Motormouth: Buy the maintenance plan?
Q: Purchased a new 2020 Audi A4. Salesperson wanted me to buy a maintenance plan that would cover oil changes for four years. Can my local mechanic handle the changes? Is there a reason I would need to use the dealer?L.S., Davie, Fla.A: Your warranty will not be voided if you chose to have oil changes, or any routine service, done by your local mechanic. You may even do the jobs yourself. All you need do is save the invoices and receipts as proof.Q: I have two direct injection vehicles. When I get down to 3/4 tank I fill up. Does this mean I always have mostly really old gas in the tanks?A.A.,...
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Seminoles 'look forward to' hosting Clemson Dec. 12, FSU coach says
A day after Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney said that Florida State could either travel to Clemson or pay for all of the Tigers’ expenses for a return trip to Tallahassee, FSU coach Mike Norvell offered his stance on what comes next.“Our guys were ready to play and we wanted to play that game. We still look forward to it come Dec. 12 with the opportunity here in Tallahassee,” Norvell said.The back-and-forth that has played out in the media comes after Clemson’s game against FSU on Saturday was postponed a few hours before kickoff and with the Tigers already in Tallahassee.Clemson had a pla...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Magic rookie Cole Anthony makes quick transition to NBA workouts
Magic 2020 first-round draft pick Cole Anthony arrived in Orlando on Friday, signed his first professional contract on Saturday and began working out at the team’s practice facility on Sunday.The busy stretch of days might seem a little overwhelming to some rookies, but not Anthony. His father, Greg, spent 11 years in the NBA, giving Cole a chance to experience the many facets of the game.Having an NBA player as a father helped prepare Anthony for his current journey, creating a level of comfort toward the transition process to the NBA. Anthony said he’s eager to soak up as much knowledge as h...
Secret Service planning for Trump spending lots of his post-presidency in Palm Beach
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Secret Service is planning for a stepped-up presence in Palm Beach County starting on Jan. 20 — when President Donald Trump adds “former” to his title and begins spending much more time at his Mar-a-Lago Club.Former presidents and former first ladies get Secret Service protection for life (although security details for the former first ladies have sometimes proven controversial when they’ve lasted for decades after a presidency.)Although Trump has yet to acknowledge he’s lost the election, President-elect Joe Biden won and is set to become president at noon on Jan. ...
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Georgia election official pours cold water on signature auditATLANTA — The Georgia secretary of state’s office Monday poured cold water on calls for more scrutiny of voter signatures to root out potential fraud on absentee ballots cast in the presidential election.President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for checking voter signatures as part of a recount in the race, which he lost to Joe Biden by more than 12,000 votes. And Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Republican Party have called for auditing voter signatures to double-check the work of local election workers.But at a news conference M...
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College Football Playoff's first rankings of season coming Tuesday
The College Football Playoff selection committee will unveil its first rankings of the season Tuesday night after sorting through some unique complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Some teams have played twice as many games as others. The lack of non-conference games makes it harder than usual to compare teams from different leagues. Cancellations and postponements of games have disrupted the normal flow of the season.Nevertheless, the 13-member committee, which includes Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury, will release its initial “Top 25” rankings of 2020 shortly after 7 ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Florida's COVID-19 resident death toll hits 18,000 and state adds 6,331 confirmed cases
MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Monday confirmed 6,331 additional cases of COVID-19 as dozens of Florida counties have hit a “tipping point” of infections just a few days before Thanksgiving, according to Harvard University data.Also, the state announced 94 COVID-19 related resident deaths, bringing the resident toll to 18,085.Florida now has a total of 944,745 confirmed cases, the third highest number of total confirmed cases in the country after Texas and California, according to The New York Times COVID-19 database.Two new nonresident deaths were also announced, bringing the nonre...
Life at the Epstein estate: Maxwell kept photos of topless girls, aide testified
Ghislaine Maxwell regularly took topless photos of girls who visited Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, mansion and kept an album of the photos on her desk in Epstein’s home.That’s according to excerpts from a June 1, 2016, deposition of Juan Alessi, the former maintenance man and house manager of Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, unsealed Friday from a 2015 defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has said that she was manipulated and sexually abused by Epstein and that Maxwell and that Epstein directed her to have sex with a number of their prominent friend...
Florida Voters Approve $15 Minimum Wage Law, Raising Hopes For Nationwide Rise
Florida voters approved a $15 minimum wage on Nov. 3, causing labor activists to be hopeful about the prospects of a federal $15 minimum wage.President-elect Joe Biden has said he would support doubling the federal minimum wage, which currently sits at $7.25/hour.Amendment 2 passed with 60.81%, just barely passing the mandatory threshold of 60% for citizen-led ballot initiatives.Under the amendment, the minimum wage in Florida will increase from the current $8.56/hour to $15 by September 2026. The first increase will occur in September 2021, and will raise hourly wages to $10.Florida will join...
Fabiola Santiago: Gov. DeSantis mishandled COVID — and we're back to widespread transmission in Florida
This is the story of another coronavirus tragedy foretold.At the end of October, during a road trip to north Florida, I began to double mask.The anti-maskers, the mask danglers — and the geniuses who wear them below their noses and under their chins — ruled the scene everywhere, except hospitals and doctors’ offices. From service plazas on the turnpike and rest stops on I-95 to the aisles of stores and indoor cafes, people disregarded signs telling them that masks were required.I felt that I had to compensate for such stupidity with extra safety precautions. Needless to say, I was the only per...