The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is something of a Father’s Day tradition in Beverly Hills, Calif., as a wide variety of vintage and racing cars and motorcycles line the street for the day. In its eighth year, the event is recognizing aviation for the first time. In celebration of Learjet’s 50th anniversary, Rodeo Drive will welcome the Learjet 85 as the first aircraft to ever appear on the world-famous street. To carry on the “Jet Age” theme, the 300 block of Rodeo Drive will feature autos inspired by ear...
Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal It's going to be a while before we've figured out our brave new marijuana-approved world. The next lesson comes courtesy of the Michigan Supreme Court, which has reportedly ruled that it isn't necessarily against the law for a medical marijuana user to drive with the drug in their system. The ruling comes after motorist Rodney Koon was busted for doing 83 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone and tested positive for "internal possession of marijuana." Koon said it had been at least six hours since he "used his medicine," and the blood test registered 10 nanograms per milliliter of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC. The 86th District Court in Grand Traverse County, MI - the county where Koon was caught - ruled that it took five times that amount to declare a person stoned. But that was the ruling of a single court. The problem for the Michigan Supreme Court justices was that the state of Michigan hasn't explicitly identified the threshold for being under the influence marijuana, the same way it usually takes a blood-alcohol level of at least .08 to be considered under the influence of alcohol, and charged with driving while intoxicated. The vagaries pitted the state's Zero Tolerance policy against the protections accorded by Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, and the Zero Tolerance policy lost. We imagine there'll be a rematch - yet another one - soon enough.Driving while using medical marijuana not necessarily illegal in Michigan originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 May 2013 17:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Whichever way the mistral wind blows on Sunday when Steven Spielberg’s jury hands out its awards, it’s fair to say that for critics, the Competition has been divisive. While a number of films received huzzahs in the Palais, several were met with mixed reactions. Among the best received were the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Steven Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Like Father Like Son, and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Color. Among the not so hot were Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives and Takashi Miike’s Shield Of Straw, both of which were subject to boos during press screenings. And, yet, each has its supporters. Only God Forgives had something to live up to. Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling were the darlings of Cannes two years ago when the former won the directing prize for Drive. But God Forgives‘ violence and extreme exercise in style were a turn-off for many. Still, The Guardian gave it five stars. One veteran critic adds that supporters also “tend to be French and genre specialists.” Libération calls Gosling, “The greatest actor of all time in the galaxy of the world.” Shield Of ... Read More »
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Government/Legal, Work, Nissan, Specialty Nissan scored a big win for itself when the NV200 was named New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow, but the compact van has been under attack ever since. The latest setback for Nissan comes from the New York Supreme Court, which has reportedly ruled the deal between NYC and Nissan is "null, void and unenforceable" since the NV200 is not a hybrid - one of the key parts of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Taxi of Tomorrow plan. The NV200 Taxi launches this October. Although Nissan says it is bringing a hybrid version of the van to market in 2015, the New York Supreme Court ruled against Nissan, which opens the door for taxi companies in NYC to drive non-Nissan hybrid vehicles. Despite this setback, it doesn't sound like this ruling will affect the NV200 becoming the official taxi of NYC as a part of the 10-year contract worth an estimated $1 billion.Nissan's NY taxi deal faces court obstacles originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 May 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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