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February 27, 2014

TOM'S CORNER: From the Automotive News Desk at America's Car Show

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Niagara Gazette — Ignoring or not knowing about open recalls can impact a vehicle’s safety, performance, and resale value. To find out if your vehicle has an open recall, call your local dealer and ask the service dept to run a recall database search, make sure you have your registration in hand because the service advisor will ask for the VIN (Vehicle ID Number). Or go online to: www.safercar.gov and choose an open search, which will return all recalls and TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins) issued for your vehicle.

Source: BoldRide.com

Pope’s Harley-Davidson sells for $327K at Paris auction

How much is a divine Harley? About $327,000 if it’s offered at an auction in Paris. Last week a private buyer acquired a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was once gifted to Pope Francis for more than 18 times the estimated original selling price of $16,000 to $20,000.

One year ago, Willie Davidson, a former motorcycle designer and grandson to a co-founder of Harley-Davidson Corporation presented the then-new Pope with a new H-D Super Dyna Glide. According to the NY Times, the bike was gifted with the intention of selling it off for charity. The bike typically stickers for around $13,000, but following the ties to the Holy See, the value apparently skyrocketed.

Also crossing the block was a leather jacket to go with the bike, signed by Francis. That item sold for an impressive $77,485. But it was the Pontiff’s Harley that took home the whopping $327,000 – proving once more that the vehicles with true value go to Bonham’s Auctions in Gay Paree’ to be sold. The identity of the buyer, and the name of the recipient charity, has not been announced.

Source: BoldRide.Com

... Hummm, I wonder what a Pope-Mobile would sell for?

‘Til next time ... Keep Rollin’!

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  • NIA DeLuca, Michele mug DELUCA: Wegmans call warns of bad fruit I was humming to myself the other day, getting ready for work on a lovely summer morning, when I decided to check my messages on the house phone. I hit the play button and heard a message from Wegmans warning me about some fruit that I had bought at their store. As quick as that, a message with the scary potential to change my life or the life of someone I love.

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  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Ortt jumps on drive to repeal the SAFE Act It was a no-brainer for North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, a Republican candidate for the 62nd Senate District seat, to join the forces to repeal the state's SAFE Act.

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  • Verplank: Turn back the clock at the Porter Cup

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  • NIA Bradberry, Bill mug BRADBERRY: Tourists attracted here by history, beauty, politics As my friend and colleague, writer Don Glynn has so artfully portrayed over the decades, "For many years after the dawn of aviation, U.S. presidents visiting Western New York started at the Niagara Falls Airport. The reason: The main runway here was longer than that of the Buffalo airport and could easily accommodate Air Force One, the presidential aircraft."

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  • NIA Confer, Bob mug CONFER: A constitutional convention is not the answer For the past few years it has been popular for folks of the right persuasion (Republicans and neoconservatives) to call for a constitutional convention ("Con-Con") in hopes of passing a balanced budget amendment (BBA.) A lot of people have jumped on that bandwagon; no doubt your email inbox or Facebook news feeds have shown that.

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  • NIA Scheer, Mark mug CITY DESK: Hobel will be missed

    Lost in all the hoopla surrounding last week’s announced retirement of state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, was the loss of another well-known figure in local government and politics.

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  • NIA Higgs, Norma mug HIGGS: More pastors, a new church and more of everything Before I go further back in time, I want to just go back to last week where I took my own advice and spent a couple of hours at the Como, where I enjoyed one of their traditional "parade of bowls and plates of great salads, pasta and meat dishes" and listened to longtime friends of Tom Darro roast him with humor, accolades and best wishes. And best of all no one who came to the microphone mentioned garbage totes or carts. It was a welcome relief.

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  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Border Patrol chief examines deadly acts A former Buffalo police chief now has the formidable task of reviewing cases where border agents have used deadly force.

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  • SINGER: Nostalgia for nostalgia: Where will it end? Not only has there been a huge nostalgia boom in America, but we're now getting to the point where there's much nostalgia for nostalgia! Maybe signifying that nostalgia will wear itself out, or, as in the old adage, that it ain't what it used to be?

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