Ford Mustang and driver saved from oncoming train in Portland

Portland, Oregon got a taste of actual winter this year, and many of that city’s fine citizens got a crash course in winter driving, including one man who got his Mustang stuck on some train tracks and was nearly t-boned by an oncoming commuter train.

According to KATU, Andrew Rassmusen was at his job at a physical therapy office when he saw a red Ford Mustang get hung up in the snowy ruts over the commuter train tracks there.

“We saw a red Mustang coming down the road. It was fishtailing a little bit. It got to that stop light up there. It went to go across those max tracks and got stuck,” he told KATU. “Rear wheel drive, real low sports car, yeah probably not the best to be on these kind of roads,” he said.

Seconds after the Mustang foundered, four good samaritans rushed

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2017/01/19/mustang-driver-saved-oncoming-train-portland/

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Drive | Crazy. Good.

TAMWORTH, New Hampshire – We’re tempted to tell you that the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is ridiculous. It’s borderline frightening to think that we now live in a world where anybody with the money and the gumption can stroll into the nearest Jeep dealership and place an order for a 707-horsepower Hemi-powered Grand Cherokee. Let’s put this slice of history into perspective. The original Jeep, the one used by the military, boasted 60 horsepower from the Go Devil four-cylinder engine under the hood. The most powerful version of the muscle car-era 426-cubic-inch Hemi was factory-rated at 425 hp. And even if that legendary powerplant was underrated from the factory, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk still obliterates it by a couple hundred horses.

In an SUV. Seven-hundred-horsepower sport utility vehicle doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? And conventional

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2017/08/30/2018-jeep-grand-cherokee-trackhawk-first-drive-review-13579/

Ryan Tuerck’s Ferrari-powered Scion drifts, crashes, fixes, and drifts again

We were pretty astonished when Ryan Tuerck and Gumout shoved a Ferrari 458 V8 into a Scion FR-S. And as awesome as that fact alone may be, it’s even more amazing that it’s a fully functional drifter, not just a show car. Tuerck recently took it out to Portland, Ore. to do some sweet drifting on a mountain road. Unfortunately for him and the car, he did something substantially less sweet right off the bat.

As you’ll see in the video, in just the second corner of the course, Tuerck drives the front corner of the GT4586 right into the dirt cliff on the side of the road. For a moment, it looks like things are all right, but the car starts pulling to the right and he stops the car for repairs. After fixing bits including a thoroughly bent tie-rod, the GT4586 is good as new.

We’re

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2017/09/23/ferrari-scion-gt86-drift-car-ryan-tuerck-crash-video/

Portland to use sewage gas to shift away from diesel

Portland, Oregon has a plan to get polluting diesels off its streets, and it involves sewage.

Since 2008, the city’s Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant has been collecting methane – a stinky greenhouse gas that also doubles as a relatively clean-burning hydrocarbon fuel – produced by bacteria as it decomposes solid waste in sewage. It currently captures about 77 percent of the methane generated there, and uses some to generate electricity, and sells the rest. The other 23 percent is essentially wasted, as it’s flared off, producing carbon dioxide.

But Portland now wants to use 100 percent of the methane produced at the treatment plant, turning it into renewable natural gas for use in vehicles. City Council approved a plan to build a CNG fueling station at the site, and convert or replace diesel vehicles. The plan could make a significant impact, too, as the

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2017/04/28/portland-sewage-cng-diesel-replacement/

Oregon introduces EV rebates, bicycle tax

Oregon has been a welcome home to electric vehicles for some time now. Portland has installed meaningful, useful charging infrastructure – including its own “Electric Avenue” – and the state has been part of the growing West Coast Electric Highway since 2012. Now, it will be even easier for drivers to take the leap into EV ownership, as the state is introducing its own rebate program, as Car and Driver reports.

State legislature has approved a rebate of up to $2,500 for the purchase of a new electric vehicle. The incentive may be offered as a point-of-sale rebate at the dealership, but it could take the state up to 60 days to process claims. This new rebate is on top of any federal incentive to which the car may be subject, which could mean EV buyers save up to

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2017/07/10/oregon-ev-rebates-bicycle-tax/

The OJ Bronco was for sale on "Pawn Stars," but didn’t sell

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The OJ Simpson Ford Bronco shows up on Pawn Stars

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It’s one of the most famous, or should we say infamous, vehicles in history. It captured the attention of millions of people for one insane day back in June of 1994. I’m talking about a certain fifth-generation Ford Bronco that was finished in bright white paint. It’s the O.J. Bronco, and it just appeared on the show “Pawn

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Sen. Cruz to participate in McAllen Fourth of July Parade

Sen. Ted Cruz will be a guest at McAllen’s annual Fourth of July Parade this year.

McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said Cruz will give remarks at Archer Park in the morning and will then ride in a vehicle during the parade. Cruz’s staff and the city are also planning either a breakfast before the parade or a reception afterward.

The visit is “community oriented” — he does not plan to meet with Border Patrol, trade industry stakeholders or visit any of the international bridges, as he has on previous trips.

This marks Cruz’s third Rio Grande Valley visit in the past year. He visited McAllen for a border roundtable at the McAllen Convention Center in December. In February, days before Speaker Paul Ryan toured the Valley, Cruz accompanied Border Patrol on an overnight walk, talked with trade stakeholders at Mission’s Center for Education and Economic Development and met with protestors across the street

... read more at: http://www.themonitor.com/news/article_015177fc-5564-11e7-b11b-fb226e2b0176.html

Kelly Hawes: Standing up for facts, truth, human decency

I spent last weekend with a few hundred enemies of the people.

The occasion was the Excellence in Journalism conference, where members of the profession gathered to recognize colleagues and learn new skills that might help them to do their jobs better.

Among the honorees was Stephen B. Shepard, founding dean emeritus of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. Shepard, who had been a top editor at both Newsweek and Business Week, was one of three individuals named as fellows of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In accepting his award, Shepard addressed the falling level of public trust in the news media.

“It would be easy to blame Donald Trump for our problems,” Shepard said. “He continues to label any story he doesn’t like as ‘fake news,’ and he has called the news media the ‘enemy of the American people.’ His attacks are outrageous, of course, and they

... read more at: http://www.tribstar.com/opinion/columns/kelly-hawes-standing-up-for-facts-truth-human-decency/article_a636253a-9c89-11e7-98c2-73bcda80c7e4.html