City tops region’s bulk purchases of anti-overdose drug

Police, firefighters, colleges and public schools are stopping overdoses — and saving money — through bulk purchases of the antidote drug naloxone, but the cost of the anti-opioid medicine is going up.

More than 143 communities-— including Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover and Andover — paid a total of $238,608 for doses of the anti-overdose drug in fiscal year 2017, according to a state Department of Public Health report. Overall, the state bulk-purchasing program distributed more than 8,500 doses of naloxone to cities and towns.

The bulk-buying program was created by lawmakers in 2015 in response to a spike in overdoses that claimed thousands of lives. The state buys the medicine and then sells it to communities at reduced cost.

Money to begin the program came from an agreement between Attorney General Maura Healey and Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, which provided $325,000 to acquire and distribute the medicine at

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Microsoft takes step towards delivering FPGAs as a service

Microsoft has taken another step towards allowing its Azure customers to leverage the capabilities of the field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that the company has installed in its cloud data centres.

Microsoft announced this week at its Build developer conference that it would launch a preview of its FPGA-powered Project Brainwave architecture for deep neural net processing. Brainwave has been “fully integrated” with Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft said.

Even before launching the Brainwave preview, Microsoft had already been using FPGAs to accelerate SDN in its Azure data centres — in fact, all Azure compute servers deployed since late 2015 have been fitted with FPGAs.

According to Mark Russinovich, the chief technology officer of Azure, it is likely that Microsoft has more FPGAs in a production environment than any other tech company in the world.

FPGAs can offer significant advantages over GPUs and CPUs when it comes to AI, according to Russinovich.

2019 Hyundai Veloster price announced: Three doors for $19385

The redesigned three-door (or is it four?) 2019 Hyundai Veloster costs $19,385 and will go on sale this summer, the automaker said Tuesday. That price represents a $400 hike over the 2017 model, but it nets buyers more power, updated safety features, and a new design.

All versions of the Veloster now include automatic emergency braking, an important safety feature that was previously unavailable. Like the outgoing Veloster, the new model features just three passenger doors. From the driver’s side, it looks like a coupe. From the passenger’s side, it has two doors.

MORE: Read our 2019 Hyundai Veloster preview

A 6-speed automatic transmission runs an extra $1,000 for the base Veloster. From there, the lineup climbs to the automatic-only Veloster Premium for $23,635. The Premium trim level includes niceties such as blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Infinity speakers, a moonroof, and cloth/synthetic leather

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2019 Subaru Ascent first drive: my other family crossover is a canoe

Contrary to common understanding, Subaru did not create the tall-wagon-crossover-hatchback vehicle. Subaru just created six different reasons to buy the same one.

Want a wagon? How about an Outback.

Want a mid-size crossover? How about an Outback.

Want an off-roader? You get the idea.

DON’T MISS: Read our full review of the 2019 Subaru Ascent

Few have mass-produced genre-bending weirdness like Subaru historically has. Those that have are usually called “Pacific Northwest.”

But the Outback lacked any sort of accommodation for when its owners’ canoes needed to fit more than five. Grow up too much, and you might grow out of the Outback.

2019 Subaru Ascent first drive

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It fit that our first turns behind the wheel of the new, three-row 2019 Subaru Ascent outside Portland, Oregon, the Woodstock for bearded woodworkers

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Uber pushing for more electric car rides with driver bonuses, partnerships

Uber said it hears the future coming, and it’s relatively quiet.

This week the company announced a yearlong program to provide up to 5 million electric-vehicle (EV) rides through its ride-sharing app in a small number of North American cities.

The so-called “EV Champions Initiative” will roll out in Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; Montreal; Sacramento, California; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle. Similar programs were already launched in Portland, Oregon, and Pittsburgh.

According to the Los Angeles Times, drivers in certain cities such as San Diego, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh may earn up to $1 per ride bonuses, up to $20 in a week, for providing EV rides. Uber drivers in Los Angeles don’t get the bonus, according to the report.

Uber announced that they would partner with a broad range of nonprofits, thinktanks, and a university to study EV usage in those cities.

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Used 2016 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2016 Cadillac SRX is a compact luxury crossover SUV available in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium.

The base model comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, a 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seat, cruise control and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The CUE electronics interface with an 8-inch display is also standard, as are OnStar, in-car WiFi (4G LTE), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Luxury trim adds keyless ignition and entry, a blind-spot warning system, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors (driver-side auto-dimming), a rear cross-traffic alert system, a rearview camera, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof and

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KBI Family Feud Involving Ed Kozol Intensifies

JOLIET, IL – A legal fight over the multi-million dollar fortune controlled by Kozol Brothers Inc. remains active at the Will County Courthouse, court filings reveal. On Feb. 27, Joliet Patch published an exclusive story about the ongoing controversy at the long-time Will County beer distributor. Three siblings, Stephanie Friedrich, Michelle Littman and Anthony Kozol are suing their brother, Edward Kozol individually and as trustee of Kozol Family Trust.

In late March, the plaintiffs filed a motion at the Will County Courthouse asking the court to deem the defendants as being served with the civil lawsuit summons. The lawsuit was filed on Feb. 2. On Feb. 14, the defendant’s counsel, Jennifer Friedland, emailed the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Brianna Golan, and “advised that she was not authorized to accept service on behalf of the defendants. As a courtesy, however, Ms. Golan forwarded a copy of the complaint to Ms. Friedland,” court

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