One Week With: 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

I’m belted into the driver’s seat, rolling along Los Angeles’ furiously busy 405 freeway on a Tuesday morning, keeping pace with the surrounding traffic at a slightly extra-legal 70 mph. There is a car within feet of me on either side, another one two car lengths ahead, and a fourth—its driver clearly hyper-caffeinated—so close behind it is apparently trying to park itself inside my trunk. Me? I’ve got both feet flat on the floor, my arms are folded in my lap, and I’m watching all the surging, shuffling madness around me with a strange, newfound sense of serenity. And why wouldn’t I be? After all, the Cadillac I’m sitting in is driving all by itself.

Welcome to the brave new world of Cadillac Super Cruise. Launched last fall on the manufacturer’s up-level CT6 sedan, Super Cruise is Caddy’s new Level 2 semi-autonomous driving feature. A $5,000

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Could the Singer DLS be the greatest Porsche 911 ever made?

Singer has revealed the result of its long-awaited collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and two legendary Porsche engineers to take its famous ‘reimagined’ classic 911s to another level – and the car is on show at Goodwood this weekend. The LA-based company has become known for its high-quality, re-engineered restorations of the classic 1990s 964 version of the 911. However, in November 2017 it announced that it was working with Williams in the UK as well as former Porsche engineers Norbert Singer and Hans Mezger.

The result is a classic-shaped 911, still based on the 964, that has had every detail analysed and optimised using state-of-the-art engineering techniques, right down to the 2.7 RS Carrera-style ducktail rear spoiler. Could you ask more than a 911 with classic looks combined with technology that rivals the best any modern manufacturer could offer?

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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.

Mecum moves nearly 300 cars to new owners in Portland

Mecum Auctions’ third-annual collector car sale in Portland, Oregon, concluded this past weekend with 296 vehicles going to new owners for a collective $8.6 million, the auction house announced.

The most money paid for any of those nearly 300 vehicles was $214,500 for a Mark IV Red 2005 Ford GT that had been driven only 2,741 miles.

Ford GT tops all sales figures in Portland

A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS that had undergone Pro Touring modifications brought $176,000 and a 2013 Bentley Continental GTC sold for $159,500.

A diesel-powered 1984 Land Rover Defender 110 sold for $121,000 and a 1950 Chevrolet cab-over flatbed truck also cracked the six-digit plateau.

Top 10 sales Mecum Portland 2018

  1. 2005 Ford GT, $214,500
  2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Pro Touring, $176,000
  3. 2013 Bentley Continental GTC, $159,500
  4. 1984 Land Rover Defender 110, $121,000
  5. 1950 Chevrolet cab-over flatbed, $104,500
  6. 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $93,500
  7. 1972 DeTomaso Pantera, $88,000
  8. 1965 Shelby Cobra replica,

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Indy’s over, but Mecum calendar has three auctions in four-week period

As cars moved toward the end of the auction block this past week at Dana Mecum’s 31st annual Original Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis, they passed in front of a 1912 Indian “Big Base” 8-valve board-track racing motorcycle. The vintage bike was there to remind everyone that there’s more to come — and very soon — for the Mecum auctioneers.

On June 1-2, Mecum Auctions stages its second late-spring motorcycle sale in Las Vegas, where around 600 collector two-wheelers will be offered up for bidding at the South Point hotel and casino. 

The following weekend, June 8-9, Mecum moves on to Denver for its annual collector car auction in the Mile-High City, and then it’s on to Portland, Oregon, for another collector car sale June 22-23. Both the Denver and Portland sales should parade around 600 vehicles across the block.

A close-up view of

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Police: Making dent in gang violence may take years

Police Chief Alan DeNaro is warning that it could be years before marked improvement is the city’s gang problem, after two recent murders in Haverhill.

While about 100 residents gathered downtown to discuss safety in their city at a vigil, DeNaro told the City Council at last week’s meeting that his department is working on securing probable cause to arrest a suspect in the murder of 40-year-old Jeffrey Larkin, and is confident in the district attorney’s ability to prosecute the suspect in the murder of 20-year-old Nike Colon. Both men were shot to death within two weeks of each other.

“The city was shaken when we had two horrible homicides take place within a couple-week period,” said Mayor James Fiorentini.

DeNaro promised that he will implement the new gang unit in the Police Department regardless of what he receives in terms of funding next year, and spoke of “nontraditional” policing techniques that

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