Local group will use generous gift to provide homes for families in need

DAVENPORT, Iowa — An organization that helps those struggling with poverty and addiction got a huge lift today.

One Eighty, a group that helps with in-school food pantries, clothing, and supplying furniture to families in the Davenport School District, was gifted $25,000 by the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation.

The money will go towards buying and renovating condemned homes for families in need of shelter.

“Children are constantly moving from apartment to apartment, from school to school. It’s very difficult to get into the flow of things when you are changing schools all the time,” said One Eighty Financial Advisor Barry Donald. “Our goal with these dollars is to accomplish a number of things with affordable housing.”

The group has already purchased a few homes and are in the process of renovating them for families.

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Asahi India Glass to start commercial production at Taloja … – ET Auto

Asahi India Glass to start commercial production at Taloja Float Glass Plant
Mumbai: The country’s integrated glass company Asahi India Glass (AIS) is all set to commence production at its Taloja plant. This move will further strengthen the position of the company.

Along with the company’s fifth auto glass plant in Gujarat, the AIS Taloja plant will further add to the scale and flexibility of AIS in providing seamless supplies to customers in the architectural and auto segments, which includes all leading automotive OEMS.

Very extensive and highly modernised new float glass plant equipped with the latest in glass manufacturing technology, the Taloja Plant will have the capability to produce high-quality value-added glass for both, the architectural and the automotive glass segments, with an installed capacity to manufacture 550 tonnes of glass per day.

Speaking about the plant, Sanjay Labroo, MD CEO, AIS, said:

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Nearly 2,000 attend Oktoberfest in Gardiner – CentralMaine.com

GARDINER — Bryce Royal hasn’t shaved in more than five years. Throughout the early afternoon, person after person walked up to Royal and asked for a picture, and he was happy to oblige.

Royal was one of more than a dozen entrants in the Annual Gardiner Beard and Mustache Competition during the city’s eighth Swine Stein Oktoberfest.

Bryce Royal, left, and Zachary LeClair talk with other members of the Maine Facial Hair Club on Saturday afternoon during the eighth annual Swine  Stein Oktoberfest in Gardiner.


“This is just a freestyle, and it took me a few hours this morning to get it the way I wanted,” said Royal, 38, of Windham. “It’s just a lot of fun.”

The event featured craft beers from a dozen Maine brewers under a big tent, as well as live music, children’s games, a petting zoo, food

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Homeless man suspected of damage spree in Astoria

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A homeless man has been charged with six counts of first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly damaging five cars and two Department of Motor Vehicles office windows in Astoria this week.

Police received a report just after 6 p.m. Monday from the owner of a damaged Cadillac SRX on Hamburg Avenue near the Port of Astoria. When Officer A.J. Duryea arrived, he found the front window of the car totally shattered and a large piece of concrete resting on the substantially damaged hood, according to an affidavit.

Marco Vargas, a Bornstein Seafoods employee, was driving home from work. Stopped at an intersection across from Englund Marine Industrial Supply Co., Vargas saw the man throw what appeared to be a large rock through the windshield and,

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Karma comes around again: California’s newest car factory aims to rival Tesla

A premium luxury sedan born from the ashes of the Fisker Karma – a Tesla rival that wowed the automotive world before collapsing into bankruptcy three years ago – will soon begin rolling off a production line at California’s newest car factory. 

When it is up and running, the Karma Automotive factory in Moreno Valley will produce as many as 3,000 of the high-end Karma Reveros annually. The cars, again compteting with Tesla, will be four-door luxury electric sedans priced above $100,000.

Karma Automotive joins Tesla on a list of locally based car and bus manufacturers, including Faraday Future, BYD and Atieva that together are making California ground zero for the electric vehicle market. 

Like those companies, Karma is backed by Chinese money. The bankrupt Karma’s assets were purchased in 2014 by Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto parts giant that also owns A123, the battery company that produced power packs for the Fisker cars.

Bill to cut excise tax opposed by Maine cities and towns

A bill being considered by the legislative Taxation Committee eventually would cut in half the tax that residents pay to towns and cities to register motor vehicles, a change that supporters say would help the poor but opponents say would threaten a key revenue stream for cash-strapped municipalities.

L.D. 26 would reduce the excise tax on motor vehicles by 10 percent of its current amount each year for five years, until the rate is cut in half by 2022.

Opponents say that would only boost local property taxes, while supporters say it addresses the “unfair nature of the excise tax.”

China Selectman Ron Breton said in an interview that he sees the proposal as a “lose-lose” for towns and taxpayers. China collects about $800,000 in excise taxes each year, which is 64 percent of its total budgeted revenue, excluding property taxes, he said.

“If this bill were to pass, five years from

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