‘There’s a lot of work to do’ – Boston Herald

Chris Getz was drafted and began his big-league career with the Chicago White Sox. Now he’s tasked with getting the team headed in the right direction after being named the franchise’s senior vice president and general manager. “This is an opportunity I do not take lightly, and there’s a lot of work to do,” Getz … Read more

Jerry Reinsdorf’s ‘search’ for a new GM sends a message to Chicago White Sox fans — the status quo is OK – Boston Herald

Jerry Reinsdorf’s search for a new leader of the Chicago White Sox baseball department ended nine days after the dismissal of executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn. That is, if you consider opening the staff directory and picking Chris Getz as the new GM a real search. By promoting Getz to … Read more

Mets’ directors Kevin Howard, Jeff Lebow included in front office firings: source – Boston Herald

The Mets aren’t waiting until the end of the season to make front office moves. The club let go of director of development Kevin Howard on Thursday, according to a source. The club also parted ways with director of pro scouting Jeff Lebow, performance coordinator Jim Cavallini and development assistant Bryan Hayes, according to reports. … Read more

Decisions on playing time impending with Mets sending up prospects Ronny Mauricio, Brett Baty – Boston Herald

Ronny Mauricio is headed to Queens but where he’ll play is a different story. The Mets are expected to call up Mauricio and Brett Baty from Triple-A Syracuse when rosters expand to 28 on Friday. This will mark the first time Mauricio, Baty and fellow prospects from the 2023 class Mark Vientos and Francisco Alvarez … Read more

UAW files charges accusing GM, Stellantis of unfair labor practices

The UAW is filing unfair labor practices charges against General Motors and Stellantis, President Shawn Fain said Thursday. Fain, in a livestream on Facebook, said the UAW had submitted complaints to the National Labor Relations Board saying the two automakers have not adequately responded to the union’s contract demands. The UAW’s contracts with the Detroit … Read more

Castle Automotive buys VW, Mazda, Hyundai-Genesis car dealerships

Castle Automotive Group of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., made its first acquisition of 2023 with the purchase of three dealerships in Chicago’s western suburbs. Castle Automotive on Thursday bought Pugi Auto Group, consisting of Pugi Volkswagen, Pugi Mazda and Pugi Hyundai-Genesis of Downers Grove, all in Downers Grove, Ill., southwest of Chicago, from dealer Dominic Pugliani. … Read more

A judge has blocked, for now, a Texas law drag show performers fear will shut them down – Boston Herald

By JUAN A. LOZANO (Associated Press) HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a new Texas law that drag show artists fear will be used to shut them down or put them in jail. The law, approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, would expand the legal definition in the Texas criminal code of … Read more

Anthony Volpe’s clutch homer not enough as Yankees fall to Tigers on walk-off error – Boston Herald

The Yankees failed to finish a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, dropping Thursday afternoon’s series finale despite a game-tying, three-run home run by Anthony Volpe in the bottom of the ninth. A Gleyber Torres throwing error on a double-play attempt in the 10th inning allowed the Tigers to score the walk-off run in a … Read more

Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson launch fund with $10 million for displaced Maui residents – Boston Herald

By THALIA BEATY (Associated Press) Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson have committed $10 million to make direct payments to people on Maui who are unable to return to their homes because of the wildfires, through a new fund they announced Thursday. The People’s Fund of Maui will give $1,200 a month to adults who are … Read more

UMass, Taisun Phommachanh face massive test at Auburn

UMass quarterback Taisun Phommachanh showed more than sheer athleticism in the Minutemen’s 41-30 victory at New Mexico State in the season opener last Saturday. The 6-4, 215-pound transfer from Clemson put up phenomenal numbers in his UMass debut, which was also his first collegiate start. Phommachanh completed 10-of-17 passes for 192 yards and was the Minutemen’s … Read more

Stellantis brings Spoticar used-car platform to U.S.

Kommor said, in particular, there have been fewer vehicles that are no more than 3 years old on the market. Edmunds, the third-party shopping site, said that’s “due to disruptions in rental car agency replacement purchases and leasing life cycle shifts.” Edmunds said dealers were stocking a greater percentage of newer used vehicles four years … Read more

Ram 1500 TRX being axed at the end of 2023

Ram’s high-performance 1500 TRX will go out of production at the end of this year. The swift and powerful pickup, equipped with the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine made famous in Dodge’s Hellcat muscle cars, was introduced in 2020. It features 702 hp, 650 pound-feet of torque and a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds. Ram is … Read more

Abortion-ban states pour millions into pregnancy centers with little medical care – Boston Herald

By Anna Claire Vollers, Stateline.org After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, Louisiana Republican state Sen. Beth Mizell looked for a way to address her state’s abysmal record on infant and maternal mortality, preterm births and low birth weight. Louisiana has one of the nation’s strictest abortion bans, with no exceptions … Read more

Ford gets $4B credit line to weather market ‘uncertainties’

The automaker in July warned of economic headwinds, including inflation, higher industrywide incentives, electric vehicle pricing pressure, increased warranty expenses and the potential for UAW contract negotiations to raise labor costs. Ford, General Motors and Stellantis are two weeks from a contract deadline with the UAW and could face a strike if the sides can’t … Read more

Healey, Fiandaca shed no new light on Secretary’s departure 

Gov. Maura Healey and outgoing Transportation secretary Gina Finadaca appeared together during Wednesday’s tour of the Sumner Tunnel but did not answer multiple questions surrounding Fiandaca’s exit from office after just seven months on the job. In a surprise announcement Monday, the Healey administration said Fiandaca, who served four years as transportation commissioner under former … Read more

