Miami school evacuated after reports of classroom fire

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Students and staff at a Miami school faced a fiery situation, Monday.Students and faculty were evacuated after reports of a fire coming from a classroom at Shenandoah Middle School. 7SkyForce HD hovered above the scene of the blaze near Southwest 19th Avenue and 19th Street.Officials said school personnel managed to extinguish the flames. Students returned to class shortly after.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Students honored for overcoming amazing odds

first_img“I wanted to personally thank you, and may God bless you. You did a great thing,” said one police officer. “You have no idea what you did, so thank you, and continue all the great work you’ve been doing.”Devin Bennar, a Southwood Middle School Student was also honored after he was badly injured in a golf cart accident in July 2016.Bennar and four other kids were riding in a golf cart when they wound up on a collision course with a car.Bennar has been determined to continue his recovery; his speech has improved, and he was able to climb out of a wheelchair long enough to take photos with police officers in attendance.Bennar still has a few surgeries ahead of him, and Rodriguez is heading to college to continue her studies in emergency medical training.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida high school student and middle school student were both honored by the “Do the Right Thing” program for overcoming tough odds.Seventeen-year-old Thalia Rodriguez was honored after saving the life of a critically injured police officer.Rodriguez came to the rescue of Miami-Dade Police Maj. Ricky Carter in May when his leg was severed in an-off duty motorcycle accident.“At that time, I wasn’t saving a police officer, I was saving a human being, and that’s all that matters,” said Rodriguez, a Westland High School senior.Rodriguez, who is studying to be a first responder, put her skills to the test and fashioned Carter a tourniquet to stop the blood loss.“I just feel honored to have been able to help him,” she said. “He’s a strong man, and I know he’s going to get through this.”Rodriguez was also honored by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and received words of gratitude from Carter’s colleagues. last_img read more

Crews extinguish brush fire in Plantation neighborhood no homes threatened

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters have put out a fast-moving brush fire that sparked in a wooded area near some homes in the Plantation Acres neighborhood, Monday afternoon.Crews responded to the scene of the blaze near the intersection of Hiatus Road and West Sunrise Boulevard.Officials said flames spread quickly from the east to the west. Crews set up a command post and sprayed water on the fire from different locations.The Florida Forest Service brought in a bombardier to put out smaller spot fires. Just after 5 p.m., officials said the fire was under control.Authorities temporarily shut down Sunrise Boulevard west of Hiatus Road for about two blocks, as firefighters ran hoses across the roadway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Brush fire out at Sunrise Blvd and Hiatus Rd. Approx 100 x 100 ft area involved. No homes threatened, no injuries. Special thanks to Sunrise Fire Rescue, Broward Canteen, #SFREST, Div. Of Forestry.Special thanks to WSVN Sky Force for the aerial recon. pic.twitter.com/SsWHAWtSyg— Plantation Fire (@PlantationFire) March 5, 2018The thick vegetation in the area made it difficult for crews to reach the source of the fire. On the north side, crews had to go through backyards of nearby homes, but none of the structures were threatened. last_img read more

David Beckham shares update on Miami MLS team

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Soccer icon David Beckham is back in Miami to continue working on the Major League Soccer team he’s bringing to South Florida.Beckham posted a photo on his Instagram with the caption, “Productive few days in Miami working on @futbolmiamimls can’t wait to tell you soon …”Beckham became the owner of the MLS team set to debut in Miami in 2020. last_img read more

2 injured after tractortrailer crash on Turnpike in Kendall

first_imgTwo people have been injured after a tractor-trailer overturned on the northbound Turnpike in the Kendall area of Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, one person was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert.Officials said there was a second patient on the scene who was not transported.The crash has caused minor delays in the area, so it is recommended that motorists seek alternative routes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Driver smashes into Aventura Chase bank no injuries

