Our tour guide was John Heinricy, director of high-performance vehicle operations at GM’s Performance Division. He knows his way around a track, too, having won a bunch of Sports Car Club of America national titles. In the morning briefing, he told us that this particular track had some of the tightest turns he’d seen and substantial elevation changes. Then he took us for a familiarization ride in a souped up Trail Blazer. Anticipation turned to trepidation. But, hey, I’d already driven a Solstice so no problem, right? The review model had doors. This Solstice, the GXP ZO Club Sport version, had a roll cage. Let’s just say that sliding through the window into the seat takes practice at becoming a pretzel. The next ride was in a 2004 GTO with an LS 7 crate engine that turned out 505 hp, one of the fastest cars out there. This had regular doors, though. And the question is: How fast did I go? Got no clue. Didn’t dare take my eyes off the road because it comes at you real fast. Didn’t miss any gear changes and kept both cars on the asphalt. John Lazar, our photographer, accused me of causing a traffic jam, though, and claimed he has a photo to prove it. (It shows me in front and another car a couple of turns behind.) Then came the Camaro, and while it was speed-limited to about 35 mph around a course set up in a parking lot, it stole the show. “I really like it. It has enough sharp angles to it for a mid-’60s look that looks just right,” said Marshall Pruett, automotive editor for SPEEDtv.com. “I would call the concept drool-worthy. You want to drive it?” This is the fifth generation of the iconic brand that will be in showrooms for the 2009 model year. Automobilemag.com says the concept is “a retro-styled, two-door coupe with a honking big V-8 that harks back to the glory days of Motown.” And that’s the point, said Brian J. Smith, design manager at GM’s Advanced Design Center in Warren, Mich. “I think the biggest challenge was working the balance of heritage versus keeping the car really fresh and modern,” he said. “We worked really hard trying to capture the style and spirit of the ’69 Camaro. And we wanted to keep the car relevant for the 21st century.” He was the exterior design manager on the project. The production model, a coupe first, will feature V-6 and V-8 power plant options. It will be priced to compete with the Ford Mustang, which means affordable, much like the originals were in their day. The showroom model won’t stray far from the concept, Smith promises. “I think the layperson will struggle to tell the difference. There are very minor proportional changes. Things had to be scaled down for production feasibility.” email@example.com (818) 713-3743 What a concept! The GM vehicle lineup for the day at Willow Springs Raceway: 2007 Camaro Convertible concept 2007 Holden EFIJY concept, right 2007 Chevy Beat concept Solstice GXP Club Sport Cobalt SS Open Air Coupe G6 Performance Coupe 2004 GTO with an LS7 crate engine Cobalt SS SC w/Stage 2 GM Performance Parts Kit Trail Blazer SS w/GM Performance Parts Brake Duct Cooling Kit Solstice Weekend Club Racer (SEMA) Summer School 1972 Chevelle with a 572 crate engine Hot Rod Solstice with LS7 crate engine COMING NEXT WEEK: Jaguar XJR160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – Had a license to thrill, courtesy of General Motors Corp.’s Performance Parts Division. OK, I exaggerate a bit. It was more like a learner’s permit and it was only valid for a day. But it came with a crash helmet, the keys to several powerful race cars, Chevrolet’s approximately $6.5 million Camaro concept car and a restored 1972 Chevelle convertible. Oh, yeah, I also had permission to tear around a track at Willow Springs Raceway in a few of these gems with no speed limit signs in sight.
