Mark Kennedy, Associated Press Published 4:02 AM EST Dec 20, 2018 The “Transformers” movie universe has lately been leaky and rusted out, but “Bumblebee,” the sixth film in the series, is a stand-alone origin story written with disarming skill by Christina Hodson and starring the gifted Hailee Steinfeld. It’s a charming tale of a girl and her adorable car-robot, and though hard-core fan boys may complain it’s too soft, this film may turn out to be the perfect way to save “Transformers.” Could Bumblebee rescue Optimus Prime this time? The movie is set outside San Francisco in 1987, where the loyal B-127 Autobot has been sent to protect Earth and prepare the groundwork for the franchise. Badly hurt while battling two evil tracking Decepticons, he loses his voice and memories. Then he disguises himself as a vintage Volkswagen Bug and waits for deliverance in a salvage yard (not unlike the entire “Transformers” universe). … [Read more...] about Gentle ‘Bumblebee’ revives ‘Transformers’ franchise
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WASHINGTON -- A procession of industry group and foreign government representatives lined up Thursday to oppose President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on autos and auto parts. The Commerce Department held the hearing as it investigates whether imports of passenger vehicles imperil U.S. national security. In testimony on Thursday morning, Jennifer Kelly, the director of research development at the United Automobile Workers union, said that American workers had been harmed by decades of offshoring of auto production, and that a comprehensive investigation into the effect of foreign cars and car parts on domestic manufacturing was "long overdue." "We caution that any rash actions could have unforeseen consequences, including mass layoffs of American workers," Kelly said, adding "but that doesn't mean we should do nothing." In May, the Commerce Department said it would investigate whether auto imports threaten U.S. national security, by reducing domestic research and development in … [Read more...] about Debate heats up over tariffs on cars
Those orange traffic barrels distracting your commute from westbound Interstate 90 to northbound Interstate 5 are part of a multimillion-dollar project to repair sections of roadway. Several travelers have written to Traffic Lab recently complaining of congestion in the area and pointing to the orange barrels in the left lane of the collector-distributor — near Cherry Street and adjacent to northbound I-5 — as the culprit. “Why has the left lane been closed and forced to a one car merge headed northbound from I-90 to I-5 north?” asked Tony Smith, who lives in Phinney Ridge. “The zipper merge that existed previously worked and now there is a constant back-up from I-90 to I-5 with no relief in sight.” “It has made traffic worse. What is happening and what will the end state be for this merge?” Kim Bylund, who lives in Ravenna, asked. The orange barrels have been placed there as part of Washington State Department of Transportation’s … [Read more...] about Revive I-5: Why you see traffic barrels blocking a lane even when there’s no active construction
Editor’s note: This article, distributed by The Associated Press, was originally published on The Conversation website. The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. By Daniel MilowskiArizona State University In his 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 “The Mother Road.” The 2,448 mile-long highway that once wound from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, may soon have a new title: National Historic Trail. On June 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the National Trails System Act in order to officially designate Route 66 a National Historic Trail. Assuming the Senate takes up the legislation, Route 66 will join other federal historic trails – such as the California and Oregon Trails – recognized as migration routes historically significant to the development of the nation. But the legislation does more than simply denote … [Read more...] about Could bill bring economic revival to Route 66?
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