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – A driver barreled into the front door of a bank in Aventura, prompting the branch to close its doors until further notice.Aventura Police responded to the scene of the crash of the Chase bank along Biscayne Boulevard, near Northeast 186th Street, Saturday afternoon.Photos sent in by a 7News viewer captured the vehicle partly inside the business. The front entrance was left with structural damage and several glass panels were left cracked and broken.No injuries were reported.The bank will remain closed while the damage is cleaned up and repaired. Chase officials have not specified when the branch will reopen.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Seward Highway Closed In Both Directions Due To Accident

first_imgAccording to the Department of Transportation drivers should expect delays until 5:39pm.  Expect delays, road closure, be prepared to stop, emergency vehicles on road. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update: 2:20pmHighway is reopen in both directions. Limited details are known at this time- updates will be  posted as they are made available.center_img Original Post: The Seward Highway at Mile 102, near Indian Creek, is shut down both directions for a vehicle accident.last_img

VIDEO Stephen Colbert Eviscerates the Newspaper Industry

first_imgBetter Know a Lobby – Newspaper Lobby The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c comedycentral.com Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest Colbert, explaining what a newspaper is to “my younger viewers”: “A newspaper is like a blog that leaves ink on your hands and covers topic other than how much you love Fall Out Boy …” Now, now. Don’t laugh too hard magazine industry, you could be next …last_img

Koten Out as Mansueto CEO

first_imgRELATED: John Koten’s Unusual DepartureJohn Koten has stepped down as Mansueto Ventures CEO, sources told FOLIO: Monday. An executive committee—made up of CFO Mark Rosenberg, Fast Company editor Bob Safian, and Inc. editor Jane Berentson—will lead the company until a replacement is named. The committee will report to Mansueto Ventures owner Joe Mansueto. The circumstances surrounding Koten’s departure were not immediately clear. Joe Mansueto did not respond to several e-mails from FOLIO: over the weekend. Koten did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.Koten’s resignation comes less than a week after the Web site Gawker posted a pair of strange memos he wrote to staffers.The first quarter was not particularly kind to Fast Company or Inc., with ad pages plunging 28.8 percent and 46.7 percent respectively, according to PIB figures.Mansueto—the billionaire who founded Morningstar Inc.—purchased Fast Company and Inc. in 2005 from Gruner + Jahr for $35 million.last_img read more

At SNAP Print Will Be the New Vinyl

first_imgTina Hay, editor of the Penn Stater, said association editors should assume readers are developing the same online reading habits for print. “Assume that when people pick up a magazine, they don’t intend to read it,” she said. “Good points of entry,” like short headlines, decks and captions, “turn skimmers into readers.”Live SNAP conference highlights can be found at live.snap09.com. SEE ALSO: SNAP to Change NameWASINGTON, D.C.—Some 250 association publishers have gathered here this week for the Society of National Association Publications’ annual conference. And while social media was clearly on the minds of many during the pre-conference workshop, the morning sessions today emphasized the advancement of print and digital editions.According to Glenn Cook, American School Board Journal’s editor-in-chief, print will eventually become “the new vinyl.” Despite the evaporation of its paid circ model, which has cut into his publication’s market, “people still want long-form and crave the full body, tactile print experience,” Cook said.While association publishers need to accept that print may evolve into a niche market, he said, it doesn’t mean they should stop producing print products. “They just need to be very targeted,” Cook said.Cook later had a spirited debate with Smarter Media Sales president Josh Gordon about free versus paid content online. Gordon said publishers should “win the search engine war by aggregating content.” Cook recommended posting “a few paragraphs” for free online, then charge a fee for access to the entire story.last_img read more

