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California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation
Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025
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Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval
Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night
Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director
Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights
Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior
Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
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California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
Jul
2021
22

DC police ask for help to ID vehicle used in shooting death of 6-year-old

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee asked for the public’s help in identifying a silver sedan used in a Friday night drive-by shooting that left six-year-old Nyiah Courtney dead.

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee, flanked by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at a Saturday afternoon news conference, asked for the public’s help to identify a silver sedan used in a Friday night drive-by shooting that left six-year-old Nyiah Courtney dead.

The vehicle of interest D.C. police are asking for the public’s help in identifying. (Courtesy D.C. Police)

Contee also said a reward no less than $60,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest in the crime that killed the girl and wounded five others.

“Together we will do whatever it takes to close this case in a swift and professional manner,” Contee said.

Contee said Nyiah would have been starting the first grade this fall. “And now that won’t happen,” he said.

He urged the community to come together to curb the ongoing gun violence in the city.

“We have a collective responsibility to ensure our children have every opportunity to be safe from violence. I am asking that we all stand together and say no more. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Contee said.

Police released a video Saturday showing a silver sedan driving through the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X avenues in Congress Heights at approximately 11 p.m. Friday. Contee described the event as “a drive-by shooting.”

In total, six people were shot, including Nyiah Courtney, who was taken to a hospital where she would be pronounced dead. Three men and two women were also taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Contee and Bowser urged city residents to help police identify the owner of the vehicle, its driver and other passengers.

“We ask that people take a moment to see if they recognize the car and provide tips or information to bring closure for Nyiah,” Contee said.

Justice for Nyiah was the news conference theme.

“We know from past instances that the community can help us close cases by sharing information or simply reposting images,” he added.

The FBI and the ATF are partnering with D.C. police to help identify the shooter. The agencies also contributed towards the reward.

During the news conference officials acknowledged they did not yet know what the motive for the shooting was.

Community members attending the news conference said they wanted more from the police.

“I charged the police with a simple thing,” Bowser said. “What I believe is we don’t let people get away with murder in our town. We have to stand up against it. We don’t let anybody get away with murder. And we don’t do street justice because then other innocent people get caught up in it. Law enforcement is responsible for arresting and ensuring justice.”

Contee pleaded with the

Jul
2021
22

EV Stocks Could Fly This Summer

While the EV boom has been growing for years, 2021 could be the year electric starts to take over everything.

And it could happen much sooner than most people realize, as some of the biggest names are already hopping on board.

Amazon has already started making deliveries with electric vans in Los Angeles, as they’ve agreed to purchase 100,000 vans from EV startup, Rivian.

Rivian

The United States Postal Service just signed a 10-year, multi-billion dollar contract with Oshkosh Defense to produce thousands of electric mail trucks.

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Mail

And United Airlines just placed an incredible $1 billion order with EV manufacturer, Archer, for a fleet of electric air taxis.

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Plane

Legacy automakers are all making the shift too, rolling out their line of electric vehicles one by one.

Ford is set to double their investment in EVs to $22 billion, and they’re planning to release their electric version of the Mustang and the F-150, the most popular vehicle in the U.S.

Volkswagen is calling their 2021 electric crossover, the ID.4, “the most important new Volkswagen debut since the Beetle.”

And General Motors has even announced they’ll stop making gas-powered vehicles altogether by 2035.

Now, Biden has even announced plans to transition all government fleet vehicles to EVs.

This electric revolution has already led to monster gains for EV companies throughout 2020.

The EV van startup, Workhorse, saw gains of over 551%

Tesla’s shares shot up a massive 740%

And Blink Charging soared for incredible 1,740% gains last year.

Now, many investors are looking ahead for the next big thing in the EV markets.

And one Canadian company in EV related business has seen its momentum building steadily over the last year.

Facedrive (TSXV:FD,OTC:FDVRF) has been acquiring key pieces left and right, adding them to their electric ecosystem alongside their signature ridesharing service.

With these acquisitions, they’ve brought the EV boom into food delivery, car subscriptions, and more.

And now that Facedrive has announced a major government investment in their technology, their business could be set to take off in 2021.

Here are 3 reasons why you should be paying attention to Facedrive:

1 – Bringing EVs to the Gig Economy

Many of the biggest EV stories of late have come from either the automakers rolling out new models or companies working on building out the infrastructure…

But Facedrive is taking a different approach.

Instead, they’re using the cars those automakers have already made and turning them into an entire EV-related ecosystem.

So just like Uber has built their $96 billion business off leveraging cars they never manufactured, bought, or sold…

Facedrive connects customers looking to hail a ride, providing an eco-friendly solution.

Their model is simple.

