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  • General Motors recalls Chevrolet Cruzes, trucks and SUVs

    03/29/2014 11:04:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2014
    (Reuters) - General Motors Co is recalling certain Chevrolet Cruze models for possible axle fractures, and more than 490,000 trucks and SUVs for potential transmission cooler line issues, the company said in a statement late on Friday. These latest recalls come as the head of the country's biggest automaker, Chief Executive Mary Barra, faces Congress next week regarding who is to blame for faulty ignition switches linked to crashes and at least 12 deaths. The GM Cruze recall targets the 2013 and 2014 1.4L turbo gasoline powered model to replace a right front axle half shaft that can fracture without...
  • De Blasio SUV broke traffic laws after safety push

    02/21/2014 10:28:34 AM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    NYP ^ | Feb. 20, 2014 | By Yoav Gonen, Rebecca Harshbarger and Bruce Golding
    Mayor de Blasio’s SUV was caught on camera speeding through Queens and blowing through two stop signs Thursday — just two days after he announced a sweeping street-safety plan. The mayor — who was riding shotgun on the way back to City Hall from a pothole-filling photo op — was twice clocked going 15 mph over the speed limit by a WCBS/Channel 2 news crew. The two-car caravan also ran past two stop signs without even tapping the brakes and changed highway lanes without signaling, the CBS video shows. De Blasio’s wild ride came after his pledge to personally abide...
  • NY:Convicted Criminal Among Those in New York Biker Mob

    10/15/2013 12:14:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Shotgun News ^ | 7 October, 2013 | Robert W. Hunnicut
    By now you have probably heard about the New York incident in which a businessman was dragged from his Range Rover and beaten by a mob of motorcyclists. The attack—which nicely combined elements of The Wild Angels and Bonfire of the Vanities—would have been media catnip regardless, but became a sensation when helmet-cam videos were posted on YouTube. The story just keeps producing spicy tidbits, notably the fact that a half-dozen undercover New York police officers were among the hundreds of rampaging cyclists. Now the New York Post has reported Reginald Chance, who was videotaped using his helmet to break...
  • Platypus takes ride under hood of sport-utility vehicle

    10/14/2013 6:12:58 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 14, 2013
    CANBERRA, Australia, - An Australian man who heard scratching noises from beneath the hood of his sport-utility vehicle said he was shocked to discover a platypus hitching a ride. Cameron Blaseotto, 18, said female platypus apparently became wedged under the engine's air intake Wednesday when he drove through the flooded Murrumbidgee River in Canberra and he didn't discover the animal until he arrived at a friend's house about 10 miles away, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday. The platypus, dubbed Hilux, was turned over to the Australian Capital Territory Parks and Conservation Service, which returned her to the river. "I'd...
  • George Zimmerman helped rescue family from overturned SUV, cops say

    07/22/2013 12:27:20 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 52 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 7/22/2013 | Jeff Weiner
    George Zimmerman, the man recently acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, helped rescue a family from an overturned SUV last week, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office confirmed today. According to sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith, deputies were called to the crash about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. A Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle had gone off the road and rolled over in the area of Interstate 4 and State Road 46, Smith said, with two children and their parents inside. By the time a deputy arrived, Zimmerman and another man "had already helped assist the family by getting them out...
  • Impala jumps in SUV with cheetah's in hot pursuit..

    07/10/2013 5:06:25 PM PDT · by Doogle · 17 replies
    YT ^ | 07/10/13 | Barcroft TV
    Any port in a storm... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD6wdrVFc0g
  • [Mexico:]Nine bodies found inside SUV near Ciudad Victoria on Easter Sunday

    04/03/2013 3:46:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGBT ^ | April 1, 2013 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities are investigating a gruesome discovery made south of the border just outside Ciudad Victoria on Easter Sunday. The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office (PGJE) confirmed the bodies of nine men were found inside an SUV abandoned along the highway. Investigators reported the 2012 GMC Yukon was found at the Kilometer 7.5 marker of the Ciudad Victoria-Soto La Marina around 10 p.m. Easter Sunday. The SUV was found in a rural community named Ejido Santa Clara just outside Ciudad Victoria. The names of the nine slain men were not immediately available but PGJE officials said the majority of them had been...
  • Thieves Plunder Crashed SUV of Tires, Wheels and Battery - While Dying Driver Lay Trapped Underneath