Esquires Paywall Experiment

first_imgTyler Cabot: I’d been working on other ways of monetizing content, and a lot of that began with fiction. We got frustrated a few years ago with putting fiction stories up for free—it seemed there was a market there. So a little over a year ago, we did our first ebook. Three or four months later we did another fiction collection and a few anthologies of older material. So this was an evolution.It was in that way of thinking that I began this thing with Narrative 4. We had about 106 stories, put about 15 in the magazine and asked what we do with the rest. The initial thought was that we could do an ebook, but I wanted to experiment a little more and make it feel like it was living on and easier to access. One of the problems I’ve had with ebooks is that they come out and everyone’s really excited and then they vanish. That’s when I started exploring if there were ways to make this into a paid website. FOLIO: The ebooks, anthologies and the project with Narrative 4 are all behind some sort of paywall, but they use different models than the one you’ve used for “The Prophet.” How did you settle on this particular model?Cabot: This is somewhat similar to the Narrative 4 one, just because it is still a pretty basic paywall. At this point though, we’re experimenting so we want to try as many different ways of doing things as possible. We wanted to see if there was a way to have this actually be living on our website. That seemed like a pretty big plus to us. We’ve done the ebook thing, let’s try a different way of doing things and then we can have an even bigger set of data to see how this works.FOLIO: How successful has it been so far?Cabot: We’re still tallying all that stuff up, but I can tell you that our conversion rate is up to 5 percent. It’s still selling. And somewhere around 42 percent of people who start purchasing it, end up finishing [the purchase process].FOLIO: One of the big arguments against paywalls is that they hinder social sharing. What was the net impact of the article on social media?Cabot: This is something we thought about, but didn’t understand exactly how it would work. If you have content behind a paywall, how do you get people talking about it? How do you get people writing about it?There was a lot on social media, a ton on Twitter and so on. A lot of people were linking to The Atlantic [Wire] article about our article though [“The ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science” | 7.2.13].One thing we did to help [mitigate that impact] was to partner with Longreads and with Matter. They both have big sets of subscribers and they said it was a piece that their subscribers would love, so they wanted to make a deal. It seemed to us to make sense to do that—to sell it in bulk. But also, there are a lot more readers there who are going to be talking about it.FOLIO: Do you have any other unique distribution strategies you’re pursuing?Cabot: One of the cool things both those places do is that [the article] is automatically sent to your Kindle or iPad device. That’s something I’m very interested in—how you can maximize the number of places that you can read it.In terms of other places to distribute, yes, we’d love to do that more. I think it’s finding the right partners for the right kind of story. For this story, these two made a ton of sense. They were audiences who were reading long-form journalism and long-form journalism about science.FOLIO: A few critics have noted that the paywall itself is pretty easy to bypass. Is that something you were aware of?Cabot: It was intentional in the sense that this was a total experiment. Tinypass [Tinypass provides the paywall in front of “The Prophet”] offers a more secure paywall, but it’s much harder to implement. We had no idea how this was going to go, so we said, ‘Let’s just do it and we’ll see how it goes.’ As we go forward, we may want to use the more secure one, or we may think this is great.If you start this and have no idea how it’s going to go, the biggest priority isn’t building the biggest holding box you can. It’s to get it done, see how it works and then you can invest more time and more money.FOLIO: Are you planning on doing this again?Cabot: We don’t have a plan right now, but I would say probably. We have to figure out the right story to do it again with. It could be a new story or we could do it with some old stories. The main thing to keep in mind was that this really was a complete experiment and it still is. It’s very much a living experiment. We’re just kind of rolling with it, pushing forward with it and learning as much as we can.More on this topic Politico Takes Paywall Baby Steps with Six-State Experiment Tinypass Gets Bigger With Swishu Acquisition Winning the Paywall Debate With 1,000th Issue, Esquire Debuts Full Archive Esquire Debuts Weekly Tablet-Only Magazine Press+ Brings Metered Paywall Platform to VideoJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Esquire made big news in the world of paid Web content in July, putting one of its magazine features behind a paywall. “The Prophet”—for sale on Esquire.com for $1.99—wasn’t the title’s first experience with a paywall though.Esquire has been testing paid content models for ebooks and anthologies since last year. More recently, they’d solicited more than 100 stories for a similar project with the charity Narrative 4.Tyler Cabot, articles editor for Esquire, has been behind each of the recent paywall initiatives. He admits they’re still very much in the experimentation stages, but they’re learning about models, distribution and security with each step.FOLIO: What’s the background of the project? Why this story? Why right now?last_img read more

