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Police Find 14 Plastic Containers Filled With Dead Babies In Psycho Abortionist’s Car

Police Raid Abortionist’s Home, Find 14 Plastic Containers Of Aborted Babies In His Car – Life News

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Local police have raided the upscale West Bloomfield, Michigan home of abortionist Michael Roth after acting on evidence that Roth may be performing illegal abortions – doing abortions either out of his home or in the private homes of his customers. In the course of the raid, police found what they believe are 14 containers that possibly contain the bodies of aborted babies along with other human tissue.

The trunk of Roth’s car also contained medical equipment used for abortion procedures. Investigators confiscated medical “materials” in bags and boxes at Roth’s home. Now, Roth is now under investigation by the Michigan Attorney General.

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Sources confirm 14 containers of human tissue, possibly fetuses, medical equipment and large amounts of Fentanyl, a drug used for pain and sedation, was found in a car owned by the doctor who works as an OB/GYN.

The case started two weeks ago when the doctor was driving on 14 Mile west of the new roundabout at Orchard Lake. He hit a special needs child who was critically injured. Sources say the doctor was not under the influence and obtained a lawyer. His car was impounded as the accident was still under investigation.

Then last week, officers executed a search warrant to obtain the “black box” data recorder from the car and while inside the trunk they found plastic containers and medical equipment.

Sources say they containers were not labeled and no medical records were in the car.

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Roth’s abortion business, the Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was evicted in November 2014 from its second office space this year. An eviction document provided to Operation Rescue by long-time pro-life activist Lynn Mills, shows that a court request for eviction from his office at 33200 West 14 Mile in West Bloomfield was filed on October 21, 2014. The eviction was ordered due to Roth’s violation of a provision of his lease.

Roth had until November 27, 2014, to vacate the premises. Photos taken through his office windows on November 25 show that the office was empty and Roth had already moved out.

Mills told Operation Rescue that she had conducted a literature drop just prior to Thanksgiving featuring information about Roth’s abortion business and his involvement in a tax fraud case. Roth moved out soon after.

“Public pressure of the kind used by Lynn Mills is very effective at exposing the ‘bad boys’ of the abortion cartel and forcing them out of business,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We applaud her efforts and those of others who also contributed to this pro-life victory.”

Earlier in 2014 Roth was evicted from his long-time office, located at 42450 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 205, in Novi, Michigan, which was the site of several large peaceful, pro-life sit-ins, or rescues, in the early 1990s.

Monica Migliorino Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society talked with LifeNews about Roth and this new investigation.

“That Michael Roth would be performing illegal abortions – either in his home, or even in the homes of women – shows the despicable, sordid practice that is abortion. It also shows that Roth as an abortionist did not really care about the health and safety of women – as these abortions were not taking place in safe, sterile environments,” she said.

“This is just another sad, sorry story that exposes the dark world of the abortion practice and helps the public see that dark world. On top of the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies – and now this! We see the unscrupulous nature of the abortion practitioner – a nature forged in disrespect for life,” Miller continued.

Roth has a checkered history of Board discipline and malpractice suits related to botched abortion procedures. Some of the injuries he inflicted during abortions include perforated uteri and bowels, hemorrhage, and at least one abortion he did not finish because the abortion facility ran out of dilators of the size he needed to complete the procedure. One woman required a hysterectomy to save her life. Documents related to these incidents can be read at AbortionDocs.org.

Roth’s personal life was also troubled. He went through an ugly divorce in 2005 that resulted in his then-wife obtaining a personal protection order against her husband that specifically prohibited him from following her, approaching her in public, or prescribing any medications for her. She lived locked in the basement of their home during the divorce proceedings while he enjoyed the master bedroom, according to court documents.

Right to Life of Michigan also commented to LifeNews on this investigation.

