March 28, 2012 |
BMW will recall 1.3 million luxury cars, including 367,000 in the U.S., because of a potential problem with a battery cable connector. It is BMW's largest recall ever, company officials said, and it is big by industry standards, rivaling some of the large recalls issued by Toyota Motor Co. as it dealt with quality issues over the last two years. The recall includes all BMW 5 Series sedans and sport wagons produced from June 1, 2003, to March 31, 2010, and 6 Series coupes and convertibles produced from Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 |
An L.A. County Superior Court judge accused of shoving and injuring a woman during an argument about dog waste told her he was a peace officer and repeatedly tried to calm her down, his lawyer said Thursday. The dispute occurred last July on the driveway of Judge Craig Richman's Chatsworth home after he asked Connie Romero, 51, to pick up a bag of dog waste she had left on the street while walking three small dogs. She replied that she planned to pick it up on her return trip, but the judge insisted she remove it. Romero then flung the bag onto Richman's passenger seat, and a confrontation ensued after he reached his home down the block.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1993
A city employee filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Finance Director Brian Mayhew, charging him with assault and battery and "negligent infliction of mental distress." Eddie Beals, director of emergency services for the city, said that during a budget discussion on Aug. 12, 1992, Mayhew screamed obscenities at him, slammed him into a wall, kneed him in the hip and dislocated his arm. He is suing for unspecified damages. Mayhew said he could not comment on the case because it is pending litigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2010 |
For a brief moment Tuesday afternoon, the cheering of family members of Marines returning from Afghanistan drowned out the echoing sound of artillery blasts from the training exercises of other troops preparing to deploy soon. The 129 Marines and sailors of Tango battery of the 5th battalion, 11th Marine regiment were home after a seven-month deployment in Helmand province, arguably the most dangerous place in an increasingly dangerous country. For Tango battery, it was considered a successful deployment: providing missile and rocket-fire to support infantry Marines fighting entrenched insurgents, including during the February battle for the Taliban stronghold of Marjah.
May 17, 2003
A couple of weeks ago you printed a letter taking Lafitt Pincay and his lawyer to task for threatening to sue people they deemed "responsible" for Lafitt's accident. Being against specious lawsuits, I agreed completely in that case -- but if I were Jose Santos and his lawyer I would sue the Miami Herald and everyone involved with the ridiculous "battery" story for every penny they can beg, borrow or steal -- and that includes the Churchill Downs steward who fanned the flames by labeling the picture "very suspicious."
May 8, 2010 |
Yet-Ming Chiang relishes his 20-mile drive to work. His hybrid car gets more than 100 miles per gallon, recharges by plugging into a regular wall outlet and purrs so quietly that it's his favorite place for making important phone calls. But what makes Chiang's ordinary-looking beige Toyota Prius even more special is that it's powered by a breakthrough battery that he invented and is working to turn into the kind of high-tech, green, "Made in America" product that many see as the key to the nation's economic future.
December 27, 2001 |
American soldiers slogging though Afghanistan use constant radio communication, satellite navigation and night vision goggles. Today, a single grunt has capabilities and powers a battalion couldn't call on just a couple of decades ago. But the gizmos that give a commando godlike abilities devour power. There was a time not so long ago when all an infantryman had to carry were a weapon and ammo. Now he's got to drag around a couple of pounds of batteries for stuff like his range finder.
January 6, 2012 |
General Motors Co. said it would make modifications to the Chevrolet Volt after a series of fires ignited after test crashes of the plug-in hybrid vehicle. GM said the fires were caused by a coolant leak that occurred when the battery pack in the vehicle was punctured during severe side test crashes by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The fires occurred hours to weeks after the tests as the coolant leaked and eventually created a short circuit. The automaker will add structural reinforcement that better protects the battery pack from punctures or a coolant leak in a severe side crash, said Mary Barra, GM's senior vice president of global product development.
January 27, 2012 |
For politicians betting on electric vehicles to drive job growth, the view from inside Think City's plant here is their worst nightmare: 100 unfinished vehicles lined up with no word on whether they will be completed. Only two years ago, the tiny Think cars (two can fit in a regular parking space) were expected to bring more than 400 jobs to this ailing city and a lifeline to suppliers who once made parts for gas-guzzling recreational vehicles. "We've said we're out to make Indiana the electric vehicle state.
March 30, 2013 |
Electric bikes are slowly picking up speed. Already booming in Europe and Japan, these bike-path legal bicycles combine a normal drivetrain with an electric motor, which is usually embedded in the rear hub. You decide how much to juice your pedaling with the motor, allowing you to fly up steep hills or commute to work without huffing and puffing, then push it manually when you want a workout. There are two types of electric bikes: a "pedal-assist" that kicks in only while you are pushing the pedals, and a throttle-actuated motor that works without pedaling.