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July 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Kid Rock has been sentenced to a year's probation and fined $1,000 for his role in a fight at a suburban Atlanta Waffle House last fall. The DeKalb County solicitor's office said the 37-year-old rock singer was also sentenced Monday to six hours of anger management counseling and 80 hours of community service. The entertainer, whose real name is Robert J. Ritchie, pleaded no contest to one count of simple battery. Four counts of battery were dropped. From the Associated Press cutline> ##et-quick23#k4f8vync#0N2668TB### Bailey Hanks is "Legally Blonde."
February 18, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
The car: Fisker Karma The power: 403 total horsepower coming from two 201.5-horsepower (150 kW) AC motors, mounted just above the rear wheels. Torque is in the neighborhood of monstrous, with 981 pound-feet available at 0 RPM. That figure sounds like enough to collapse a lung from the driver's seat, but consider this car weighs 5,300 pounds, or about as much as a Chevy Tahoe SUV. The photos: Fisker Karma The speed: 0-60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds in Sport mode using the gas engine to power the generator, battery and electric motors, or 7.5 seconds in purely electric mode.
April 15, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik, The Economy Hub
Every battery needs recharging, and those that operate the Economy Hub are no exception. We'll be taking time off over the next two weeks. Blogging in that period will be sparse, on an as-needed basis only. Normal programming will resume on April 28.  
May 5, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Auto Critic, Los Angeles Times
The car: 2012 Mitsubishi i SE The power: 66 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque coming from a 49 kW AC synchronous electric motor that's powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. It routs power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The photos: 2012 Mitsubishi i The speed: 0-60 mph in a long weekend (13.4 seconds) The bragging rights: Cheapest and most efficient electric vehicle currently on the market. Expect a 62-mile range from a fully charged battery, which comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
There's a Stage 2 power alert and I could be taken offline any minute if the California Independent System Operator orders rolling blackouts. But I'm not worried. I have a backup system that will keep my PC running at least two hours--long enough to get through a typical blackout. To test my backup system, I staged my own blackout by switching off the circuit breaker that provides power to my office. I'm still working. I'm writing this column from my desktop PC, which is plugged into an xPower 600 backup power system that delivers 600 watts of AC electrical current.
January 29, 1995
Michael Schrage's "Marketers Own the Electric Vehicle's Future, Not Engineers" (Jan. 19) is typical of the political approaches to battery-driven cars, which will not help with what is a problem in basic chemistry. When gasoline and air burn in a cylinder, the transfer of electrons and energy is quick and remarkably complete. Putting a few gallons of gasoline in a tank is fast and easy, while the air supplies itself. Not so with a battery. The same electrons must go through an "oxidizing" reaction, but the oxygen and the fuel must both be within the battery, and the oxidation goes slowly through some "electrolyte."
December 30, 2006
Re "EPA OKs fuel-cell car production," Dec. 24 I had to laugh reading that the EPA finally got around to approving the California Air Resources Board decision -- made three years ago -- to move away from battery electric technology and allow automakers to satisfy its zero-emissions requirements with fuel-cell vehicles. The irony is that in those three years, many fuel-cell advocates have concluded that the technology is fraught with challenging and expensive engineering problems. They are now once again looking at solutions that involve batteries.
February 8, 1987
The article by Peter Greenberg (Jan. 18) about hotel/motel fires was very timely and contained much good advice. However, one item not mentioned that I have found helpful is the use of a portable battery-operated smoke alarm. These devices can be easily packed in a suitcase. Fire department personnel advise that the alarm be hung about top of door height near the room entrance. And to avoid false alerts that the battery be disconnected when it is being transported. Even when using a smoke detector it is important to be aware of the location of an emergency exit, and the number of hall doors that must be passed to reach it. MARTHA ABELL Downey
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