Internet provider RCN is rebranding itself as Astound
If you're an RCN cable customer, you'll soon see a new name on your monthly bill. The Princeton-based TV and internet provider, which serves customers in parts of the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley regions, is rebranding itself as Astound Broadband. The new name will put RCN and its sister regional services under one national brand after several acquisitions in recent years. RCN's parent company has already been using the Astound name. The company started updating its cable vans, uniforms, signs, and other materials with the new name earlier this month. To limit customer confusion, Astound wil...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ford launches pilot program to equip California winegrowers with EVs, software services
SEBASTOPOL, California — Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday announced the launch of a pilot program that will equip winegrowers in northern California with electric pickup trucks, cargo vans and software services in a bid to boost EV and technology adoption among farmers and other commercial customers. The automaker also announced the launch of Ford Pro Intelligence, a cloud-based platform underpinning a set of digital services aimed at supporting commercial fleet operators. The platform will provide customers with software they can use to manage their vehicle fleets on a single interface. "The bigge...
The Detroit News
Rare Beatles collectibles being auctioned from Julian Lennon’s collection
Beatles for sale. A live and internet auction is underway, featuring items that once belonged to John Lennon and were left to his eldest son, Julian Lennon. Those pieces of pop culture history include a cape worn by the former Beatle in the film “Help!,” a coat Lennon wore in “Magical Mystery Tour” and a trio of guitars plucked by the “Starting Over” singer. The “Lennon Connection: The NFT Collection” auction, being curated by Julien’s Auction House, also includes Paul McCartney’s handwritten notes for the 1968 song “Hey Jude.” That tune was inspired by the tribulations of Julian Lennon, whose...
New York Daily News
Dylan McDermott shifting from Dick Wolf’s ‘Organized Crime’ to ‘FBI: Most Wanted’ as new lead
It looks like Dylan McDermott may be staging a comeback to the right side of the law. The Emmy Award-nominated actor who plays cunning crime boss Richard Wheatley on “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” is moving to “FBI: Most Wanted,” following the departure of series lead Julian McMahon. Both series are created and executive produced by Dick Wolf, the kingpin of procedural dramas. It’s not known who McDermott will play on “Most Wanted,” but with McMahon’s team leader Jess LaCroix exiting, it’s easy to envision McDermott picking up his mantle. The 60-year-old Golden Globe Award winner rose to prom...
New York Daily News
Michigan justices to weigh Detroit Caucus challenge of redistricting maps
DETROIT — Michigan Supreme Court justices will decide whether there's enough proof that Michigan's new redistricting maps give Black voters a fair shot at electing preferred candidates — a conclusion that hinges on whether the state can still elect candidates of color without decades-old majority-minority districts in Detroit. The Detroit Caucus that's challenging the state's new political maps argued Wednesday that Black voters won't be able to get a preferred candidate through primary elections if their voice is diluted by White Democratic voters in the suburbs. Michigan's Independent Citize...
The Detroit News
Boeing reports net loss in 2021 as cost of 787 delivery halt soars to $5.5 billion
Boeing said Wednesday that the cost of the prolonged halt to deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner widebody jet has soared to $5.5 billion. Executives delivering news of the deep fourth-quarter financial losses announced no end in sight for the unprecedented 787 delivery stoppage due to manufacturing quality issues. There was also a separate $402 million write-off in the fourth quarter on the KC-46 Air Force tanker program. The good news in the quarterly results was that 737 Max production in Renton, Washington has ramped up to 26 jets per month and is on track early this year to reach Boeing's tar...
The Seattle Times
Missouri AG has sued 45 school districts with mask rules. What about charter schools?
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed nine additional lawsuits against school districts with mask mandates this week, bringing the total number of systems targeted to 45. Schmitt, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has cast school mask mandates as government intrusion on private family decisions. But left untouched in the wave of litigation are charter schools, including some in Kansas City, that also require masks for students. Though privately operated, charters are publicly funded like traditional public schools. Schmitt's spokesman did not explain what sep...
The Kansas City Star
Kansas police believe dog attacks, including beheading, are related; reward money at $40K
Police believe the recent attacks on three dogs in a southeast Kansas town are related. The last time a crime in Parsons, Kansas, got this much media attention was the 2013 quadruple homicide of a mother and her three children, Sgt. Jason Ludwig, a spokesman for the police department in Labette County, told The Star on Tuesday. The southeast Kansas town of about 10,00 people drew national attention in early December when a police officer reported that her 3-month-old German Shepherd named Ranger had been found decapitated in her backyard while her patrol car was parked out front. A few weeks l...
The Kansas City Star
Joel Greenberg friend and former employee to plead guilty in federal court
ORLANDO, Fla. — Joe Ellicott — a close friend of disgraced Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg and a former radio talk show host — agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and distribution of a controlled substance, according to court documents filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Each charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and fines totaling more than $5.2 million. Ellicott, who also owned Uncle Joe’s Coins, Currency & Collectibles in Maitland, served as a groomsman at Greenberg’s wedding in the summer of 2016. Shortly after Greenberg took office in Jan...
Family guide to new movie releases
'CLEAN' No MPAA rating What it’s about: A garbage man with a dark past has to confront his demons to move forward. The kid attractor factor: This is a violent adult drama, not much of a draw for kids, maybe teens. Good lessons/bad lessons: If you don't make peace with the past you'll have to go to war with it. Violence: Some extreme violence including beatings and bludgeonings, shooting, and suggested sexual violence. Language: Strong language and swearing throughout. Sex: A threat and suggestion of sexual violence. Drugs: References to drug trafficking, on screen drug use by teens, etc. Paren...
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