“Roth has a long history of violations, including two previous at-home abortions he performed in 1998 and 1999,” the group said. “Right to Life of Michigan released a report in 2012, Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure, featuring several of Roth’s violations. In addition to his at-home abortions, Roth was disciplined in 2002 for drug-related violations, including prescribing drugs without a license. He was disciplined in 2004 for violating patient consent laws and was accused of falsifying medical records by a former employee.”

Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet said, “Abortionists frequently violate our laws with extreme disregard for women’s health and safety. Roth should have his license revoked, just like Dr. Robert Alexander who ran a house of horrors abortion clinic in Muskegon until 2014.”

Since passage of the Michigan Prolife Omnibus Act in 2012, which significantly strengthened the oversight of the abortion industry, 16 abortion businesses in the state have closed, many due to substandard practices.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “We’re glad we’ve been able to provide more tools for authorities to deal with health and safety violations in the abortion industry, and we’ll continue to provide them with even more. If abortionists and their businesses can’t abide by laws and regulations that others follow, they shouldn’t be allowed practice on vulnerable women.”

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Moron Starts Gas Station Fire While Trying To Burn Spider Off His Car’s Gas Cap (Video)

He’s About to Pump Gas When He Sees A Spider By His Fuel Door. So He Grabs A Lighter To Burn It To Death. Care To Guess What Happens Next? – The Blaze

How about three cheers for Susan Adams, a Michigan gas station employee who kept cool when the heat was on, so to speak, and used her head.

That’s more than you can say for a motorist who was about ready to pump gas at the Center Line station, just north of Detroit, on Tuesday morning.

This fella, apparently scared to death of spiders, thought he saw one by his fuel door.

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So he grabbed a lighter – you know, to burn it to death.

If there was a eight-legged critter crawling about, what happened next pretty much assured that the guy’s intentions were realized.

As soon as he ignited the lighter, flames shot from his gas tank and then engulfed the pump in seconds.

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Somehow the customer escaped injury, got in the car, moved it away and then grabbed a nearby fire extinguisher to quell his big oops moment.

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Inside the store, Adams quickly activated the pump’s kill switch and called the fire department, WJBK-TV reported.

Damage was limited to the one pump, which was destroyed, but the man’s car pretty much escaped injury. The gas station’s insurance is expected to pick up the tab, WJBK said.

The man later acknowledged that he’s quite afraid of spiders and that’s what brought about his ill-advised decision, WJBK added.

Employees at the station are getting a big chuckle out of the whole thing, placing their voices over the surveillance video as if it was the hapless motorist speaking.
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At least he came back the next day.

“He was sorry,” Adams told WJBK. “He said he didn’t know. It is just one of those things that happen – stupidity.”

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Driver Stopped With Sheep In Car Tells Police He Was Taking It To McDonald’s For A Treat

Driver Stopped With Sheep In Car Tells Police ‘I Was Taking It To McDonald’s’ – London Telegraph

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Police who stopped a motorist were stunned to discover a sheep in the boot of the car – which the driver claimed he had taken to McDonald’s for treat.

The incident occurred in North Yorkshire when officers from the local roads policing group stopped the driver of a Peugeot 206 on suspicion of driving with two bald tyres.

But when they looked more closely at the vehicle they notice an unusual passenger in the hatchback boot of the car, a fully grown sheep.

When questioned why he was travelling with the animal in a family hatchback the motorist explained that he had taken it to a nearby McDonald’s restaurant for a meal.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: “He told the officer, ‘some people take their dogs in their cars, I take my sheep’. He [the motorist] just wanted to go for a drive-through at McDonalds.”

The driver is thought to have been stopped shortly after a visit to the fast food restaurant at Leeming Bar services on the A1 in North Yorkshire.

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Democrat Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Parks Her Car Like A Drunkard (Video)

Congresswoman Demonstrates ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’ – The Hill

Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

A HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the D.C. delegate, 77, awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot in the carefully controlled corridor of New Jersey Avenue Southeast sandwiched between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.