Successful Transition Requires Community Support Veterans Group CEO Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Citing research showing that one-third of newly separated service members opt to remain in the last community where they served, Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last month that transitioning personnel need strong community support to be successful.“With the collective leadership of communities throughout the nation, I know that we can have a strong and vital national veteran network that not only strengthens its communities, but can also improve our military for tomorrow,” Lorraine told lawmakers, according to a press release.Lorraine’s testimony largely focused on the positive results of community integration programs, but he also shared his concerns about DOD’s existing Transition Assistance Program. Four years ago, he told the committee that the military’s transition support was incomplete because it did not incorporate community resources.“Since then, not much has changed,” Lorraine said. “The current transition program is not focused on the individual veteran; instead the focus is on the outputs of attendance and post-class evaluations at a time when the service member’s life is nothing but unknowns.”America’s Warrior Partnership is a national nonprofit supporting six regional communities. In 18 months, its affiliated communities have served more than 17,000 veterans, according to the organization. Lorraine credited a model of private-public partnerships between local nonprofits and government agencies for its successes and encouraged senators to strengthen those relationships to better serve veterans.last_img read more

Reports Trump to Sign Spending Bill Declare Emergency

first_img ADC AUTHOR President Donald Trump is expected to sign a compromise spending bill that rushed through Congress Thursday to ensure the government stays open past Friday night, according to news reports citing White House officials. He is also expected to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. The President is scheduled to address border security at a White House event Friday morning.A national emergency declaration is sure to get pushback from Capitol Hill and perhaps the courts. But such a declaration would allow the President to move money around to build a border wall.The chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate armed services committees are opposed to using military construction funding for the wall, as On Base has reported.“I encourage the President not to divert significant Department of Defense funding for border security,” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Thursday evening. “Doing so would have detrimental consequences for our troops, as military infrastructure was one of the accounts most deprived during the Obama-era defense cuts.”U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Robert Bushelllast_img read more

Charli XCX Releases Video For Single 5 In The Morning

first_img Email Charli XCX Releases Video For Single “5 In The Morning” Watch: Charli XCX’s “5 In The Morning” charli-xcx-releases-video-single-5-morning News Twitter Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter takes over a warehouse in the video to accompany her latest singleRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 27, 2018 – 3:59 pm It’s been just under a month since Charli XCX, who is on tour with Taylor Swift, gifted us with her new single, “5 In The Morning.” On June 27, we also got a video to accompany the catchy pop-forward track.In the relatively understated video directed by Bradley & Pablo, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter takes over an empty warehouse where she’s “goin’ all in.” Colored lights strobe flash all around her unchoreographed dance moves. Like the song itself, Charli XCX proves that she’s got it all covered, thank you very much.This is the latest we’ve heard from Charli XCX since the release of her Pop 2 mixtape in December 2017. Before dropping “5 In The Morning,” the British songstress teased she is “going to release a lot music this year.” With this track, Charli XCX has set the bar high for what comes next, which we can only assume won’t arrive “’til the bottles all popped.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF GameStop Awards 250000 In Grants To Increase Employment Readiness For

first_img(NOTE: GameStop has a Wilmington location at 246 Main Street.)NEW YORK, NY — To help tackle the high unemployment or underemployment rate the vast majority of adults with autism face, GameStop and Autism Speaks are awarding up to $250,000 in funding for scholarships and programs as part of the NXT GEN Coders Program powered by GameStop. As part of the inaugural grant program, which is funded by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, 14 organizations from coast to coast each will receive grants of up to $25,000.The NXT GEN Coders Program powered by GameStop launched in 2018, and provides financial funding to organizations, schools and universities that teach digital literacy and coding to people with autism, to help prepare them for the competitive job market. With a special focus on teens and college-age students, the NXT GEN Coders Program is also open to children and adults on the autism spectrum, from preschool age through retirement.In its first year, the NXT GEN Coders Program received 38 proposals from 16 states. Applicants included community-based coding academies, not-for-profit service providers and large universities. All qualified proposals were evaluated by professionals within the coding industry and adults with autism who work in computing and gaming.Grant recipients will use the funds for tuition assistance, program enhancements or staffing to better support participants who have autism. Recipients were selected based on their proven capability to serve the diverse needs of people with autism, sustainability of the program, its potential for replication and its ability to be scaled to fit growing need.Grant Recipients:Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield – Stoneham, Mass.Coding Autism – Westlake Village, Calif.Families Helping Families NOLA – New Orleans, La.Friends of Green Chimneys – Brewster, N.Y.Islands of Brilliance – Milwaukee, Minn.MacDonald Training Center – Tampa, Fla.National Foundation for Autism Research – San Diego, Calif.nonPareil Institute – Plano, TexasTech Kids Unlimited – New York City, N.Y.Tech Talent South – Charlotte, N.C.The Specialists Guild – San Francisco, Calif.We Connect the Dots – Westbury, N.Y.Woodhaven Learning Center – Columbia, Mo.Yukodit – Montclair, N.J.“We are grateful to GameStop for its commitment to the autism community,” said Thomas Frazier, Ph.D., Autism Speaks chief science officer. “NXT GEN Coders grants will expand access to programs teaching skills that are in high demand, positioning more people with autism for careers and helping them achieve greater independence.”“At GameStop we believe the key to building inclusive, responsible communities starts with supporting the career goals of not just our associates but also those of our guests,” said Angela Venuk, vice president of IT at GameStop. “It is our hope that by establishing the NXT Gen Coders Program the coding and digital opportunities become innumerable for individuals on the autism spectrum.”About Autism Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.About Autism SpeaksAutism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.About GameStopGameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The retailer operates thousands of locations around the world under the GameStop, EB Games and Micromania retail brands. Fans can find their local GameStop store using the company’s online store locator tool.(NOTE: The above press release is from GameStop.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGameStop To Hold Fundraising Campaign For Autism Speaks This May, Increase Employment Opportunities For People With AutismIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Collects $1.2 Million in Donations During Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”last_img read more

