Hennessey builds 842-horsepower Cadillac Escalade

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The Texas Tuner is at it again. This time he’s not prepping a new Camaro or Corvette for high-speed, high-horsepower duty. Instead, he’s turned his attentions to the Cadillac Escalade. Yes, the large luxury SUV from the GM stable just got a massive dose of power, and you can put one in your garage.

In it’s stock guise, the Escalade is actually surprisingly quick. It has a 420-horsepower V-8

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Portland man buys Cadillac day after stealing large stash of cash from Portland restaurant, police say

A 57-year-old man is accused of stealing a stash of cash from a North Portland restaurant.

Michael Lee Dizer is in custody in the downtown Portland jail after he was booked on allegations of first-degree aggravated theft, second-degree burglary, third-degree robbery, harassment and third-degree assault.

Dizer, police said, was caught on camera last Tuesday entering the office of the Overlook Restaurant at 1332 N. Skidmore St., where the owner had just placed about $30,000 in cash in a drawer, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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Dizer was seen standing near a video poker machine, watching the owner and then going down a hallway that said “Employees only” and spending about four minutes in the office before he left the restaurant, according to police.

Portland police were able to identify the man

... read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/02/portland_man_buys_cadillac_day.html

Buick, Chevrolet Place In Top 10 Of JD Power Dependability Study

Foreign automakers continued to rule the 2017 J.D. Power Dependability Study, but General Motors managed to sneak two brands into the top 10 list, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Buick, which has made huge strides in reliability, landed at fourth place in the 2017 round of the study. Chevrolet, meanwhile, placed eighth. The study looks at owners’ experiences with new vehicles over a three-year period.

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Buick owners reported 126 problems per 100 vehicles, just trailing behind Toyota, in which owners reported 123 problems per 100 vehicles. Chevrolet owners reported 142 problems per 100 vehicles, edging ahead of Honda (143 per 100) and trailing BMW (139 per 100). Both GM brands also beat the industry average of 156 problems reported per 100 vehicles.

Most issues stemmed from some sort of technology, with the

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/02/buick-chevrolet-place-in-top-10-of-j-d-power-dependability-study/

Oregon’s ‘Military Mistress,’ who married 15 servicemen, wanted for check fraud

An Oregon woman who made national headlines in 2010 for marrying at least 14 U.S. servicemen and stealing their money is back in the spotlight with a new beau and new allegations.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Bobbi Ann and Zackerie House are wanted for writing a series of bad checks in Oregon, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Bobbi Ann House, 39, was dubbed the “Military Mistress” in connection with a 2011 fraud conviction. Then known as Bobbi Ann Finley, she was sentenced to three years in an Alabama prison after pleading guilty to theft by deception, according to ABC News.

ABC News correspondent Chris Cuomo assembled nine of House’s former husbands for an interview in 2010. Ex-spouse Ben Giles described her as “a domestic terrorist” who targeted and destroyed the lives of military members.

According to Marion County authorities, Bobbi Ann House and her latest husband opened a Wells Fargo checking

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GM recalls 4 million vehicles for airbag software glitch: list of affected models

GM is recalling 3.6 million vehicles because a software glitch might prevent airbags from inflating in a crash.

The carmaker said a component that controls airbag deployment contains defective software that could prevent airbags from working “in certain rare circumstances.”

The company said it would contact owners of affected vehicles, and that dealers would update the software for free. 

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2014-2016 model year Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet SS and Spark EV
  • 2014-2017 model year Chevrolet Corvette, Trax, Caprice PPV and Silverado 1500; Buick Encore; and GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2015-2017 model year Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado HD; GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra HD; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV

— Elliot Njus


... read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2016/09/gm_recalls_4_million_vehicles.html

It Could Take Years for Big-City Millennials to Save for a Down Payment

Bucking their rent-not-own reputation, millennials are looking forward to buying a home, but many have grossly underestimated just how much they’ll need for that all-important down payment.

Of the generation known for renting everything from designer handbags to desks in a shared office space, 79 percent say they want to purchase a home, according to a report published Wednesday by Apartment List, an online rental marketplace.

“A lot of folks said that millennials would go off and just rent,” said Jonathan Corr, chief executive of Ellie Mae Inc. in Pleasanton, California. “But as they hit those life-event years in terms of getting married, having children, they’re starting to make that transition.”

That doesn’t mean they’re ready to sign a check. Millennials in about half of large metropolitan areas are underestimating how much they’ll need for a down payment on their first home and are not saving at a fast enough pace. 


... read more at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-20/it-could-take-years-for-big-city-millennials-to-save-for-a-down-payment

Sweet dream: Ice cream stand presents itself to woman seeking her own business

As temperatures in Joplin crept into the mid-90s this past week, Megan Dale pulled the trailer that houses her health-conscious ice cream business, Pineapple Bliss, onto a parking lot on Main Street and prepared for the day’s business.

Maneuvering around the two bulky ice cream machines and other products inside the cramped trailer is difficult, and the machines sometimes put out more heat than the truck’s air conditioner can handle. As Pineapple Bliss opened for business at noon Wednesday, Dale had already worked up a sweat. 

Luckily, she’s no stranger to hard work. Working six or seven days a week for a few years to save up money, Dale’s goal was always to own her own business. She just didn’t know what it would be.

“I definitely didn’t think I’d be an ice cream truck owner,” she said.

Dale worked as a waitress and a hairstylist after attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In

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Local family works to bring injured loved one home

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Kyle McGrath’s father was hit by the minivan. His father was not involved in the accident.

When Brandt McGrath travelled to Portland, Oregon, to attend his sister’s wedding, he never imagined that he would have to spend the next several weeks in the hospital at his brother’s bedside.

Kyle McGrath was getting out of a car in front of his sister’s home in Portland when he was struck by a minivan on Feb. 23.

He suffered multiple skull and facial fractures, a moderate brain bleed on his right side and a severe bleed on the left

... read more at: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2016/04/09/local-family-works-bring-injured-loved-one-home/82847242/