Mercedes-Benz jumps into the pickup world with X-Class concept

first_img Excited? The X-Class will go into production sometime in 2017, but only for Europe, South America and South Africa. Unless Mercedes-Benz changes their mind, North America is out of luck.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled its highly anticipated, if not slightly polarizing, X-Class pickup truck.Technically still a concept – albeit a thinly disguised one – the X-Class shares its body-on-frame chassis with the Nissan NP300 Navara and Renault Alaskan, two pickups available outside of North America.Despite its seemingly plebeian underpinnings, the X-Class is all-Mercedes in nearly every other aspect. Mercedes has pieced together two variants of the X-Class concept; the first is a tough-looking, off-road variant which actually looks quite cool with its winch, knobby off-road tires and exposed fire extinguisher inside. But if those aren’t your thing, there’s also a more luxurious variant more befitting of the three-pointed star. Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSMercedes-BenzNewsAlaskaEuropeMercedes-Benz International Inc.Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.North AmericaRenault SASouth AfricaSouth AmericaUnited States ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-Benz X-Class conceptHandout, Mercedes-Benz Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Full technical details are still under wraps, but expect to see a turbodiesel V6 as the flagship engine, along with a full-time four-wheel-drive system and a live rear axle with a coil-spring setup for a more comfortable on-road ride. Mercedes also promises a 2,200-pound payload and a tow rating of up to 7,000 pounds. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca See More Videos advertisementlast_img read more

Audi ends its Le Mans program, jumps to Formula E

first_img See More Videos Audi today announced it is ending its wildly successful endurance racing program in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and American Le Mans Series (ALMS) to instead focus on the new all-electric Formula E racing series.“We’re going to contest the race for the future on electric power,” said Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chairman of the board of management, in a statement. “As our production cars are becoming increasingly electric, our motorsport cars, as Audi’s technological spearheads, have to even more so.” In its 18-year involvement with prototype endurance racing, Audi has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 13 times, two WEC championships, nine ALMS championships and 106 races overall, and has been using diesel-powered racers since 2006; it finished third at this year’s Le Mans with a diesel-hybrid LMP1 prototype. But the Volkswagen Group’s recent Dieselgate emissions scandal has shifted the company’s focus from diesel engines to electric vehicles, so Audi’s switch was inevitable.  Trending Videos For the current 2016/17 season, the German carmaker is teamed with Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport as a technical partner, but has plans for a full factory team in the near future. The brand will continue to field a German DTM touring car team.  COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSAudiNews24 Hours of Le MansAudi AGLe MansMotorsportsSportsVolkswagen AGcenter_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 France’s Benoit Treluyer driving his Audi R18 Hybrid during the 84th Le Mans 24-hours endurance race on June 18, 2016 in Le Mans, western France. Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

