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Arizona police shoot suspect who struck multiple cyclists with vehicle
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30 Fayetteville businesses receive bicycle friendly awards
Tesla launches its fastest car, the Model S Plaid
Federal regulators warn of risks to firefighters from electrical vehicle fires
House transportation bill a loser for consumers
Boyfriend of woman found shot to death in wrecked car is charged with murder
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2021
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Shopping for a Car Online? Beware of This Potential Price Scam

I just bought a used car, which required a lot of research on car-shopping sites like AutoTrader, Cars.com, CarGurus, Edmunds, and TrueCar. Before I settled on a vehicle and a dealer, though, I got excited about several promising listings. Until I read the fine print.

I discovered a deceptive advertising practice you should be aware of before you go to a dealer: the promotional “Internet Price” (after down payment), which can inflate the asking price of the car by up to $2,000.


The Price After Down Payment

Here’s how it works. A car is listed on the dealer’s site or a car shopping site with a promotional “Internet price.” Buried in the listing, or perhaps on the dealer’s website, is a caveat: “Internet Price is reflective after 1995 down payment.” In other words, the actual asking price at the dealer is whatever it was listed for online, plus another $2,000. Unless you look carefully for it, you won’t even know until you sit down to discuss pricing.


Empire Honda listing

This isn’t a typical tactic, and most online dealer prices I saw matched their asking prices. In some cases, they were declared to be “Internet prices” and the dealer asked that you print out the listing to get the price, but that was it. However, I found two dealers that tack on the $2K: Empire Honda of Manhasset, NY and Motorhub, Inc. of Inwood, NY.

Empire Honda obfuscates the extra $1,995 by mentioning it in the fine print of the listing but not putting a dollar sign or comma, so it doesn’t stand out like its declaration of a $695 dealer and documentation fee. To its dubious credit, Empire Honda at least puts this warning in its listings on sites like AutoTrader. That credit is lost when all of the listings on its own site simply say “Finance for,” with no sticker price outside of MSRP at the time of the vehicle’s production (for used vehicles; the dealer’s new vehicle listings don’t do this).

On Motorhub, Inc., I found no notification of the price being reflective after a down payment anywhere on its shopping site listings, which use the posted, post-deposit price for any on-site financing calculator estimates (which factor in down payments as part of the price). The warning isn’t even in the text of the car listings on its own site. Instead, it’s hidden near the bottom of the page as part of the site disclaimer.


Advertised Price vs. Actual Price

I contacted these dealers as a prospective shopper and confirmed that the asking prices of the vehicles I was considering were actually $1,995 more than the posted price. During these exchanges, I prodded the sales representatives I was talking to about whether the price could be talked down, and mentioned that they could be considered deceptive business practices. No go; the price was the price.

This was over the phone and via email; to be fair, it wasn’t at the over-the-desk phase

Jun
2021
19

Manufacturers can’t keep up with the exploding bicycle demand

If you’re looking to buy a bicycle this summer, you may be out of luck. 

A cycling boom sparked last year during the coronavirus pandemic has continued into 2021, creating short supply across the nation. Manufacturers are struggling to supply bikes to an exploding customer base of people newly eager to enjoy the outdoors.

The shortage is leaving business owners with little or nothing in stock — and customers with few options.

Jason Dohrmann, who owns Summit Ski & Cycle in Los Angeles, said he has never seen a bike shortage like this before. Dohrmann told CBS News correspondent Nichelle Medina that his store ran out of bikes last year. 

“We’re definitely not making that much money, but we’re just making enough to survive right now,” Dohrmann said.

Dohrmann said he thinks he won’t have bikes to sell until next year. Until then, he is switching gears and focusing on bike repairs when he can get parts. 

“Bikes would have to sit here for an extra couple of weeks just waiting on a part when usually we get it done in one day,” he said.

Dohrmann’s problem is similar across the U.S. During the pandemic, bicycle makers said they slowed down production because people were forced to stay indoors. But once COVID-19 restrictions started to lift, demand for bikes skyrocketed and manufacturers have yet to catch up, one analyst said. 

Bicycle sales grew 55% between December 2020 and February 2021 when compared to that same period in 2019, said Matt Powell, senior industry advisor and vice president at market research firm NPD Group. Bike sales are part of a larger trend of Americans buying more outdoor equipment this summer, Powell told CBS News. 

“We’re seeing camp furniture, grills, coolers, hammocks, recreational tents, all very strong,” he said. “And then, of course, the cycling business has been outstanding.”

