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Michigan Driver  Performs Dukes of Hazzard Drawbridge Jump and got arrested

Michigan Driver Performs Dukes of Hazzard Drawbridge Jump and got arrested

Man does a ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ over Fort Street bridge, survives uninjured but is arrested

A Michigan man was arrested Wednesday night after apparently jumping a Detroit drawbridge in “Dukes of Hazzard” fashion, according to multiple reports.

The Allen Park driver, 26, was behind the wheel of a Dodge sedan when he accelerated and attempted to cross the Fort Street bascule bridge around 7 p.m. on Wednesday — as it was rising.

“I looked, I said, ‘No he ain’t,’” drawbridge operator Andre Locke told Detroit’s WDIV-TV. “Over he went, blew out all four of his tires, and then he crashed into the other gate.”

Detroit police mentioned the incident as something from “Dukes of Hazzard” when dispatching the call, while Locke said it was more like the 1980s comedy “The Blues Brothers,” according to the station.

Police said the driver miraculously made it to the other side of the bridge without injury.

They didn’t know why the man tried the jump.

The charges brought against him haven’t been made public yet

Still, it wasn’t exactly like in the ’80s action-comedy show, in which the two good ol’ boy cousins running moonshine made gravity-defying jumps in their 1969 Dodge Charger to get away from Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.

Trump says every American will get coronavirus vaccine by April

Trump says every American will get coronavirus vaccine by April

President Donald Trump said Friday that every American will have access to a coronavirus vaccine by April, the latest in a series of ever more optimistic predictions about a vaccination program that has yet to secure FDA approval.

When Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said earlier in the week that the general public was unlikely to get access to a vaccine until the second and third quarters of 2021, echoing other scientific leaders in the administration, Trump said he’d misspoken.

“I think he made a mistake with that statement,” Trump said Wednesday. “When he said it, I believe he was confused. I’m just telling you we’re ready to go.”

“As soon as a vaccine is approved the administration will deliver it to the American people immediately,” Trump said at a White House news briefing on Friday. “Distribution will begin with 24 hours after notice.”

The federal government’s Operation Warp Speed program for developing a vaccine earlier this week made the same promise. But Trump went further.

“We’ll have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year, and likely much more than that,” he said. “Millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.”

Distribution is likely to be complicated and time consuming as well, experts have told CNN.

But Trump’s newest adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Scott Atlas, echoed the April promise at the news briefing.

“By April every single American who wants to be vaccinated will have the ability to be vaccinated,” Atlas said.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, noted that there currently isn’t a vaccine known to be effective and safe. 

“And we probably won’t have that information until end of the year at earliest,” he said. “At that point how quickly the vaccine can be rolled out depends on which one works, and these have different degrees of storage complexity.” 

“Anybody who believes anything he says about vaccines is an idiot,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, who briefly challenged Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.

Elon Musk ‘Forgets’ Son X Æ A-12’s Name in Interview [VIDEO]

Elon Musk ‘Forgets’ Son X Æ A-12’s Name in Interview [VIDEO]

When a journalist asked Elon Musk “How’s X Æ A-12?” the Tesla CEO appeared to have been caught off-guard.

Having a family member momentarily forget your name isn’t that uncommon, especially if you have siblings.

There have been occasions when my grandmother has listed everyone in my extended family before finally getting it right, but I don’t take it personally, because there’s quite a few of us.

Things might be different, however, if the person who forgot my name was my own father, and if he did so just a few months after I was born. Oh, and if I had the not-so-forgettable name of X Æ A-12.

The SpaceX CEO was in Germany recently, when he met with some journalists. And, when one of the journalist’s there asked him “How’s X Æ A-12?” the Tesla CEO was left confused for a second.

In the clip, Musk seems to be caught off-guard and even asked the person to repeat his question. On understanding what the reporter was asking, Musk laughed it off, and said, “Oh, oh you mean my kid? That sounds like a password.” He added, “Yeah, he’s great. I think next time I am going to bring him, maybe come back in a few months and bring him along.”

The short moment from a nearly 10-minute long interaction with the press started doing the rounds on social media and has been widely shared on Facebook and YouTube.

Tesla plans to sell up to $5B in new stock shares

Tesla plans to sell up to $5B in new stock shares

Tesla shares have surged 81% from the company’s Aug. 11 stock-split announcement and have more than quintupled this year.

Amid Tesla’s incredible rise that has seen shares soar to new highs, the electric auto maker said Tuesday it will sell up to $5 billion in new stock.

The additional shares will be sold “from time to time” and “at-the-market” prices, Tesla said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It said banks will sell shares based on directives from Tesla.

“We intend to use the net proceeds, if any, from this offering to further strengthen our balance sheet, as well as for general corporate purposes,” Tesla said. 

The stock was about 4% lower during the first few minutes of trading on Tuesday, then regained some of the losses.

The decline hardly dents shares’ rapid appreciation this year. Through Monday’s close, the electric car maker has gained nearly 500% in 2020. In the last year, shares have gained 1,004% compared with the S&P 500’s 20% rise.

Tesla’s market cap now stands around $464 billion meaning the new offering represents about 1% of the company’s value, according to FactSet.

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors Tuesday that the timing of the equity offering is good in order to shore up the Palo Alto, California, company’s balance sheet. There is strong demand from investors at present to buy Tesla after a huge rally, he wrote.

CEO Elon Musk is “raising enough capital to get the balance sheet and capital structure to further firm up its growing cash position and slowly get out of its debt situation,” Ives wrote. The added capital “throws the lingering bear thesis for Tesla out the window for now,” he added.

Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, SG Americas, Wells Fargo and BNP Paribas are listed as the sales agents for the offering.

Elon Musk confirms ‘serious’ cyberattack on Tesla by Russian  National

Elon Musk confirms ‘serious’ cyberattack on Tesla by Russian National

Elon Musk confirms Tesla Nevada factory was target of ‘serious’ cyberattack

Elon Musk confirmed Thursday that the Tesla Inc. gigafactory in Nevada was the target of a cyberattack that was foiled by the FBI.

Musk confirmed a news report identifying Tesla as the company targeted by Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, who tried to pay an employee $1 million to install malware on the electric-car maker’s computer network, according to the feds.

“This was a serious attack,” Musk said on Twitter Thursday evening in response to the report from Teslarati, a Tesla-centric news site.

The site claimed Tesla was the unidentified firm mentioned in a 25-page criminal complaint federal prosecutors in Nevada brought against Kriuchkov, who was arrested Aug. 22 after trying to leave the US, authorities said.

The complaint says Kriuchkov rented a hotel room in Sparks, Nevada — home to the sprawling factory where Tesla makes batteries for its electric cars — while trying to carry out the scheme.

The US Justice Department had said that 27-year-old Kriuchkov was arrested on August 22 on the charge of conspiring to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer by attempting to recruit an employee to introduce malware into a system.

The statement had also revealed that the specific malware was intended to extract data from the network and then to threaten the company for ransom money. 

According to the Justice Department, Kriuchkov had promised the employee an incentive of $1 million upon introducing the malware into the system.

But the employee alerted the FBI, who were successful in thwarting the attack, a complaint filed by the FBI’s Las Vegas Field Office showed.