When customers request a ride, they get their pick between riding to their destination in a standard gas-powered car, a hybrid or an electric vehicle (for no extra charge to them).

Then Facedrive’s algorithm crunches the numbers, setting aside a portion

Jul
2021
22

Solon Bicycle moves to new location | Destination

Dan Sirkin’s childhood expertise as a BMX champion led him to become president and owner of Solon Bicycle, a 17-year career thus far that he called “exhausting, but super fun.”

Solon Bicycle serves Solon and the surrounding community with their bicycle needs, whether it is casual neighborhood-style bikes or BMX bikes.

At 12 years old, Sirkin began competing in flatland freestyle, a type of BMX competition that takes place on a smooth surface with no ramps, jumps or grind rails. The purpose of the competition is to perform tricks and gain high scores from judges.

During his 34 years of flatland freestyle, Sirkin competed nationally as a sponsored professional. Two years ago, he switched disciplines in order to start racing. Sirkin built a team of about 30 riders. After starting as a novice, Sirkin worked his way up to the expert level. At the end of 2020, he was the USA BMX state champion in Ohio for the 46 to 50 age group.






Dan Sirkin competes in the Ohio State Championship Series.




The award is presented to the racer with the most points accumulated at four tracks around Ohio, concluding with the finals in Akron.

Sirkin said this experience has carried over into the business he has been running since 2004.

“It’s been really great, actually,” Sirkin told the Cleveland Jewish News June 22,. “We sell so much BMX racing equipment, whether it’s bikes, parts or helmets. And that’s a market that we never did before. And it’s a market that no other shop in this area does. It’s something that, since we do it, we know it really well. Our business has definitely gone up just from that segment alone.”

The Solon resident has worked at bike shops since 1992, when he joined Solon Bicycle as an employee. He then worked in the industry for about a decade as an outside sales representative for a bicycle brand before reeturning to purchase Solon Bicycle in 2004.

Sirkin’s customers, whom he said come from as far as about 15 miles, have followed him since his move in February to 33113 Aurora Road, a few miles from his previous location.






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In February, Solon Bicycle moved to 33113 Aurora Road, a few miles from its original location.


Because of the ripple effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, Sirkin said he has had to get creative in keeping up with the demand of the market. While there are normally about 300 bikes in stock, he said they are only carrying about 50 at this time.

Sirkin said in a non-COVID world Solon Bicycle would make large orders from two or three suppliers every week. Now, he juggles smaller orders from about 10 different suppliers.

Through all of the challenges and changes his store may have faced, he said he has built a loyal customer base because of honesty and experience.

“Our core value has always been full transparency at all times,” Sirkin said. “We never pull any punches. We always call it like

Jul
2021
22

HAAH gives up on Chinese cars, will file for bankruptcy

LOS ANGELES — HAAH Automotive Holdings is ending its seven-year effort to import Chinese vehicles and distribute them through a dedicated U.S. dealership network, CEO Duke Hale told Automotive News.

Hale cited tense U.S.-China relations that scared off potential investors.

The Irvine, Calif., startup will file for bankruptcy Monday after a conference call with prospective dealers, who have paid nonrefundable deposits from $100,000 to several hundred thousand dollars for franchise points in the U.S., Hale said.

“We don’t see a way forward right now for Vantas and T-GO,” Hale said of the two U.S. brands created to sell vehicles from China’s Chery Automobile Co. “There’s going to be no cars, there’s going to be no parts, there’s going to be no revenue,” Hale said of the bankruptcy filing.

Although he said in a previous interview that HAAH would file for bankruptcy on Monday, Hale would not confirm that the filing had been made when asked on Tuesday. “Our attorney has asked that I not comment further,” Hale said in a text message to Automotive News. An electronic search for the bankruptcy filing did not turn up any results as of Tuesday afternoon.

HAAH pulled the plug after the investors it needed to move forward became increasingly risk averse because of tensions in U.S.-China trade relations, stiff auto tariffs and negative U.S. public sentiment toward China’s role in the coronavirus pandemic, Hale said.

Hale said that half a dozen investors had expressed interest in the HAAH plan with Chery, which is a major Chinese automaker and top exporter. But in recent months, that interest dried up. And HAAH’s previous confidence in raising the needed money dried up as well.

“All of the big investors moved away from the deal because of U.S.-China relations,” Hale said. “They do not see it as the right place to invest. Even though I didn’t want to hear it from the investors, it wasn’t hard to understand.”

He did not identify the investors.

“These were major Wall Street private equity types of investors,” Hale said. “These were the big money guys.

“I don’t have total insight into their decision, but basically the response is that China-U.S. relations are not very good, not very stable and really haven’t gotten better under President Biden,” Hale said. “Americans aren’t very fond of where they believe COVID came from.”