Jun
2021
19

14 Vintage-Style Automotive Hats to Celebrate the Start of Summer










14 Vintage-Style Automotive Hats to Celebrate the Start of Summer
















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Ah, yes, summertime. The sun’s out, temperatures hover on sizzling, and no, your “base tan” won’t protect you from turning into a lobster. Because of this, hats and summer are synonymous. They protect your head and eyes and hide that wild convertible hair.



logo: Cover your head while you rep your favorite old-school brand with these classic caps.


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Cover your head while you rep your favorite old-school brand with these classic caps.

And you’re a car fan, right? You don’t want some basic cap—you want to represent your favorite automotive marque. And what better way to do that than sporting a vintage hat, usually of that brand’s glory days. They’re stylish, comfortable, and you’ll earn brownie points with fellow fans.

We dug up some of our favorite vintage-styled automotive hats that you’re bound to like. It might be hard to pick just one.

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Jun
2021
18

The Navy Concluded Transmedium Flying Submersibles Were Possible A Decade Ago

A U.S. Navy research document from 2010 outlines the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division‘s efforts to create a working design of a manned vehicle capable of both airborne flight and submerged travel. The craft was intended to provide stealthy transport for Special Forces units into and out of operating areas. This wasn’t the first study of its kind to propose such a “transmedium” vehicle, defined as one capable of operating in multiple domains, such as in the air and underwater, but building such a craft has proven itself time and time again to be difficult, to say the least. It’s not clear how far the Navy’s efforts went, but the document’s conclusions are significant in that they show that over a decade ago, Naval researchers concluded that a “working design is feasible within the current state of the art.”

Aircraft that could also operate under the sea have long been pursued by the U.S. Navy and other militaries. A number of often unworkable or heavily compromised designs have been proposed and even tested by armed forces around the world since at least the 1950s, including various forms of submersible aircraft, to more modern designs like the short-lived Lockheed Martin Cormorant. While the degree to which these designs have been able to operate in both the sea and air environments vary greatly, among the “holy grails” of aerospace research is a truly hybrid vehicle, a submersible aircraft or “flying submarine” that can travel near-seamlessly between the sky and the sea. 

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In 2010, NSWC Carderock published its study of just such a vehicle concept. The idea was to research the feasibility of designing a vehicle that combined “the speed and range of an airborne platform with the stealth of an underwater vehicle by developing a vessel that can both fly and submerge.” The ultimate goal was to work towards developing a vehicle that could insert and extract Special Forces units at much greater ranges and speeds than existing platforms at the time, and be able to do so in locations that were “not previously accessible without direct support from additional military assets.” There have been far less ambitious boat-submarine concepts brought to life as of late, that try to address the issues of getting around the inherent limitations of existing swimmer delivery options. But the technological chasm between creating a vehicle that can transition between the surface and subsurface of the ocean and creating a true flying submarine is absolutely massive. 

The study was born out of a Broad Area Announcement (BAA) issued by DARPA in 2008 calling for design proposals for such a Special Forces vehicle and defining a Concept of Operations (CONOP) for potential designs. NSWC Carderock based its study off of that CONOP, which outlined the need for a vehicle whose capabilities included:

– Deployment from a naval/auxiliary platform;
– take-off from the water surface and transit 400 miles airborne, then land on the water surface;
– submerge and transit 12 [nautical

Jun
2021
18

Pandemic wreaks havoc on school food service, transportation budgets

As school leaders across the region debated the best way to keep students safe during the covid-19 pandemic, budgets for food and transportation services largely went bust as both districts and outside companies were left with fewer bodies queuing through cafeteria lines or riding buses.

With schools bringing students back to the classroom at different rates — some welcomed them all back at the start of the year, while others followed a hybrid model of learning or went fully remote — impacts to food and transportation budgets varied by district. Several lost money on food service, and some saved on transportation.

“Overall, it really varied district to district, and my guess is we won’t have a full accounting of that until sometime this fall or early winter (when they can look) back over what each district did,” said Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.

However, a March report from the School Nutrition Association suggested that schools across the country served 1.7 billion fewer meals between March and November 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. That equated to a $2.1 billion loss in federal revenue for school meal programs.

According to the Virginia-based nonprofit, school meal programs in a typical year are funded by cafeteria sales and federal reimbursements for meals served. Programs often receive around $3.50 per meal, so to break even, organizations rely on a la carte sales and catering programs. School closures, however, largely slashed that revenue.