Wednesday morning, at the Arizona Biltmore, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians chatted with members of the media for roughly an hour.He was there for the NFC Coaches Breakfast, which was part of this week’s annual NFL Meetings.Arians touched on a variety of topics — and avoided at least one other — throughout the morning. There were a lot of smiles and laughs, as well as the classic Arians sound bite. Top Stories Is Keim better at it than other people you’ve been around?“I think he has a vision of what his football team should look like, and we share that. I think other guys are just as good but they may not have the companionship. The one thing that he does, and I try to do, you check your ego at the door. Everything is for the Cardinals, and we’ve both been fortunate enough to get some accolades, but you can’t take them. The entire room got you there and don’t think all of a sudden you’re special. We both laugh about it. He was embarrassed as hell to get his, I said, ‘Dude, you got a cup. We can drink out of that.’”How do you continue to address the development of your quarterbacks, specifically Stanton and Thomas“I think Drew proved to everyone what he’s capable of doing this year. Stepping in in New York a half an hour, not knowing if he’s starting and beating the Giants on the road, and then beating the Niners at home. It’s how tough he is — I don’t think anybody in our locker room even questions, if Drew’s in there, we’re going to win the game. So his progress is just going to continue evolving with more reps. Logan is strictly reps. It’s just getting out there and playing, and progressing. Freddie (Kitchens) does a great job with him fundamentally, and he’s improved tremendously fundamentally, getting the ball out of his hand, his footwork in the pocket. They’re going to get all the reps because Carson — he’s way ahead of schedule, but I don’t know how much he’ll get this spring.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On what Todd Bowles meant to him“I think it took about five years too long for him to be a head coach. I really thought I’d be working for him. When he was an interim coach at Miami, I called him and said, ‘Hey man, I’m going to need a job one of these days. Just keep me in one of those consultant jobs.’ So, he was a rising star a long time ago. It’s good to see him get it. He’s going to do a fabulous job. Like I said, he’s the brightest football player and probably the brightest coach that I’ve ever been around, but he can teach it. He knows how to simplify the game and put you in a position to be successful and that’s what good coaches do.”On whether he’ll look for more push from Alex Okafor“Just continue to grow because he has all the skills. The number of sacks he had in limited time was extremely impressive last year and it was good to see him stay healthy. That’s always been his bugaboo. So, he stays healthy with the number of guys we now have to mix packages together, I really like our pass rush. I’d like to have one more speed guy.”On the change in culture that he and Steve Keim has brought and talking with the front office Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share On defensive tackle Dan Williams leaving for the Oakland Raiders“Danny’s an excellent nose guard. He’s going to stop the run. He’s going to give you everything he’s got. He should be a good fit for their defense. He needs to play more, not just 27 percent of the time.”On whether he would have been a different coach if he was 20 years younger“Oh, hell yeah. I don’t give a crap. I think that anybody that talked to me — some of the guys from Pittsburgh were here just a minute ago and I don’t think I talked to them any different back then, that’s probably why I didn’t a head coaching job. I think the truth is the truth, and some people just can’t take the truth.” On being able to tell the truth to players“It’s easy with players. If it’s not perfect it’s wrong. You do it perfect or you do it again. I think guys want that. They want discipline. They want to be coached. I think Plaxico Burress said it best. I got hired as a receiver coach and he looked at me and said, ‘How are you going to make me better?’ I said, ‘First thing, we’re going to change that damn stance you’re in because it’s terrible. You got your toe pointed this way and you’re trying to run that way. Let’s turn the film on. You’re taking a false step every time.’ So I had him. It was easy. Just coach them up and make them better. Somebody asked me yesterday, when are we going to have female coaches? The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired. All players want is, ‘How are you going to make me better so I can make this living?’ As long as you can do that and teach somebody to get better, I don’t care who it is coaching, they’ll take the advice.” “I can only speak for our vision since I’ve known them. I can’t really talk about what went on 10 years ago because I wasn’t here and wasn’t part of it. I know that the first time we met, we all had the same vision, and Michael (Bidwill) wants to win. It’s very evident just in the amount of resources he’s put into our facility. Twenty-six million dollars in two years in upgrading our facility, free agency, everything he does, he wants to win. Steve and I share the same vision on how to do that. So, that culture, that was married at the first dinner. We all had the same vision. I truly believe culture beats talent and I love the culture of our locker room. It’s not a ‘me’ locker room. It’s not a Pro Bowl locker room. It’s a Super Bowl locker room and there’s an accountability factor between every single player and coach that we all share and feel that that’s our job.”On his approach to finding the best free agents, budget-wise“It’s always been Steve and mine approach that, again, is it the best player or is it the best fit for our locker room? He’s a quality player, but he’s a great person. He’d play for free, he loves to play. He has a passion about the game, a passion about practice. So, those are the type of guys we’ve been able to get and they fit in your locker room, they become instant leaders because guys embrace that. You keep bringing more of them in and you got that accountability and camaraderie into the locker room.