A legitimate fear of death doesn't always matter in the US asylum system
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — When Yovin Estrada Villanueva returned to his family home just months after fleeing for his life, even the dogs didn’t recognize him.He had lost weight in U.S. immigration custody, his sister said. His hair and beard had grown long.He hadn’t told anyone that he was being deported back to Honduras. His attempt to win asylum in the United States had failed.Just over a year later, shortly before his 28th birthday, Villanueva was killed by the very people he fled.He was shot while driving his mototaxi — a dangerous occupation in neighborhoods under gang control.Villanuev...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
American Airlines faces billions in net loss, but CLT remains a top performing hub
American Airlines, the dominant carrier at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, reported major losses in October after seeing air travel dive due to the coronavirus pandemic.But the airline’s hubs at Charlotte and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport were the “best performing hubs” this quarter compared to last year, airline leaders said.The airline reported a net loss of $2.4 billion in the third quarter, the three months that ended on Sept. 30, according to the airline’s latest financial report.That’s down from a $425 million net income at the same point last year, according to th...
The Charlotte Observer
Henry Payne: Five cool things to know about GM's Hummer EV
True to its military roots, the GMC Hummer EV is big, brawny, and blingtastic. And now it’s electric.The gas-guzzling celebrity toy has transformed into an electron-guzzling celebrity toy. The $112,595, three-electric motor “Edition 1” launch model (the base model starts at $80k) will roll off the line in late 2021 on massive, 35-inch off-road tires — loaded to its removable roof with the latest in automotive technology. Promising “zero limits” performance to go with its “zero-emissions” drive-train, General Motors Co.’s Hummer hopes to be as fashionably athletic as its new spokesman, Lebron J...
The Detroit News
A NASCAR fan was bullied for being LGBTQ+ ally. Then he designed Jimmie Johnson's car.
Noah Sweet remembers getting in the car and feeling like he needed to drive away, to suppress his racing thoughts, but he doesn’t remember exactly where he went the evening of Sept. 2. Those hours are a blur.He was later told by his mother, Becky Southwell, that his credit card transactions showed him stopping at a KFC, then at a gas station for coffee. At one point, he made it to Grass Lake, a spot familiar to him and close to Southwell’s home in southeast Michigan. Police officers determined Sweet had driven back-and-forth on I-94, using cell towers to track his phone, which he turned off.Ha...
The Charlotte Observer
'Character matters,' Obama tells a drive-in rally for Biden in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — Former President Barack Obama delivered a punishing rebuke of his successor Donald Trump’s tenure and a clarion call to supporters for his old running mate Joe Biden at a drive-in rally outside Citizens Bank Park as the sun set Wednesday night.Trump’s tone and the misinformation he spreads have poisoned American political discourse, Obama said on his first day stumping for Biden on the 2020 campaign trail.“It affects how our children see things, and it affects the way our families get along. It affects how the world looks at America. That behavior matters. Character matters,” Ob...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
GM reveals its GMC Hummer EV pickup and prices it more than $100,000
General Motors revealed its first all-electric pickup Tuesday — the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.The pickup, which will be built at GM’s Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, will be the first fully-electric addition to GMC’s lineup that starts production late next year.Consumers can place reservations for Edition 1 trim now. But be prepared to ante up some serious cash, as the starting price is $112,595.It will be powered by GM’s proprietary Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive, GM’s proprietary EV drive units and have off-road capability.“This innovative truck comes to market with speed and pu...
Detroit Free Press
Fall road trips: 10 tips for planning the perfect car-based getaway
This year may come to be remembered as the moment the great American road trip made its comeback. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are turning to car-based trips to avoid planes during a time when air travel feels riskier.In July, The Harris Poll found around two-thirds of Americans say they’ll probably be taking more road trips this year to avoid airline travel because of COVID-19. After all, it’s easier to control and sanitize the environment in your own vehicle.This fall could present the perfect opportunity to get away on a road trip vacation. Head for a scenic drive or go camping t...
Review: Bruce Springsteen is back on E Street with life-affirming 'Letter to You'
Bruce Springsteen and his stalwart E Street Band were last seen together on a 2016 tour that included two four-hour dates at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia that were the longest marathons he’s ever played.Since then, the now 71-year-old songwriter has been in contemplative, career-summation mode.He published his “Born To Run” memoir and converted it into the solo acoustic theater piece “Springsteen on Broadway.” Last year, he released “Western Stars,” an underrated stylistic departure that dipped into early 1970s country-rock melancholy.But the one thing Springsteen hadn’t given fans latel...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Motormouth: Can Corvette handle the heat?
Q: I own a 2005 Corvette in southern Nevada and never drive the car when it’s above 110 F. I am afraid I could damage the car because the coolant temperature can reach 218 to 220 degrees in stop-and-go traffic. I think that is too high but I’m not an expert. At outside temperatures below 100, I can drive the car on the highway where the coolant temperature will hold at 190-195 most of the time. Above 105 degrees, the coolant temperature is at 194-198 on level stretches of the highway and up to 200 climbing hills. Does that sound like a problem to you?B.K., Henderson, Nev.A: Plain water boils a...
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