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As Four Loko disappears from stores and the hoarding begins, a small group of New Yorkers organized on Facebook and gathered in Union Square on Wednesday night to mourn — not entirely seriously — the passing of the new drink that everyone loves to hate.

Motherboard.tv has a report and photos of the event, which appeared to draw a crowd of a few dozen who marched around the park chanting potential ad slogans that will never be: “Keep Four in the store!” “It’s loco to ban Four Loko!” “Think global, act Loko!”

Not since the halcyon days of “icing” have people worked so assiduously as spontaneous viral marketers of a sickly sweet alcoholic beverage. Four Loko, we hardly knew thee!

Well, most of us hardly did.

At least one elected official now possesses intimate knowledge of the drink that smells like the floor of a frat house basement. Under the watchful eye of a doctor, Assemblyman Félix Ortiz of Brooklyn downed two and half cans of the caffeinated alcohol beverage in an hour as part of an NBC News report. Why? To show the kids that this stuff is bad for you. No telling whether anyone learned the lesson besides Mr. Ortiz, who ended up stomach sick and hung over.

Let that — please! — be the end of that.

Moving on to the ticketing of chess players in Inwood Hill Park by police officers.

On Thursday, DNA Info, which first reported the news of the Oct. 20 tickets, collected Web reaction ranging from outrage to satisfaction with the aggressive stance taken by the police in a park that has had issues with crime. “You’re protesting aggressive policing of the very park you just requested be aggressively policed!” a commenter wrote.

And The Huffington Post records — mostly off-camera — some mixed reaction in Harlem to Representative Charles B. Rangel’s ethics violations.

It’s all enough to make the former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater don a black hoodie and start rapping.


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