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“If she parks like that she should not be a member of Congress anymore,” one mystified observer – who wisely recorded more than a minute of the automotive travesty – said as the video was being captured. The tipster said Norton rubbed the correctly positioned, red sports utility vehicle to her immediate left with her improperly angled silver sedan.

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Per our tipster, Norton performed the sub-par squeeze-in around the same time the rest of her colleagues were crowding into the House chamber to hear the joint address by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

At around the 40-second mark, an oblivious U.S. Capitol Police officer appears to zoom by on a motorcycle, right past the textbook parking offense.

Once the aide seen assisting Norton from outside the slow-moving vehicle finishes waving her into clearly disastrous position, Norton emerges from the car, clicks her remote-locking device (better safe than sorry) and starts to walk away.

Then, all of the sudden, she doubles back.

Has her conscience gotten the best of her? Is she going to slide a quickly composed apology onto the now-stuck truck’s windshield? Or perhaps a business card?

Nope.

Norton simply retrieves some forgotten item from inside the car and then heads on her merry way.

Our spy estimates the entire head-scratching episode lasted about half an hour, including the painful insertion process and her 20-minute jaunt into Cannon.

Once done with her business, the tipster said Norton backed out of the space and rolled out onto the unsuspecting District streets.

“She hit the car next to her and did not leave a note, though I couldn’t see any damage,” was our spy’s takeaway from the mid-day drama.

Norton’s office disputes that anything untoward transpired.

“After the Congresswoman parked her car, we assessed the cars on either side to see if there was any damage. We could not find any,” a Norton aide assured HOH. “But we left a note with a business card so the congresswoman could be contacted in case we missed any.”

According to Team Norton, the congressional staffer who owns the truck that was boxed in by the septuagenarian pol reached out to her office about the videotaped scrape.

“The Congresswoman heard from the owner of the only car she was close enough to damage. The owner reported no damage,” a Norton spokesman said via email.

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Scumbag Cops Pull Pregant Woman In Labor From Car; Force Her To The Ground At Gunpoint (Video)

Pregnant Woman In Labor Forced To Ground Held At Gunpoint By Cops For Speeding To Hospital – Free Thought Project

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Police in Iowa recently engaged in a high speed chase with a woman who was in labor and then held her and her husband at gunpoint on the side of the road.

Ben and Rachel Kohnen were going just 30 miles per hour over the speed limit when they were on their way to the hospital, so Rachel could give birth to their child. They were traveling in the middle of the night when the roads were mostly empty.

However, there was a police car hiding in the darkness, and when the couple passed the car, the officer inside turned his lights on and pursued the Kohen’s SUV along Highway 7, near the town of Manson in Calhoun County.

“He starts following me and he turns on his lights an my wife says we can’t pull over. The baby is coming now,” the driver, Ben Kohnen of Pomeroy told reporters.

“I did tell him not to stop,” Rachel Kohnen confirmed.

Rachel said that she was afraid that she would have the baby in the car and would rather explain the situation to the police at the hospital, instead of having her baby on the side of the road during a traffic stop.

Rachel reportedly attempted to dial 911 during the police chase, but admitted that she may have been difficult for the operator to hear and understand in her condition.

Not long into the chase, police set up tire spikes along the road ahead of the Kohnen’s car. Ben ran over the tire spikes, and instantly all four tires on the car went flat, causing the vehicle to come to an abrupt stop.

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As soon as the car stopped, angry police began to yell and point guns at the Kohnens, despite the fact that Rachel was obviously in labor. Immediately, the couple was ordered to the ground at gunpoint, and police refused to even let them explain themselves. Eventually, the officers realized that they had a serious medical emergency on their hands and they rushed the Kohnens to the hospital.

An hour later Rachel was able to give birth to her baby girl, who they named Hazel. Everyone is in great health, but the couple is likely traumatized and are still unsure whether or not they will face charges for the incident.

