'Anything can happen': More off-highway vehicles, no experience have been a fatal mix in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — Misty Eystad’s life flashed before her eyes as she ran toward her daughter’s motionless body.It was July 4th weekend in 2017 at the cabin of a family friend. Before breakfast, the kids jumped onto a side-by-side ATV for a casual ride. Chalee, 13, was a passenger. Cale, her older brother, was the driver. When he turned to change directions, the vehicle rolled and pinned Chalee to the ground. Cale thought his sister was dead.“When I came upon her she was not breathing and there was blood from her ears,” Misty said. “I got down and talked to her, praying she would breathe.”Recalling...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Local health officials worry CDC has 'lost its soul'
WASHINGTON — As Dr. Mark Wilson prepared to release advice in July that middle schools and high schools in Birmingham, Alabama, should not open for in-person learning this fall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its position and issued the opposite recommendation.Wilson, chief health officer for Birmingham and the surrounding county, stuck to his at-home schooling decision, but now without support from what had long been regarded as the nation’s most esteemed public health authority.Not only that, he said some of the vexed parents even cited the CDC in attacking his s...
Police 'pretext' traffic stops need to end, some lawmakers say
WASHINGTON — On a family vacation in Virginia in 2017, Democratic Maryland state Del. Charles E. Sydnor III was driving in the left lane on a nearly empty, unfamiliar highway when a state trooper pulled him over.Sydnor’s wife and three daughters — ages 9, 10 and 13 — were in the car.“Are you going to jail?” one of his girls asked.The trooper said Sydnor, who is Black, had been driving too slowly. A new Virginia law made driving slowly in the left lane a primary offense, meaning an officer could pull over and ticket the motorist.Sydnor, then 44, explained he was following his sister and her fam...
Woman released from prison in Florida 1-year-old's death
ORLANDO, Fla. — Amanda Brumfield, who was convicted but maintained her innocence in the 2008 death of her best friend’s 1-year-old toddler, has been released early from her 20-year prison sentence after a deal with prosecutors, according to the Innocence Project of Florida.The nonprofit, which seeks to exonerate wrongly convicted people, had recently asked the state Board of Executive Clemency to pardon Brumfield or commute her sentence, arguing she was wrongfully convicted of a crime disproven by medical and scientific evidence.Brumfield, who is the estranged daughter of Hollywood actor Billy...
Vehicle recall information sent right to your phone? NHTSA says it's got an app for you
DETROIT — Last year, 53 million vehicles, car seats, tires and equipment were recalled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.But a portion of those defects, and those reported this year and earlier, likely won’t get fixed. That means vehicles with potentially dangerous problems might remain on the roads, putting lives in danger. A 2017 Detroit Free Press story put the number of unrepaired vehicles under recall at 30%.NHTSA, however, is launching a tool, a smartphone app, that could put a dent in the number of unrepaired vehicles and make it easier to find out whether...
Detroit Free Press
Review: Electric 2021 Polestar 2 arrives as one of the year's best, most advanced new cars
There’s a surprising new contender for 2020’s best and most advanced new car: The Polestar 2.The handsome four-door fastback from Volvo’s performance and technology brand is loaded with useful features and accelerates and handles like a first-rate sport sedan.Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Polestar. The brand’s a baby, founded by Volvo and its Chinese owner, Geely, in 2017. The Polestar 2 goes on sale in September, but the brand’s total presence in America so far is about 150 units of the Polestar 1, an expensive carbon-fiber plug-in hybrid.The 2021 Polestar 2 is the brand’s bid for w...
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