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Keep it corrupted, Chicago.
Is the city's shiny new bike-sharing program a dirty deal? -- Longtime local cycling entrepreneur Josh Squire has a sorry tale to tell about the city's new plan to put thousands of rental bikes on the streets of Chicago. Kick-started by an $18 million federal grant, the program rolled through a green light last month when the City Council approved a five-year contract with an Oregon company, Alta Bicycle Share, to create and run it. [UPDATE: According to information posted on the city website this week, the contract was awarded to Alta on May 7, for up to $65 million.] But Squire, whose Bike Chicago was a competitor for the contract, claims that the bid process was corrupted by insider relationships, and that the deal--which awarded the job to the most expensive bid--will cost the city millions more than it needs to pay.

Start crying over spilt milk.
Stop wasting 360,000t of milk and save 100,000t of emissions -- The UK pours 360,000t of milk down the drain each year, wasting the 100,000t of carbon dioxide produced by making it. Stopping this waste would be equivalent to taking 20,000 cars a year off the road, according to a study by Scottish scientists.

A Reebok crisis in India.
Reebok supply chain in crisis with no fresh stock issued -- The crisis in its top India leadership team is ballooning into a major problem for Reebok India. In what could bring the entire supply chain for Reebok India to a halt, accumulating payments due from the company to franchisees and a stop in the issuance of fresh stock is leading to high uncertainty about the future of the sportswear firm among channel partners. Sources told Business Line that no fresh supply of apparel and footwear have been issued by parent Adidas Group since March 26. Meanwhile, payments running into crores of rupees are stuck in the spat between the company, distributors and franchisees.

The cost of foregoing regular maintenance...
Neglected, Rotting Trees Turn Deadly -- The city has paid millions of dollars in damage claims, with far more expected. It all comes at a time of steep cutbacks in the amount of money the city dedicates to tree care and safety. Lawyers and investigators hired by the victims have gathered parks records, taken sworn testimony from city officials and parks workers, and hired tree-care experts to review city procedures. The collected evidence, taken together with public records and interviews with outside experts and parks officials, depicts an overstretched and haphazard system of tree inspections and care, one in which the crucial job of spotting dangers can be left to untrained workers, and repairs and pruning are delayed to save money.

- Sheena Moore

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