Sunroofs Are Growing in Size and Popularity. Rules Haven’t Kept Up.

With sunroofs becoming increasingly popular, consumer advocates worry that the danger will grow.

About seven million, or 40 percent, of the 2017 model year cars and light trucks sold in the United States came with a sunroof, compared with 33 percent for the 2011 model year, according to WardsAuto, a trade publication.

Crash data is not as up-to-date, but it is still troubling. About 300 people were killed and about 1,400 injured every year from 1997 to 2008 when they were thrown out of sunroofs, whether open or closed, the N.H.T.S.A. said in 2011. In 2016, the agency did a more limited study of ejections through closed sunroofs only: Between 2002 and 2012, about 230 people were killed and 500 injured each year.

In a statement, the agency said it was “actively looking into this issue and continues to analyze information related to the

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Tours (2- or 4-wheel) offered here and abroad

FIVA has announced a March 18 deadline for entries for the World Motor Cycle Rally 2018, which will put riders of vintage motorcycles on a Hungarian route from Budapest to Eger to Cegled and back to Budapest. Hungary is the home of such historic motorcycle companies as Pannonia, Csepel and Danuvia.

The event features seven classes, from ancestors (bikes produced until December 31, 1904) through post-war (1946-1960) and on to those as new as December 31, 1980.

For details, visit the event website.

RM Sotheby’s offers inaugural Alpine Tour

RM Sotheby’s will stage its first Alpine Tour: Mulhouse to Monaco, scheduled for May 9-13.

“The Alpine Tour is an exciting new motoring adventure in two parts,” the auction house says in the advertisement for the event in its Paris auction catalog. “Part one is a spirited drive on a set route through some of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes — a luxury driving tour visiting

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The Problem With IIHS Headlight Testing

Starting in 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began testing headlights and incorporating their performance into the coveted Top Safety Pick ratings. Headlight performance coined Good or Acceptable was required to even be a contender for Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating IIHS awards. Numerous cars lost out on the top rating due to headlight performance alone. While Good or Acceptable headlights used to be enough for the top slot, only cars with Good headlights are eligible in 2018 models. This, plus the addition of a passenger-side small offset frontal crash test, dwindled the Top Safety Pick+ list to just 15.

We can all agree that good headlights are a plus, but there’s a big loophole in IIHS’s headlight testing methodology. You can read all the precise details of how IIHS tests headlights on its website. These tests

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Alabama picked to host huge auto plant

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda on Wednesday announced plans to build a huge, $1.6 billion joint-venture plant in Alabama that will eventually employ about 4,000 people.

Several states had competed for the coveted project, which will be able to turn out 300,000 vehicles per year and will produce the Toyota Corolla compact car for North America and a new, small SUV from Mazda. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and company executives held a joint news conference to announce that the facility is coming to the Huntsville area not far from the Tennessee line. Production is expected to begin by 2021.

“This is indeed a great day in Alabama,” Ivey said. “Thank you for believing in the potential of our people in the great state of Alabama. … Toyota and Mazda, thank you so much. Welcome to sweet home Alabama.”

To lure the plant, the state offered an incentive package of $370

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‘Porn Kills Marriages’ 1965 Cadillac Hearse Is Ready For A New Home: Craigslist Find

There’s a lot to lay out here, so bear with us. Foremost, the “Porn Kills Marriages” vinyl is not a joke, or cheeky humor bash. The company, “XXX Church”, has a mission statement to help individuals overcome pornography addictions.

For some reason, someone thought raising awareness with an old 1965 Cadillac Hearse was the best way to do so. A little strange, but, the ride is for sale and could make for a neat restoration project. For some prospective, here’s a shot of what the 1965 Cadillac looked like before all of the vinyl wrapping.

1965 Cadillac Hearse

1965 Cadillac Hearse

According to the Craigslist ad, which you can see here, the 1965 Cadillac runs and drives great with no major mechanical issues in sight. Power comes from a mammoth 429 cubic-inch V8 which was

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Americans are dazzled as eclipse turns day into night

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

“It was a very primal experience, it really was,” Julie Vigeland, of Portland, Oregon, said after she was moved to tears by the sight of the sun reduced to a silvery ring of light in Salem. “I’ve seen other really magnificent things, but there is nothing, nothing like this. Absolutely nothing.”

The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent in about 90 minutes, bringing forth oohs, aahs, shouts and screams.

In Boise, Idaho, where the sun was more than 99 percent blocked, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights

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Serving up New Works; Fresh plays take the stage for annual festival at Firehouse – Eagle

Each year on the New Works Festival stage, Victor Atkins would deliver a comedic monologue in his British accent and butler’s outfit, bewailing how festival playwrights had once again skunked his ilk.

But last year, playwright Josh Faigen turned the tables on him. In the wake of Atkins’ lament, the playwright waved a sheath of papers and boldly announced that indeed there was a script for the penguin-attired steward.

To the audience’s delight — and Atkins’ initial mortification — the long-neglected butler had his role. The short spoof was followed by a reading. In it, the butler shoots a houseguest.

Welcome to New Works, the world of the unexpected, where newness and spontaneity forge communal bonds among writers, directors, players, crews and audiences.

Over four days this weekend and next, 40 actors will perform 17 jury-selected works by New England playwrights at Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts.

The original plays, selected from around 200 entries, include a

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Rockport’s Robinson entering Rock Hall of Fame

It’s not every day you get the call that you’re heading into the Rock  Roll Hall of Fame.

So, when drummer David Robinson of Rockport learned earlier this week that he and his fellow band mates from The Cars finally were to be inducted in rock ‘n’ roll’s pantheon, he celebrated in curious rock star fashion.

“I’ve been painting my ceilings and I took my trash to the dump,” Robinson said Wednesday after the announcement that The Cars — one of the most successful Boston-issued bands ever — would join Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the 2018 class of Rock  Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

Perhaps Robinson’s low-key celebration shouldn’t come as a total surprise.

Founded in 1976 in Boston, The Cars never were ones for flash. Unfairly, they often were regarded more as a studio band than a live band because of their aversion to much

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ISU MBB: Topalovic’s career night lifts ISU over Sac State

POCATELLO — Just when it looked like Idaho State would suffer the same fate in back-to-back games, Reed Gym’s crowd erupted in cheers.

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Novak Topalovic threw down a dunk with 1 minute, 52 seconds remaining against Sacramento State, pushing ISU’s dwindling lead to four points and injecting a buzz into the nervous home fans.

Another Topalovic slam at the 44-second mark sent the crowd into a frenzy and put the stamp on the Bengals’ 71-65 win Saturday against Sacramento State at Reed Gym.

Topalovic was showered with a standing ovation when he was subbed out of the game with 18 seconds left and the outcome in little doubt. ISU’s redshirt junior center

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