Blazers trade Bayless to Hornets

first_imgTUALATIN, Ore. — The last seven exhibitions games may have very well prepared Jerryd Bayless for the regular season. He just won’t be playing that season in a Blazers uniform. The Blazers announced Saturday that the backup point guard was traded to the New Orleans Hornets for a conditional first-round draft pick. Bayless, who’s in his third year in the league, averaged 8.5 points and 17.6 minutes per game for Portland last year. He averaged eight points per game this preseason. “Jerryd did a good job for us, but we really feel like getting a great asset –a New Orleans pick in the future — gives us a lot of options down the road,” said Blazers general manager Rich Cho, adding that Jerryd was “very positive” and was “looking for more minutes.”The first-round draft pick Portland will receive is top-7 protected in 2011 and top-8 protected in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In other words, if the Hornets have one of the top seven picks in the draft next year, Portland won’t get the pick. If they have one of the top eight picks in each of the three years following, the Blazers still won’t get the pick. After that, it becomes two second round picks in 2015 and 2016. So the best case scenario for the Blazers would be to have New Orleans barely miss the playoffs earn a high draft choice — but not too high.last_img read more

Mubarak resigns hands power to military

first_imgCAIRO — Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday and handed power to the military.“The people ousted the regime,” rang out chants from crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and outside Mubarak’s main palace several miles away in a northern district of the capital.The crowds in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and other cities around the country burst into pandemonium. They danced, chanted “goodbye, goodbye,” and raised their hands in prayer as fireworks and car horns sounded after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall.“Finally we are free,” said Safwan Abou Stat, a 60-year-old in the crowd of protesters at the palace. “From now on anyone who is going to rule will know that these people are great.”The protests have already echoed around the Middle East, with several of the region’s autocratic rulers making pre-emptive gestures of democratic reform to avert their own protest movements. The lesson many took: If it could happen in three weeks in Egypt, where Mubarak’s lock on power had appeared unshakable, it could happen anywhere.last_img read more

Library district braces for new cutbacks

first_imgAs Southwest Washington property values continue to tank, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District leaders are poised to adopt $1.25 million in spending cutbacks in the system’s 2012-13 budget.District officials are preparing to lay off employees at library branches and the district headquarters, scale back professional services and capital improvements and permanently retire the Clark County Bookmobile.What they won’t do: Trim library branch service days or hours, just months after they were restored with aid of a property tax levy lid lift approved by voters last year.That tax measure followed a round of service reductions made in early 2009.Anticipated property tax revenue in the four-county district — which supplies about 95 percent of library funding — is just shy of $21 million for the 2011-12 budget cycle.For the 2012-13 cycle, estimated property tax revenue is $19.1 million: a decline of about 9 percent.Falling property values have pushed the library tax rate to its maximum 50 cents per $1,000 limit allowed by Washington state law.Any further drop in total assessed property directly slices FVRL’s property tax funding (unlike locally approved school operating levies, where tax rates are not capped).last_img read more

Sources Obama to nominate Hagel as Pentagon chief

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he’s ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel’s stands on Israel and Iran.Obama, who avoided a Capitol Hill battle by deciding not to nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as his first choice for secretary of state, went ahead with Hagel, 66, even as leading Republicans announced their opposition — though they stopped short of saying they might try to block Hagel.Seeking to soften the ground, the White House was alerting Senate Democrats that Hagel’s selection as the successor to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Obama’s second-term Cabinet was imminent, according to a congressional official.Obama, who returned to Washington on Sunday from his Hawaiian vacation, was expected to nominate Hagel on Monday. Congress is on break this coming week.The officials requested anonymity in order to discuss Hagel’s nomination ahead of Obama.Hagel, a moderate Republican, built a strong relationship with Obama during their travel as senators. But the former Nebraska lawmaker has faced withering criticism from Congress since emerging as the front-runner for the Pentagon post.last_img read more