“We saw a huge financial impact for school nutrition programs,” said Diane Pratt-Heavner, spokeswoman for the School Nutrition Association. “It did vary from one community to the next a bit based on the extent to which they were able to make sure kids continued to receive their meals.”

Efforts were made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend free meals to all students throughout the pandemic, which allowed districts to provide drive-thru meal services while students learned remotely and, in some cases, permitted districts to deliver food to pickup areas.

The extension also allowed districts to serve food through the summer food service program, which provides a higher reimbursement rate compared to the national school lunch and school breakfast program, Heavner noted. However, while the cost of meals was largely covered, districts still incurred other expenses.

“Consequently, you still have to pay your staff to come in and prepare the meals, you have to pay for the delivery service to get them out into those sites in the community, so my guess is most of those districts lost some money in that regard and hopefully the federal stimulus money will help cover some of those costs going back to March of 2020,” DiRocco said.

Peggy Gillespie, assistant to the superintendent for finance and operations at Kiski Area School District, attributed lost revenues to the district keeping on the same number food service workers as in a typical year, even with fewer students in school buildings.

Gillespie noted the district is “in a loss

Jun
2021
18

Arrest made after woman dragged by car, seriously injured in northeast OKC, police say

Police said they have made an arrest after a woman was dragged by a car and seriously injured Tuesday morning in northeast Oklahoma City.According to police, witnesses reported that a woman was being dragged by a car near Northeast 50th Street and MLK. Police said there were several crime scenes and a large trail of blood was found in the area. The woman was dragged for several blocks, possibly half a mile. The driver ditched the car near Northeast 52nd Street and Terry, police said.The woman, later identified as 34-year-old Kendra Hunt, was seriously injured, but is expected to survive.Police also announced that they have arrested a 27-year-old man near Northeast 53rd Street and Everest, in connection with the incident. He is being interviewed and then booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center.

Police said they have made an arrest after a woman was dragged by a car and seriously injured Tuesday morning in northeast Oklahoma City.

According to police, witnesses reported that a woman was being dragged by a car near Northeast 50th Street and MLK. Police said there were several crime scenes and a large trail of blood was found in the area.

The woman was dragged for several blocks, possibly half a mile. The driver ditched the car near Northeast 52nd Street and Terry, police said.

The woman, later identified as 34-year-old Kendra Hunt, was seriously injured, but is expected to survive.

Police also announced that they have arrested a 27-year-old man near Northeast 53rd Street and Everest, in connection with the incident. He is being interviewed and then booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center.

Jun
2021
18

The Bristol Press – Hamelin & Sons Automotive Repair celebrates 75 years in Bristol

BRISTOL – Michael Hamelin said the biggest challenge in running an independent automobile shop is keeping oneself educated on the numerous trends and changes that have come with the evolution of vehicles.

Hamelin & Sons Automotive Repair at 64 West Street celebrated their success in overcoming that challenge for 75 years of business, Thursday. Michael is a third generation owner of the business and his nephew, Joe Hamelin, is set to inherit its operation in due time. Joe is the son of Michael’s brother, Dave.

“As near as we can place it, the business started in October of 1946,” said Michael. “We’ve always been in this location and it started with a small two bay garage and over the years we’ve had three expansions of the building. The first expansion was around 1955, then 1985 and then 2001. We were originally gasoline and repairs. We eliminated gasoline and now it’s emission and repairs.”

Michael said the business’ specialties have changed a little over the years depending on who was on staff and owning the business at the time.

“For a while it was automatic transmissions then it was carboateur rebuilding,” said Michael. “Now, it’s obviously into emissions repairs and that type of stuff. It varied. Basically, we’ve always done general repairs and service.”

Michael said that his grandfather Ernest and Uncle George started the business.

“My father joined them but he was not an owner until 1978 and that’s when my uncle retired. Ernest had retired previously. In 1984, my father retired, then it was my brother Dave and myself. My brother just retired in January of 2019.”

Currently, Michael runs a staff with four employees. He makes up the fifth worker on site.

“I’ve been working here since I was 14-years-old,” said Michael. “Most everyone here started sweeping floors and worked their way up.”

Michael said that hardest thing about the business is staying educated.

“Being an independent (automotive repair shop), we’re a small business. Trying to stay educated is always on us and we don’t have a corporate backing. We’re not a dealership. Keeping up with the technology, even back when my father was here, he had to keep up,” said Michael. “Our greatest success has been longevity and the loyalty of our customers.”

