Police: Making dent in gang violence may take years

Police Chief Alan DeNaro is warning that it could be years before marked improvement is seen.in the city’s gang problem, after two recent murders in Haverhill.

While about 100 residents gathered downtown to discuss safety in their city at a vigil, DeNaro told the City Council at last week’s meeting that his department is working on securing probable cause to arrest a suspect in the murder of 40-year-old Jeffrey Larkin, and is confident in the district attorney’s ability to prosecute the suspect in the murder of 20-year-old Nike Colon. Both men were shot to death within two weeks of each other.

“The city was shaken when we had two horrible homicides take place within a couple-week period,” said Mayor James Fiorentini.

DeNaro promised that he will implement the new gang unit in the Police Department regardless of what he receives in terms of funding next year, and spoke of “nontraditional” policing techniques that

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2015 Chevy Volt, 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, Nissan Self-Driving Car: What’s New @ The Car Connection

From The Car Connection:

2015 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt, now in its fifth model year, remains the first-ever high-volume electric car from General Motors. It’s a five-door compact hatchback with four seats that combines around 40 miles of battery power with a small range-extending gasoline engine that produces electricity to give the Volt unlimited range for longer trips.

Nissan Reveals New Details About Autonomous Car Features Arrival Dates

During a speech in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has revealed more details about the company’s upcoming line of autonomous cars. Will the company be a leader in the field of self-driving cars, much as its Leaf has been at the forefront of mass-market electric vehicles? Or will other automakers like Toyota and Volvo beat Nissan to the punch?

GM Tells Used Car Dealers To Stop Selling 2003-13 Cadillac CTS, 2004-06 Cadillac SRX

On June

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Cadillac Gives CUE a Quiet Overhaul

It was a grimace I’ll never forget. It was 2013 and I had just driven our Four Seasons Cadillac ATS, a shining revelation of GM chassis tuning and steering feel, from Ann Arbor, Michigan to visit my family in Philadelphia. My brother was fascinated by the ATS and its true 3 Series-fighting chops. But by the end of my visit, he found the CUE infotainment system so maddeningly fussy and frustrating that he couldn’t wait for the ATS to leave. If not for CUE, he said, he would have seriously considered buying the spritely Caddy.

While it might be too little too late for my brother, who is now the proud owner of a Volkswagen Golf GTI, Cadillac has fully overhauled CUE. Critical updates to the system were rolled out quietly and without any big fanfare in CTS models that began arriving in showrooms in early

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Snake slithers out of car’s air vent as Virginia woman is driving

Lora Goff drove down Main Street in downtown Warrenton, Virginia, on her lunch break from a nearby law firm when she heard a rattling sound.

The office manager looked down next to the steering wheel of her Cadillac SRX and saw a snake slithering out of the air vent. Trying to stay calm, she pulled off the road, jumped out of the SUV and dialed 911.

And like anyone these days who has a unique event unfold before them, she snapped a picture: “I thought, ‘Nobody’s going to believe this.’ “

When animal control arrived, the officer confessed that he, too, was scared of snakes.

“I said, ‘I’m in trouble now,’ ” Goff recalled of her Monday incident.

The snake, which she later estimated to be a garter snake that measured about 21/2-feet long, had gotten tangled in her phone cord charger.

“At first,” she said, “I was in disbelief. I was like, ‘Oh, my

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SE Portland couple escapes harm after tree crashes onto van

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Southeast Portland woman, Jeannie Harwood, is thankful to be alive after a large fir tree narrowly missed crushing her in her minivan just before noon.

Her partner, musician Charles Suniga, is fortunate he was not electrocuted trying to rescue her.

The incident began a block from their home as Harwood began a Christmas errand.

Harwood said she remembers coming to a full stop at the corner before turning right on Southeast 142ndAvenue.

“So I went to turn, I just started to turn and my windshield just [obliterated]. And I thought a big huge branch had fallen on it,” she said. “I didn’t know. And then more branches just kept coming! And I was kind of stunned and I looked back and I saw the power lines wrapped around the car.”

Her partner, Charles, heard the crash and raced out the front door of their home.

“I just felt that

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RSPs get NBN alternative to increase footprint with new product

NBN Co has announced a new product set to facilitate retail services providers’ access to connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) and access virtual circuit (AVC).

The company behind the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has launched NNI link, a network-to-network interface (NNI) product which allows RSPs to acquire AVC and CVC directly from NBN Co without having a physical connection to all 121 of NBN Co’s points of interconnect (POI).

The AVC is a fixed monthly access fee payable by RSPs for each of their end users and depends on the maximum bit rate requested, while the CVC is a charge for the collective amount of bits that flow through the point where the nbn network interconnects with their own network.

Before, an RSP had to go through a large telco such as Telstra or Optus to get NBN services. Under the new structure, RSPs will deal

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RSPs get NBN alternative to increase footprint with new product – ARN

NBN Co has announced a new product set to facilitate retail services providers’ access to connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) and access virtual circuit (AVC).

The company behind the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has launched NNI link, a network-to-network interface (NNI) product which allows RSPs to acquire AVC and CVC directly from NBN Co without having a physical connection to all 121 of NBN Co’s points of interconnect (POI).

The AVC is a fixed monthly access fee payable by RSPs for each of their end users and depends on the maximum bit rate requested, while the CVC is a charge for the collective amount of bits that flow through the point where the nbn network interconnects with their own network.

Before, an RSP had to go through a large telco such as Telstra or Optus to get NBN services. Under the new structure, RSPs will deal

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Working in Clark County: Steve Harmon, owner, Yellow Dot Windshield Repair

Steve Harmon is trying to shake his reputation of being the “Windshield Guy at the Mall.”

After nearly 15 years of fixing an estimated 20,000 windshield cracks in the Vancouver Mall parking lot out of a van under a canopy near the west entrance, Harmon was asked to relocate Yellow Dot Windshield Repair to a different part of the lot; his lease was about to expire, and development plans are in the works. A Vancouver Mall spokesman wouldn’t confirm what is being planned, exactly, but said that they are in discussions to host a new tenant.

Harmon, a Seattle native who lives in the Salmon Creek area with his family, is using the opportunity to rebrand, instead of moving to a different area of the lot. Now in a nearby warehouse, he won’t have to operate at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Windshield repair is one of those services that doesn’t exactly cross

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One Week With: 2017 Cadillac CTS Vsport

HOBOKEN, New Jersey — In my late teens, I occasionally snuck out in my old man’s V-8-powered E60 BMW 550i M Sport while the ‘rents were on vacation. I was enamored by how easily it carved corners with heroic precision, especially given my limited driving experience. (Sorry dad—if you just found out by reading this, at least I didn’t break anything!)

When that E60 was brand new, Cadillac was in the early years of its transformation away from being a purveyor of front-wheel-drive marshmallows, a transformation led by the CTS. As it evolved from its first iteration 2003, the sedan matured and evolved from merely good to downright fabulous.

In this era of numbing electric power steering and computer controlled this-and-that, the third-generation Cadillac CTS is a refreshingly true driver’s car. Upon first sampling in its 2014 introductory year, its balance of performance and luxury brought sensations similar

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