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On sounding resigned earlier that Antonio Cromartie wanted to return to New York“But it’s still money talks. It was going to come a time when the monies were going to get one way or the other. New York spent more than we were willing to pay. We draw a line in the sand, and we’ll play on from there.”Would you like to add a veteran corner?“No, not at all. I’d really like to have a young one. A young, long, fast one because I think we have enough depth with the guys we have. But we’d like to get another young one.How much did you know about Steve and his ability to evaluate talent before you came here?“Nothing. I was shocked when I met Steve and knew he grew up 10 miles from me. And the fact that I coached at Mississippi State in the Peach Bowl against him when he was playing at NC State, and they beat us. But no, that’s things you grow and learn together. But the minute we talked and we had the same philosophy, you could tell that he knew players when we started talking about players and what guys have left, what they don’t have left. What you’re looking for. In the interview process we watched film together, and said ‘Your offensive line is not as bad as everyone says it is. Your quarterbacks are holding the ball way too long. Half these sacks are them.’ So yeah, it was that type of thing. On worry about professing that you have a Super Bowl caliber team“No, because we talk about it in the first meeting and then we don’t talk about it anymore. That’s our goal every year, last year it just happened to be in our stadium. So it was very easy to look a guy in the eye and say, ‘Who’s dressing in your locker?’ We don’t have that, so I’ve got to come up with a new line this year. But our goal is to go the Super Bowl and win the Super Bowl. So we won’t shy away. Then we’ll quit talking about it, then we’ll start talking about every day, the process. Coming to work every single day to get there.”Part III of the series will come out Friday Below is the second installment of our “Breakfast With Bruce” series (the first can be found here), in which we will highlight some of the best stuff the third-year coach had to offer.On what he thinks his team needs or what he would like to add going forward“Stay healthy. Stay healthy. Let’s not have any freak injuries this year practicing and just continue to grow. We’ll come back with the confidence we left with adding pieces. Every year is a new, entire — I don’t like to use the word ‘chemistry’ but it’s an accountability to each other that has to grow in that locker room. The type of players we brought in are those type of guys so it should be a really easy mix. Our guys coming back are excited about the guys coming in. Obviously the draft choice will help and it’s fun just to put them all together and watch them grow. I think we should have some really, really quality, competitive practices, which will make us better.”On whether Patrick Peterson got too much criticism last year“Not in September. It was probably warranted in September when he was struggling. When you think about Pat, Pat’s our number one. He’s had the number one guy from the other team every week, all over the field. You’re going to lose a few battles. Deion used to lose some battles. He may say he didn’t, but I know he lost a couple against Marvin (Harrison). He gets overly criticized I think because of his stature. But, there was not much to criticize from October all the way the rest of the way.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
U.S. Marshals ServiceLois Riess, 56, is wanted for questioning related to separate killings in Minnesota and Florida. She was arrested after spending weeks as a fugitive.After weeks of living as a fugitive — and reportedly trying to steal the identity of a look-alike — Lois Riess has been arrested. Riess, 56, is wanted in connection with killings in two states, as well as stolen and forged checks.“We look at her appearance. She looks like anybody’s mother or grandmother,” Undersheriff Carmine Marceno of Lee County, Fla., said Friday. “Yet she’s an absolute cold-blooded murderer.”Calling Riess a “fugitive grandmother,” the U.S. Marshals Service says its agents arrested her at a restaurant in South Padre Island, Texas, on Thursday night. The agency had posted a $5,000 reward for help in apprehending Riess, who is accused of shooting and killing her husband, David Riess, in Minnesota, last month, before traveling to Florida and killing Pamela Hutchinson, 59.“Authorities weren’t aware of any connection between Lois Riess and Hutchinson — other than that the two looked alike,” member station Minnesota Public Radio reports. “Police believe Riess fatally shot Hutchinson in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., earlier this month to assume her identity while Riess tried to evade arrest.”The Marshals Service also called her “losing streak Lois” — a reference to Riess’ affinity for gambling.Riess is now in a Texas jail, awaiting extradition. It’s not certain where she could face trial first. She currently faces a murder charge in Florida and a felony theft charge in Minnesota, where an additional murder charge is being prepared, officials say.Investigators at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota say that on March 23, Riess went to a bank in Glenville, Minn., and cashed more than $10,000 in stolen and forged checks