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AutoMatters: Driverless Shuttle & More at International CES

Navia shuttle in Las Vegas

When we get into an elevator and press a button for our floor, we don’t give that ride a second thought, do we? If we’re talking with someone before we get into the elevator, we’re likely to continue our conversation when we’re inside. We trust the elevator to take us to where we’re going and let us off, safe and sound.

Unleashing Excellence through Creativity

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By Kevin Yaley Nurturing our students’ creativity is an important part of the Francis Parker School mission. At Parker, instruction in the arts helps students develop qualities essential for success in college and beyond. By practicing performing and visual arts, our students learn the essential skills of flexible thinking, risk-taking and persistence. That’s why we [...]

AutoMatters: Motorcycle Racing, Hard Drives & Prizes!

Flat track motorcycle racing at the South Point, Las Vegas

I recently covered Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series indoor motorcycle racing at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas. I covered this event last year too, and told you about it in AutoMatters #265.

It is truly amazing what a liberal application of sticky, gooey, Pepsi cola will do to slippery concrete. Suffice to say, it creates an ideal (and tasty?) surface for exciting indoor motorcycle racing.

The 2014 Real Estate Outlook: Bull Versus Bear

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By Jason Katz, Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Guaranteed Rate Mortgage 2013 was a year of contrasts for the San Diego real estate market. During the first half of the year, an unusually low supply of homes, coupled with low rates, spurred bidding wars and pushed home prices up sharply. The second half of [...]

What We Can Learn from Celebrity Divorces

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By Nancy Bickford, Bickford Law When Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards divorced, Sheen sent Richards an email calling her “a sad, jobless pig who is sad and talentless and sad and jobless and evil and a bad mom…” During Christy Brinkley’s divorce from Peter Cook, she was accused of breaking into Cook’s office, copying his [...]

AutoMatters: FIA Formula-e & olloclip at International CES

FIA Formula-e debut demonstration – Mandalay Bay

AutoMatters’ coverage of the 2014 International CES continues with the Las Vegas debut of the FIA’s new Formula-e Championship racing series, as well as more cool new products: olloclip camera lenses for the iPhone.

AutoMatters: 2014 International CES – First Look

Christopher Lloyd as “Doc” Brown – Back to the Future DeLorean

I just returned from a full week in Las Vegas at the 2014 International CES – otherwise known as the Consumer Electronics Show. I covered far too much to report in one column so more will follow in the weeks ahead.

CES is a huge, annual exhibition for the consumer electronics industry. Products include audio, video, photo gear, automotive electronics, cell phones, computers, 3-D printers, tablets and all their peripherals and accessories. Too large to be housed in just the Las Vegas Convention Center, this year the exhibit halls were also located in The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH) and the Renaissance Las Vegas. Additionally, special events were held in other Las Vegas area hotels and venues.

A conversation with the Del Mar and Solana Beach superintendents

Marsha Sutton

We met to talk about the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and initially they began by congratulating the San Dieguito Union High School District for taking the initiative to bring together all five of SDUHSD’s feeder elementary school districts for regular discussions about how to make the drastic kinds of changes CCSS is demanding and how to integrate everything into a seamless transition for students moving from elementary to middle and high schools.

Remembering Lou Terrell

Gordon Clanton

My friend Louis Terrell, 75, died Friday, Jan. 3. He was struck by a northbound Amtrak train while saving his beloved yellow Labrador Retriever Abe. Lou’s wife is Juvenile Court Judge Carol Isackson.

AutoMatters: 2014 San Diego International Auto Show

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How would you like to have Southern California freeways and streets almost all to yourself, for miles and miles on a postcard-perfect, gorgeous San Diego day? You could have had that on the first morning of this year’s San Diego International Auto Show. That’s because – for the first time that I can ever remember, the show began in the morning of New Year’s Day. What a great way to get in the right mood for an auto show.

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