    03/22/2013 7:31:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 22 March 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Thieves plunder crashed SUV of tires, wheels and battery - while its dying driver lay trapped underneath A man who was crushed to death by his SUV after a fatal accident suffered the final indignity of being robbed as he lay trapped under the vehicle. Police in New Mexico say 26-year-old Steven Roy Reese of Carlsbad was killed either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning when he apparently lost control of his 1996 Ford Explorer on a little-used dirt road. However, when they got to the vehicle they discovered that somebody had stolen wheels, tires and the battery from the wrecked...
  • Owl struck by SUV on Florida's Turnpike hides in grill for 150 miles

    02/14/2013 5:56:01 AM PST · by BerryDingle · 25 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | February 13, 2013 | LAWRENCE SULLIVAN
    Whenever birds fly in front of moving vehicles, usually the bird is the one that loses. But a great horned owl can teach other birds a thing about surviving those situations. Sonji Coney-Williams was driving Feb. 7 on Florida's Turnpike through Yeehaw Junction when she saw something fly in front of her SUV and heard a smack, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She continued driving for 150 miles to Plantation, not thinking about the incident, until the next day when someone told her she had a bird trapped in the grill of the sport utility vehicle....
  • Owl freed from inside SUV

    02/13/2013 4:58:46 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies
    7 News (WSVN-TV) ^ | 02/09/2013 | n/a
    An owl has been freed after it was found trapped behind the grille of a sport utility vehicle. When Sonji Coney Williams looked into the grille of her SUV, she noticed huge yellow eyes staring back at her. "I was about to faint," said Williams. She found an owl stuck inside. On Thursday, she was heading south on the Florida Turnpike. "I was driving about 60 miles per hour, and he never moved, and so I said, 'Oh, my God, I hit a bird,' and I felt so bad, but it was very dark," she said.... ...It was not until...
  • Florida Mayor Trades In His Pimpmobile

    12/25/2012 10:10:04 AM PST · by shove_it · 15 replies
    Jalopnik via Yahoo ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, has traded in his GMC Yukon Denali, seized from a local pimp. What's Buckhorn's new ride? It's a brand-new Suburban, bought with money from the Republican National Convention. From pimps to pork, then. The old Denali was a 2005 model taken from infamous local pimp Melvin Fox, who was charged with sex trafficking, sexual battery, and allegedly forcing someone's daughter into prostitution. Buckhorn thought the SUV would be perfect for his kids, right after he took off the chrome spinners. Buckhorn gave the Denali back to the Tampa police department, and it is now...
  • First video and photos of Americans abandoning Benghazi Consulate emerge

    11/03/2012 1:26:10 AM PDT · by Dave Mellon · 9 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 9/13/2012 | Al Jazeera and Flickr
    This photograph is actually a video still captured from an Al Jazeera video of the remarkable scene at the U.S. Benghazi Consulate sometime before 11:30 pm, on 9/11/2012. Four additional captioned photos can be found at my Flickr page here: First photos of Americans abandoning Benghazi Consulate emerge . This is the first in a series of photos I will be posting over the weekend. I have added the video clip from the Benghazi compound which you can now watch here: First video of Americans abandoning Benghazi Consulate emerge I want to thank Congressman Issa for releasing the Benghazi compound...
  • Tired Of Traffic? Another Monday morning commute in Chechnya..(Video at link)

    10/22/2012 10:32:30 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Ultimate road rage.
  • Glenn Beck totals rental SUV after daughter’s wedding

    10/10/2012 8:33:16 AM PDT · by DFG · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/10/12 | Dylan Stableford
    Glenn Beck wrecked a rental at his daughter's wedding over the weekend. "So my rental car got totaled this weekend ... at my daughter's wedding," the outspoken talk-show host wrote on Twitter. On his radio show on Tuesday, Beck described the ordeal, saying after the ceremony he parked the rental SUV—a Ford Explorer—along a rain-soaked hill in the Finger Lakes area of New York, and forgot to put on the parking brake. Beck and his wife had already gotten out of the car when it began to slide, eventually flipping over, he said.
  • Muslim says Quran justified attack in N.C

