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April 10, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
In the latest chapter of an ongoing battle against traditional dealer networks, Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has taken his fight to Texas, telling lawmakers his company could sell as many as 2,000 cars next year if allowed to open its own stores. Musk testified Monday before a committee of the Texas Legislature in support of HB 3351 and SB 1659, bills  that would allow U.S.-based manufacturers of 100% electric- or battery-powered vehicles to sell directly to Texas consumers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
Roughly 1,000 vehicles flooded the Empire Center in Burbank on Tuesday night for a car “flash mob” organized through social media, snarling traffic as crowds swarmed the parking lot. More than 20 police officers from Burbank, Glendale and San Marino were assigned to patrol after a similar event in November also caused traffic headaches. Earlier in the evening, police closed the parking lot to cars, shut down surrounding streets because of traffic congestion and warned motorists to avoid the area, the Burbank Leader reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1990
If you really want people to buy and use electric cars, Caltrans should allow them to use the diamond lane, regardless of the rider count. DAVID REID Silverlake
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and David Zucchino
ATLANTA - As Georgia nursed a hangover from a freak winter storm, Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for poor preparation that led to massive gridlock in and around Atlanta, forcing drivers to sleep in their cars overnight or abandon the vehicles along slick, snow-covered roads. Most schools and offices across the area remained closed because of icy roads. Uniformed state and local police escorted motorists back to hundreds of abandoned vehicles along the interstate system.
AUTOS
August 21, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Now that Tesla Motors has turned a profit , and its Model S electric car has scored the top federal safety rating and the top Consumer Reports rating , what's left for the upstart Palo Alto automaker? Plenty. What Tesla has accomplished is remarkable, and it appears on track to become the first successful automotive start-up in a century. Investors certainly think so, having pushed the stock up 323% this year. Top 10 cheapest cars that get 35 mpg But whether the bullish bet pays off in the long term will depend on whether Tesla can break out of its niche of selling government-supported cars to rich people.
TRAVEL
November 24, 1985
I read with interest Reg Jones's comments in Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips (Oct. 27) regarding Team Cars, London. Reg did not know that you can book your Team Car from anywhere in the United States on our toll-free number, (800) 858-1515. Team Cars are well located for exit from London; they operate the latest equipment, are friendly, efficient. JOHN MACE president Autoglobe Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2009 | Associated Press
Two 21-year-old men are charged with 85 felonies for allegedly shooting pellet guns at more than 40 cars along a Bay Area freeway. Shawn Philip Wagner of Mariposa and Rojelio Samuel Gomez of Fremont were each charged with 42 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 43 counts of vandalism in connection with the shootings over the last several months. Both defendants are expected to make their first appearance at the Fremont Hall of Justice on Tuesday.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Sunday is the traditional day to take the car out for spin (except, of course, in Los Angeles when a Carmaggedon is underway). But in Philadelphia, one such ride didn't quite turn out as hoped, with the driver crashing his van into five parked cars. The driver was 10 years old, police said According to Philadelphia police, the boy saw the van, which was being used to unload furniture, with the keys hanging from the rear door. He allegedly grabbed the keys, jumped into the cab and took off -- for less than a block.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2000
It seems to me that it is way past time that we comment on the automobile commercials on TV. They show these beautiful vehicles and they exhibit their attributes mostly at road speeds that would make an astronaut cringe. Must they show the cars traveling at excessive speeds? Is this setting a good example to our present generation of drivers and potential drivers? Cars are traveling today at speeds that cause accidents and kill people. Cars are an expensive item. Must they also show us how they drive at "Mach 1"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1988
With so much emphasis on safety in cars, particularly at this time of the year when there is lots of extra traffic on the roads, I feel the following should be drawn to your attention. Children and adults use car seat belts, but what do animals have? I have seen many animals in cars, jumping from one seat to another. In fact, only the other day, I noticed a large dog sitting on its owner's lap in the passenger seat of a truck. Surely the time has come to do something about his extra hazard.
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