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UPDATE: Driver involved in serious NE Portland crash failed sobriety tests, said his eyes were off the road

Correction appended

A man suffered serious injuries Tuesday night in a Northeast Portland traffic crash, police said.

The man, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, was involved in a crash with a Cadillac Escalade at 33rd Avenue and Emerson Street, Portland police said in a news release. They didn’t provide information about the circumstances that led to the crash.

The Cadillac’s driver and passenger walked away, police said, but police quickly found and detained them nearby. 

The man was taken to a hospital, police said. They didn’t publicly identify him or the two people who they say walked away from the Cadillac. 

Officers responded to the crash around 7:55 p.m. Traffic is affected in the area.

The crash is under investigation.

— Jim Ryan
jryan@oregonian.com
503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

A previous version of this report incorrectly referred to the sex of a person seriously injured in

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Volvo launches autonomous cars in Sweden & autonomous trucks in mines

A couple of weeks ago, Uber unleashed a fleet of fully autonomous Volvo XC90s in Pittsburgh. Though humans will be paid to keep the driver’s seats warm–at least for now–the SUVs are expected to do most of the driving themselves.

Now, Volvo has begun rolling out its own fleet of autonomous XC90s in the company’s traditional hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. The vehicles will be given to participants in Volvo’s Drive Me project so the automaker can learn more about how its self-driving software functions in real-world conditions. As Volvo’s Erik Coelingh explains, “Customers look at their cars differently than us engineers, so we are looking forward to learn how they use these cars in their daily lives and what feedback they will give us.”

ALSO SEE: 2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: from car seats to diaper bags, hauling the family

The first autonomous XC90 rolled off the assembly line today.

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2016 Mazda CX-9: Best Car to Buy Nominee

It’s the answer to the question that every car enthusiast with a family has ever asked: The Mazda CX-9 is a truly polished, fun-to-drive crossover capable of seating six in comfort or seven in a pinch.

Sure, this isn’t the first go-around for the CX-9, which was genuinely enjoyable to hustle through its paces on its first outing. But that was all the way back in 2006, when it launched as a 2007. A decade later, we finally have the company’s follow-up act, and it shares nothing more than a badge with its predecessor. 

MORE: Read our expert review of the 2016 Mazda CX-9

This latest CX-9 sheds around 250 pounds compared to the outgoing model, which helps justify the fact that it loses 23 horsepower (to 250 hp on premium fuel or 227 hp on regular unleaded), but there’s more to the story than just ponies. The CX-9 sees its torque

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Today’s high-tech safety systems can’t quite handle car washes

Modern cars come with a huge array of safety systems to keep drivers and passengers safe. These systems are good at spotting obstacles like pedestrians and other vehicles, but some things confuse them–things like car washes, for example.

That might sound like an absurd shortcoming, but if you look at things from a computer’s perspective, it makes perfect sense. Radar or cameras see a spinning brush ahead, identify it as an obstacle, and sound an alarm–maybe even apply the brakes.

All told, at least 33 of today’s vehicles have trouble in such scenarios. Frankly, that’s okay: we’d probably be more concerned if their software didn’t raise red flags when heading into the gauntlet of a car wash.

No, the real problem is that on rare occasions, owners may need to deactivate elements of their cars’ safety systems for short periods of time. Some automakers have anticipated those events, while others clearly haven’t.

Tesla

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Cadillac ELR

The Cadillac ELR is a range-extended electric luxury coupe, and the smallest car in the Cadillac lineup. It’s also one of the priciest, with a base price recently lowered to about $65,000. The ELR was launched for the 2014 model year to unimpressive sales, with fewer than half of the brand’s dealers opting to even carry the plug-in electric coupe. 

The ELR took a brief hiatus for the 2015 model year, but has returned with mechanical improvements for 2016, as well as that lower price. For those interested, dealers may still have leftover stock of the 2014 model, which will likely carry considerable discounts.

It’s unclear if the model will live on past 2016. The automaker has signaled that the ELR would not continue for a second generation, and it’s possible that executives pull the plug on the ELR faster than that.

MORE: Read our 2016 Cadillac ELR review

2014 ELR

At its launch, the ELR

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Harborlight’s Andrew DeFranza recognized for affordable housing work

BEVERLY — Earning Congressman Seth Moulton’s first Peter J. Gomes Service Award came as a surprise to Andrew DeFranza, executive director for Harborlight Community Partners.

There were six finalists narrowed down from a nominee pool of 30. But DeFranza’s work with Harborlight to provide housing to those most in need throughout the North Shore stood out.

The new award, established by Moulton about a month ago and awarded in Lynn Sunday, endeavors to annually recognize someone in the 6th Congressional District, which Moulton represents, “who best epitomizes the qualities of integrity, compassion, and commitment to community that were the foundation of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes’ teachings,” according to a news release.

Gomes was the minister of the The Memorial Church of Harvard University for almost 40 years, and was also an author and teacher. He passed away in 2011 at age 68. Moulton cited Gomes as “my mentor and my

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Hackers issued Internet security warning in 1998

WASHINGTON — The seven young men sitting before some of Capitol Hill’s most powerful lawmakers weren’t graduate students or junior analysts from some think tank. No, Space Rogue, Kingpin, Mudge and the others were hackers who had come from the mysterious environs of cyberspace to deliver a terrifying warning to the world.

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Deadline looms for children’s book contest

So you want to create a children’s picture book and get it published?

Cape Ann Reads is holding a children’s picture book contest. Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann and people who work on Cape Ann are invited to apply. One winning book will be published by Cape Ann Reads in 2017, a first-edition printing prize valued up to $10,000. Additional honors will be announced.

Deadline for entry form registration is Nov. 15, while the deadline for book submission is Dec. 15, 2016. Volunteer artists and illustrators are needed.

There are five local authors that are looking for help with their book illustrations. Please email capeannreads2016@gmail.com soon if you’d like to help a fellow local artist with their book submission (due Dec. 15.)

The contest is made possible by the Cape Ann Reads collaboration of the four public libraries: Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Public Library, TOHP Burnham

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