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*VIDEO* Alfonzo Rachel: Stupidity, Not Race, Made Police Break A Car Window And Taser A Black Guy


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The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Is Back

The Hydrogen Car Is Back… Again – Popular Mechanics

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The basic principle behind hydrogen fuel cells is fairly simple: Hydrogen atoms are stripped of their electrons to generate electricity and then combined with oxygen to form water as a by-product. Mainstream deployment of fuel-cell vehicles, though, has proved to be complex. Compared with liquid fuels, hydrogen is tough to transport and store. And without a meaningful number of vehicles on the road, there’s been no incentive to build hydrogen fuel infrastructure. Now new initiatives in California and across the U.S. are pushing for a long-awaited expansion of the refueling network. And with the debut of three promising hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles from Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota, consumers will have new options beginning in 2014. Are we finally seeing the dawn of the hydrogen age? Not so fast.

WHY NOW?

The current hydrogen push has less to do with consumer demand than with government incentives that treat fuel-cell vehicles (FCV) as equal to or better than electric vehicles. In California the combination of 300-mile range and fast refueling gives fuel cells the maximum available zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) credits. That makes it easy for a manufacturer to meet the state’s ZEV mandate with fewer cars. On the federal level, both FCVs and EVs get an EPA credit multiplier of 2.0 beginning in 2017, which means that sales of either type of car confer a disproportionate benefit on the ledger for an automaker’s entire fleet. In response, manufacturers have formed several high-profile partnerships, including Ford/Daimler/Renault-Nissan, BMW/Toyota, and GM/Honda to develop the vehicles. On the fueling side, a recent infusion of $20 million of funding per year has expanded the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s plan to 100 statewide refueling stations. The Department of Energy’s H2USA organization wants to use California’s efforts as a blueprint for the rest of the nation.

CAN I BUY A FUEL-CELL CAR?

In the past, fuel-cell vehicles have only been available in the hundreds. The three new FCVs slated for production this year and next will increase the volume to thousands, but they will be available primarily in California, where most of the country’s hydrogen stations exist. According to Alan Baum, an automotive analyst at Baum and Associates, even if the stations proliferate, fuel-cell vehicles, like EVs, won’t dominate the market. “It’s not going to be a widespread technology, and for that matter it doesn’t need to be,” he says. “We’re doing an all-hands-on-deck strategy.”

ARE THE PRACTICAL?

Not according to Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who says fuel cells are more of a marketing ploy than a realistic solution. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn agrees: “Knowing all the problems we have with charging [EVs], where is the hydrogen infrastructure?” Both men have a bias toward electric vehicles, but the infrastructure issue is a big one. With the current cost of a hydrogen filling station at more than $1 million, neither the government nor the corporate world has any plans for a rapid expansion of the filling network. “We’ve got electricity everywhere,” Baum says. “Putting in 240-volt charging units requires some effort and expense, but it’s not game changing. Putting in hydrogen is.”

WHERE DOES THE POWER COME FROM?

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Here’s the abridged version: Compressed hydrogen from the storage tank (A) is stripped of its electrons in the fuel-cell stack (B), creating electricity. A power-control unit (C) orchestrates the flow of energy from the stack to the battery (D), which powers the electric motor that moves the car. The battery ensures full power during acceleration until the fuel cell reaches peak voltage. Got all that?

ARE THEY SAFE?

Yes. Stringent requirements established by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) ensure that the technology is safe. Automakers are required to build robust hydrogen storage tanks that not only hold the fuel at up to 10,000 psi but also withstand arcane-sounding trials such as “bonfire” and “gunshot” tests by the DOT. Tanks are usually made of several layers of carbon fiber wrapped around aluminum or polyethylene liners, and many are also protected by external layers of steel. Regulations covering PRDs (pressure-relief devices) govern both temperatures and pressures at which gas is released, typically well below what is standard for safe operating conditions.

HOW GREEN ARE FUEL CELLS?

