Eric Peters: 2016 Chevy Malibu new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Chevy Malibu new car review

By Eric Peters History does repeat – in unexpected ways. When Japanese (and later, Korean) car companies challenged the family car hegemony of Detroit’s Big Three back in the ‘70s ands ‘80s, they did so with smaller-engined/high-efficiency/value-priced (but still very nice) cars. Cue Role Reversal. While Japanese family cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda […]

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Crisis of Character’ book review

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Crisis of Character’ book review

CRISIS OF CHARACTER: A WHITE HOUSE SECRET SERVICE OFFICER DISCLOSES HIS FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WITH HILLARY, BILL, AND HOW THEY OPERATE By Gary J. Byrne Center Street, $27, 304 pages TRUMP AND ME By Mark Singer Tim Dugan Books, $16, 112 pages Despite its being ignored by the mainstream media, “Crisis of Character” is already a […]

Bob Garver: “The Secret Life of Pets” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Secret Life of Pets” movie review

By Bob Garver “The Secret Life of Pets” is an animated kids’ movie where two dogs don’t like each other, but they find themselves stranded and in danger, so they have to work together if they ever want to get home. Just like in “Toy Story.” And “Inside Out.” And “The Good Dinosaur.” And “Finding […]

AZFirst invests $90,000 in FIRST® STEM Program

AZFirst invests $90,000 in FIRST® STEM Program

  Grants Offered to Rookie FIRST Robotics Competition Teams in Arizona CHANDLER, Ariz., July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AZFirst, an Arizona 501(c)3 organization supporting FIRST ( For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) activities announces a five-year, $90,000 investment to create 15 high-school FIRST Robotics Competition teams in Arizona. FIRST connects students, educators, the […]

Adventurous Aussie wins over new audiences at Berlin opera

Adventurous Aussie wins over new audiences at Berlin opera

  BERLIN (AFP) — The edgiest of Berlin’s three opera houses has been pulling in the crowds since Australian Barrie Kosky began unearthing a little-known repertoire from the turbulent 1920s and 1930s. The openly gay Melbourne native with a Jewish background has turned the opera scene in the German capital — not to mention traditional […]

Eric Peters: The anti-Tesla

Eric Peters: The anti-Tesla

By Eric Peters It’s interesting that the car That Makes Sense – economically and functionally – gets almost no press while cars that don’t (like the Tesla and other electric cars) do. Elio Motors (company web site here) had a near-production-ready car on on display at the New York Auto Show last week. Company founder […]

Michael Taube: ‘Herbert Hoover in the White House’ shows Depression president in new light

Michael Taube: ‘Herbert Hoover in the White House’ shows Depression president in new light

HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE: THE ORDEAL OF THE PRESIDENCY By Charles Rappleye Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 576 pages Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. president, confuses more historians than he inspires. He’s been called a “conservative,” “big government Republican,” “progressive conservative” and even a “liberal.” Some believe he always supported laissez-faire capitalism, whereas others […]

Myth Trivia: What you need to know about “Gone With The Wind”

Myth Trivia: What you need to know about “Gone With The Wind”

CHARLOTTE, NC, July 6, 2016 – Today we venture away from our usual trivia pattern to focus upon just one subject, Margaret Mitchell’s classic Civil War epic “Gone with the Wind.” Beginning with something simple “Gone with the Wind” was the first Technicolor movie ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. In fact, […]

Science groups blasted for crossing line into activism with climate-change letter to Congress

Science groups blasted for crossing line into activism with climate-change letter to Congress

  A letter to Congress from 31 science associations advocating for domestic and natural-security policies predicated on climate change has come under fire as a “climate power play.” Judith Curry, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Earth and Atmospheric Science, described the June 28 letter as a “blatant misuse of scientific authority […]