    03/25/2006 10:21:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 86 replies · 1,979+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 22, 2006
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- The man who hit nine people with a sport utility vehicle on the University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus wrote a letter to a television reporter saying he read the Quran's 114 chapters 15 times and found that the Muslim holy book justified the attack. ''I did not act out of hatred for Americans, but out of love for Allah instead,'' Mohammed Taheri-azar, 22, wrote in a letter to Amber Rupinta dated March 10 posted on WTVD's Web site. Police say that just before lunchtime March 3, Taheri-azar drove a rented 2006 Jeep Cherokee through the...
  • Crash on Bay St. in Springfield (MA) results in power outage (another out of control SUV)

    08/19/2012 6:25:30 PM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    A car accident was the reason for a power outage in Springfield's Pine Point neighborhood this afternoon. Springfield Police Lieutenant John Bobianski told 22News an SUV crashed into a utility pole at Bay and Haskins Streets around 3:30. Power was knocked out in the surrounding neighborhood. 22News was there as WMECO crews worked to restore that power and clean up the downed wires. A passenger in that SUV was taken to Baystate Medical Center with a head injury. No charges were filed.
  • Five dead in nightmare Queens crash

    07/23/2012 8:35:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 23, 2012 | REUVEN FENTON, DOUG AUER and C.J. SULLIVAN
    A speeding SUV flying down a Queens street at more than 85 mph smashed into a concrete stanchion yesterday — killing two children and three women and injuring three other passengers, law-enforcement sources said. The scene was so horrific, “one of the firemen cried as he looked at the children’s bodies,” said witness Ray Cortez, 52. None of the victims was identified, but all eight are related and have roots in the Nigerian town of Arondizuogu.
  • (Great Scott!) The DeLorean Returns Back from the Future as a Monster Truck

    07/13/2012 8:36:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    DVICE ^ | Friday the 13th, July 2012 | Raymond Wong
    The DeLorean returns back from the future as a monster truck If Marty McFly and Doc Brown were ever to reunite for a sequel to Back to the Future III, the old time traveling DeLorean would need an upgrade of some sort to justify the ticket. How about adding 44-inch tires to a DeLorean and converting it into a monster truck? That'll do! While the DeLorean Motor Company is busy producing electric DeLoreans for a 2013 release, one DeLorean easily bested all others at the 2012 DeLorean Car Show & Convention in Orlando, Florida. What you have here is a...
  • Teen killed after illegal immigrant loses control of SUV

    07/13/2012 1:58:46 PM PDT · by Doogle · 27 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Megyn Kelly
    Prior convictions, deported once already, illegal bails SUV after crash.... http://video.foxnews.com/v/1733816446001/
  • SUV Update: "Killed by SUV"

    07/12/2012 3:24:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 12, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut. We are gonna go back to the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites. Ladies and gentlemen, the SUV has reentered, at least in a part of this country, and we have one of our favorite all time updates. (playing of SUV update theme song) RUSH: They drove with pride out there. (continued playing of song) RUSH: That's white comedian Paul Shanklin channeling Elvis Presley's In the Ghetto. One of our all-time update favorite themes, In a Yugo. Now, this goes back to the mid-nineties. Sierra Club issued their first report on the SUV as a...
  • Vehicle crashes into building in Northwest DC; believed to be intentional

    06/09/2012 6:07:28 AM PDT · by csvset · 14 replies
    MyFoxDC ^ | 9 june 2012 | Paul Wagner
    WASHINGTON - A car has crashed into an office building in Northwest D.C. Friday evening. The crash occurred in the 1000 block of Connecticut Avenue near the Farragut North Metro station at around 7:45 p.m. One of the station's entrances is closed. Connecticut Avenue has been shut down near K Street. Law enforcement sources tell FOX 5 that a man in a stolen car intentionally ran the vehicle into the front of the building. Sources also say that they believe a can of gasoline was inside the car. Witnesses say when the man got out of the car and was...
  • Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party

    04/01/2012 2:26:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | MARCH 31, 2012 | Tom Joslin
    Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party Marketing research company Strategic Vision recently completed a study that sought to identify what new vehicles found the most favor with Democrats and Republicans. After 38,000 responses the study revealed some rather interesting results. The most popular vehicle of those who self identified as members of Republican Party was the not so conservative Ford Mustang Convertible, followed by the Audi A8, Mercedes GL, Ford Expedition and Ford F-150. In fact it seems convertibles are a big hit with members of the Grand Old Party, who were responsible for 69% of...
  • DEADLINE FEB. 13: Close the SUV Loophole!

