Kia Forte Wins My Vote}

Submitted by: Pat Munro

Get to your local Kia dealership this New Year, and check out the Kia Forte. Kia has shed its dowdy, plain styling and average power under the hood for greatness. The Korean brand has to this point been known as a bargain basement type of vehicle, with cheap yet descent cars which never stood up to the big players like Toyota or Honda. The Forte changes all that, its still in the least expensive small car category, but has the elements of a more expensive vehicle. Previously Kias Spectra, the predecessor, wasnt a bad car, it just sat flat on the showroom floor. Its styling was generic, and its features werent anything to go running to. Kia put some long awaited effort into the look and features of their new Forte. It is a strong contender in the compact car arena, last year the 2010 Forte won the NADA award for most impressive styling, fuel efficiency, extensive features and a low price point. The NADA award is the automotive online resource for car buyers in the U.S.

Designed in California, the styling of the 2010 Forte has a nice wide stance reminiscent of the charger from the back, and the Honda Civic from the front. Despite the similarities the look is surprisingly upscale to each. Chunky fenders give the Forte a masculine look and feel, also the Forte boasts a tall roof and wider body which allows for some wiggle room for both the driver and passengers. It has loads of leg room for everyone and the rear seat fits 3 comfortably and did I mention the trunk is large. The entire Forte line has all of the standard safety features, all of the airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic stability control. Beyond the standard safety features all of the Fortes have Bluetooth, Sirius radio, auxiliary jacks, voice activation and steering wheel controllers. These arent standards on any other car or model at the Fortes price point. Ex models come with air conditioning and power accessories, the SX model along with a stronger engine comes standard with a sportier suspension, larger brakes and 17 inch alloy wheels. Come on, are you kidding me, all this for its great low price.

Now lets talk about whats under the hood. In its category consumers are pleasantly surprised by the driving satisfaction and sophistications than all others in its class. It boasts great acceleration, 60 mph in 8 seconds, a well responsive hydraulic power steering, great visibility and the firm yet comfortable ride. The four wheel disc brakes stop hard and confidently. I personally like the EX automatic Forte, it keeps the 2.0 liter engine but upgrades to a five speed automatic. It includes electric power steering, a smart alternator, low resistance tires and some aerodynamic enhancements. All this and its fuel economy rating is 27 MPG in the city and 36 on the highway.

Overall, I am impressed with the Kia Fortes style, comfort, value, warranty and fuel economy, plus its fun to drive. If anyone out there is looking for a fun little spit fire coupe or sedan it is well worth the trip to the dealership to look at and test drive. You wont be disappointed. Forget everything you thought you knew about the Kia brand, this bold, new compact car is going to change your mind and your life. I am looking forward to seeing what Kia has planned for its next unveiling, could it be even better?

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Gunman killed outside Colorado governor’s office

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A man identified as Aaron Richard Snyder showed up on Monday around 2:25 p.m. outside the Colorado Capitol offices of Governor Bill Ritter. He was carrying a 357-caliber 7 shot Smith and Wesson revolver with 20 extra rounds of ammunition and started screaming “I am the emperor” and “I am here to take over the state”.

When he was confronted by a Colorado State trooper, Snyder opened his jacket showing that he was carrying a gun. The trooper ordered Snyder to drop the gun, but instead he moved “menancingly” in the direction of the trooper who then shot him once in the head and twice in the chest.

Snyder died from the multiple gunshot wounds on the floor of the Capitol office building. The Capitol went on a full lockdown with employees, tour groups and visitors in the building at the time ordered to stay where they were.

Governor Ritter was interviewing a judge candidate in his office at the time of the shooting. He held a press conference on the Capitol step two hours later.

Mr. Snyder was under doctors care for delusional behavior. The Northglenn, Colorado police issued a BOL “Be On the Lookout” to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado for Snyder and his car, a 2004 black Kia, around 25 minutes before the shooting occurred.

Contemporary Ladies And Home Automation}

Submitted by: Ishan Goradiya

The present is so different from the past! Just after the Second World War, home automation was a dream for many simply because it would liberate time needed by the busy mother who held a job outside the home. Many a woman wished for the automatic dishwasher that doubled as a china cabinet, the food warmer that may hold the food just right until the husband came home, and also the vacuum cleaner which whisked dust away like a bad dream.

Science fiction movies glorified the concept by introducing concepts such as the teleportation devices and rocket fueled vehicles that would fly. Both children and adults were mesmerized with the whole idea as they were able to visualize it as a result of the continuous support of American television? There was Batman and Robin? With all of the computers manning their homes (and everyone’s favourite, the Batcave), that was about just all they could do to wish they’d the same to save them from seemingly endless chores!

But now, home automation is something quite common yet not what it had promised to be at that hopeful time. What used to be ideas only sixty years ago has now become a reality as exemplified by the wireless phones, microwave ovens, automated coffee machines and smart laundry equipment.

