NYC may crackdown on counterfeit goods

NEW YORK — New York City lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to buy a fake Rolex watch or Prada handbag from a street vendor.

A City Council hearing has started on the legislation.

If it passes, buyers of counterfeit goods could be jailed for up to one year or fined $1,000.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said recently that a year in jail “seems a little tough” for buying fake goods. He says buying a counterfeit item should be a violation, not a misdemeanor.

Chicago park gets huge-format screen

CHICAGO — There is a new attraction in Chicago’s famous Millennium Park. It is called “The Screen.”

The 40-foot wide, 22.5-foot tall piece in the downtown park is made up of LED lights.

Millennium Park chairwoman Donna LaPietra says the screen will function like a big TV and connect the pavilion with free culture, sports and entertainment from around the world.

The curtain officially rose on The Screen last week, with a free public showing of the movie musical “Chicago.”

Intense ride opens at Universal Studios

— The new, intense, 3-D ride based on the Transformers toy and movie franchise has opened at Universal Studios in Orlando.

The ride, called “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” opened to the public last week following an elaborate ceremony featuring fireworks, smoke and a flyover by a formation of private jets.

The attraction uses 3-D technology to take riders through a cityscape filled with battles between giant robots.

Associated Press