    02/16/2012 1:13:27 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Care2.com email
    Hi , Our cars and trucks account for 20 percent of our country's greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama administration knows this -- that's why they fought for better fuel economy standards. But the rules that would go into effect don't go far enough. In fact, loopholes for SUVs mean that, even with higher standards, our greenhouse gas emissions will still continue to rise. The European Union, Japan and even China are far ahead of the United States when it comes to fuel efficiency. By carving out loopholes for big, gas-guzzling vehicles, we're giving automakers an out to keep the status...
  • Lamborghini Plans SUV

    02/07/2012 6:48:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 7, 2012 | Colin Bird
    Lamborghini Plans SUV Lamborghini is mulling a return to the utilitarian off-road market after being absent from the field for nearly two decades, according to Reuters. The SUV would take stylistic influences from the Lamborghini LM002, shown above, which portends a more rugged, Hummer-like look for the new model rather than a high-performance one. Bentley is also planning an SUV model that'll likely compete with the Lamborghini version. Both Lamborghini and Bentley are owned by parent-company Volkswagen, and both models would likely share mechanical parts with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles, says Reuters. A concept version of the SUV is...
  • SUV crashes through house; lands on sleeping man

    01/31/2012 2:00:47 PM PST · by matt04 · 25 replies
    A man is recovering in the hospital after waking up to a car on top of him in his bed in New Haven. Now police said they are searching for the driver who fled from police after the car crashed through the home on Tuesday morning. "The sirens stayed on for a real long time," said neighbor Mia Franklin. "You know something happened. And the bang, we heard the bang and that's when we got up." Even neighbors said they couldn't have guesses what the loud bang was at 12:30 a.m. Police said it was a man fleeing from Hamden...
  • Wayward driver triggers SF commuter nightmare

    01/19/2012 5:49:37 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 14 replies
    KTVU.com ^ | January 19, 2012 | KTVU And Wires
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A driver drove into a MUNI Metro subway tunnel early Thursday, stalling his SUV about half a mile down the tracks, triggering a mass transit nightmare for San Francisco commuters. Scott Mitchell, 40, of Sebastapol, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving on train tracks and failure to obey a traffic sign, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said. Muni spokesman Paul Rose says an SUV entered a tunnel on Church Street shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday and drove eastward almost to the Van Ness Station. The driver stopped when the SUV...
  • Training excercise startles locals (papers please, mein herr)

    01/05/2012 9:36:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Commercial ^ | 1/5/12 | MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer
    It may have looked like they were ready for war or some deranged person looking for his late Social Security benefits. But it was only Federal Protective Service officers with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who were conducting a random training operation early Tuesday morning when they surprisingly showed up at the Social Security Administration office in downtown Leesburg. With their blue and white SUVs circled around the Main Street office, at least one official was posted on the door with a semiautomatic rifle, randomly checking identifications. And other officers, some with K-9s, sifted through the building. "I thought...
  • Mitt Romney. 2012 Presidential White Papers #5 (A devastating piece

    12/20/2011 8:19:30 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 22 replies
    Club for Growth ^ | 2007 (with update) | Staff
    The Club for Growth wrote a white paper on Governor Romney back in 2007. Most of the information below is from that repory, but since Romney has been outspoken on several issues then, weve updated his record to reflect those positions. ...During his initial 2002 campaign Romney refused to sign an anti-tax pledge, but he pledged to balance the budget without raising taxes and touted his fulfillment of that pledge throughout his term. But the details suggest that he broke his verbal committment. Romney did not impose any broad-based tax hikes he imposed a slew of fee hikes. He opposed...
  • Not-for-profit group used state funds to buy decked-out Hummer