It depends on where you look. The only tailpipe emission from an FCV is water, but the process of creating hydrogen fuel – just like that of formulating gasoline or generating current for an electric vehicle – has an environmental impact. More than 90 percent of hydrogen today is created using a natural-gas-reforming process involving steam and methane, which reduces CO2 emissions from “well to wheel” by approximately 60 percent, compared with the process of creating gasoline. So, carbon dioxide is still released into the atmosphere – it just happens before the liquid hydrogen gets to your tank. Incentives and mandates encourage a cleaner hydrogen-creation process: The state of California requires that 30 percent of H2 supplied for transportation come from renewable sources, which can include wind, solar, and biomass material.

WHAT ABOUT REFUELING?

One advantage of FCVs is that they can travel farther and restore range faster than most current EVs. Refueling is simple: Once a nozzle with a snap collar is securely mated and locked to your car, the transfer of hydrogen begins with a brief hissing sound, followed by a 3- to 5- minute fill-up. However, it takes considerably longer for a filling station to restore the pressure required to service the next vehicle, so current setups can only refuel six or so cars per hour.

SO, IS HYDROGEN HAPPENING?

“When you have several major carmakers saying we’re going to invest in this, that’s significant,” Baum says. But vehicles are just one piece of the puzzle. Every other player in the hydrogen supply chain, such as the service station industry, needs to invest heavily. Until then, refueling options and vehicle choices will remain extremely limited, with no guarantee of expansion. Which is to say that hydrogen-fuel-cell cars will be a minor footnote in terms of overall vehicle sales for the foreseeable future. For all but the earliest of adopters, hydrogen as a prominent fuel alternative remains somewhere on the horizon.

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Car Fanatic Builds Himself A £5M McLaren F1 Supercar Out Of Scrap For £20,000 (Pictures/Video)

Car Fanatic Builds Himself A £5million McLaren F1 Supercar Out Of Scrap That Is Capable Of 200mph – Daily Mail

A Top Gear fan has completed the ultimate motor challenge – building a £5million supercar using scrap and spare parts.

Amateur mechanic Jacek Mazur, 48, made his own replica McLaren F1 for just £20,000. The real thing would cost 250 times as much.

Mr Mazur, from Zabrze, Poland, spent eight years building the replica car, which can hit speeds of up to 200mph.

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His previous projects have included building his own Lamborghini Countach and a Porsche 911 – but the British-designed McLaren F1 has been his ‘ultimate’ success.

Just 106 of the supercars are thought to exist and are out of reach for anyone unable to part with several million pounds.

In August this year, one sold for a staggering £5.1million at classic car auction Gooding & Company.

Mr Mazur, a health-and-safety advisor, said ‘As soon as I saw the McLaren F1 for the first time, I knew I had to have one. I couldn’t afford it so I knew I would have to build one myself.

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‘Now when I am in my car people just stop and start taking pictures.

‘It is like being on a date with Angelina Jolie or Sandra Bullock in the centre of New York.’

He added: ‘In some ways it is actually better having a replica. The real thing is so expensive I would be afraid to take it anywhere for fear of getting it dirty.’

The incredible McLaren F1 has been built with the help of more than 30 of his friends and family.

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He used the engine from an Audi and the brakes from a Mercedes.

The father-of-two also spent hours online researching photographs of the car and on blogs so that he could build his own parts and the streamlined shell of the vehicle.

Mr Mazur even paid tribute to his favourite TV show by building a tiny rear seat for Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond.

He said: ‘I named it the Hamonda in his honour. It is the same size as for a child but I’m sure Richard could be a fit.’

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Despite spending thousands of hours in his garage he has managed to keep the support of his wife, Gosia.

She said: ‘This is his passion. Ever since I have known him he has loved cars.

‘He does spend a lot of time with them but it is better than him just sitting in the pub or doing something useless and boring.’

The McLaren F1 was designed by British engineer Gordon Murray and first built in 1991.

In 1998 it set the record for he world’s fastest production car in the world with a speed of 231mph.

