Recycling as an art form

Rhode Island artist Boris Bally's medium of preference: discarded road signs. Inspired by the elegance of the aluminum items, Bally recycles the hand-picked scraps into works ranging from ingenious housewares (plates, coasters, bowls, holiday decorations, etc.) to large-scale art installations. Visit www.borisbally.com to see his work, or www.guild.com/artist/110.html to buy it.

What's in a name?

Seattle residents got a few giggles out of the alleged proposed moniker for a public-transit line, designed to help alleviate traffic congestion pains. The new official name for the project is the South Lake Union Streetcar, but citizens got a rise—and a few funny t-shirts—out of the acronym for the old name, South Lake Union Trolley.

War waged over Willie water

Pat Fahey, owner of Drippin' Spring Water Co., is taking Simpson Distributing Co. to court over the right to sell Willie Nelson Spring Water in the Austin, Texas, area. Fahey says the “On the Road Again” songster conspired with the distributor to break the contract that gave Fahey's company the exclusive right to sell the water within a 50-mile radius of Austin.

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