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  • Classic cars put investors in pole position

    08/29/2009 11:52:13 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 17 replies · 1,061+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 28 2009 20:00 | John Reed in London
    Someone who bought a rare Bugatti, Jaguar or Ferrari in top condition would have done better during the downturn than an investor in almost any other asset, industry observers say, including stocks, fine art or even gold. “There has been a flight into real assets,” says Historic Automobile Group founder Dietrich Hatlapa, a former Baring Securities and ING banker and collector who designed the HAGI Top, a new index that tracks the prices of a cross-section of historic cars. “People want something they can look at and touch in the evening, rather than a piece of paper in the...
  • Official: CA prisoner steals fire engine to escape

    01/02/2012 5:56:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    SAN DIEGO -- An official says an inmate escaped from a state prison in San Diego County by stealing the prison fire engine on New Year's Day.Authorities are seeking 51-year-old Thomas Kelley, a convicted car thief . . .
  • New Mexico State Police Officer Fired After Caught Having Sex on Car

    09/03/2011 3:57:29 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 58 replies ^ | Sept 3 2011 | Associated Press
    A New Mexico state police officer has been fired after security cameras caught him having sex with a woman on the hood of a car. Officer Bert Lopez's dismissal from the New Mexico state police was confirmed by The Santa Fe New Mexican on Saturday. The newspaper said Lopez has 30 days to appeal the firing. The surveillance photos were taken from a motion-triggered security camera positioned at the front gate of the county-owned La Bajada Ranch south of Santa Fe. The encounter was at the remote Canyon Ranch. Two photos showing a uniformed officer having sex on the hood...
  • Elliot Handler, Co-Founder of Mattel Toys, Dies at 95

    07/24/2011 3:42:29 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 22, 2011 | LES DUHIGG
    Elliot Handler, who co-founded the Mattel toy company and designed the plastic playthings that have filled millions of Christmas stockings, made dinner parties possible by occupying otherwise fidgety children, and stubbed countless parents’ toes, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95. The cause was heart failure, his daughter, Barbara Segal, said. Mr. Handler helped introduce Barbie, helped design the talking doll Chatty Cathy and popularized Hot Wheels toy cars. He began Mattel in 1945 with his wife, Ruth, and a short-term partner. Until the Handlers were forced out of Mattel in 1975, they oversaw a...
  • Report: Bond 23 development also hampered by creative differences

    08/09/2010 6:47:32 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    The script for Bond 23 was penned by regular 007 collaborators Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (The World is not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) and polished by newcomer Peter Morgan (The Queen). The LA Times also claims Sam Mendes, who is unofficially attached to direct the film, worked on the script last spring. The paper’s source claims “creative discussions among the writers and producers” have hampered the film’s development. The LA Times doesn’t elaborate on the specific nature of the alleged scripting issues, but speculates that it may owe to the lofty expectations placed...
  • Woman burnt to death after setting her own car alight in road-rage incident

    09/22/2008 2:35:56 PM PDT · by justkate · 25 replies · 141+ views
    Times Online ^ | 9/22/2008 | Simon de Bruxelles
    (excerpt) "She spun the wheels so fast that her tyres disintegrated and the metal rims sent a shower of sparks into the engine, igniting the brake fluid and setting the car on fire."
  • Collecting minicars (Hot Wheels) gets his motor running

    09/05/2008 6:15:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 1,265+ views
    This is a love story. It’s about passion, infatuation and lifelong devotion. It’s about the unthinkable price that one man would pay to be with the object of his affection. Oh, did we mention this is about a 60-year-old man … and his Hot Wheels? “It’s become an obsession,” admits Joe Scangorella of Elmwood Park, who owns more than 27,500 Hot Wheels. “It just got to the point where I needed to have them all. Why? I don’t know.” Scangorella is one of Hot Wheels’ biggest fans. This year, as the Mattel-owned brand of toy cars celebrates its 40th anniversary,...
  • Bus Company Found Guilty After Fire

    10/03/2006 8:12:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 245+ views
    AP ^ | 10/3/6 | LYNN BREZOSKY
    McAllen, Texas -- The company that owned a bus that exploded during last year's Hurricane Rita evacuation, killing 23 nursing home residents, was found guilty Tuesday of conspiring to falsify logs and poorly maintaining its fleet. The company's owner, James Maples, was acquitted on the conspiracy charge but convicted of falsifying logs and poorly maintaining the fleet. The trial stemmed from a federal investigation into a Global Limo Inc. bus that exploded and burned while stuck in traffic on Sept. 23, 2005, killing elderly patients too frail to escape. The patients' oxygen tanks exploded as the flames engulfed the bus.
  • Cops: Man Takes Fire Truck on Joyride

    06/22/2005 4:23:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 145+ views
    AP ^ | 6/22/5
    Port Huron, Mich. (AP) -- He paid the toll when he crossed the Blue Water Bridge, but Martin Chalker is still in trouble with authorities on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Police say Chalker, 35, broke into a fire truck parked at the Canada Customs compound in Point Edward, Ontario, on Sunday morning. Chalker drove the truck belonging to the London, Ontario, Fire Department out of the compound, paid the toll and crossed the bridge. U.S. customs officers in Port Huron stopped Chalker and told him to park the truck at an inspection area, but he kept going ....