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Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X on February 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Tesla Model X is coming. In 2014. With falcon wing doors!
The electric vehicle factory in Fremont, California currently assembling Tesla Motors' Model S, will soon shift gears (wink) to include construction of an all-wheel-drive, seven-passenger crossover utility vehicle.
The mean, clean, green machine recently rolled onto the red carpet for a celebrity-charged press unveiling that included a cameo by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Company CEO Elon Musk says the Model X out-paces minivans and SUVs in style and functionality, and out-drives the Porsche 911 Carrera in performance (the public will have to take Musk's word on the last claim for now as only one prototype exists).
Factoring in the $7,500 federal tax credit, prospective buyers can expect an opening price of $49,900 that hits $97,900 in 6.6 seconds, depending on options.
Madonna's performance at the 2012 Super Bowl half time show. (c/o Beacon Radio)
Madonna stalker, Robert Dewey Hoskins, was recaptured by police on Friday one week after disappearing from a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital.
The 54-year-old was found near the Metropolitan State Hospital and returned to the unit where he had been since last July, the BBC is reporting.
Hoskins, described as having "highly psychotic" and violent tendencies, was convicted of stalking and threatening Madonna, and sentenced to jail for 10 years in 1996. He also threatened her then-secretary Caresse Henry, saying he could "slice her throat from ear to ear" and kill everybody in the house if she didn't let him see Madonna.
Madonna testified during Hoskins' 1996 trial that she had nightmares after seeing him near her home. He was initially captured when he scaled the wall of the performer's home in the Hollywood Hills and jumped into her pool. He was shot twice by a guard.
Screenshot of San Clemente High School via Google Maps
Circumstances are still largely unexplained in the fatal shooting early Tuesday of Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. by an OC sheriff's deputy in a parking lot of San Clemente High School.
A decorated Marine who managed inbound and outbound cargo at Camp Pendleton, Loggins was known to be a religious man who would take morning "prayer walks" at the track with his daughters.
Both girls, age 9 and 14, were sitting nearby in the family's SUV at the time of the shooting, notes the L.A. Times.
Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said a deputy doing paperwork in his patrol car pulled up behind the SUV after the Marine crashed his vehicle through a school parking lot gate around 4:30 a.m.
Loggins reportedly exited the SUV and initially ignored orders to stop as he headed toward the athletic field. When he did turn around and head back to the vehicle, the deputy felt threatened and opened fire, said the spokesman.
Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to charge a former Rose Parade volunteer with killing another volunteer nearly a decade ago, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune first reported today.
Spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales says the district attorney's office decided Friday that there was insufficient evidence to file a murder charge against 71-year-old Richard Munnecke. He was arrested on Wednesday.
Munnecke was an unpaid volunteer director with the Tournament of Roses Association. He was arrested Wednesday at his Alhambra home in the death of 59-year-old Donna Lee Kelley, another volunteer.
Kelly was missing for three weeks in 2004 before her daughter discovered her body in the trunk of her car.
Investigators said Munnecke had been romantically involved with the woman.
A telephone message could not be left for Munnecke at his home Friday because the voicemail box was full, the AP reported.
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The Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland complex.
Recently, Eastman Kodak announced it was trying to get out of its naming rights contract with Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, and L.A. Councilman Eric Garcetti was seemingly preparing for a future with no theater named Kodak. But now CIM Group, which owns the theater, is saying not so fast.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports the owners are challenging the effort to end the sponsorship deal.
The agreement signed in 2000 was for 20 years at a cost of $72 million, with $3.6 million due this year.
Rochester-based Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection Jan. 19 after years of turnaround efforts.
CIM claims Kodak already has reaped publicity from this year's Oscars on Feb. 26. They argue the sponsorship should remain in place at least until the end of 2012 to give them time to find a new sponsor.