Roman House Showing Its Age Receives TLC From Public Buildings Department

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Roman House, the headquarters of the school district’s administration, continues to show its age. The historic structure, built in 1900, recently required some significant repairs from the town’s Public Buildings Department.A section of the roof was replaced last week.“The shingles on this section in some areas were missing, starting to come lose, and falling apart, allowing water into the structure,” explained Superintendent of Public Buildings George Hooper. “Approximately 24 square feet of shingles were replaced.”“The Public Buildings Department has been continually monitoring this roof for some time knowing that eventually the roof or building would be replaced,” continued Hooper. “After a few high wind storms and rain events over this past season, it was determined that this section of roof would not survive the upcoming winter and should be replaced.”The project cost $24,870, which will come out of the Public Building Department’s roof repair account within its annual operating budget.Additional work was done to the Victorian-era building, situated in front of Wilmington High School, this week.“There was also a section of the side entrance that deteriorated and needed to be replaced to maintain its integrity and to keep moisture out,” added Hooper. No additional work, other than routine maintenance, is planned at this time.When asked about the long-term future of the Roman House, Hooper is understandably more concerned about building’s current state.“The reality is that the Roman House, for now, serves as a functioning office area and its occupants need to be protected from any elements. That is the responsibility of this department,” responded Hooper. “The Facility Master Plan identifies a need for a new School Administration Office as well as a Town Hall. When these plans move forward, the future of these buildings will be determined by the residents of Wilmington.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”Wilmington DPW & Public Buildings Dept. Complete Dozens Of Projects To Get Schools Ready For Opening DayIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 27 Homeowner Finds Needle Near His Mailbox Driver

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, May 27, 2019:Police received a noise complaint of loud music being played on a back porch on Middlesex Avenue. Police responded and turned the resident to turn down the music. (1:54am)Fire Department responded to reports of smoldering brush in area of the tracks on Brand Avenue; turned out to be a fire pit in a backyard. (7:12am)A Forest Street caller reported a needle on the ground by their mailbox. Police responded and brought needle back to station for disposal. (11:02am)A Wedgewood Avenue reported a large snapping turtle in his yard. He was advised to leave it alone and it would continue on. (11:02am)Dominique M. Mazac (34, Lexington) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked Registration and an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  Mazac was pulled over at Salem Street and Ring Avenue. (5:34pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 2: Beer Cans Found At Town Park; Spray Paint At Palmer Park; Sinkhole WorseningIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 8: Don’t Pee On My Lawn, Please; Driver Issued SummonsIn “Police Log”last_img read more

