Auto Review: Acura ILX a Worthy Luxury Sport Sedan
Dec13

Auto Review: Acura ILX a Worthy Luxury Sport Sedan

At first glance, it’s the look — the aggressive grille, wheels and sharp, Jewel-Eye LED headlights — that suggests Acura is stepping up its game with the 2016 ILX. But the real proof is in its performance — that surge from a dead stop, the quick and smooth upshifts from Acura’s new dual-clutch automatic transmission, the tacky grip on corners. Add to that some new safety features, and you have a compelling argument that the ILX is...

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Wheels: Volvo Steering Toward a Safer Future
Dec06

Wheels: Volvo Steering Toward a Safer Future

Traffic-safety advocates have long regarded Volvo as the gold standard of driver and passenger safety in automobiles. The reason can be found in the company’s guiding mantra: “Cars are driven by people.” That being the case, the corporate thinking goes, it is best to make people as safe as possible within the womb of a Volvo automobile. That mission, a hallmark of the Volvo car company since its inception in 1927, continues under...

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Foodborne Illness Is More Common Than We Realize

Seattle — Foodborne illnesses like the E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest are more common than the public realizes, experts say, with most instances never making the news. About 48 million cases of foodborne disease occur in the U.S. annually, sending about 105,000 people to the hospital and resulting in 2,000 deaths, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s...

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Nuts & Bolts: 2016 Subaru Forester 2XT Touring

Bottom line: The Forester is among my favorite family haulers — one of the best and most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicles in the business, equipped with a reasonably efficient and powerful gasoline engine, comfortable on long highway runs and almost affordable ($36,040) equipped with an advanced driver-assistance system. Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good marks — meaning easily satisfactory for most of us — in all three...

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Vt. Grapples With Social Worker Safety

Montpelier — For eight months before a social worker was gunned down, a labor-management committee in the Department for Families and Children warned that too-heavy workloads were hurting relationships between social workers and families and contributing to increasing danger, a legislative committee heard Tuesday. “Relationships are really important with respect to worker safety. That does relate to caseload,” DCF Commissioner Ken...

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