Auto review: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is the perfect embodiment of our age
An Oscar Wilde quip from another opulent century aptly sums up our time: “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”That would seem to be the design ethos behind the 603-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 for 2021, a family hauler for our narcissistic age.The three-row SUV makes its presence unmistakably felt with a high, blunt front end accented with a mammoth Mercedes-Benz grille that appears as if it’s ready for world domination. Mercedes-Benz describes the GLS 63 as the “S-Class of SUVs,” so its mission couldn’t be clearer.By any measure, this Mercedes is dressed to impress, w...
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Chicago police car crashes into SUV, killing driver, while chasing suspect wanted for homicide and several shootings
CHICAGO — A Chicago police car crashed into an SUV, killing the driver, while chasing a man suspected of a homicide and several shootings in the northwest suburbs Wednesday night, authorities said.The marked police car then spun into a white Hummer stopped at a red light in the 1600 block of West Irving Park Road, injuring three people inside around 8:15 p.m., police said. The two officers in the squad car were also injured. All five were reported in fair condition.The suspect later hit a pole and was arrested after a brief foot chase in the 800 block of West Pershing Road. The man, 22, was ta...
Bryce Miller: Bill Walton challenges 'executive branch,' others to step up amid unrest in La Mesa, elsewhere
When thoughts crisscross and collide in Bill Walton’s mind like a pre-pandemic morning commute on Interstate 8, books and music routinely become the traffic cops between his ears.Disrupt even more by throwing in a global health crisis, economic calamity and nationwide racial unrest and it’s as if Walton is trying to land a monster truck in a clogged passing lane.Asked to frame what he felt and where his thoughts wandered when his native La Mesa was engulfed by looting, rioting and flames Saturday, the 67-year-old basketball Hall of Famer leaned on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to untangle ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
AOC castigates cops for ramming protesters in Brooklyn
NEW YORK — A disturbing cop confrontation with an angry crowd in Brooklyn protesting the fatal police arrest of a black Minnesota man drew the ire of progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Saturday night, who raged, “NO ONE gets to slam an SUV through a crowd of human beings.”The incident came when a small crowd at Flatbush and St. Mark’s in Brooklyn hauled a steel barrier to the middle of the street, blocking a New York Police Department vehicle.The Twitter video shows another cop vehicle pulling up alongside and slowly pushing through the throng, with protesters scattering and one seen cl...
New York Daily News
Protesters block St. Louis interstate for hours before gunshots disperse crowds
ST. LOUIS — Protesters in St. Louis took to the streets Friday night and early Saturday in solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis and across the U.S. after the death of George Floyd, a black American who died earlier this week in Minneapolis. A police officer was charged Friday in his death.The final protesters blocked Interstate 44 downtown for almost three hours, and protesters started a fire in the road and broke into an Amazon Prime truck and a FedEx truck. One protester climbed between the FedEx truck’s two trailers and died as the truck drove away, shortly after 3 a.m.Police said earl...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gadget guy or legitimate NFL quarterback? A look at what Jalen Hurts can do for the Eagles.
PHILADELPHIA — The question before the jury today is what, or rather, who is Jalen Hurts?Is he Lamar Jackson? Or is he Taysom Hill? Is he, as Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has suggested, a promising young quarterback with a unique skill set brought into the world-famous NovaCare Quarterback Factory to develop into a capable heartbeat-away backup to oft-injured Carson Wentz?Or is he simply a Hill-like “gadget” guy the Eagles envision using as an occasional weapon in their overhauled offense?In his draft-night statements after taking Hurts in the second round last month, Roseman insisted ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Engine failed before deadly Miramar plane crash, instructor tells investigators
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A flight instructor blamed engine failure for a plane crash in Miramar this month that killed a 25-year-old pilot in training, a new federal report shows.But inspectors with the National Transportation Safety Board so far haven’t found evidence of the plane failing or malfunctioning. They haven’t specified what caused the May 12 crash.The instructor, who was seriously injured in the crash, said he and the pilot in training, Mark Daniel Scott of Miramar, were halfway to a practice area during the flight when “the right engine failed,” according to a preliminary report re...
Miami mother of drowned autistic boy admits leading him to canal, cops say
MIAMI — Patricia Ripley, the mother who initially claimed her severely autistic 9-year-old son had been kidnapped, ultimately admitted she was to blame for the child’s death at a canal and said “he’s going to be in a better place,” police said.The shocking details of her confession emerged Saturday as Miami-Dade homicide detectives booked Ripley, 47, of West Kendall, into jail on a charge of first-degree murder. The arrest came a little more than a day after she reported that Alejandro Ripley had been kidnapped by two robbers who ran her car off the road Thursday night — a report that sparked ...
'Ink Master' star Daniel Silva charged with murder for crash that killed YouTuber Corey La Barrie
“Ink Master” star and celebrity tattooist Daniel Silva has been charged with killing popular YouTuber Corey La Barrie, who died in a car wreck on his 25th birthday earlier this month.The former reality show contestant is facing one count of murder in connection with the deadly crash, which occurred just after 9:30 p.m. in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles on May 10. Silva was arrested a day later and remained behind bars on Wednesday.Police said the 26-year-old tattoo artist was driving the 2020 McLaren 600LT at the time while La Barrie was in the passenger seat. The luxury sports car was...
New York Daily News
FAA response to 737 MAX crash report preserves Boeing's big role in certifying its own planes
SEATTLE — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday said it plans changes to how new airplane models are certified, but will preserve Boeing’s central role in that process — despite criticism that Boeing mistakes in certifying the 737 MAX allowed design flaws that killed 346 people in two crashes.In a report released Tuesday, the FAA responded to recommendations made in January by an advisory committee set up by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who oversees the FAA.In a statement, the FAA said those recommendations confirmed that its existing safety protocols are “sound,” though...
The Seattle Times