August 23, 2013 |
Is the Tesla Model S really the safest car on the road? One key fact went unnoticed this week as Tesla Motors Inc. trumpeted its "best" crash-test rating in the media: The federal government doesn't test most other luxury cars. So the Model S may be safer than many cars costing far less. But whether it's safer than direct competitors from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz - considered among the safest cars available - remains a mystery. What's more, the federal safety regulators privately reprimanded the automaker for publicly claiming the Model S scored better than any other car, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
August 23, 2013 |
Tesla Motors this week trumpeted the results of a federal auto test of its electric Model S sport sedan, calling it the safest car in America. But what went unnoticed was that the Palo Alto automaker had little relevant competition - federal safety regulators don't test most luxury cars. So the Model S may well be safer than all cars costing $50,000 less. But whether it's safer than direct competitors from Audi, Mercedes or BMW remains a mystery. Such cars aren't often rated because crash testing is hugely expensive, and even more so when luxury cars are involved.
August 21, 2013 |
Never had a bad time on a boat, though the dangers of the high seas have been widely chronicled. As with Scylla, who reportedly had the upper body of a nymph and the heads of six ravenous dogs buckled 'round her waist. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, had some personal baggage of her own - born in a splash of sea foam, when the private parts of Uranus were cast down from heaven. Try explaining that on a first date. Him: "So tell me about your parents. " Her: "Oy. Well, Daddy had a little accident....
August 20, 2013 |
If the cost of airfare has kept you out of Africa, this deal gets you there (to South Africa and Zambia), sleeps you in three luxury resorts, feeds you breakfast and helps you explore. The deal: South African Airways Vacations' Route of the African Sun , which offers activities as diverse as watching game and touring wine country, includes roundtrip transatlantic coach flights on South African Airways from Washington Dulles (IAD) or New York City (JFK) to South Africa (round-trip airfare will add $250-$300 to this if booked with this package)
August 8, 2013 |
The hardest sell at the Staples Center's Team L.A. store might be a Lakers jersey with the name "Cap Room" on the back. "They're a mess," former Lakers coach Phil Jackson said in June. "We know that because of their financial disorder right now, that's the thing they have to get straight right away. " The Lakers haven't been under the NBA's salary cap since before the 1996-97 season, though the franchise has won five titles since then. But with Dwight Howard having gone to Houston and Kobe Bryant facing an uncertain return date from Achilles' tendon surgery, the Lakers' prospects on the court next season are anything but certain.
August 3, 2013 |
You might start cheating on your travel agent with this new website. Name: BeckandScore.com What it does: Offers bespoke travel packages to "premier ticketed events," starting with the World Cup next year in Brazil. What's hot: Nine high-end World Cup packages include luxury accommodations, match tickets and more. We're talking private chefs, 24/7 access to private transportation and security in Buzios and Rio, private helicopter tours and concierge services.
July 31, 2013 |
So what's it like in the hyper-exclusive Lexus Dugout Club, hobnobbing with Tommy Baseball and the agents from CAA? Well, Lasorda's a lot more fun than the talent agents, but that's setting the bar pretty low. Let's just say this: The Dugout Club isn't everybody's cup of high-priced tea. But should you get the chance, should some wealthy uncle gift you with a couple of tickets, you might consider going. In fact, call off your wedding. Reschedule that appendectomy. For the Dugout Club is baseball's Magic Kingdom.
July 30, 2013 |
California ranks at the top of all states for luxury car theft, according to an insurance industry research group. The National Insurance Crime Bureau looked at a four-year period starting at the beginning of 2009 and found that California accounted for nearly a quarter of the roughly 4,400 luxury vehicles stolen in the U.S. The report includes thefts only for 2010, 2011, and 2012 model year vehicles. New York was the top metropolitan area for luxury car theft, with 806, toping second-place Los Angeles' 491 thefts by a wide margin.
July 23, 2013 |
If the Philadelphia 76ers are willing, the Lakers might have a way under the luxury tax and, more important, the repeater tax. The league currently levies a progressive tax that penalizes teams for every $5 million they spend on salary over the threshold of $71.7 million. The repeater tax, which won't start until the 2014-15 season, adds a dollar-for-dollar tax in addition to the progressive tax. A $90-million roster at the current threshold would cost a team $39.3 million (progressive)
July 21, 2013 |
Marine Gen. John F. Kelly works in a fortress-like headquarters near the Miami airport. Starting this fall, he will live in Casa Sur, an elegant home with a pool and gardens on one of the area's swankiest streets. The five-bedroom residence, across the street from the famed Biltmore Golf Course, is provided rent-free to Kelly as head of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees military operations in most of Latin America and the Caribbean. The cost to taxpayers? $160,000 a year, plus $402,000 for renovations and security improvements that are now underway.