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March 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Officials don't know where the SUV was headed. They just know that eight teenagers, one as young as 14, were riding in it. When the vehicle hit a guardrail Sunday morning just south of the eastern Ohio city of Warren, it  overturned and ended up in a pond. Six passengers died, leaving yet another community in grief and shock. Officials said none of the teens were wearing seat belts. The Warren Tribune Chronicle reported that the vehicle was a 1998 Honda Passport, which normally can seat five passengers, according to the Kelley Blue Book.
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BUSINESS
April 29, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that it had resumed sales of its Lexus GX 460 SUV, having suspended them to fix a glitch in the vehicle's stability-control system. The automaker also said it had begun contacting U.S. owners of the 2010 GX to arrange to update the software that controls the system in their vehicles. The problem does not affect earlier models. Earlier this month, Toyota had said it would recall 9,400 Lexus GX 460 SUVs from the 2010 model year to correct a problem that could lead to a loss of control.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Motorcyclists familiar with the annual pack ride known as Hollywood's Block Party were excited about this year's bash, and for good reason. The 2011 ride through New York City was "a zoo," according to an online post that included a photograph of hundreds of bikers roaring up an expressway, the Manhattan skyline visible in the distance. The 2012 ride, which involved a takeover of Times Square that was captured on video, was equally raucous. "Last year was crazy.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
Las Vegas authorities have identified a man with an extensive criminal history as the lead suspect responsible for the wild gunfire and fiery crash that left three people dead and shut down part of the famed Strip. Police were searching for Ammar Harris, 26, also known as Ammar Asim Faruq Harris. Meanwhile, the families of the three victims found themselves bonded by the tragedy, a collision of gun, glitz and death at one of the most famous intersections in the world. PHOTOS: Shots fired on Vegas strip One victim was a two-time breast-cancer survivor and businesswoman on her way to the airport.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A sport utility vehicle hit a man on an interstate highway and dragged his body -- apparently lodged in the suspension -- 8 1/2 miles to the driver's home, police said. Josuel Galdino, 25, of Lorton, was charged with manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and felony hit-and-run after calling police to report that a man's body was caught in the front-end suspension of his SUV.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2001
It was disheartening to read that record numbers of mid-size car owners are making the move to SUVs ["Mid-Size Cars Feel the Sting of SUV Popularity," April 25]. As a sedan driver in Los Angeles, I've grown tired of the crowded parking lots, the blinding headlights at night and the fear of annihilation in a collision. All this for a vehicle that appears rarely to be used for either ostensible purpose of sport or utility. Meanwhile, the gas guzzlers are worsening air pollution, helping drive up gas prices and increasing our already dangerous dependence on international sources of oil. At a time when auto manufacturers are battling legal mandates to produce more zero-emissions vehicles, while cranking up production of highly profitable SUVs, a little social responsibility by citizens and corporations alike seems to be sorely needed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A family of five buying doughnuts at a Newport Beach bakery escaped injury Sunday morning when a sport-utility vehicle crashed through the front window, rolled across the store and plunged through a wall into an adjoining Chinese restaurant. Newport Beach police said Francisco Gove, driver of the Honda, hit the accelerator instead of the brake and damaged the two stores at a strip mall at 3601 Jamboree Road. Gove was not charged, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000
As a professional commodity futures trader who has made a profit on every energy complex trade done in the last year, I can say that Gregg Easterbrook is exactly correct in his article, "Gorging on SUVs" (Opinion, July 16). Last year, OPEC achieved a near-tripling of oil prices on a mere 6% cut in production. Why? Because worldwide demand was increasing at the same time. Here in California, I had been warning my friends with their SUVs all last year that higher pump prices were coming.
NEWS
November 29, 1998
Re "Fear and Loathing on the Highway," Nov. 10: Sport utility vehicles return the highest profit per unit than any other category of automobile. This, combined with lower safety requirements (read: lower costs of manufacture) and higher fuel consumption, makes these vehicles very desirable items for both the auto and the gas industries to push on to the consumer. Again, it appears we are being led to think what the Industrial Powers want us to think, rather than to use our common sense.
NEWS
August 29, 2001 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ford Motor Co.'s Land Rover unit is using its new Freelander small SUV to jump into Internet marketing in the U.S. in a big way. The company will launch an Internet selling program Thursday in which computer-savvy customers can log on, configure the Freelander of their choice, submit the order directly to Land Rover, get a confirmation and be referred to their local dealer to complete the purchase--months before the official Dec. 1 on-sale date for the hot new mini-ute.
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