bill Rosendahl floated the idea that the City could create its own passing law while he pushed for an "anti-harassment ordinance" for cyclists.

Do you like Metro's TAP program?: After the Daily News reported on problems with Metro's new turnstiles, calling them a "costly boondoggle," The Bus Bench blog has decided to poll readers:

Metro LA likes polls. Let's tell them what we think of the TAP program.

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