MBTA urged to consider WiFi plan’s impact on communities – Eagle

BOSTON — An Andover lawmaker is calling for the MBTA to cancel its contract for WiFi upgrades along commuter rail routes if community impacts are not considered during a monthlong review that the transit agency announced Friday. 

The MBTA on Friday said it would conduct a 30-day assessment of the project approved in 2014 to install equipment intended to provide improved internet and cellular service. 

“There will be no construction of poles or other infrastructure during this review, which will include comments and other feedback from customers, elected and appointed officials, and residents,” MBTA officials said in a statement. 

The notice came four days after Andover and Manchester-by-the-Sea residents raised concerns to the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, saying the installation of communication towers would interfere with the looks of historic communities and could affect home values.

Sen. Barbara L’Italien, an Andover Democrat who has been working with local officials in hopes of

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Plug-in electric car sales for May: best Bolt EV, Prime months yet; Leaf, Volt rise too (final update)

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, California

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Sales of four high-volume plug-in electric cars

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Somebody Buy This Ridiculous Cadillac DeVille Barbecue Smoker …

There’s no one more inventive than a Texas pitmaster, but one Garland barbecue enthusiast may have built the most unique smoker of all time using the body of a 1988 Cadillac DeVille.

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn unearthed the Craigslist listing for the glorious smoker, which has a capacity of 1,300 pounds. “This is a custom homemade BBQ trailer grill,” reads the listing. “Great for parties, weddings, or family unions [sic].” The smoker is also mounted to a trailer hitch, and the front seats have been replaced with racks perfect for holding ribs and brisket.

For barbecue obsessives who just can’t live without this totally customized Caddy smoker, it’s still totally for sale. Its owner is only asking an entirely reasonable $1,800 (or best offer, so maybe there’s some haggling room), but don’t be surprised if this gem doesn’t get snapped up in a

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is an archaic enigma. It’s certainly outclassed on-road by most of its rivals, and yet it’s something nearly all of us would park in our garages.

We’ve rated it a 6.4 out of 10 overall, but there’s more to the 2018 Land Cruiser’s six decade heritage than just numbers. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

It’s hugely capable off-road and has an enviable reputation for reliability even under the harshest conditions. Those attributes have long made Land Cruisers a staple in the most remote, war-torn regions of the world, but they don’t really come into play in suburbia.

This year, the Land Cruiser is largely unchanged after a hefty refresh in 2016. Its rear-seat entertainment system gets with the times and becomes a stand-alone option instead of standard (since most kids are attached to their tablets these days) and its exterior mirrors

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Public asked to watch for murder suspect, as statewide search continues – Eagle

Police across Massachusetts are searching for a man who shot a woman to death, according to investigators.

Officials asked the public to watch for Louis Starkey III, but stressed he is considered armed and dangerous. They said he also fired a shotgun at a man after killing the woman.

State police issued a “Be On The Lookout” order, or BOLO, on Wednesday, noting that Starkey is wanted for murder and assault to murder with a dangerous weapon.

Starkey was last seen driving a red Lincoln MKX with Vermont license plate QLTMKR.

Anyone with information about Starkey’s whereabouts is urged to dial 911 or 508-820-2121.

The Northwestern District Attorney’s office said Amanda Glover, 48, was shot and killed Wednesday in Wendell, Massachusetts. Investigators believe Glover and Starkey knew each other, but there was no information available from police on a possible motive.

Police in Chicopee believe Starkey later went to a trucking company there, where he used a shotgun to

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Somebody Buy This Ridiculous Cadillac DeVille Barbecue Smoker

There’s no one more inventive than a Texas pitmaster, but one Garland barbecue enthusiast may have built the most unique smoker of all time using the body of a 1988 Cadillac DeVille.

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn unearthed the Craigslist listing for the glorious smoker, which has a capacity of 1,300 pounds. “This is a custom homemade BBQ trailer grill,” reads the listing. “Great for parties, weddings, or family unions [sic].” The smoker is also mounted to a trailer hitch, and the front seats have been replaced with racks perfect for holding ribs and brisket.

For barbecue obsessives who just can’t live without this totally customized Caddy smoker, it’s still totally for sale. Its owner is only asking an entirely reasonable $1,800 (or best offer, so maybe there’s some haggling room), but don’t be surprised if this gem doesn’t get snapped up in a

... read more at: https://dallas.eater.com/2017/7/5/15923706/cadillac-deville-custom-barbecue-smoker-craigslist

Fire damages Methuen commercial building – Eagle

METHUEN — Firefighters were out on the back deck of the Central Fire Station during a shift change Monday morning when two passers-by alerted them to a fire just a few buildings away.

Deputy Fire Chief Dan Donahue said two women were out walking their dogs and alerted the firefighters to blaze at 9 River St., just a short distance from the Lowell Street fire station.

Sure enough, in the distance, Donahue said he could “see the smoke coming from the roof” of the building.

Firefighters responded to the one-alarm blaze at 7:24 a.m. The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes and the last fire truck cleared the scene around 8:40 a.m., Donahue said. Investigators determined the cause to be electrical and unintentional.

“It was knocked down pretty quickly,” Donahue said. “It did some structural damage to the roof, but all the contents are fine.”

The River Street building, situated along the Spicket

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Used 2012 Cadillac SRX For Sale


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The most significant change to the 2012 Cadillac SRX is the direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that features a Sport mode, and has a manual-shift capability that enables you to hold one of the intermediate ratios all the way to the engine’s redline.

Despite the increase in power, the direct-injected V6 is actually more fuel-efficient than its predecessors. For the front-wheel-drive SRX, it delivers EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 city/24 highway mpg and 19 mpg combined (subtract 1 mpg in all categories for the all-wheel-drive model), on par with most of its competitors. There is also an “Eco” mode, which Cadillac says is good for squeezing out an additional 1 mpg. This engine is now capable of running on E85 fuel. More important, it can now run on regular gasoline, as many of the

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