Public transit, battered by pandemic, triumphs at ballot box
Far fewer people are riding buses and trains during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in this month’s election voters still approved more than a dozen proposals to increase spending on public transit.From California to Virginia, voters supported sales or property tax hikes and bond issues to pay for maintenance, improvements or expansion of mass transit systems that have been hit hard in the last nine months.“Transit ridership is down in most cities. At the same time, it’s still moving millions of people a day, and a lot of those people are essential workforce — nurses, grocery store workers, people ...
Texans urged to limit holiday gatherings as state posts second-highest daily case total
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Hospital Association on Friday urged Texans to keep Thanksgiving gatherings small as statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to climb.The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 11,738 new cases Friday, the state’s second-highest single-day total of the pandemic. The record was set Thursday, with 12,256 new cases.“We are counting on you to stay vigilant and protect yourself, so that we can remain ready and able to provide help to those who need us most,” the association, which represents nearly 500 Texas hospitals, said in a statement. “This has been a...
Killings of young victims, many unsolved, form chilling pattern in Atlanta metro area
ATLANTA — A child is cut down in a drive-by shooting. A teenager on his bicycle is hit by a car and killed, but the driver leaves the scene. An 8-year-old girl in a car with her family is shot dead when armed protesters open fire on their vehicle.These are just a few stories from recent months across metro Atlanta that illustrate an unnerving pattern: fatal incidents involving young victims with no one to hold accountable.In the past week, two young victims have died in hit-and-run collisions.On Saturday morning, Decatur 16-year-old John William Poe was killed in a hit-and-run as he rode his b...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Auto review: For all its quirks, it should be the Ford Edgy ST
2020 Ford Edge ST AWD: A Mustang but taller?Price: $52,540 as tested. The ST Performance Brake Package added $2,695; Cold Weather Package added heated steering wheel and more for $495. More below.Conventional wisdom: “No quicker than the old Sport model,” says Car and Driver.Marketer’s pitch: “Top IIHS safety pick.” Wow. Exciting.Reality: Somewhere between a Focus RS — and a Windstar.What’s new: The Ford Edge ST is a new name (well, new for 2019) for the sporty version of the Ford Edge midsize SUV.Driver’s Seat: But first, Ford Edge, how I haven’t missed your cockpit. The long dashboard top, s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Former Dolphin Reshad Jones may have been arrested illegally after car ran out of gas, his lawyer says
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones may have been arrested illegally this week when police saw him crossing the street with a loaded gun near a Davie gas station, his lawyer told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Thursday.Attorney Michael A. Gottlieb, of Fort Lauderdale, believes recent case law may clear his client Jones, a 10-year former standout safety for the Dolphins who was arrested Wednesday morning after 4 a.m. and charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.Gottlieb cites a May 2020 ruling by The Fourth District Court of Appeal that states “...
Whitmer to revoke Enbridge oil pipeline easement in Straits of Mackinac
Canadian oil transportation giant Enbridge may soon lose its permission to operate a controversial, aging, oil and gas pipeline on the Straits of Mackinac lake bottom.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger on Friday notified Enbridge that a 1953 easement allowing it to operate dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac to transport petroleum and other products is being revoked and terminated.Whitmer and Eichinger also filed a lawsuit asking the Ingham County Circuit Court to recognize the validity of this action, citing violation of th...
Detroit Free Press
Rivian to deliver $75,000 electric truck in June, complete with 300-mile range and vegan leather seats
Rivian is moving from concept car to reality.The electric truck startup, which has been building out its factory in downstate Normal, will begin taking orders on its inaugural models next week, with deliveries starting in June on a special Launch Edition version.There are three vehicle packages for both the R1T truck and R1S SUV, offered in nine adventurous-sounding colors such as Red Canyon, El Cap Granite and Glacier White. All models have 300-plus miles of range, go from zero to 60 mph in 3 seconds and have vegan leather seats.The launch package starts at $75,000 for the truck and $77,500 f...
Scott Fowler: Rae Carruth wanted to kill his unborn son. Now the 'miracle boy' turns 21.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Nov. 16, 1999, Chancellor Lee Adams was born in Charlotte, shortly after a hitman shot his mother Cherica Adams four times in a drive-by ambush.His father, former Carolina Panther first-round draft pick Rae Carruth, would be convicted of masterminding the attempted murder of his own son by hiring the hitman who shot his pregnant girlfriend.Now it is November 2020.And the boy they couldn’t kill has become a young man who will celebrate his 21st birthday Monday.“The 21st birthday is significant in any young man’s life, because that’s the transition from a boy to manhood,” sa...
The Charlotte Observer
As RV camps accumulate in Seattle streets, a program for homeless vehicle campers fights to stay funded
SEATTLE — Joe Ingram doesn’t have a good memory for most things, but when he meets someone living in an RV or a vehicle, he doesn’t forget them.“This is Anne — she and her son live here,” Ingram said last Thursday as he pointed at RVs and trailers as he passed them in Georgetown. “This is Christine.”When the 66-year-old outreach worker, who chain-smokes and walks with a cane, doesn’t know a vehicle, he’ll knock on the door and deliver his pitch: “Hi, I’m Joe. I’m with the Scofflaw Mitigation Team; here’s my card. I can help you with a parking ticket or if you get towed. I can help you potentia...
The Seattle Times
Walmart, Cruise to test grocery delivery in self-driving cars
DETROIT — Walmart and Cruise LLC are starting a pilot program early next year for customers to have their groceries delivered by one of Cruise’s all-electric self-driving cars, Walmart said in a Tuesday blog post.The pilot, which will start in Scottsdale, Ariz., is beginning after Walmart saw an increase in delivery services usage during the pandemic. The major retailer launched its Express Delivery in April, and it’s now offered in more than 2,800 stores. Experts have said autonomous companies are likely to put more of a focus on delivery of goods rather than people after the pandemic forced ...
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