DeLille Cellars’ Tour of Bordeaux Auction Lot Achieves Highest Bid in…

first_img TAGSAuction of Washington WinesDeLille Cellars Facebook Pinterest Home Industry News Releases DeLille Cellars’ Tour of Bordeaux Auction Lot Achieves Highest Bid in History…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessDeLille Cellars’ Tour of Bordeaux Auction Lot Achieves Highest Bid in History of Auction of Washington WinesBy Press Release – August 22, 2018 174 0 Share AdvertisementA Tour of Bordeaux with Acclaimed Winemaker Chris Upchurch and James Beard Award-Winning Chef Jason Wilson donated by DeLille Cellars sells for $160,000 at the Auction of Washington Wines Gala Supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital and WSUWOODINVILLE, WA, August 22, 2018 – A tour of Bordeaux auction lot from DeLille Cellars received the highest bid ever recorded at the 31st annual Auction of Washington Wines Gala on Saturday, August 18, 2018. $160,000 marks the highest single selling auction lot (without a matching bid) in the Auction’s history. The Auction raised over 4 million dollars for Seattle Children’s and the Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program.Representatives from DeLille Cellars at the Auction Gala:  (L-R) Executive Winemaker/Co-Founder Chris Upchurch, CEO Tom Dugan, Co-Founder Jay Soloff and Co-Founder Greg Lill“The Auction means so much to DeLille Cellars and the Washington state wine community, and we are honored to be able to make a significant impact for the Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Fund,” said Tom Dugan, CEO of DeLille Cellars. “We couldn’t have done this without the generosity of our Chateau and Cooperage partners in France, as well as our owners, including Sam Bronfman. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the winners.”Chris Upchurch at Haut-BrionThree couples will partake in this incredible adventure, which includes access to some of France’s Grand Cru wineries, including a tour, tasting, and lunch at Chateaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion and a visit to Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The trip also includes stops to Chateaux Trotanoy, La Fleur-Petrus, and Belair-Monange, ending with a tasting at Grand Brulot in Cognac and tour of Tonnellerie Taransaud to witness the craftsmanship of this historic cooperage. In the evenings, the winning bidders will enjoy a stay in a 17th-century chateau in the vineyards of Saint-Émilion with Chris and Thea Upchurch and Jason and Nicole Wilson, where Chef Wilson will cook for the group each evening using ingredients sourced from local markets.“The tour we have developed is beyond anything I imagined when we first came up with the idea for a trip to Bordeaux,” said Chris Upchurch. “We have worked closely with our French connections to create a world-class ‘insiders’ experience. I’m looking forward to hosting our generous guests next summer, and the best part about it will be knowing we raised an amazing amount of money for the Auction of Washington Wines.”The winning bidders took home an engraved 6 Liter of 2012 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate, as well as a boxed 1.5 Liter of 2004 Lafite Rothschild that was shipped directly from the Chateau in support of this auction lot. DeLille Cellars’ auction lots, including the silent and barrel auctions, raised over $185,000 in total. DeLille Cellars is also supporting the Auction of Washington Wines through a custom glassybaby they launched in August. The “D2” glassybaby is hand-forged in Seattle and custom color-matched to mirror DeLille’s iconic D2 red Bordeaux-style blend, and is only available through the winery’s locations and online at www.delillecellars.com/d2glassybaby.About DeLille Cellars2014 D2 Magnum and D2 glassybabyFounded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lill, Jay Soloff and celebrated winemaker Chris Upchurch, DeLille Cellars is an artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 500 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington’s most acclaimed vineyards, including Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Upchurch, Red Willow, Sagemoor, Klipsun, Boushey and Harrison Hill. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.About the Auction of Washington WinesSince its inception in 1988, AWW has raised more than $45 million, benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University Wine Science Research. Events hosted by AWW give wine lovers the chance to support the Washington wine industry and families in our communities around the region. The 2019 Auction of Washington Wines will take place August 15-17, 2019. Major sponsors include Wells Fargo, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ferrari of Seattle, The John L. Scott Foundation, The Seattle Times, King 5 TV and Wine Spectator Magazine. For more information, go to http://www.AuctionofWaWines.orgAdvertisement Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleAfternoon Brief, August 22Next articleRobert Davi Partners with Georgós Wine, the Most Innovative Greek Wine Company Press Release Emaillast_img read more

For The Person Who Has Everything

first_imgWith the buzz of Black Friday dominating the airwaves and coupon sections, it can be easy to look in the traditional consumer corners for a gift for that person who already seems to have everything or who presents a challenge each year when it comes to gift-giving.But the hundreds of nonprofits in the Flathead Valley have a different suggestion: donating to their causes in the name of another.Giving Tuesday, this year on Dec. 1, is another offshoot of the Thanksgiving weekend shopping spree, when people across the nation purchase these types of honorariums and gifts. The movement even has its own hashtag on social media.Chany Ockert with the Flathead Nonprofit Development Partnership said these kinds of gifts can make the recipient’s day, as well as providing support for the recipient’s favorite cause.“So for the person who has everything, giving an honorarium to a cause that that person might be passionate about is oftentimes a really nice gift,” she said.Usually, this means giving money to a nonprofit and then the organization either sending a card or some sort of notification to the recipient. At the Abbie Shelter, which provides services for women and children who are survivors of domestic abuse, a little money can go a long way, according to executive director Hilary Shaw.“Twenty-five dollars helps buy a gas card for a mother so she doesn’t have to choose between driving her kids to school and driving to a job interview,” Shaw said.A $200 gift would essentially pay for the Violence Free Crisis Line for a whole month, Shaw said, and $712 would pay for an entire day’s operations. The hotline receives about 1,200 calls per year, and the Abbie Shelter houses about 100 women and children per year.Other donations could include general needs for the women and children at the shelter; Shaw said the deepest need at the shelter currently is for laundry detergent, shaving cream, and shaving razors.Shaw said that not only does the person buying the gift receive the satisfaction of helping, but the honorarium recipient would also get a special bonus.“If you make a donation to the Abbie Shelter, you will get a singing telegram on your telephone,” she said.Purchasers can specify the Christmas carol, the phone number, and the time to call. At the Humane Society of Northwest Montana, executive director Lori Heatherington said honorarium gifts receive a card in recognition of the donation, and their names are put in the fall or spring newsletter.“All proceeds benefit the homeless animals, because that’s buying the pet food and keeping the lights on,” she said.All gifts, regardless of expense or size, are welcome at the Humane Society, Heatherington said – a donated chew toy from the Dollar Store means that’s one dollar the organization can put toward other expenses.The Humane Society also has a holiday wish list with needs on it.“We try to make it such that everybody feels they have something worthwhile to contribute,” Heatherington said. “It’s always helping some pet somewhere.”Ockert said that many residents might not know that their favorite nonprofit accepts such honorariums; places such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Intermountain, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, Flathead Valley Community College, North Valley Hospital, and many more.She also noted that several programs in the valley, such as United Way, have annual gift and warm clothing drives.So while Thanksgiving weekend may be a portal into the wilds of the holidays, and remembering to give to a cause as well as a person can be another way to keep the holiday spirit bright. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