from her husband and his business. She then drove to the Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa — where she spent most of the day gambling. She was later seen on a gas station’s surveillance camera buying a sandwich and asking for directions south, out of the state.On April 5, Riess turned up at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where she was spotted on a surveillance video chatting with Hutchinson. Later that same day or the next, police say, Riess killed Hutchinson inside a Fort Myers Beach condo, stole her driver’s license and credit cards, and drove away in Hutchinson’s 2005 white Acura TL.Investigators say Riess used Hutchinson’s credentials to withdraw $5,000 before heading north to Ocala, Fla., where they say she paid for a hotel room with Hutchinson’s credit card. Soon afterward, she headed west: Sightings were reported in Louisiana and in Corpus Christi, Texas.Police urged members of the public to report any sightings of the fugitive but warned that she “should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who sees her should call 911.”That’s what happened last night in South Padre, the resort island where a restaurant worker called the authorities. When deputy U.S. marshals and the South Padre Island police arrived, they located the Acura with Florida tags that Riess had been driving. When they went inside a nearby restaurant, they found Riess sitting at the bar.On Friday, U.S. Marshal William Berger of the Middle District of Florida credited the “doggedness” of agents in Minnesota, Florida and Texas, along with other state and local forces, for making the arrest.Berger added, “I also want to thank the media and the public. You played a significant part in helping us capture Riess and ending her dangerous crime spree.”When Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose was asked Friday what might have triggered the alleged crime spree, he said, “I have no idea. We don’t know, sorry.”Rose said that in recent weeks, both Riess’ and Hutchinson’s names had been flagged for the U.S. Border Patrol, in case she attempted to cross into Mexico. Asked about Riess’ continuing to drive the same white Acura and appearing on surveillance cameras after leaving Florida, Rose said, “I’m guessing she was just waiting to be caught.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
In a report published by Daft.ie, it has been revealed that rent is now higher than it has ever been, surpassing rent prices during the economic boom in the 1990s and early 2000s. This has prompted concern for students as they may struggle to find a house which they can feasibly afford. One student shared her accommodation nightmare with Donegal Daily in a bid to raise awareness for the housing crisis gripping students.Thousands of students from Donegal travel across Ireland to attend third-level institutions, with Dublin and Galway being the most popular destination. Nationally, over 52,000 students got offered CAO places on Monday, 1,985 of which are from Donegal.Rent has sky-rocketed as demand exceeds supply, with Dublin’s rates are now 5.2% higher than the last peak in early 2008, just before the economic downturn. A single bedroom in Dublin can set you back €600 on average, a 15.7% hike since this time last year.Rent has reached a record high, as the availability of housing hits an all time low on property website Daft.ie Shockingly, in some instances a mortgage is cheaper than rent, as you can mortgage a house in Waterford for 32% cheaper than rental costs.Speaking to Donegal Daily, a 22 year old U.C.D. student from the Rosses who is going into her last year has highlighted several frustrations felt by students while searching for accommodation. She would rather remain anonymous as her landlord has not returned her deposit and does not want to jeopardize the return of her money.She said; “I was paying €510 for a very small shared room in a mouldy house in Donnybrook. When we first moved in, the house was disgusting and we had to clean it. There were a lot of things that we physically could not clean though, such as the blinds in my room which were just destroyed with black mould”.“The handles were falling off the doors and there was a lot of exposed wiring. The plug sockets kept tripping the whole house. If you wanted to plug anything in you had to put it half-in and half-out.”“The neighbours houses looked well-kept, whereas ours looked as run-down on the outside as it was on the inside”.“My landlord is putting the rent up again this year. The rent is just too expensive. Landlords are just getting too greedy now. They know students don’t have a lot of choice, and they’re taking advantage of that”. “The house was at least two decades old and it seems like the landlord hasn’t done anything with it since”.“There’s just nowhere to go and the rent is crazy”.“It’s just by pure luck that I got a house this year that I can just about afford. All the places I was looking at on the property websites were at least €700 a month for a room. A friend of a friend moved out of their house so it’s just so lucky that I got in on his place.”Commenting on the Daft.ie report, Ronan Lyons, economist at TCD and author of the Daft Report, said: “Ahead of a new academic year, the latest figures highlight the severe shortage of accommodation for students.” “While a large number of purpose-built student apartments are either being built or are planned, these will take time to come on stream and will only cater for those on higher incomes. The majority of students will face tough choices about where to study and where to live.”“Landlords are just getting greedy now” says student as rent now higher than Celtic Tiger was last modified: August 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:accommodationCAOdublinGalwayhousing crisislandlordsrentstudent housingUCD