Journalist Pitts to give Clark commencement

first_imgClark College has announced that Emmy Award-winning television journalist and author Byron Pitts will present the keynote address at the college’s 7 p.m. June 20 commencement exercises at the Sleep Country USA Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.Raised in poverty, Pitts suffered from a debilitating stutter and functional illiteracy and didn’t learn to read and write until he was a teen. He entered a field, broadcast journalism, that requires strong written and oral communication skills. Today Pitts is chief national correspondent for “CBS Evening News” and a contributor to “60 Minutes.”Pitts is known for exceptional storytelling. As an embedded reporter covering the Iraq War, he was recognized for his work under fire. Pitts was also CBS’ lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks. A news veteran, he has covered the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait and the refugee crisis in Kosovo. He is also the author of a memoir, “Step Out On Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.”“Byron Pitts has a powerful story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to get to where he is today,” said Clark College President Robert Knight. “It was through education that his life was turned around. I believe he will make a strong connection with our students.”Susan Parrish:360-735-4515; http://twitter.com/Col_Schools; susan.parrish@columbian.comlast_img read more

Suspect in interrupted Vancouver burglary appears in court

first_imgA 24-year-old man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday in connection with an interrupted burglary in east Vancouver.Levi L. Holland of Vancouver is accused of breaking into a house Tuesday in the 16000 block of Southeast 31st Street. The 74-year-old homeowner, John Palles, called 911 after he returned to the residence at about 1:30 p.m. to find suitcases in his front yard and a broken bedroom window, Vancouver police said. When Palles entered the residence, the burglar assaulted him and threw him to the ground, according to a court affidavit by Vancouver police Officer Todd Schwartz. The burglar then fled on foot just as police arrived on the scene.While police searched for the man, Fisher’s Landing Elementary was placed on a modified lockdown for seven minutes, said Evergreen Public Schools spokeswoman Gail Spolar. The suspect was running through backyards and jumping fences in the Fisher’s Landing area. Police tracked him down in the 17000 block of Southeast 34th Street and used a Taser to subdue him, police said. He was taken into custody and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center before being booked into the Clark County Jail.Palles reported that cash and jewelry valued at $5,000 were missing from his home. Only $46 in cash and some foreign coins were recovered, Schwartz wrote.The officer said the suspect and victim did not know each other.Judge Gregory Gonzales held Holland on Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 in bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Ed Dunkerly to defend him.He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 4 on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree theft.According to court records, Holland is homeless and uses methamphetamine and heroin.Holland’s criminal history includes first-degree burglary, taking a motor vehicle without permission, manufacturing marijuana and probation violations.last_img read more

1 suspect involved in multicar collision faces judge

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – One of two suspects accused in a chase and crash are appearing in court, Thursday.Desmond Bullock faces drug possession charges. He was given a $1,000 bond.According to police, Bullock was in a speeding car that officers tailed from Hollywood. He then collided with several vehicles at 19th Street and Sunset Strip, in Sunrise.The second suspect, Christian Martin, is still in the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

2 burglarize vending machines at West Broward high school

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras captured two people who trespassed into West Broward High School and burglarized several vending machines.Pembroke Pines released the footage of the two men illegally roaming inside the school on July 5.Video shows the pair breaking into multiple vending machines and stealing several items before taking off.Seven machines were targeted in total.If you have any information on this burglary, call call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Swim safety event held at TY Park in Hollywood

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida event invited families to learn about swimming safety.The Splash Your Way To Water Safety event took place at TY Park in Hollywood.Hundreds of families took part in interactive demonstrations both in and out of the water.The event took place Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and was focused on keeping children safe.David Marcus the Chairman of the Pediatric Associates Foundation, which organized the event, said, “Today, we’re trying ot keep all the children in Florida safe. We’re teaching them how to swim, how to do CPR, how to keep their pool safe and how to supervise your children in the pool. We don’t want any children drowning in the State off Florida.”Organizers said the event was a big success, and they’re looking forward to holding more water safety demonstrations in the future.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 hospitalized 1 detained after stabbing at Bayside