News / Tough times for air cargo handlers as carriers get more picky

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 24/07/2020 Air cargo handlers have had a tough time recently, and airlines appear to be shuffling the pack.Yesterday brought news that WFS had won new contracts in Spain, while Qatar Airways Cargo has picked Menzies as its new handler at Heathrow.Qatar is likely to have strong opinions on cargo handlers at the moment – last month it launched a court case in the US against WFS.The case centres on two shipments handled in 2018 at Dallas, which contained eye drops and lubricant and needed to be temperature-controlled at between +15°C and +25°C.They were clearly labelled and had temperature-logging equipment attached, but, according to Qatar, both consignments exceeded the maximum temperature the day they arrived at Dallas Fort Worth, “and did not abate for hours”.“During this entire period, the consignments were in the custody and care of WFS,” noted Qatar’s statement.According to the legal documents, WFS had run out of capacity in its cool room and also had a shortage of manpower and resources, claimed Qatar.It took 14 hours to get the first shipment to the warehouse, exposing it to the ambient temperature, while the second consignment arrived at Dallas at 4.15am, and got to the warehouse at 6.33pm.Both shipments, together worth more than half a million dollars, had to be destroyed. The IATA agreement limits WFS’s liability to $470,000.Qatar claims WFS “proceeded in conscious indifference” and wants a refund.The US courts are awash with similar incidences, so WFS is certainly not alone. From avocados to drugs, many shipments have had to be destroyed, with the shipper or carrier or forwarder blaming or being blamed.But handlers have had a particularly tough time. Qatar has had a contract with WFS in Dallas since 2014. It has been well-documented that handlers’ margins can be horribly slim and that airlines do not invest in them sufficiently. So much so, in fact, that it appears that WFS was unable – or perhaps chose not to – invest in new temperature-controlled capacity.With handlers currently facing huge financial difficulties, it seems likely that if they continue to be under-invested, situations such as this will re-occur.last_img read more

Death Cab For Cutie Premiere New Single, Announce Tour Dates

first_imgDeath Cab for Cutie premiered a new song today, “Black Sun,” off their forthcoming album Kintsugi. The album is due out March 31st. The Seattle indie rockers have also announced a worldwide tour that begins with a North American leg. Watch the video for “Black Sun” here and check out when they’re coming to your city below.DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 2015 TOUR DATES04/10 – Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park04/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland ^04/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre ^04/29 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium ^04/30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre ^05/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium ^05/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater05/07 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts ^05/08 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis Theatre ^05/09 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^05/12 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater ^05/13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant06/08 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire06/09 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire06/13 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller06/14 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest06/15 – Stockholm, SE @ Munchenbryggeriet06/23 – Zagreb, CH @ inMusic Festival06/27 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Open Source Festival07/12 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *10/03 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre^ = w/ The Antlers* = w/ tUnE-yArDslast_img read more