    09/20/2011 9:11:26 AM PDT · by Freedumb · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 09/20/2011 | DAVE McKINNEY & CHRIS FUSCO
    With its custom red paint job, on-board TV, public-address system, game consoles and sparkling chrome tire rims, the 2003 Hummer was no ordinary vehicle. The $45,196 SUV was designed to deliver an eye-catching, AIDS-awareness message to people in poor African-American neighborhoods on behalf of the Illinois Department of Public Health, then headed by Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends.Soon, though, other AIDS activists began to question how the Chicago not-for-profit organization that used the decked-out Hummer to spread its message could afford to spend money on such a vehicle. After first insisting otherwise, Whitaker aides...
  • Woman killed in Miami-Dade after being struck by her own SUV

    09/09/2011 7:07:01 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 9, 2011 | Diana Moskovitz
    MIAMI-DADE COUNTY— A woman was killed by her own SUV Thursday night after she left it in reverse in a central Miami-Dade parking garage and the vehicle slammed into her, according to Miami-Dade police. About 6:20 p.m., the woman began to pull out of a parking space at Burger King's corporate headquarters, 5505 Blue Lagoon Dr., police said. While backing out, she hit a vehicle next to hers. She stopped and got out of her BMW SUV to check the damage, police spokesman Detective Roy Rutland said.
  • UPDATE: Police release identities of Middlebury children struck by SUV

    09/05/2011 2:26:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    WSBT-TV ^ | September 5, 2011
    MIDDLEBURY — One child is dead and five injured after their pony cart was struck by an SUV in the 10500 block of County Road 24 in Middlebury. According to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, around 10 Monday morning the children pulled out onto the road and into the path of the eastbound SUV. One child, 10-year-old Jenna Miller, died at the scene from head injuries. Police say the pony, which was also killed, was pulling two carts. The SUV only hit the pony and the first cart. Three medical helicopters were called in to take four of the children...
  • SUV flies into attic of home

    08/26/2011 3:32:27 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8-25-11
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Six people inside a Kansas City home were shocked to find an SUV sitting in their attic after hearing a loud boom Wednesday night. The residents of the home said they heard the loud boom and found the SUV in their attic at about 8:30 p.m. “We were in my daughter’s room watching TV when we heard the noise,” said Michelle Brown. Brown said her son discovered the SUV as he was leaving to go to the store. “He said, ‘Mama, there’s a truck in the ceiling!” Brown said. “And I’m like, ‘A truck in the...
  • Cadillac Escalade still the most likely to be stolen

    08/25/2011 7:39:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    CNN/Money ^ | August 25, 2011
    Criminals seem to have a thing for big vehicles. The Cadillac Escalade remains the car most likely to be stolen, according to new data from the Highway Loss Data Institute. This is the fourth year in a row the Escalade has topped this list. The rankings for most stolen cars are based on auto insurance claims data from 2008 and 2009.
  • Obama to automakers: ‘You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks’

    08/15/2011 2:19:28 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 114 replies
    Obama to automakers: ‘You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks’ By Andrew Restuccia - 08/15/11 02:37 PM ET The country’s automakers should ditch their focus on SUVs and trucks in favor of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, President Obama said Monday. “You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks,” Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn. “There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.” Obama has positioned the revival and reshaping...
  • 2 Metairie (LA) men killed after S.U.V. falls from Belle Chasse Bridge (SUV Strikes Again!!!)

    06/22/2011 8:09:44 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 33 replies
    NOLA.com (Times Picayune New Orleans) ^ | 6/22/11 | Alan Powell II
    Two Metairie men are dead after the S.U.V. they were riding in fell off the Belle Chasse Highway Bridge on Tuesday night according to Louisiana State Police. Jose Gustavo Reyes, 31 and Ronaldo Jimenez, 29, died shortly after 8:30 p.m. after the 1995 Toyota 4Runner they were riding in with two other men fell 40-feet to the ground from the Belle Chasse Bridge.
  • Car Safety Report: Bigger Is Better

