Before entering witness protection, I edited the autos section of The New York Times. Knows people who know people.

Hagerty Test Drive: 2016 Fiat 500X AWD - Traverse City Record-Eagle: Driver's Seat

record-eagle.com — It was the public relations coup of the year: A five-day East Coast tour, televised minute by minute to a vast global audience, in three identical black Fiat 500Ls flying the Vatican flag. If your product could use a blessing, who better to do it than a man who is supposedly infallible?

The Sad Demise of the Commitment to Free Speech at America’s Universities

historynewsnetwork.org — James C. Cobb is Spalding Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He is currently writing a book on C. Vann Woodward.
Dec 11, 2015

'We value it because it provides a forum for the provocative': how universities used to think of free speech: historynewsnetwork.org/article/161403

The New Rules of Car Buying

roadandtrack.com — A​ccording to market-research firm J.D.Power, more than a quarter of the 16 million new-car purchases in the U.S. last year were made by that tech-savvy group known as millennials at honest-to-goodness dealerships. How could that be, in an age of painless online shopping, when you can buy everything from shoes to mortgages via keystrokes?

Hagerty Test Drive: A roaring return for an Italian passion play - Driver's Seat - Traverse City Record-Eagle

record-eagle.com — If you like letting your car do the driving, or if you enjoy being coddled and comfortable, the Alfa 4C Spider is not for you. High strung and demanding, it is the opposite of an autonomous car. Absent from the U.S.
Sep 12, 2015

100-pound runaway tortoise makes like a hare, is found a whole mile from home. record-eagle.com/news/drivers_s…

How It Changed the World

time.com — It was only eight days after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act on Aug. 6 of 1965 that federal voting examiners speedily dispatched to Selma, Ala., proceeded in a single day to register 381 new black voters, more than had managed to register in Dallas County over the last 65 years.

Why Nikki Haley Finally Called for It to Come Down

zocalopublicsquare.org — The most striking aspect of the Bamberg, South Carolina, grade school class photo (circa 1980) is not the nine black youngsters scattered among the 23 white pupils. Bamberg schools had been integrated under a court order roughly a decade earlier.
Jul 07, 2015

By the author of one of my favourite books: The Most Southern Place on Earth fb.me/2amPRwUlY

BEHIND THE WHEEL/2002 Cadillac Escalade; A Mammoth Appetite And Creature Comforts

nytimes.com — WHEN the six blind men of Indostan approached the elephant of the Hindu fable, their perceptions were colored by where they stood. Certainly, if you grasped the tail of the beast, you might think you held a rope; the ear could indeed be mistaken for a fan; and the trunk was very like a snake.
Aug 15, 2014

Came across this old Cadillac review I wrote. Holds up pretty well, I think. nytimes.com/2001/07/15/aut…{%221%22%3A%22RI%3A7%22}

Mr. Mayor, Please Stop Calling San Antonio the 7th Largest City

therivardreport.com — I was born in San Antonio, I love this city and plan to spend the rest of my life here. I am also a huge fan of Mayor Julián Castro. His ambitions for San Antonio are large and he is making great progress. But his marketing of the city has one fatal flaw.
Dec 03, 2013

Tracking to break daily traffic record. RT @Rivardreport: Mr. Mayor, Please Stop Calling #SanAntonio 7th Largest City bit.ly/1c8dEnv

Dec 03, 2013

How big is San Antonio? Some smart points raised here...tho I like betting people that SA is bigger than Dallas. therivardreport.com/mr-mayor-pleas…

Dec 03, 2013

RT @Rivardreport: Congrats @lewmoormon whose open letter to @juliancastro set a new single day traffic record: bit.ly/1ca7lzT #rack

Dec 05, 2013

RT @monikam: Great take on our fair city from @lewmoorman via @rivardreport: undiscovered, affordable, authentic, inexpensive paulstamatiou.com

New This Week: 'Driven' Video Reviews by Tom Voelk

wheels.blogs.nytimes.com — In his Behind the Wheel review in this weekend's Automobiles section, Ezra Dyer notes that a spacious trunk has always been part of the appeal of the Chevy Impala, and cites the capacity of a previous generation of that sedan to swallow cases of Tylenol PM and K-Y jelly.
Aug 23, 2013

NYT Autos: Introducing Tom Voelk's Driven video reviews. How much Charmin will fit in an Impala? ow.ly/odMnt

Feb 06, 2016

RT @brianstelter: Trump says he'd use techniques that are "a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." Why didn't the moderators immediately follow up on that?

Feb 06, 2016

Quite the fireworks display over the Hudson now, presumably for Chinese Lunar New Year.

Feb 06, 2016

RT @anamariecox: I note that the first thing Marco did at the podium was take swig of water.

Feb 06, 2016

“Radioactive tritium-contaminated water” has leaked into groundwater at Indian Point nuclear plant just north of NYC lohud.com/story/news/pol…

Feb 06, 2016

RT @nycsouthpaw: Lake Geneva has a Winterfest every year. This year it wasn't cold enough to park on the ice. twitter.com/chrisgloninger…

Feb 06, 2016

Quinnipiac’s mascot should be the Pollsters. twitter.com/mhaithaca/stat…

Feb 06, 2016

America needs a candidate who drops his pants while standing in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shooting somebody. twitter.com/stevesilberman…

Feb 06, 2016

RT @anahadoconnor: A North Carolina man died today after running the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a race that requires eating a dozen donuts ln.is/www.wral.com/m…

Feb 06, 2016

The origin of “Don’t call me Shirley” and other 36-year-old yucks of “Airplane!” vulture.com/2016/01/airpla…


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