Virtual ceremonies to add pre-race patriotism to Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

first_img“Taps” will be performed by United States Coast Guard Band Chief Musician Gino Villarreal. Near the mid-point of the race, NASCAR will instruct all drivers to pilot their cars down pit road and stop for a moment of remembrance in honor of all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives to protect America’s freedom.Additionally, pre-race highlights will include a virtual performance of “Amazing Grace” by the Charlotte Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band, and Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, will offer the virtual invocation.Fans are encouraged to tune in to pre-race coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 beginning at 6 p.m. on FOX. NASCAR’s toughest test of man and machine – the only 600-mile race on the schedule – will also be broadcast on Performance Racing Network radio affiliates.NASCAR on FOX continues Monday with the Alsco 300 Xfinity Series race at 7:30 p.m. on FS1; the N.C. Education Lottery 200 Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FS1 and a NASCAR Cup Series 500-kilometer race Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FS1. CONCORD, N.C. – As has become tradition on Memorial Day Weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway will once again pay tribute to the men of women of the U.S. Armed Forces with a rousing display of patriotism both before and during Sunday’s 61st running of the Coca-Cola 600.“While the pandemic has forced us to change a lot about what makes Memorial Day Weekend so special, one thing it cannot change is our resolve to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms as well as those who continue the fight today,” said Greg Walter, executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This year, our celebration here at America’s Home for Racing will be both virtual and at-track, and all shared with race fans through the FOX broadcast and on social media.”MORE: Darlington, Charlotte race schedulesHighlights to salute the troops include:U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will virtually share the 2020 “State of Freedom” address as part of the FOX pre-race show. Active duty servicemen and women will offer video messages of support on behalf of each branch of service for Memorial Day Weekend. The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation will conduct a live flyover featuring two vintage P-51 Mustang war birds flying alongside modern USAF F-16 and F-22 fighter attack jets.center_img As part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance, each driver in the race will carry the name of a fallen service member across the windshield of their car. The U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg will execute a virtual 21-gun salute. Edward Schrank, a 5-time head and neck cancer survivor from chemical exposure while serving 15 years in the United States Marine Corps, will perform a virtual national anthem.last_img read more

Dog Photobombs Couple’s Engagement Pictures to Keep the Focus on Him

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The six-year-old dog has been with Megan longer than Chris has been — so maybe Louie was just reminding him who’s the boss.CHECK Out: More Inspiring Stories on the Pets Page at Good News NetworkWATCH the video above and see more pics at WCCO-TV.Share This Goofy Guy With Your Pack Of Friends… (Image from WCCO video)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The pictures may have been meant to announce a couple’s wedding day, but their jealous little dachshund made sure the photo shoot was all about him.Megan Determan and Chris Kluthe of St. Paul, Minnesota decided to include their dog, Louie, in their engagement photos. It was supposed to be a set of charming, family pictures.But Louie stole the show, photobombing the couple and completely blocking Chris in a wacky series of shots.last_img read more

Texas leads in traffic deaths. Proposed laws could make roads safer.