Growing weight of EVs is causing pollution and safety problems

A decade ago, automakers plowed billions of dollars into cutting vehicle weight to meet ever-tightening fuel economy and emissions standards. Ford Motor Co. made the biggest powertrain investment in its history when it rolled out the EcoBoost line of turbocharged engines to replace larger-displacement engines. Many other automakers also downsized and boosted their engines. They … Read more

Kia recalls 319,000 Optima, Rio cars to fix trunk latch

As a result, those vehicles fail to comply with federal safety regulations for “internal trunk release,” the report said. A person inside the trunk compartment could become trapped, increasing the risk of injury, NHTSA said. Kia told NHTSA it was aware of 32 incidents describing the inability to open the trunk from the emergency release … Read more

Buy-sell roundup: Honda, JLR, Mazda car dealerships sold

Shottenkirk Automotive Group bolstered its Texas footprint with the purchase of a luxury dealership in the third quarter. The expanding auto retailer on July 27 bought Jaguar-Land Rover Boerne from Charles Barrett, CEO Greg Shottenkirk confirmed. Boerne is northwest of San Antonio. The dealership was renamed Shottenkirk Jaguar-Land Rover Boerne, Shottenkirk said. It marks the … Read more

Tesla probes: Current and former executives subpoenaed

In the range claim investigation, Reuters reported in July that Tesla cars often fail to achieve their advertised range estimates and projections reported by the cars’ own equipment, citing experts who tested or studied them. The company wrote algorithms about a decade ago to create “rosy” in-dash driving range estimates, Reuters reported a source as … Read more

2023 Honda CR-V is perfection – Boston Herald

Lets face it, when you think of long lasting, economy vehicles, Honda and Toyota are clearly top of the conversation. And thinking that Honda delivered excellence in their fifth generation, wait till you experience the sixth generation, 2023 Honda CR-V. The precise, deep expansion of the CR-V is here and a perfect display of excellence … Read more

Someone needs to have a hard talk with Mitch McConnell

Lawmakers who serve their constituents for years on end are to be applauded, to a large extent, for their dedication to public service. But eventually the question must be asked: When is it time to exit the stage? As The Hill reported, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to freeze up while taking questions … Read more

COVID lockdown leaders won’t admit they were wrong

COVID mania just won’t go away. The deadly strains of the virus have been gone for two years now, and yet the recent outbreak of a mild flu-like variant is again stoking panic on the Left. Nearly 100 universities are requiring masks this fall. Lionsgate movie studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta-based Morris Brown College … Read more

The must-have accessories for a stylish fall

With New York Fashion Week just around the corner, we’ll be taking a look at the big runway trends for spring soon enough. But for now, fall is coming up fast. And that’s reason enough to focus our attention on all the season’s spectacular accessories — bags, shoes, and scarves — that your fall wardrobe … Read more

Denzel Washington back with a vengeance in ‘The Equalizer 3’

Two-time Academy Award-Winner Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua have had a fruitful collaboration over 20-plus years. Fuqua, a director of music videos for such artists as Prince in the 1990s, directed Washington in his first best actor Academy Award-winning role in “Training Day” (2001). They belatedly re-teamed for “The Equalizer” (2014), a film inspired … Read more

JFK statue deserves better spot at State House

A Boston Globe editorial that makes sense? One that normal people can agree with? If I hadn’t seen it, I wouldn’t have believed it – and yet there it was, a thoughtful, well written piece on relocating the sidelined State House statue of President John F. Kennedy to a friendlier place where people, especially tourists, can … Read more

Teen struggles to connect with classmates

Dear Abby: I’m a 16-year-old girl who is struggling to have a social life. Since I was a little girl, I have had a problem connecting with kids my own age. I have done better with kids older or younger than me. A lot of times I relate better with teachers than with students. The … Read more

‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ singer talks politics, porn in podcast

Oliver Anthony, the viral musician whose hit song still sits atop the Billboard Hot 100, sat down with Joe Rogan for an hours-long interview that covered politics, porn, mental health and much more. Many assumed the lyrics in Anthony’s “Rich Men North of Richmond” — which discuss “minors on an island” and people abusing welfare — denoted a Republican mindset, but Anthony … Read more

Gerrit Cole’s strong start against Tigers leads Yankees to first series win since July – Boston Herald

For the first time in over a month, the Yankees won a series. Gerrit Cole continued his Cy Young Award-caliber campaign in Wednesday night’s 6-2 road win against the Detroit Tigers, during which a balanced offensive outburst from the Yankees lineup gave the right-hander more than enough run support. Cole struck out seven over six … Read more

Tesla is allowing no-hands driving with Autopilot for longer periods. US regulators have questions – Boston Herald

By TOM KRISHER (AP Auto Writer) DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is allowing some drivers to use its Autopilot driver-assist system for extended periods without making them put their hands on the steering wheel, a development that has drawn concern from U.S. safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered Tesla to tell the … Read more

Moore says Orioles talks can produce a plan to redevelop Camden Yards area, as well as a stadium lease – Boston Herald

Gov. Wes Moore said Wednesday that negotiations with the Orioles can produce not only a new stadium lease binding the team to Baltimore for years, but a redevelopment road map benefiting the city and state. The governor also predicted the club he adores will host World Series games this fall. “For longtime Orioles fans, this … Read more

The Chicago Cubs are right where they need to be to make a September run for the playoffs – Boston Herald

One thing we’ve learned about the Chicago Cubs through five months of the season is they’re not easily pegged. Sometimes they get good pitching and great defense, and other times they let the offense carry them. They’re strong enough to win consistently but have weaknesses that can be exploited if they don’t show up daily. … Read more