Cops Throughout Orange County Target Drivers Texting or Using Cell Phones Today

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The Orange County Sheriff's Department and the police forces of Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Santa Ana are among California law enforcement agencies targeting drivers who are texting or using their cell phones today. The special Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign continues this coming Tuesday as well as April 17 and April 22.

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The Straight Poop on Hyundai's Hydrogen Car

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Hyundai Tuscon
We've previously told you about local research (at UC Irvine) into a fuel produced by a local source (your pee and poop, dear readers) that is collected by a local supplier (Orange County Sanitation District).

But did you know there is a local connection to some of the actual test cars?

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5 Things to Dread About UC Irvine's Cars That Run on Hydrogen Made from Human Waste

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Jack Brouwer, at your service ...
Congrats to UC Irvine National Fuel Cell Research Center scientists and Associate Director Jack Brouwer, who are working with the Orange County Sanitation District to produce pure hydrogen from human waste to power cars of the near future. The waste facility in Fountain Valley already produces hydrogen through the new method, and local drivers will do road tests soon.

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Have You Seen This Beauty? Nader Amirvand's Sweet 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

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Is it possible to feel very sorry for Nader Amirvand, who had his red 1963 Chevrolet Impala convertible with a white top stolen from an auto restorer, AND very envious of the thieving bastard who now has it?

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Toyota Camry is Deemed the Most Reliable Car by Consumer Products Website's Users

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Winning!
The Toyota Camry surpasses the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus when it comes to reliability, a consumer products website announced this morning.

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Hyundai Motor America's Change at the Top Comes on Heels of Inflated Fuel Economy Deal

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John Krafcik
Hyundai Motor America, which has offices in Irvine, Costa Mesa and--now lighting up a stretch of the 405 freeway at night--Fountain Valley, recently announced that President and CEO John Krafcik was stepping down, replaced by Executive Vice President of Sales David Zuchowski, effective today.

The surprise change at the top comes at a curious time for the South Korean automobile maker.

Hyundai and Kia Motors America, whose international brand is 32.8 percent owned by Hyundai Motors Group of Seoul, had just before Krafcik's announcement issued another one revealing they had settled class-action litigation over inflated fuel economy claims.

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405 Freeway Approved for New Lanes in Each Direction--But Not Toll Lanes

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The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board voted today to add a new lane in each direction of the 405 freeway from the 605 freeway to Euclid Street in Fountain Valley--but they would be free and not toll lanes. Lexus lanes had previously been proposed (to a chorus of boos) from the Los Angeles County line in Seal Beach to the 73 in Costa Mesa, which eventually changes from the Corona del Mar Freeway to the San Joaquin Hills toll road.

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Lamborghini Newport Beach Gets All-Electronic Currency for All-Electronic Vehicle

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I've written before about the Lamborghini dealership in my 'hood--so close that I could reach it sleepwalking on Ambien in about 3 minutes.

There are always Italian sportscars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each in the Lamborghini Newport Beach showroom along Baker Street near Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, where the outdoors lot at times is filled with rides but more often is not.

Now the place just announced a first-ever type of sale.

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Knott's Berry Farm Unveils Major Revamps Coming to Camp Snoopy and Calico Mine Ride

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Knott's Berry Farm recently unveiled two major projects for 2014: revitalization of Camp Snoopy so it's ready for its 30th anniversary celebration and "an all-encompassing refurbishment complete with new state-of-the-art animatronic figures and enhanced scenery" for the Calico Mine Ride, which was the Buena Park theme park's first major attraction.

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Car Salesman Claims He Was Fired After Complaining About Anti-Obama Meeting

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A Fullerton auto dealership fired a salesman for refusing to attend presentations urging employees not to vote for President Obama because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a suit filed in Orange County Superior Court.

Dietrich Seney also claims James Renick, the Renick Cadillac Subaru vice president, attached an anti-Obama message to workers' paychecks two weeks before the meeting and that when the salesman complained to the general manager he was told it was Obama's fault.

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