    06/13/2011 11:42:28 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    The Street ^ | 13 June 2011 | Matt Brownell
    Remember when SUVS drew consumer focus over rollover worries? Well, a study says SUVs are safer than ever, and tiny cars are the most likely to result in a fatality. That's one of the lessons from the latest edition of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Status Report, which tracks car crash and mortality statistics. The good news is that car crash deaths are down overall: Between 2006 and 2009, the death rate for drivers of 2005-08 models was just 48 people per million registered vehicle years (defined as a vehicle registered for a year, or two vehicles registered for...
  • Obama Gets Booed During Speech At Jeep Wrangler Plant After Digging At The Jeep Wrangler

    06/06/2011 11:45:38 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 30 replies
    weaselzippers.us ^ | June 3, 2011
    “There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery. We’re going to pass through some rough terrain that even a Wrangler would have a hard time with. You know that”
  • Will Norton Found (Sad Ending) :-(

    05/27/2011 11:56:44 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 45 replies · 24+ views
    Will Norton was the young man who had just graduated from high school when the Joplin tornado hit. He was pulled through the sunroof of his SUV while his dad tried in vain to hold onto him. A massive search for him has been underway since last Sunday. His family is reporting tonight on Facebook that sadly his body was found today. :*(
  • SUVs saved Chrysler

    05/25/2011 7:24:02 AM PDT · by safetysign · 12 replies
    Google Groups ^ | 05/24/2011 | Henry Payne
    Chrysler and the White House will celebrate the Detroit icon's $5.9 billion repayment of government loans Tuesday in a ceremony that will be hailed by both sides for the same reason: The government bailout had become a liability for both entities. In fact, government-free Chrysler is hardly off the debt hook, but is simply refinancing its debt with private rather than public debt-holders. For its part, the U.S. government will still have a 6.6 percent equity stake in Chrysler - but by removing itself as the company's loan shark, the White House can boast of the unpopular bailout's success in...
  • Man dies after SUV runs over him

    04/13/2011 5:26:32 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 26 replies
    The Standard Examiner ^ | 04/12/2011 | Standard-Examiner staff
    OGDEN — Police believe substance abuse may have played a role in an unusual circumstance in which a 54-year-old man died after being run over by an SUV around 3 p.m. Monday. Police were not releasing the name of the man who was hit either in his own driveway or in the road near his home near the 700 block of Patterson Street in a Sullivan Hollow cul-de-sac. However, other media identified the victim as Brent Bodily and the driver of the SUV as Daniel Bradshaw. Ogden Duty Lt. Shawn Hamblin said a 45-year-old man was found inside a blue...
  • Report: Car Headlights Suspect in Death of White House Adviser's Wife

    02/09/2011 2:54:05 AM PST · by crosslink · 531 replies
    Fox news ^ | Feb 9 2011 | Fox news
    <p>Several sources familiar with the ongoing investigation tell WTOP fire and police investigators believe the radiator in Turton's 2008 BMW X5 was punctured when it rolled into a workbench. The halogen headlights, which emit a bluish light and illuminate the road better than conventional headlights, stayed on after the radiator was punctured.</p>
  • The Return Of The Minivan

    01/06/2011 9:22:43 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 68 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 6 Jan 2011 | Steve Chapman
    It's boxy, bland, and relentlessly practical, but in an age of diminished wealth and high unemployment, maybe that combination doesn't sound so bad. Despite those qualities, or because of them, the minivan is making a comeback. Sales are up, new models are appearing, and the woman who once did the blog "Rage Against the Minivan" has fallen in love with one. "In marketing campaigns featuring heavy-metal theme songs, rapping parents, secret agents in cat masks, pyrotechnics and even Godzilla, minivan makers are trying to recast the much-ridiculed mom-mobile as something that parents can be proud—or at least unashamed—of driving," reports...
  • SUVs lead U.S. auto sales growth despite efforts to improve fuel efficiency ('going green' sucks)