State Senator Bruce Tarr CoSponsors Neros Bill To Improve Medical Responses To

first_imgGLOUCESTER, MA — Below is an announcement from State Senator Bruce Tarr, whose district includes Wilmington:I would like to let you know about a bill that I have co-sponsored called Nero’s Bill, otherwise known as An Act Providing For The Care And Transportation Of Police Dogs In The Line Of Duty.Nero the police dog was the K9 partner of the late police sergeant Sean Gannon, a member of the Yarmouth Police Department, who was shot and killed last year while serving a warrant. Nero was also severely wounded in this attack. He was shot in the face; the bullet which ripped through his head left holes in his throat and stopped in his shoulder. He was covered in blood at the scene for hours before receiving medical care.Existing state law prohibits police animals, injured in the line of duty, from being treated or transported by emergency personnel. Even though Nero’s injuries were life-threatening and trained safety officials were available at the scene, staff were all prohibited, by law, from giving Nero what he needed. The bill I am supporting will change that — provided of course, that there is no other injured person that is in need of medical care or transportation first.K9s have been proven to be immensely effective in police work for drug detection, first responder operations, and search and rescue situations – each of these are hazardous and make these dogs exposed to risk of grave bodily harm. There is much more to Nero’s story and subsequent recovery and I encourage you to find out more. Effective police work is vital and potentially dangerous; I am appreciative of all of those who entered the field even those with four legs. I thank Senator Montigny and Representative Crocker for championing this change.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Mass. Italian American Police Association Honors State Senator Bruce TarrIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Supports Interlock Devices For First-Time OUI OffendersIn “Government”last_img read more