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Rescued Hikers Die Moments Later When They Accidentally Drive Their Car Into The Ocean

Rescued Hikers, One Pregnant, Die After Driving Into Ocean – New York Daily News

A pregnant woman and her pal rescued after getting lost hiking on a Maine mountain died just minutes later after accidentally driving into the ocean.

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Amy Stiner (l.) was five months pregnant. Melissa Moyer, of Sunbury, Pa., was a mother of one and a teacher.

Pregnant Amy Stiner, 37, was hiking at Roque Bluff State Park with friend Melissa Moyer, 38, on Tuesday night when a heavy downpour stopped them in their tracks.

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With the car rapidly going under, Stiner dialed 911 and spoke to deputies at Maine State Police barracks in Orono, but the phone went dead.

After calling for help, they were found by nearby landowner and off-duty firefighter Wayne Hansom, who dropped them off at Stiner’s 2001 blue Dodge minivan.

But when they left the parking area at 9 p.m., organic farmer Stiner turned right instead of left and, through a heavy fog, accidentally drove down a boat ramp and into the water.

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“The end of the road becomes the boat landing, and they just weren’t familiar with it,” said Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith.

With the car rapidly going under, she dialed 911 and spoke to deputies at Maine State Police barracks in Orono.

But then the line went dead. The two women and their dog were found drowned in the submerged vehicle an hour later.

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Rescue diver Travis Preston, a Jonesboro, Maine, firefighter, hooks up a minivan in the water on the boat ramp at the scene of the fatal accident. After the two returned to their vehicle, Stiner turned right instead of left and, through a heavy fog, drove down a boat ramp into the water.

The doors were closed, and the windows were up.

“The end of the road becomes the boat landing, and they just weren’t familiar with it,” said Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith.

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“It was foggy and rainy, and they literally drove off the boat, landing right into the water,” Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith said.

“It was foggy and rainy, and they literally drove off the boat, landing right into the water,” he added.

Tributes have been paid to Moyer, a mother of one and teacher from Sunbury, Pa., and her five months pregnant friend, Stiner, from nearby Machias, Maine.

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The accident scene. A dog drowned along with the two women.

Stiner’s friend Aaron Bell told the Bangor Daily News: “This is just a tragedy. Everyone’s in shock right now.”

Shikellamy School District Superintendent Pat Kelley told The Daily Item of Moyer: “It’s a sad and tragic situation.

“Melissa was a dedicated employee, and I have had the pleasure of meeting her. And she was a wonderful person,” he added,

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Three-Wheeled Commuter Car Gets 84 Miles To The Gallon, Costs $6,800 (Video)

The Three-Wheeled Commuter Car With A Price Tag Of $6,800 That Manufacturers Hope Will Change The Way You Get To Work – Daily Mail

A car company looking to gain an edge in the burgeoning ultra-high mileage commuter market hopes to do so by cutting corners.

Or, wheels rather.

Introducing Elio Motors, a startup vehicle manufacturer based in Michigan that hopes to get Americans plying the streets minus one wheel in skinny little cars that feature two in the front and just one in the back.

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And to do so, founder Paul Elio demanded his vehicle live up to four basic principles, reports MLive.

First, the three wheeled car had to get at least 84 miles to the gallon on the highway.

Second, it could cost no more than $6,800. It had to also receive a 5-star safety rating in spite of its size.

Finally, Elio’s car had to be American made.

So far, the three-wheeled car has met those marks.

Weighing in at 850 pounds, the Elio’s svelteness allows it to glide without the need for an SUV-sized fuel tank.

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And with five airbags, there’s little room in the skinny car to hit anything hard once they’ve deployed.

Unfortunately, the car has lived up to its founder’s specifications only in the form of a few prototypes.
The Elio has yet to undergo federal crash test rating. That along with some other red tape means the prototypes – which have so far emerged painted shades of silver, black, white, blue, orange (called creasicle), red and bright green – aren’t street legal.

But Elio’s representatives have been happy to take industry insiders out for a spin.

And Elio’s vice president of marketing Chip Stempeck will soon be touring Michigan cities in an Elio.

