San Francisco Bans Plastic Bags

News worth an honorable mention: The new York Jets halftime shenanigans; no more plastic bags in San Francisco; a drug that gives you longer lashes; the top baronesses.

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ROBERT SMITH, host:

It's THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. And time to sink our teeth into some of the sweetest, spiciest, juiciest stories at are news today. It's the news, well, you really can't use. We call it The Ramble.

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ALISON STEWART, host:

All right. Robert, are you ready?

SMITH: I'm ready.

STEWART: Rachel Martin, our newscaster, are you ready?

RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Now I am. (Unintelligible) icon. We're ready.

STEWART: Well, I'm ready, and I'm going first.

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STEWART: If you're in San Francisco, you have absolutely no choice at all. You have to have a paper bag or nothing at all, or you get to bring your own clothe bag when you go to the store. Starting today, larger supermarkets are banned from giving customers plastic bags with their purchases. The city council approved the anti-plastic-bag law back in March.

The concerns about, oh, some 180 million plastic bags handed out each year in San Francisco. You know they clogged up storm drains, they obviously they kill wildlife. You know, about a thousand miles west in San Francisco, have you ever seen there's this patch of ocean, which apparently about the size of Texas pretty much just made up of plastic bags that have floated out the water.

SMITH: Well, it's a good thing they don't make paper bags out of trees because they'd really be in trouble there.

STEWART: Well, at least recycle those.

MARTIN: You know, I tried to get somebody to put my groceries last night in a bag that I brought with them, and girlfriend just was not having it.

STEWART: Really?

MARTIN: Put it in a plastic bag won me out of line.

SMITH: I guess it wasn't fashionable.

STEWART: Uh-huh.

SMITH: Was it fashionable enough?

MARTIN: I didn't know what to do.

STEWART: Get it together East Coast.

MARTIN: I was intimidated. Okay, Robert.

SMITH: Newsflash: Rich, young women still ride horses. Two of the 20 women on a new list of "The 20 Most Intriguing Rich Heiresses" are competitive equestrians…

STEWART: Equestrians.

MARTIN: (Unintelligible).

SMITH: Horse riders.

MARTIN: Yes.

SMITH: Horse riders.

STEWART: Girl horse riders.

SMITH: Georgina Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg's daughter; and Paige Johnson, daughter of BET chief Roger - Robert Johnson are both…

STEWART: I mentioned Paige Johnson yesterday.

SMITH: …trying to get a spot. What?

STEWART: I mentioned Paige Johnson yesterday.

SMITH: Look at that. She's big on the show. But they're both trying to get a spot on the 2008 Olympic team. This list was put up by Forbes.com, who obviously doesn't have anything better to do than to highlight an eclectic bunch of rich, single gals under 40. There's a Hearst, a Getty, a Branson, but no Hiltons. Sorry, Paris. Sorry, Nicky.

STEWART: I'm not that sorry. Sorry. Rachel, what do you have?

MARTIN: Okay, I read this story this morning. I could not believe it. Okay, so apparently, if you go to a Jets game and if you don't like your half-time entertainment - the official show - you can go to Gate D. And at Gate D is where all this, well, I'll let you make up your mind. But, basically, this group of guys gathers there and they shout chants at the handful of women who maybe walking by until they convinced them to remove their shirts and expose parts of their body.

SMITH: So they want to squeeze the Charmin.

MARTIN: Basically, they want to squeeze the Charmin.

STEWART: Maybe they're just practicing…

MARTIN: And they don't want to squeeze. I think they - it's just visual stimulation. But there was a New York Times reporter who went to check this out because…

STEWART: Because it's a good part of the story.

MARTIN: …it's a very investigative piece. And when he asked, you think, you know, the security guards are standing there smoking cigarettes just kind of looking like this is just another day at the game, is like what up? Why aren't you intervening? And they said, hey, free speech, man. These people have a right to do this. And they probably detained the guy and confiscated his tape recorder.

STEWART: I'd like to think they're just practicing for Mardi Gras. That's the…

MARTIN: I know.

STEWART: …glasses half-full side of my life, but it's not…

MARTIN: It's good of you. You're a good person.

STEWART: I'm trying. Robert, you get to do the last story.

SMITH: Add this, too, a list of side effects of a drug commonly taken for glaucoma - pretty eyelashes. Doctors noticed that patients taking the drug Lumigan sometimes experienced eyelash growth. You know, longer lashes like the big mascara ads, the big blinky, blinky.

STEWART: Yeah.

MARTIN: Yeah.

SMITH: The FDA rule book says the drug maybe prescribe for any use once it's been approved. And an increasing number of people who don't suffer from glaucoma are saying, yeah, I'd like some of that Lumigan.

STEWART: Yeah, like me. I'd take some - me and my stubby little eyelashes.

SMITH: I don't know how this is going to hurt the mascara industry, but the active ingredient in Lumigan is something called bimatoprost. So if you grow that at home, you're luck.

STEWART: Rachel, Robert, thank you for all the news you can't use but you know it was interesting anyway. That's The Rumble.

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