Presently there remains to be the necessity to control the functions in the home with the help of a handheld computer, a laptop and in some cases the Next Generation Smart Phones. These ingenious devices can control the lights, the interior temperature, as well as the sounds within the home.

So, the modern woman can expect to leave her home early in the morning and have the lights dim in various rooms about five minutes roughly after she leaves. The temperature will rise also, saving energy by lowering on the power used throughout the house.

The usual appliances like the slow cooker and refrigerator still run, while everything else unneeded have their power cut at the source. Home security like IP CCTVs may also be remotely controlled by people that prefer to keep their homes and families safe when they’re from home. It would have the capacity to put on the radio as well, as long as you leave it plugged in.

No lights will be on unless absolutely needed, since they might all be on motion detectors. You can be sure your kitty won’t be left alone in the dark if you’re late coming back.

Women love the thought of the controls for this means they do not have to rush home to cook dinner after they had a stressful day at work. She would have no need of even lifting a finger to do so.

The warmth is a home could be adjusted through motion detectors that will kick in the thermostat . Although it will be quite possible to have the computer do that a few moments before arriving at the door. It would just take a simple message out of your phone or the correct email for it to turn on the air conditioning unit.

Now if a computer that washes the dishes after clearing the table could be invented…

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Four families left homeless after apartment fire in Buffalo, New York

Monday, June 25, 2007

Buffalo, New York — At least four families have been left homeless after a fire ripped through an apartment in a four-apartment building at 630-632 Plymouth Avenue in Buffalo, New York. One person had to jump out of a second floor window to get to safety and one firefighter was injured while fighting the blaze.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) firefighters were called to the building after initial calls reported that an oven had caught on fire after grease had spilled in Apt. #4. When firefighters arrived, Apt. #4 was completely engulfed in flames.

“When [the firefighters] arrived, one person was trapped on the second floor, but jumped out of a window to the neighbors second floor porch. The fire started in a kitchen oven, maybe by grease, but an investigation is being conducted,” said Buffalo Fire Department Chief Joe Fahey.

“One firefighter was injured,” added Fahey. Catalano, the injured firefighter, and whose first name is not known, received a small cut under his left eye, but did not require hospitalization and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

It is estimated that there is at least “US$100,000 in damage. $60,000 damage to the building and $40,000 to the contents,” said Fahey. At least three floors and two apartments were severely damaged by the fire.

All of the building’s occupants made it out safely, and none were injured. Arson is not believed to be the cause.


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Marketing Your Non Medical Home Care Service}

Submitted by: Blake Williams

Non Medical Home care in the United States is one of the fastest growing small businesses. Home Care services are delivered to approximately 7.6 million individuals with projected annual expenditures of $48.3 billion in 2007. If you own a Non Medical Home Care business or if you are considering starting one, you must know what your potential clients needs are. Home care is a broad term that describes a wide variety of health related services provided in the home setting. Home care is health care brought to your home to maintain or restore your health and well-being.

What Your Clients Want

For Non-Medical Home Care clients, the motivations are all about taking care of someone that they care about. What drives those motivations is comfort level with you. Your potential client wants to FEEL like you care. It is easy to write about the services that you offer. It is much harder to dig down deep and use your words to turn marketing collateral material into a meaningful message that your company is the company that they want to trust to take care of someone that they love.

Dont just explain your services, talk about them and why you offer them. Before any client does business with you as a Non-Medical Home Care professional, they want to know that this is more than just a profession for you, and that they will be more than just a replaceable business opportunity. By contracting with you, they are offering to let you into their home to take care of them or someone that they care about.

Keeping It Real

As with any message, you can go overboard with the message of care. Trying to make the case that the parent is as well off with you as they are with their family probably isn’t going to win you any new friends… or clients! Family caregivers want to be supported, not replaced. This is not to say however, that you can abandon professionalism in working with your clients. You can be the most wonderfully personal and nice person that they have talked to, but if they sense that you lack professional courtesy and responsibility, it is all for nothing. If they wanted to just hire a really nice person, there is probably an unemployed cousin somewhere in the family who would gladly sit around and collect a paycheck. Professionalism is an absolute must.

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Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.


  • 1 On Gay Talese
  • 2 On a higher power and how he’d like to die
  • 3 On the media and Iraq
  • 4 On the Iraq War
  • 5 State of Journalism
  • 6 On travel to Cuba
  • 7 On Chinese gay bars
  • 8 On the literary canon
  • 9 Sources

News briefs:August 13, 2006

The time is 20:00 (UTC) on August 13th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.


  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 H5N1 bird flu confirmed in the Netherlands
    • 1.2 Recuperating Castro shown in Cuban media
    • 1.3 South Africa sets deadline in land transfer scheme
    • 1.4 Forest fires continue to rage in Spain
    • 1.5 Firefighters tackle industrial blaze in Manchester
    • 1.6 International AIDS conference begins in Toronto
    • 1.7 Australian government to introduce electronic Medicare rebates
    • 1.8 Dead British soldier named
  • 2 Closing statements