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have taken one person into custody after an altercation between two men at Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami ended in a stabbing that sent one of them to the hospital.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene at the shopping complex Saturday evening.Investigators said the argument started inside one of the establishments at Bayside, but did not specify which one.Police said the victim was stabbed in the chest after the fight escalated.Videos posted in social media captured the confrontation between the men, showing one of them with a bloodied shirt. Another clip shows a crowd surrounding the victim moments after he was injured. A third video shows first responders tending to the victim in a hallway.Paramedics transported the victim to Ryder Trauma Center, where he is currently undergoing surgery. His condition is unknown.Police have confirmed they have detained someone in connection to the stabbing, but did not say whether or not it was the assailant. As of Saturday night, no one has been charged.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Soldotna Mayor Role Remains Unchanged

first_imgThe ordinance was introduced by Vice Mayor Linda Murphy: “This would make the Mayor a full member of the City Council, bestowing on that position all of the powers and duties of a regular Council Member.” Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson cast the deciding vote after a 3-3 tie vote amongst the council, at their meeting on Wednesday, July 25. The ordinance, if passed, would have allowed the mayor to actively participate in debates and vote on every motion coming before the body. It would also eliminate the veto power from the Mayor’s role. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council voted down an ordinance that would have redefined the role of the Mayor for the City of Soldotna. Mayor Anderson said that the change would not affect how he already does his job: “Now, that’s just me. Anybody else who sits in this position might take an entirely different viewpoint from that.”last_img read more

Cities Work To Make Sense Of New Online Sales Tax

first_imgAccording to Navarre, it is estimated that the borough will gain an additional $1 ,500,000 in sales tax revenue annually through the collection of remote sellers’ sales tax. Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom: “Amazon has begun collecting sales tax in the borough. There is a process through Amazon that you can fill out if you believe you have been unfairly taxed.” Amazon filed to collect an online tax from residents living in the borough. This is causing some confusion for those who live in city limits with overlapping zip codes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Local municipalities are now working out the kinks since Amazon’s announcement earlier this month that they will be charging a 7 percent sales taxes on certain products in Alaska. The Alaska Municipal League is establishing an initial working group intended to plan and hire a contractor to complete necessary steps to implement a statewide, independent, online sales tax administration system for sales by remote sellers. The Kenai City Council intends to introduce a resolution at their next meeting to address this issue. Kenai Councilmember Tim Navarre:“The public does have a right to be upset, they are getting taxed and there is not process in place. They are collecting the tax, and how do we know in which jurisdiction. People in Nikiski under 99611 are getting taxed, and I don’t want the City of Kenai to have that.”last_img read more

Governor Dunleavy Offers Alaskan Troops To Patrol US Southern Border

first_img“While the southern border may seem far away and distant, this crisis is real and a potential threat to every American, including Alaskans.” President Trump issued an emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, on Friday. Today I notified the @WhiteHouse & @realDonaldTrump that #Alaska and our National Guard – if called upon – stand ready to support the national security crisis on the US Southern Border. pic.twitter.com/SzS7VtEYJn— Governor Mike Dunleavy (@GovDunleavy) February 16, 2019 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy announced on Friday that the State of Alaska is offering President Donald Trump the use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Governor Dunleavy made the announcement in a video message that the soldiers would “stand ready to support the national security crisis on the U.S. southern border.”last_img read more

