Auto review: The Chrysler Pacifica minivan has much to admire
Who do we admire anymore?Given the choice of talentless cretins who populate the entertainment field and hold political office, I am more likely to admire the Japanese maple tree growing in my backyard. It’s beautiful, and it brightens my day every time I look at it, offering far more comfort than I ever expected a plant could provide. So, when an ordinary object of the Clark Kent variety turns out to be Superman, you do want to admire it.That certainly holds true for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.Considering its utilitarian mission, the Pacifica proves to be quite fetching, even d...
Tribune News Service
Should you cancel your spring break trip? Coronavirus has vacationers on edge
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bernie Winston just got back from spring break in Florida with her college-age daughter, and the new coronavirus was never far from her mind. She took disinfectant wipes and scrubbed their luggage, their seats and tray tables on the plane, just about everything they touched on the trip.She and her husband and daughter walked along Fort Lauderdale’s famous spring-break beaches. But Winston wouldn’t get into a swimming pool and skipped her daily workouts to avoid the germs in the gym.She wouldn’t eat any piece of fresh fruit because she’s not quite sure how the coronavirus is ...
The Kansas City Star
Commentary: Recliners and punchers, unite! Turn that legroom rage into a demand for airline seat regulations
Most of us have probably seen the viral video of the airline passenger repeatedly punching the back of the reclined seat in front of him. Much like the photo of the striped dress from five years ago, which appeared blue and black to some and white and gold to others, the airplane video has divided viewers, and the flying world.It’s easy to jump into this debate and take a side. If you feel the need to recline to achieve a more comfortable position, you’ll likely favor the female passenger. If, like me, you’re over 6 feet tall, you’ll likely side with the male passenger.The resulting raucous de...
Daytona 500 champ Denny Hamlin's team apologizes for celebration after Ryan Newman crash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ryan Newman’s crash on the final lap during Monday’s Daytona 500 left International Speedway in a somber mood.The track fell into an eerie silence within an hour after Denny Hamlin was crowned the winner of his second consecutive Daytona 500.Newman crossed the finish upside down after crashing into the wall, flipping upside down and then getting hit while he was in midair by Corey LaJoie’s car.Newman was taken to Halifax Health, a local hospital, in an ambulance.Hamlin said he did not know the severity of Newman’s situation until after his post-race interview.“I knew, cro...
Daytona 500 for dummies: A NASCAR newcomer's guide to the Great American Race
NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 is Sunday.No other race will attract as much buzz throughout the season or be seen by as many fans on television. So if you’re new to the sport or just curious about what all the fuss is about, here are few things to know about the Great American Race:———The 500 is often referred to as NASCAR’s Super Bowl. This isn’t really true. For starters, it’s the first event of the year, not the last. And there is no championship at stake. That happens in the season finale, this year at Phoenix Raceway in November.Finishing first in the 500 doesn’t even mean great thin...
The Charlotte Observer
Auto review: Nissan Rogue offers style, comfort, practicality in a compact crossover
The Nissan Rogue for 2020 has lots to offer to buyers looking for a small crossover: smart styling, spacious and comfortable cabin, plenty of standard and available amenities, and competitive pricing.Rogue is exceptionally versatile, with nearly 40cubic feet of cargo space with the rear 40/20/40 folding seat upright or 70 cubic feet with the seat folded down, and a unique Divide-N-Hide Cargo System.Rush-hour commuters will appreciate the advanced driver-assistance technologies such as Nissan’s ProPilot semi-automated driving features.Rogue is available in three well-equipped models, in either ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Auto review: A fuel-sipping, high-performing Volvo SUV? It's real, but real pricey
2020 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD Polestar: A high-performance, luxury SUV with a bit of fuel economy on the side?Price: $73,490 as tested; $645 for metallic paint and $800 for 22-inch wheels. (The base price for the Polestar is $71,050.) For comparison, a T5 Momentum front-wheel-drive model starts at $39,200.Marketer’s pitch: “Dynamic strength and style.”Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com likes the “elegant interior design, spacious second-row seating, many standard safety technology features, and available as a plug-in hybrid.” It doesn’t like that it’s “not as fun to drive as most competitors, and too...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Police cadet said her trainer, a Hialeah cop, impregnated her. Her career ended. His didn't
MIAMI — When three female students at the Miami Dade College School of Justice noticed a classmate with a bulging belly, they asked her if she was pregnant.Yes, the 22-year-old cadet told them — and the father was Hialeah Police Sgt. Jesús Menocal Jr., her training adviser at the prestigious law enforcement academy. Menocal knew about the pregnancy, she said.The resulting scandal would end her fledgling career in law enforcement. His would continue as if nothing had happened.The other cadets were well aware something was going on between the student and Menocal, a tall and muscular SWAT team m...
Many passengers in ride-hailing vehicles don't bother to buckle up in the back seat, sometimes with deadly consequences
WASHINGTON — When Uber driver Oguzhan Beliren picks up passengers in his Hyundai Sonata, they almost always buckle up in the front seat, and if they don’t, he reminds them to.But that’s not the case in the rear.“I’d say that 70 to 80% of my passengers don’t put on a seat belt in the back seat,” Beliren said during a ride on a December evening. “People don’t think they’re required to, and I don’t ask them to do it in back, unless there are kids sitting there or if the weather is bad.”While most people nowadays make sure children in the rear are in car seats or buckled up, it’s fairly common for...
New Years deadliest holiday to be on roadways, study says
ORLANDO, Fla. — Not everyone’s New Years celebration is happy and healthy as a study finds the day to be the deadliest holiday of the year behind the wheel.Nearly 1,000 people died on U.S. roadways over a three-day period during the 2017 New Years celebration, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.About 31% of those deaths involved drunk drivers, the study showed.The numbers ring similarly as one looks back at previous New Years celebrations. Nearly 4,000 people died in drunk driving-related accidents within the month of December between 2012 and 2016, acco...