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Alleged ‘drug kingpin’ eluded the law for decades, feds say. Then he needed a passport The alleged leader in a nationwide conspiracy to smuggle narcotics on a railroad line had eluded authorities for decades. Howard Farley Jr. was considered to be the “drug kingpin” of the Southern Line, but he escaped arrest while 73 others faced indictments by a Nebraska federal grand jury in 1985, officials say. Known as “Big H,” Harley organized a drug ring to ship cocaine north from Florida, the Lincoln Journal reported at the time. Investigators turned their attention to Harley during a probe of a Peru m...
Tribune News Service
A year later, 2 families await answers on deadly police shootout with truck hijackers
MIAMI — A year after two innocent people were killed when police and robbers who hijacked a UPS truck engaged in a shootout on a crowded highway that played out live on South Florida’s television newscasts, the state’s top law enforcement agency reports it largely wrapped up a lengthy investigation into what went wrong during the chaotic incident. Yet the Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues to refuse to share details of its findings. And for family members of the victims, the silence seems like stonewalling that only added to their grief and frustration. “For us, it’s an anniversar...
Alleged 'drug kingpin' eluded the law for decades, feds say. Then he needed a passport
The alleged leader in a nationwide conspiracy to smuggle narcotics on a railroad line had eluded authorities for decades. Howard Farley Jr. was considered to be the “drug kingpin” of the Southern Line, but he escaped arrest while 73 others faced indictments by a Nebraska federal grand jury in 1985, officials say. Known as “Big H,” Harley organized a drug ring to ship cocaine north from Florida, the Lincoln Journal reported at the time. Investigators turned their attention to Harley during a probe of a Peru man and two University of Nebraska students convicted of dealing cocaine, the newspaper ...
The Kansas City Star
What do bus drivers do when there's no students? At one school, they planted a garden
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Lisa Bares and Lou Mahone didn’t plan to spend fall outside. They were supposed to be navigating narrow residential streets, sweeping the trash accumulated between routes, telling students to sit down and not to throw things out the window. But this year, their job kept them in one place, fixing up a courtyard at Palmer Elementary in Newport News. “They’ve been a blessing,” said Assistant Principal Jeff Armstrong said. When schools closed in March, districts mostly kept bus drivers on their payrolls. Schools couldn’t afford to lose drivers, perennially in short supply. Newp...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
In Oceanside, California, the sea lions are winning
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Sea lions have their own special place at the Oceanside harbor, but it’s not enough. Harbor employees built a unique platform for the sea lions several years ago to keep them off the boat docks. But the sea lions and the occasional harbor seal can go where they want, and nothing requires them to stay on their floating “island.” Recently, the city modified the sea lion platform to make it more accommodating by making an opening in the center to allow sea lions to enter from the middle. They also added some space and moved the platform closer to shore. But the pinniped proble...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Motormouth: Another alternator, same story
Q: I bought a used 2008 Chevy Trailblazer several years ago. It is the right distance above the ground, and I really like it. When I drive for 30 or 40 minutes the voltage on the dash would go down. It still started normally, so I didn’t worry about it. Then, one day, it didn’t start. The tow truck driver jumped it and I went to get it fixed. They said I needed a new battery and alternator, so I had them replace both. After short drives, it seemed OK. The next long drive, the voltage went down again. I plugged it my digital voltmeter. After start, the voltage would go up to 15 volts, then grad...
Tribune News Service
'Major milestone' in removal of sunken ship off Georgia coast
ATLANTA — Salvage workers on the Georgia coast are set to begin cutting the second section of the Golden Ray, the massive cargo ship that ran aground just over a year ago in the St. Simons Sound, after crews hit a milestone in removal operations this weekend.Onlookers watched Saturday as the bow, brimming with smashed cars and trucks and weighing about 6,600 tons, was cut from the body of the ship and lifted just high enough to allow a custom fitted barge to slide underneath.The section was then moved to a site on the East River where it will be secured for final transit to a recycling facilit...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
GM backs out of stake in Nikola, cancels plan for 'Badger' electric pickup
DETROIT — General Motors and Nikola Corp. have a deal, though it’s a much smaller one compared with the one first struck in September.In a non-binding memo of understanding signed by GM and Nikola on Monday, GM will now supply the fuel-cell technology to make commercial long-haul trucks for Nikola and nothing more — with no equity stake in Nikola as previously proposed.This pending transaction comes after controversies that swamped Nikola since the original deal was announced Sept. 8 in which GM would have gotten 11% equity in the company to build an electric heavy-duty pickup for Nikola calle...
Detroit Free Press