At ABM Forum Publishers Wonder If Marketers Have Lost Touch With Branding

first_imgDuring the American Business Media Executive Forum in New York yesterday, BusinessWeek chief economist Michael Mandel gave long suffering publishers some hope by saying he believes there is a “media boom” coming in which marketers will reinvest in many of the traditional channels they’ve cut back.The ABM Executive Forum was held in place of ABM’s usual Chicago-based Top Management Meeting, and drew around 200 attendees.  Other speakers weren’t so sure about Mandel’s forecast. “I don’t think print will ever come back, it will probably stay at the current level,” said Anthea Stratigos, co-founder and CEO of Outsell Inc. Stratigos also threw cold water on paid content. “Paid content could be more challenged in 2010 than 2009,” she added. “Spending by the end-user is decreasing and there is no automatic leverage from ad-based assets to paid content. Media companies come in at the lowest price point.” However, one speaker wondered about the marketer backlash against branding. ‘I’m concerned that marketers have lost touch with branding,” said Jeff DeBalko, president and CIO of Reed Business Information. “We can show them research where at least 30 percent of the audience wants to read print in favor of any other medium and marketers don’t get it. Direct response used to be the gutter of marketing, now it’s the nirvana.”That’s not to say Reed is ignoring it. In recent years, lead generation has gone from zero to one-third of Reed’s overall online revenue and is a component of 80 percent to 90 percent of Reed’s online products, DeBalko added.Still, DeBalko is worried about advertiser mindset. “We spoke with one agency guy who just talked about how he could cut the budget by 30 percent. A couple years ago advertisers would pay us $1 million for something with a lot of neat features. Now they’ll pay one-third of that and everything has to be measured and provide leads. If we as an industry continue to offer the same thing but for 30 percent less, we’re out of business.”last_img read more

Newsstand Sales Is There Reason for Hope

first_imgNewsstand sales in the second half of 2009 were dreadful, but in the wreckage there are some hopeful signs that the worst may be over. Recently released data from ABC and BPA revealed (based on preliminary analysis) that unit sales of audited publications for the six-month period ending December 2009 fell 11.9 percent and revenue declined 12 percent. Note that the decline in unit sales is approximately three percentage points higher than the 9.1 percent figure that has recently been reported in the press. The reason for the difference is that my calculations are based on actual year previous comparisons and are not limited to comparing only year previous sales of titles shown on the current audit bureau reports. The differences have been exacerbated by the enormous number of publications that reported sales in the second half of 2008, but have since been discontinued or ceased being audited (more on that later).The newsstand sales slide began in earnest in the second half of 2008. Prior to that, newsstand unit sales had been annually declining at about 2 percent while revenue remained essentially flat. But in the second half of 2008 unit sales precipitously fell 15.6 percent and in the next six-month period unit sales again declined by over 15 percent. In the second half of last year the nearly12 percent decline was less than the two previous periods, but still historically aberrant. Make no mistake about it, the newsstand sales decline of the last two years has been brutal—unit sales of audited publications have fallen a massive 23 percent—from 932 million in 2007 to 717 million in 2009—a debilitating annual loss of 215 million unit sales.The newsstand sales decline the last two years has been devastatingly steep, but it may have had a long overdue newsstand cleansing effect. Despite the record sales declines there are several reasons to be, at least partially, optimistic that newsstand sales may have bottomed out in the second half of 2009.1. Publication Closings Peak: The magazine publishing industry, after decades of success, had become plagued by an over abundance of publications. On the newsstand there were too many titles fighting for too little display space. It hasn’t been pretty, but the weeding out process has come swiftly. In the second half of last year there were a record 82 audited publications that were discontinued or ceased being audited. In the aggregate the titles discontinued in second half of last year accounted for nearly $70 million in retail revenue and 11 million in units sales. About one third of the 11.9 percent drop in unit sales for the period can be directly attributed to discontinued titles.2. New Publication Starts Reached Their Nadir: New publications are the lifeblood of the newsstand, but their stream nearly dried up in 2009 as publishers struggled to put their financial houses in order. In the second half of last year there were just six newly audited publications, of which only three had significant newsstand sales—Hearst’s Food Network debuted with near record sales of 358,000 per issue, Clean Eating, published by Canusa, also had an impressive debut reporting 119,000 sales per issue and Science Illustrated from Bonnier reported solid newsstand sales of 40,000 per issue.There is a lot evidence to indicate that the heavy title discontinuance process may have peaked and has begun to slow to a more normal pace. Plus it’s expected that the new publication stream will be unclogged as publishers gain confidence from a revived economy. I think we can expect a much better balance between title discontinuances and new publication starts beginning in 2010. This will have a positive impact on future newsstand sales.Changing Sales PatternsThere are, however, indications that the immense sales upheaval the industry has experienced the last several years will have its effect on future sales patterns. One of these is the growing significance of checkout titles. In the second half of last year the unit sales of the 68 leading checkout titles declined 7.7 percent and revenue fell 6.6 percent. The six weekly celebrity publications (People, US, Star, InTouch, OK!, Life & Style ) posted aggregate sales that mirrored that of the checkout sector as a whole—unit sales down 6.7 percent and revenue off 6.3 percent. This wasn’t exactly superlative performance, but compared to mainline title sales it looks positively spectacular. Mainline title sales fell 24.7 percent and revenue declined 23.2 percent. The checkout and mainline sales disparity points to the growing influence of retail chains and their emphasis on checkout title sales. This is a trend that is likely to continue as retail chains become even more selective in the titles they distribute.  Final ThoughtsThe worst may be over, but it doesn’t seem likely that newsstand sales will soon return to levels achieved a few short years ago. It also appears as if the retail environment will be less friendly to mainline titles. However, it’s entirely possible that the future sales process will be more efficient for the surviving publications.last_img read more