first_imgBy Matt LargeyKUT News “I’ve been working on Texas transportation policy for 15 years,” said Jay Blazek Crossley, executive director of Farm & City, a nonprofit spearheading a road safety campaign called Vision Zero Texas. “I am stunned and confused about the progress we are making.”He said he’s hopeful the commission will adopt a zero-death goal at its meeting next month. One proposal that has moved along in the process at the Legislature would reduce the default speed limit on neighborhood roads in urban areas.“If you look at just kids who are walking and biking, more kids are hurt or killed on 30-mile-an-hour streets than any other type of street,” said Blazek Crossley.House Bill 1287, filed by state Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, would lower the speed limit on roads that otherwise don’t have marked speed limits from 30 miles per hour to 25.“This is about saving lives, but it’s also about saving money,” she said. Right now, if a neighborhood wants to lower the speed limit on a street to less than 30 miles per hour, the city needs to do a traffic study. Under this measure, the speed limit in neighborhoods where there are no speed limit signs would automatically be 25 miles per hour without a traffic study.The bill, which has bipartisan support, has made it out of committee. It’s still waiting to get on the agenda for debate and a vote in the full House of Representatives.Meanwhile, a law that would ban all use of handheld electronic devices while driving has gotten less support in the Legislature.TxDOT says more than 100,000 crashes involved distracted driving in 2017 — which killed 444 people and seriously injured 2,889 others.Senate Bill 43, filed by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, would crack down on distracted driving by making state law look more like Austin’s hands-free driving ordinance. Right now, state law outlaws only texting while driving. You can still talk on the phone, fiddle with your GPS, browse the web or do whatever else you want to do — as long as you’re not using your phone to “read, write or send an electronic message.”Under SB 43, all uses of an electronic device while driving would be illegal (unless you’re using a hands-free device). Your vehicle would have to be stopped outside a travel lane for you to legally use your phone with your hands.But the proposal hasn’t even had a committee hearing in the Senate — the first step to getting passed. A statewide texting ban was passed only in 2017, so the Legislature’s appetite for beefing up the law may not be there quite yet.Another proposal would make a tweak in the state law that requires drivers to give pedestrians the right-of-way. Right now, the law simply says a driver must “yield” to a pedestrian in a crosswalk when there’s a walk sign or when there is no traffic light.House Bill 1289 would require drivers to “stop and yield” for pedestrians legally present in a crosswalk.“You have too many people who are just not respecting pedestrians — the right of a pedestrian to be in the crosswalk,” said Israel, who also proposed this bill. “Because you’re in a car doesn’t give you the right to close in on a pedestrian or hurry up a pedestrian with your car bumper. You have to stop and you have to yield.”There doesn’t appear to be open opposition to the proposal, but it remains stalled without a committee hearing.“Some things in the Legislature are a mystery,” Israel said.There’s been movement afoot in road safety circles for years now to get officials to stop using the word “accident” to refer to traffic crashes. The idea is that accidents are somehow inevitable — and that the word doesn’t hold anyone accountable for a crash.A New York-based safety group called Transportation Alternatives has a campaign for people to pledge not to use the “A-word.”The group describes it like this:“Before the labor movement, factory owners would say “it was an accident” when American workers were injured in unsafe conditions. Before the movement to combat drunk driving, intoxicated drivers would say “it was an accident” when they crashed their cars. Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and solutions. Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets and unsafe drivers. They are not accidents. Let’s stop using the word ‘accident’ today.”House Bill 4243 would change every instance of “accident” in the Texas Transportation Code to “crash.”So far, it hasn’t had a hearing.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. texastribune.orgAt least one person has died on Texas roads every day since Nov. 7, 2000. Despite efforts to End the Streak, as the Texas Department of Transportation puts it, the state still leads the nation in traffic deaths.Fatalities did fall about 2% between 2016 and 2017, but more than 3,700 people died in 2017. Bills aimed at making a dent in traffic deaths have gotten mixed results at the Texas Legislature this year.There does seem to be some action on expanded road safety efforts at the Texas Transportation Commission.Last month, the commission heard a presentation from TxDOT’s director of engineering and safety operations that indicated the agency may be moving toward a goal of having no traffic fatalities in Texas by the year 2050. Austin adopted a so-called Vision Zero plan in 2016, with the goal of ending deaths and serious injuries on Austin’s roads by 2025. Other major cities have adopted similar plans, which aim to address the problem through better road design, better enforcement of existing laws and education programs.Washington state was the first to adopt a statewide goal of zero traffic deaths in 2000. Since then, more than half of states have set zero-death goals. But Texas has not.last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Sara Bareilles & Gavin Creel Serve Up a Box Office Boost at Waitress

first_img Related Shows Sara Bareilles & Gavin Creel(Photo: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Waitresscenter_img It was an exciting week for fans of the beloved Broadway musical Waitress. The show’s Tony-nominated composer, Sara Bareilles, returned to the stage in the central role of Jenna, joined by Tony winner Gavin Creel as love interest Dr. Pomatter. The new pairing paid off at the box office, with a gain of $539,472.00 from the previous week, filling the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to 92.38% capacity. Bareilles and Creel are scheduled to team up in the musical for a limited run through February 3, so now couldn’t be a better time to make plans to see them together onstage.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 13.FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($3,157,730.00)2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ($2,053,032.50)3. The Lion King ($1,848,667.00)4. To Kill a Mockingbird ($1,536,166.56)5. Wicked ($1,403,103.00)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Chicago ($521,475.10)4. The New One ($467,914.50)3. The Waverly Gallery ($440,853.57)2. True West ($423,166.30)1. Choir Boy ($261,675.50)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.88%)2. Come From Away (102.02%)3. Hamilton (101.75%)4. To Kill a Mockingbird (101.66%)5. Dear Evan Hansen (101.41%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Chicago (73.81%)4. The New One (69.66%)3. King Kong (65.81%)2. The Phantom of the Opera (65.30%)1. Kinky Boots (60.17%)Source: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more