Michael said he’s maintained his certification as master mechanic for 45 with Automotive Service Excellence since he first received it when he was 21.

Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce President Cindy Bombard and Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu both said that businesses such as Hamelin and Sons were the backbone of American Main Streets across the country.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:29. Updated: Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:45.

Jun
2021
17

Denver officer’s vehicle hit on I-25, suspect arrested

The officer was blocking traffic for an unrelated crash when his vehicle was hit, and he was taken to a hospital as a precaution, police said.

DENVER — A Denver Police Department (DPD) officer suffered minor injuries when a car hit his vehicle as he was blocking traffic for a crash early Sunday on Interstate 25, according to police.

The crash happened about 3:30 a.m. on I-25 southbound near the exit to 6th Avenue, according to DPD. The officer was in his vehicle blocking traffic for the unrelated crash when the suspect vehicle sideswiped his vehicle, a DPD spokesperson said.

The suspect vehicle continued south I-25 for a short distance before the driver pulled over, got out of the vehicle and ran, the spokesperson said.

The suspect was located in the area of South Kalamath Street and West Bayaud Avenue. Officers smelled alcohol on his breath, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred, according to a probable cause (PC) statement in the case.

The suspect, identified as Raul Barragan, 22, was taken into custody and was held on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to DPD.

The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, police said.

I-25 southbound was closed at 6th Avenue for a couple of hours for the investigation and reopened about 5:20 a.m., according to police.

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Jun
2021
17

CDC Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Mask Wearing on Outdoor Transit Hubs, Public Transportation

Fully vaccinated Americans can now ditch their masks in outdoor transit hubs and on outdoor public transportation, the Centers for Disease Control said in updated guidance issued Thursday.

The new recommendations apply to any outdoor transportation areas, like outside an airport or a bus stop, as well as outdoor areas of public transportation, like the deck of a ferry or an open-air trolley.

Unvaccinated travelers should still continue to wear their masks in all public transportation-related areas, indoors and outdoors, the agency noted.

“CDC will continue to evaluate the requirements of its Order and determine whether additional changes may be warranted,” the agency wrote. “While those who are fully vaccinated may resume many activities without wearing a mask, the travel environment presents a unique set of circumstances based on the number and close interaction of travelers (both vaccinated and unvaccinated).”

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The updated guidance comes weeks after the CDC said fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear their masks outdoors and in many indoor situations. Masks are still required on planes and inside airports, regardless of a person’s vaccination status – a rule that has been extended until at least September.

The CDC has said fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves and don’t need to quarantine upon returning from an international or domestic trip, and has loosened cruise restrictions for vaccinated travelers (like allowing them to explore ports on their own rather than book a shore excursion through the cruise line).

When it comes to vaccine progress, 64% of Americans 18 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 53.4% are considered fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

So far, ABC News reported 13 states have vaccinated at least 70% of their adult populations with at least one dose: Pennsylvania, Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Washington, Maryland, and California.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

Jun
2021
17

Huawei targets driverless car by 2025

It was only in April that Chinese technology company Huawei said it wants to invest in electric vehicles and self-driving technology, and now a company executive has said the goal is to have a driverless car ready by the middle of the decade.

“Our team’s goal is to reach true driverless passenger cars in 2025,” Wang Jun, senior executive at Huawei’s automotive unit, said at an industry conference held last week, according to Reuters.

But unlike some of its peers, Huawei is unlikely to introduce its own vehicles. Eric Xu, co-chairman at the telecommunications giant, previously said the company would work with established automakers to create cars carrying the Huawei name as a sub-brand.

We’ve already seen this process in action. At April’s Auto Shanghai 2021, Chinese automaker BAIC showed off the Arcfox Alpha-S (shown main) which features a self-driving system developed by Huawei. The system is already quite advanced, with a prototype able to cover 620 miles of complex urban environments without the need for any corrections from the safety driver behind the wheel.

Huawei has been forced to expand into new sectors due to recent sanctions made by the United States against the company surrounding alleged cybersecurity concerns and other issues. A number of other markets followed with similar restrictions, leading Huawei to focus more on its home market. The company is also expanding into agriculture and healthcare.

But Huawei isn’t the only Chinese technology company in the race to develop self-driving cars. Search engine giant Baidu in May launched a commercial self-driving taxi service in Beijing.