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Rumor: Microsoft in talks to buy EA

Reuters news link

NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Shares of Electronic Arts Inc (ERTS.O) jumped more than 4 percent to $19.36 on Wednesday on unsubstantiated talk that Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) might be interested in buying the video game publisher, traders said.

"There's talk that Microsoft might be interested in acquiring Electronic Arts. It's unsubstantiated chatter, but it's out there," said Frederic Ruffy, options strategist at WhatsTrading.com in New York.

A London-based trader also cited similar talk as making rounds in Europe. Microsoft shares were up 0.9 percent at $26 on Nasdaq. (Reporting by Ellis Mnyandu; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio)


City of Colorado Springs - tier 1 urban trails

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City of Colorado Springs / Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services / Trails, Open Space, Parks & Recreational Areas / Trails / Urban Trails

Urban Trail Standards for Multi-Use Trails in Colorado Springs

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  • Click Here. Urban trails within Colorado Springs are an important part of the community. Urban trails are not only used for recreational purposes, but also provide residents an off-street transportation system for non-motorized uses. The current standard for easement/corridor width is 50 feet, where feasible. A 50 foot corridor is found to provide adequate buffer room from other uses (roads, buildings, etc), a safer line-of-sight and generally a more pleasant trail experience. The 2000-2010 Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan identifies a three-tiered system approach.

    Tier 1 trails are multi-purpose trails that can accommodate a variety of trail users including walkers, joggers, recreational bikers, commute bikers, roller-bladers, and horseback riders (as appropriate) within the same trail corridor. A soft shoulder on each side of the trail is provided to reduce user conflicts. The main trail tread is a single, twelve-foot trail paved with concrete. The soft shoulder consists of crushed gravel, and provides a four-foot surface adjacent to or separated from the main tread (depending on site conditions).

    Typical Tier 1 Trail (Option 1)


    Tier 2 trails act as "feeder" trails for the Tier 1 trails, and consist of a single, twelve-foot trail paved with concrete or asphalt. A four-foot soft shoulder on the side of the trail consists of crushed gravel or mowed grass.

    Typical Tier 2 Trail


    Tier 3 trails are generally located in the mountains or foothills, and are less improved than a Tier 1 or 2 trail. Tier 3 trails are typically a four- to six-foot wide soft surface tread with no shoulders. Most users are hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

    Typical Tier 3 Trail

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    Take-Two's Chairman on the announcement of GTA V

    This is what Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick said the other night to an analyst in its Q3 earnings call when asked to give an indication as to when the next title in Grand Theft Auto is going to be announced:

    “We’re not going to announce it. We’re not going to announce when we’re going to announce it. And we’re not going to announce the strategy about announcing it or about when we’re going to announce it either, or about the announcement strategy surrounding the announcement of the strategy.

    Any other questions?”