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According to Stempeck, interested buyers can put down deposits in varying increments, sort of like a Kickstarter campaign. The larger the deposit, the sooner the buyer will get his or her Elio once production begins.

Elio says that will be sometime next summer, when the company will start assembling its three-wheel cars in an old General Motors plant Louisiana.

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Yet Another Electric Car Company Goes Bankrupt

Another Electric Car Company Goes Bust After Selling Only 100 Cars At Four Dealerships – Gateway Pundit

Coda Automotive sold only 100 cars at four California dealerships.

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Electric carmaker Coda filed for bankruptcy after selling only 100 cars at four California dealerships. Coda applied for a $334 million loan in May 2010 and withdrew the request in April 2012.

Well, who’d have thought a no-name, $40,000 Chinese electric car would fail? We’ve been waiting for

Coda Automotive to declare bankruptcy – not in the mean-spirited, anti-EV trash talk you see on cable news, but as a matter of pure dollars and sense. From the moment mainstream automakers like Nissan and Ford announced they would sell EVs, Coda was doomed. After filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, Coda said it wanted to continue supplying batteries for utilities and commercial buildings. Its automotive arm will be put into mothballs.

Three years ago, the Los Angeles–based startup was coming up alongside Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive, all of which billed themselves as leaner, savvier automakers against the post-bailout mess of Chrysler and GM. (With Fisker in its dying throes, now only Tesla remains as a functioning member of the automotive world.) Coda pulled talent from all over the industry, installing former GM China president Phil Murtaugh as its CEO. Its technology was impressive at a time when the EV market was still in the infancy of its formative years: The company’s 31-kWh lithium-ion battery had a claimed best range this side of a Tesla Roadster, at an EPA-estimated 88 miles; its on-board charger carried double the capacity of the Nissan Leaf‘s; and the 85-mph top speed looked just fine, too.

But the potentially impressive tech was never realized. Just 100 cars were sold from Coda’s four California dealers since production started in March 2012. There are a number of contributing factors to the brand’s demise – including an application for a $334 million federal loan that was withdrawn after a decision failed to materialize after two years in the Department of Energy’s hands – but none more apparent than Coda’s decision to use a cheap Chinese sedan, the Hafei Saibao, which uses a Mitsubishi architecture, as its foundation.

Coda’s bankruptcy is the third by an electric automobile-related company this year.

Bloomberg reported:

Coda’s bankruptcy is at least the third by an electric vehicle-related company in just over a year. A123 Systems Inc. (AONEQ), a battery supplier to Fisker Automotive Inc., another California-based maker of electric cars, filed for bankruptcy in October. Ener1 Inc., also a maker of batteries for electric cars, entered bankruptcy in January 2012.

Obama told supporters this month he would continue spending federal dollars on failed green energy programs.

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Obama-Funded Electric Car Company Fisker Automotive Lays Off 75% Of Its Workforce, Bankruptcy Looms

Obama-Funded Electric Car Company Fisker Automotive Lays Off 75% Of Its Workforce, Bankruptcy Looms – Weasel Zippers

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Then again it’s only taxpayer money.

Via Washington Examiner:

Fisker Automotive laid off three quarters of its staff today to avoid bankruptcy while it seeks an angel with big bucks to help it become operational again.

The maker of the luxury hybrid Karma says it has “at least” $30 million in cash, and $15 million more due after settling a claim this week with its bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems, according to Reuters.

But the company owes $192 million on a $193 million Department of Energy “green” loan. It was supposed to receive $529 million, but the DOE declined to pay the full amount in May 2011 after Fisker fell behind on its targets. Executives who kept their jobs are trying to renegotiate a $10 million loan payment due on April 22.

The auto maker’s public relations team was part of the layoffs, but an outside PR firm said in a statement Fisker is still seeking a “buyer or strategic partnership” but couldn’t afford to keep on the majority of its workforce, according to Fox News.

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