    12/31/2010 11:59:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/29/10 | Peter Whoriskey
    SUVs lead U.S. auto sales growth despite efforts to improve fuel efficiencyBy Peter Whoriskey Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, December 29, 2010; 10:01 PM If U.S. consumers are in the midst of a green revolution, the news hasn't reached car buyers. With the end of the recession, bigger vehicles have made a comeback, sales figures show, and it has come at the expense of smaller, more-efficient cars. Leading the growth were sales of midsize sport-utility vehicles, which jumped 41 percent through the first 11 months of the year, led by vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Honda...
  • Man playing real life "Frogger" hit by SUV (Hold Muh Beer alert)

    12/29/2010 7:53:33 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 40 replies · 21+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 29, 2010 | Associated Press
    <p>CLEMSON, South Carolina — A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by a sport utility vehicle while playing a real-life version of the video game "Frogger."</p> <p>Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck at around 9 p.m. Monday.</p>
  • Man struck in front of Justice Center jailed

    12/14/2010 8:56:33 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 6 replies
    The News Enterprise ^ | Dec. 14, 2010 | Staff
    ELIZABETHTOWN — John B. Elliott is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center after causing a traffic collision near the Hardin County Justice Center. Elliott was hit by an SUV on Monday afternoon after fleeing from the Justice Center after learning there was a bench warrant issued for him. The warrant was issued when Elliott failed to attend a pre-trial conference Friday related to charges of alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and menacing. Chased by a sheriff’s deputy, Elliott ran into traffic on Dixie Avenue and was struck by a Suburban. Elliott had a court date Tuesday in Circuit Court relating...
  • American Electric Cars Head To Iceland

    12/02/2010 3:50:27 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 15 replies
    earthtechling.com ^ | December 1st, 2010 | Pete Danko,
    Iceland, after making a big push toward hydrogen-powered cars just a few years ago, is now turning its focus to electric vehicles (EVs), and an Ohio company is a big beneficiary of the shift. AMP Holdings, based in suburban Cincinnati, has announced a five-year deal to sell 1,000 of its SUV electric conversions to Northern Lights Energy (NLE) of Reykjavik. As AMP CEO Steve Burns explained in a press release, Iceland, with its vast geothermal resources, is perfect for EVs. “Everything is present — a low cost of electricity coupled with the high cost of gasoline, the inherent short commutes...
  • Democrat Boucher Jets to Ski Country on Donor Dime, Comes Back With Cash

    10/23/2010 4:19:19 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 5 replies
    But now the Washington Examiner reports that Rick spent $40,000 on a super-posh event in Colorado ski country, around the same time Boucher became the floor manager for an important telecommunications bill. Of course, it's a complete coincidence that Boucher's PAC raised 5 times more money than it ever had from companies like Dish Network, DirecTV, Comcast, GoDaddy, T-Mobile and AT&T - all firms that have a vested interest in legislation before Boucher's subcommittee.
  • 2 SUVs hit the same moose in northwestern Minnesota

    10/11/2010 8:22:52 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 25 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-11-10 | ap
    CROOKSTON, Minn. — A moose is dead after being struck by two sports utility vehicles in northwestern Minnesota. The State Patrol says an SUV pulling a boat hit the moose "square on" shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday east of Crookston. The SUV rolled in the ditch, and the moose came to rest in the northbound lane. The moose was then hit by a second SUV, which also went off the road. The Crookston Daily Times reports both drivers and their passengers were wearing seat belts and apparently were not hurt. The patrol says the moose was killed when it was...
  • Maryland Green Party Senate Candidate Killed, Party Weighs Replacement

    09/21/2010 4:31:26 PM PDT · by Route797 · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9-21-2010 | Richard Abdill
    <p>WASHINGTON -- It will be at least the weekend before the Maryland Green Party decides whether it will field a replacement candidate for U.S. Senate hopeful Natasha Pettigrew, who died Monday after being hit by an SUV as she rode her bicycle.</p>
  • Surprises Galore at Clean Energy Summit

    09/14/2010 10:04:09 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Heartland.org ^ | 09/10/10 | James M. Taylor
    Surprises ruled the day at the National Clean Energy Summit, held September 7 in Las Vegas. The Summit, coordinated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the leftist advocacy group Center for American Progress, featured surprise appearances by SUVs, environmental protesters, praise for hydropower, and a dreary, steady rain as speaker after speaker sang the praises of solar power.