2015 Chevy Volt, 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, Nissan Self-Driving Car: What’s New @ The Car Connection

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2015 Chevrolet Volt Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt, now in its fifth model year, remains the first-ever high-volume electric car from General Motors. It’s a five-door compact hatchback with four seats that combines around 40 miles of battery power with a small range-extending gasoline engine that produces electricity to give the Volt unlimited range for longer trips.

Nissan Reveals New Details About Autonomous Car Features Arrival Dates

During a speech in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has revealed more details about the company’s upcoming line of autonomous cars. Will the company be a leader in the field of self-driving cars, much as its Leaf has been at the forefront of mass-market electric vehicles? Or will other automakers like Toyota and Volvo beat Nissan to the punch?

GM Tells Used Car Dealers To Stop Selling 2003-13 Cadillac CTS, 2004-06 Cadillac SRX

On June

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Cadillac Gives CUE a Quiet Overhaul

It was a grimace I’ll never forget. It was 2013 and I had just driven our Four Seasons Cadillac ATS, a shining revelation of GM chassis tuning and steering feel, from Ann Arbor, Michigan to visit my family in Philadelphia. My brother was fascinated by the ATS and its true 3 Series-fighting chops. But by the end of my visit, he found the CUE infotainment system so maddeningly fussy and frustrating that he couldn’t wait for the ATS to leave. If not for CUE, he said, he would have seriously considered buying the spritely Caddy.

While it might be too little too late for my brother, who is now the proud owner of a Volkswagen Golf GTI, Cadillac has fully overhauled CUE. Critical updates to the system were rolled out quietly and without any big fanfare in CTS models that began arriving in showrooms in early

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Snake slithers out of car’s air vent as Virginia woman is driving

Lora Goff drove down Main Street in downtown Warrenton, Virginia, on her lunch break from a nearby law firm when she heard a rattling sound.

The office manager looked down next to the steering wheel of her Cadillac SRX and saw a snake slithering out of the air vent. Trying to stay calm, she pulled off the road, jumped out of the SUV and dialed 911.

And like anyone these days who has a unique event unfold before them, she snapped a picture: “I thought, ‘Nobody’s going to believe this.’ “

When animal control arrived, the officer confessed that he, too, was scared of snakes.

“I said, ‘I’m in trouble now,’ ” Goff recalled of her Monday incident.

The snake, which she later estimated to be a garter snake that measured about 21/2-feet long, had gotten tangled in her phone cord charger.

“At first,” she said, “I was in disbelief. I was like, ‘Oh, my

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SE Portland couple escapes harm after tree crashes onto van

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Southeast Portland woman, Jeannie Harwood, is thankful to be alive after a large fir tree narrowly missed crushing her in her minivan just before noon.

Her partner, musician Charles Suniga, is fortunate he was not electrocuted trying to rescue her.

The incident began a block from their home as Harwood began a Christmas errand.

Harwood said she remembers coming to a full stop at the corner before turning right on Southeast 142ndAvenue.

“So I went to turn, I just started to turn and my windshield just [obliterated]. And I thought a big huge branch had fallen on it,” she said. “I didn’t know. And then more branches just kept coming! And I was kind of stunned and I looked back and I saw the power lines wrapped around the car.”

Her partner, Charles, heard the crash and raced out the front door of their home.

“I just felt that

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Working in Clark County: Steve Harmon, owner, Yellow Dot Windshield Repair

Steve Harmon is trying to shake his reputation of being the “Windshield Guy at the Mall.”

After nearly 15 years of fixing an estimated 20,000 windshield cracks in the Vancouver Mall parking lot out of a van under a canopy near the west entrance, Harmon was asked to relocate Yellow Dot Windshield Repair to a different part of the lot; his lease was about to expire, and development plans are in the works. A Vancouver Mall spokesman wouldn’t confirm what is being planned, exactly, but said that they are in discussions to host a new tenant.

Harmon, a Seattle native who lives in the Salmon Creek area with his family, is using the opportunity to rebrand, instead of moving to a different area of the lot. Now in a nearby warehouse, he won’t have to operate at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Windshield repair is one of those services that doesn’t exactly cross

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Questions arise after Louisville police officer shoots at suspect through car windshield – The Courier

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This LMPD officer driving in his squad car shot through his windshield while pursuing a robbery suspect.
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During the pursuit of an armed robbery suspect Tuesday in Portland, one Louisville Metro Police officer took both hands off the wheel of his moving car, grabbed his gun and shot through his windshield.

It looked like something out of an action movie and caught the attention of cops and critics alike. Is shooting at a suspect through a windshield an appropriate police tactic? 

Nicolai Jilek, an LMPD officer since 2007 and the president of Louisville’s police union, said “you may not see it often” but that shooting

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Streak Snapped | Local Sports | gloucestertimes.com

The Gloucester girls tennis team ran into a buzz saw on Monday at the Ross Tennis Courts in the form of Saugus.

The powerful Sachems flexed their muscles en route to a 5-0 victory.

With the loss, Gloucester snaps a three-game win streak and falls to 3-2 on the season. Monday’s loss, however, has not sullied a solid start for the team.

After dropping the opener to Medford, the Fishermen rattled off three straight victories over Everett (5-0), Lynn English (5-0) and Swampscott (3-2).

The team has been powered by a potent trio of singles player, who have all won individually in each of Gloucester’s wins this spring. Lexi Zubricki has thrived at the No. 1 singles spot with Christina Jones right behind her, giving Gloucester a strong No. 2. Tori Carini has also been strong at No. 3 singles.

Courtney Goulart and Julia Brown have been solid at No. 1 doubles along with the No.

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BIG PAYDAY: Details extra work for Beverly police

BEVERLY — If you were driving through the city last July 11, you likely encountered two separate road crews from Middlesex Corp. within a half mile, both reconstructing Rantoul Street. The crews were accompanied by police officers working private details.

You may have passed detail officers directing traffic on Hart Street, where Department of Public Works crews were working. At the Brimbal Avenue intersection with Dunham Road, you likely drove past another detail officer directing traffic after a show has just gotten out at the North Shore Music Theatre.

That night, if you attended a late movie in Danvers, on your way home you encountered resurfacing work on Route 128, where still more police officers were working private details.

In all, the Beverly Police Department received 24 calls for detail work that day, requiring 38 officers total, according to the department spokesman Officer Mike Bocuzzi. Four officers were called in from outside the

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DA: Ex-Beverly councilor tried to intervene in relative’s court case

PEABODY — A former Beverly city councilor, censured by colleagues a decade ago over an anonymous letter containing false allegations of a police coverup, attempted to intervene in a relative’s court case in Peabody last week. 

John Burke, who is now a Middlesex County assistant district attorney, showed up last Monday in Peabody District Court for the arraignment of a cousin who was charged in a domestic abuse case, Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s office confirmed on Monday. 

Monahan confirmed that Burke sat inside the bar, the enclosed area at the front of the courtroom typically reserved for attorneys who are appearing in court on behalf of clients, and then discussed the case with an Essex assistant district attorney. 

At some point in that discussion, Burke flashed a badge of some sort, leading the prosecutor to believe he was connected with state police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office,

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