6 generations of Ford Explorers A history of the groundbreaking SUV

first_img 57 Photos 1991-1994 Ford Explorer: The breakout hitThe first Explorer was built off the Ford Ranger’s pickup truck chassis and shared a plethora of parts with its more utilitarian sibling, namely body panels ahead of the A-pillar and a dashboard. Although the Explorer resembled the (also Ranger-based) two-door Ford Bronco II compact SUV of the 1989 and 1990 model years, the Explorer was actually a full segment size larger.The two-door Explorer Sport was 12.6 inches longer and 2.2 inches wider than the Bronco II, while the four-door Explorer boasted an additional 22.4 inches of length. It was also more aerodynamic and modern looking, thanks to flush side glass, integrated mirrors and the lack of drip rails, which were still used on the Ranger of that period. The Explorer also came in a well-known, two-tone Eddie Bauer trim — a tie-in with the outdoorsy clothing store. The Eddie Bauer Explorer was enough of a hit that it returned for subsequent generations.Under the hood was a 4.0-liter, overhead-valve V6 that made a respectable (for the time) 155 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. Later model years saw a 5-horsepower bump, but torque stayed the same. The V6 could be paired with a Mazda-sourced five-speed manual transmission or a Ford-designed four-speed automatic. The first-gen Explorer came with rear-wheel drive standard, but shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive was optional.Speaking of Mazda, the Japanese automaker sold its own version of the first-gen Explorer. Called the Navajo, it was based off the Explorer Sport, meaning that it was only offered with two doors. While the ’91 to ’94 Explorer was an immediate hit, the Navajo, unfortunately, never really resonated with buyers.The Explorer, however, did. In its first year, it sold 140,509 units. In its second year, it more than doubled that with 282,837 sales. By the end of 1993, the SUV had crested 300,000 deliveries. Ford Explorer begins with immediate success 20 Photos Second-gen Ford Explorer keeps playin’ the hits 2006-2010 Ford Explorer: Downward spiralThe 2006 Explorer brought about a more powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine with 292 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque channeled through a new six-speed automatic transmission. For the base Explorer, the previous generation’s 4.0-liter V6 carried on as the standard engine paired with a five-speed automatic, also from the previous generation.A Sport Trac variant continued with the fourth-gen Explorer, and was even offered in the racy (not really) Adrenalin (yes, spelled incorrectly) trim. Speaking of special editions, don’t forget about the Ironman Explorer from the 2007 model year. Hot stuff.The fourth-gen Explorer also boasted a tougher frame, improved suspension and a refreshed interior. Later model years added more tech and convenience features, but none of those upgrades appeared to speak to customers. In 2006, sales were down 25 percent from the year before to 179,229, and by 2010, sales were down to 60,687, largely a product of the failing US economy and consumers’ demand for smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles. The Explorer’s all-time low of 52,190 sales came in 2009 — roughly a tenth of what sales were at their peak nine years earlier. Speaking of tenths, the related Mercury Mountaineer sold an embarrassing 5,791 units in 2010, leading to its demise along with the rest of the Mercury brand. Ford Detroit Auto Show 2019 • 2002-2005 Ford Explorer: The thrill is goneContinuing the trend of being more family hauling-centric than off-road-ready, the third-generation Ford Explorer was no longer tied to the Ford Ranger. But it was still a body-on-frame SUV. Regardless of its truck-like roots, this Explorer was more car-like than ever before. A new independent rear suspension not only offered a superior ride, but it also freed up space for the newly available third row of seats, bringing the total occupant count to seven.The base engine was carried over from the second-gen Explorer: A 4.0-liter V6 making 210 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, but the third generation brought a more powerful 4.6-liter, single-overhead cam, all-aluminum V8 with 240 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The extra V8 power paired with body-on-frame construction meant this Explorer could tow as much as 7,300 pounds. You could also have the Mazda-sourced five-speed manual transmission with the V6, but that was only offered for the first model year, after which all Explorers were built only with the five-speed automatic. The Explorer Sport, still based on the previous-gen model, met its maker in 2003.In addition to the Explorer bidding farewell to the manual and a two-door configuration, the SUV also kissed its stellar sales figures goodbye. In 2002, the Explorer was still resounding with 433,847 sales for the year, but by 2005, sales were down 45 percent from three years earlier to just 239,788 units as more consumers ditched traditional SUVs for car-based crossovers.While the Explorer began to fade in popularity, it’s newest platform-mate, the Lincoln Aviator, was never a huge hit, and was grounded after 2005. 28 Photos 72 Photos Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ford Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago 1 2011-2019 Ford Explorer: The resurrectionThe current, fifth-gen Ford Explorer is an example of “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” After about a decade of car-based crossovers eating the Explorer’s lunch, Ford finally caved and engineered an Explorer — based on the Taurus sedan — that followed the lead of successful, car-based crossovers such as the Toyota Highlander.This strategy seemed to work in Ford’s favor. With 135,704 units sold in 2011, the Explorer more than doubled its volume from the previous year, while also beating the Highlander by more than 34,000 units. Sales kept climbing pretty much every year up to the fifth-gen’s 2017 peak of 271,131. Last year wasn’t bad for the Explorer, either, as it was about 10,000 sales shy of beating 2017’s record. Still, that was good enough to make the Explorer America’s best-selling three-row SUV.The Explorer’s resurgence definitely had something to do with drastically improved fuel economy. The fifth-gen started life with a 3.5-liter V6 pumping 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The Explorer’s new engine and car-based construction helped it to achieve 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg highway for all-wheel-drive models and 18/25 city/highway mpg on front-wheel-drive versions. That’s much better than the gas-guzzling 2010 Explorer. When equipped with a V6 and four-wheel drive, the EPA rated it at 13/19 city/highway mpg. To appease