Elsewhere High School Students Tackle Operational Challenges at Travis AFB Camp Navajo

first_imgA group of Solano County, Calif., high school students visited Travis AFB last week to participate in the installation’s latest Phoenix Spark challenge, a grassroots innovation program which allows the base to form collaborative partnerships with industry, academia and government to solve a variety of technological problems. Students will have a chance to work on one of three projects requiring design and problem-solving skills — remotely and wirelessly monitor airfield lighting; deny unmanned aerial systems entry into installation airspace; and design a self-driving bus that can carry passengers from the passenger terminal to the visitors center. Phoenix Spark previously established its first innovation hub at Travis, according to the Reporter. … Coconino County, Ariz., and its project partners last month hosted the first community meeting for a joint land use study (JLUS) seeking compatible uses between operations at Army National Guard Camp Navajo — a 28,255 Army-owned installation operating as a premier high-altitude training site and defense commodity storage depot located 12 miles west of Flagstaff — and U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station and surrounding communities, according to an update from the chairman of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. The Coconino JLUS will address compatibility issues such as urban development and growth, dark sky maintenance, economic diversity and environmental regulations.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Razo Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Watch Supergroup August Greene On Tiny Desk With Andra Day Brandy

first_imgNews Watch: August Greene Stands Tall On Tiny Desk watch-supergroup-august-greene-tiny-desk-andra-day-brandy Twitter See Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins put women first in this soulful and inspiring Tiny Desk performanceNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 21, 2018 – 12:36 pm NPR’s Tiny Desk series consistently creates special moments by placing today’s greatest artists in an unusual setting: behind the desk of “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen. The latest episode highlights supergroup August Greene with guest appearances by Andra Day, Brandy and Maimouna Youssef.August Greene is a musical collective featuring GRAMMY winners Common and Robert Glasper with drummer/producer Karriem Riggins, who first formed for a special Tiny Desk concert at the White House in 2016. This time around, they begin their Tiny Desk set with the supergroup’s latest single, the imaginative and edgy “Black Kennedy,” featuring Samora Pinderhughes on a hook that answers Common’s thought provoking verses.But the true theme of this Tiny Desk performance, as Common announces right at the top, is foregrounding women.”We asked Tiny Desk if we could do something called ‘foregrounding women.’ What that means is we are putting women in the foreground,” explains Common in his opening remarks. “Equality has never been the case in this country and in the world, so we thought it was significant and very important as men that we can show, as August Greene, that we know that women deserve their place in the foreground with an equal position, and a lot of times leading.”The first woman featured was the show-stopping Maimouna Youssef, one half of the project Vintage Babies with DJ Dummy. Youssef’s impassioned verse on “Practice,” which articulated the intersectional challenge of being black and a woman, inspired and ignited the crowd.Next, GRAMMY winner Brandy joined the collective for a soulful rendition of Sound Of Blackness’ “Optimism,” which featured a transformational freestyle by Common complete with a shoutout to everything from Black History Month, to the Emmys, Boilen and even to the security guard in the back of the room.  Taking the performance to yet another level, GRAMMY nominee Day brought Thurgood Marshall’s enduring message of civil rights and women’s rights to a new generation with her and Common’s Oscar-nominated collaboration from the 2017 film, Marshall, “Stand Up For Something.”A fourth woman was featured in absentia; Glasper’s younger cousin Loren, who passed away just a few days before the performance.The collective closed the set with the moody “Let Go,” again featuring Pinderhughes.August Greene’s self-titled debut album drops March 9 on Amazon Music, as they look to continue spreading their message of love, equality and resistance.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Facebook Email Watch: Supergroup August Greene On Tiny Desk With Andra Day, Brandy last_img read more

Nicki Minaj Announces Barbie Tingz ChunLi On Social Media

first_imgThe second post features Minaj in a black and gold-patterned outfit along with the title “Chun Li.” Both posts include a release date: Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m. ET. While she didn’t provide context, we can only assume the GRAMMY-nominated rapper is ready to lay some new tracks on usRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 10, 2018 – 2:10 pm It all started on April 8 when savvy social media users noticed the one and only Nicki Minaj tweeted and then deleted the number “4.” The next day it was “3.” The GRAMMY-nominated rapper has been largely silent on social media in 2018, so these cryptic posts lit the social media sphere on fire. Could new music be on the way?Today, it appears the answer is yes, Minaj is ready to lay some new tracks on us. She posted what looks like single cover art on her social channels. The first features Minaj in a hooped Victorian-style gown surrounded by a masked cast of characters along with the title “Barbie Tingz.” Nicki Minaj Announces “Barbie Tingz,” “Chun-Li” On Social Media Facebook Twitter Email News Nicki Minaj Announces “Barbie Tingz,” “Chun-Li” nicki-minaj-announces-barbie-tingz-chun-li-social-media Though we won’t know for sure until tomorrow, all signs point toward a future with some new signature rhymes from queen Minaj herself to look forward to.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Mercedes CLAClass interior design previewed ahead of CES 2019

first_imgAcura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Mercedes-Benz,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better CES 2019 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Tags 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Preview • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan: A class above 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Comment Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Share your voice Comments More about 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 12 Photos 18 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Share your voice The teaser video is actually meant to highlight Interior Assistant, a cabin feature introduced earlier in the new Mercedes GLE-Class crossover. Mercedes said that in the GLE the gesture-recognition feature “can recognise hand and arm movements and supports operating intentions.” In this video of the CLA-Class, the function appears to allow for automatically switching on the cabin ambient lights when reaching across for something left in the passenger footwell.We’ll learn more about the new Mercedes CLA-Class when it is revealed next week at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. For now, it’s safe to say we expect it to closely match the A-Class in most important ways, though sleeker styling and a more coupe-like sloping roofline will most likely impinge on rear-seat headroom. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 26 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama.center_img 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 49 Photos 81 Photos 56 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 71 Photos More From Roadshow More From Roadshow 52 Photos 10 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 1 68 Photos 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines entry level 69 Photos The interior looks pretty similar to the inside of the A-Class. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz has not been shy about teasing its forthcoming CLA-Class, and now a new video, posted to the automaker’s Facebook page on Wednesday, offers our first look at the car’s interior. Unsurprisingly, the dashboard and center console appear extremely similar to the design of the 2019 Mercedes A-Class sedan.Just as in the A-Class, the second-generation CLA will have (at least as an option) a full-digital instrument cluster, a trio of turbine-inspired air vents on the dash and a large touchscreen infotainment system running the automaker’s new MBUX software. On the center console, look for a touchpad controller to further interact with MBUX, as well as various buttons for controlling other in-car functions. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Review • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 review: Raising the entry-level bar 4 Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 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