budget-minded shoppers even further, the Explorer also came with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine rated at 237 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, allowing the first four-cylinder Explorer to achieve 20/27 city/highway mpg. That engine eventually gave way to a 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder producing 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.While a V8 was no longer offered, Ford was still adding more power under the hood. In 2013, the Explorer Sport slid back into the lineup, this time with four doors and a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 making an impressive 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A 0-60 time of less than six seconds was about two seconds faster than both the Explorer with the naturally aspirated V6 and the last V8-powered model.The SUV got a visual update in 2016, followed by more subtle visual tweaks in 2018. Throughout this generation’s nine years, Ford has also been injecting more tech into its midsize SUV. As a result, the 2019 Explorer offers the latest in safety and driver-assistance features such as collision-mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automated parallel parking, automatic high beams and rain-sensing wipers. For those along for the ride, there’s built-in Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep everyone entertained. May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend The Ford Explorer was instrumental in popularizing the SUV. When it hit the market for the 1991 model year, it followed the lead of the Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet S-10 Blazer by offering off-road capability and rugged styling with family-friendly utility.Almost 30 years later, the Ford Explorer is a lot different than when it first drove into suburbia’s garages, but it still serves the same purpose: To carry the family in comfort with at least the appearance of can-do capability. With an all-new, sixth-gen Ford Explorer set to debut ahead of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, let’s look back at the five generations it took to get us to this point. 2020 Ford Explorer: Can it keep the momentum?If our recent tale of the tape is any indicator, yes it can. The all-new, sixth-generation Explorer offers more interior space, tech, power and capability than before, which not only helps it stand out from the competition, but also should help it keep its sales crown.The new Explorer’s base price sees a $400 increase over 2019 to $33,760 (including a $995 estimated destination charge), but the sixth-gen SUV with no options will be a lot nicer than an option-free fifth-gen. First, it’ll have more power in the form of an EcoBoost 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder making 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. That’s enough power and torque to tow up to 5,300 pounds, or 2,300 pounds more than this year’s four-cylinder Explorer.The new SUV will be able to haul more inside, too. With cargo space up 6.1 cubic feet to 87.8, it’s now roomy enough to haul a 4×8 sheet of plywood. Passengers will also benefit with best-in-class second- and third-row headroom.Enlarge ImageNo, that’s not an iPad. That’s the new Explorer’s available 10.1-inch touchscreen. Ford Tech also gets a major upgrade. The new Explorer comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Waze navigation on an 8-inch touchscreen, along with in-car Wi-Fi and four USB ports. Standard safety tech is also boosted to more competitive levels, thanks to collision-mitigation braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beams and a self-washing rearview camera.That’s a good amount of content for a base model, but for those wanting to extract more out of the new platform, the Explorer Platinum (likely to start around $56,000) will come with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 making 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The beefier engine is also connected to a 10-speed automatic, but is paired exclusively with all-wheel drive featuring a front axle disconnect. The extra power means an additional 300 pounds of towing capacity to 5,600.Available tech and safety features will include embedded navigation on a vertical, 10.1-inch touchscreen featuring pinch-to-zoom functionality, a 360-degree camera, automated parallel parking, adaptive cruise control with speed sign recognition, evasive steering assist, and rain-sensing wipers. For even more information about the new Explorer, check out our first-look.Ford will also be offering a hybrid version, as well as a performance-minded Explorer ST, but details about those won’t be released until the full 2020 Explorer lineup is unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.ford-explorer-generations-lineupEnlarge ImageDon’t you love a good-ol’ generational family photo? 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The more off-road-inclined I-Beam front suspension was replaced with a new, independent wishbone setup, but a live axle still resided out back.The Explorer’s exterior design also put more distance between itself and the Ranger. Rather than looking like a pickup with a well-integrated camper shell, the new Explorer had a more rounded look all its own. There was a lot more power under the hood, too. For 1996, Ford began offering a 5.0-liter V8 engine making 210 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. In 1997, Ford added a single-overhead cam, 4.0-liter V6 to the option sheet. This modernized mill was good for 205 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The base 4.0-liter V6, however, was still making just 160 ponies. Also this year, V6 Explorers could be had with a five-speed automatic transmission — a very modern gearbox for the time.This generation of Explorer waved “goodbye” to its Mazda platform-mate after 1994, but the midsize SUV wasn’t alone for long. The 1997 model year brought about the Mercury Mountaineer, which came only with the 5.0-liter V8, but subsequent years made V6 power optional. By the turn of the century, the biggest news for the Explorer centered on its Firestone tires blowing out due to tread separation, leading to numerous rollovers, 271 deaths and as many as 23 million tires recalled by both Firestone and Ford. Meanwhile, the blue oval was adding a new pickup truck variant called the Explorer Sport Trac with four doors, a 14.3-inch longer wheelbase and a 4.2-foot, composite truck bed.When it came to sales, these were the Explorer’s glory days. At the beginning of the second generation, the SUV registered 395,227 deliveries for 1995. The Explorer reached its all-time peak in 2000 with 445,157 units. It closed out the generation a year later with a still-healthy 415,921 deliveries. 2020 Ford Explorer is better in almost every waylast_img read more