Brad Keselowski Racing drivers carry on former team’s legacy with continued success across NASCAR

first_imgTalent knows talent.So when Brad Keselowski formed his own Camping World Truck Series team, he was able to recruit drivers with the potential to be successful in the sport. Every young Brad Keselowski Racing full-timer climbed the NASCAR ladder and made it to the sport’s top rung in some manner. Three of the six have championship-contending rides for 2021; another is already set for 2022.“They’re successful for their own reasons, it’s not just because of me,” Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion, said Tuesday on a Zoom teleconference. “But to know that I played a part in that along the way is pretty cool to me. It makes me feel like I was able to leave a mark on the sport that was greater than just driving and to really pay it back in a number of ways.”RELATED: Brad Keselowski through the yearsSean Gardner | Getty ImagesBKR opened its doors in 2007 as it ran a handful of ARCA races before running Trucks in 2008 and closed them at the conclusion of the 2017 season for financial reasons. Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe were the last to pilot BKR trucks, and they finished third and sixth, respectively, in the standings that final year. Both tallied one win, with Briscoe actually winning the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway right before the shutdown.Briscoe will fill Stewart-Haas Racing’s void in the Cup Series in 2021, making his debut among the sport’s best, while Cindric plans to move up the ranks in 2022 with Wood Brothers Racing. Cindric has one more season left in the Xfinity Series, steering the same Team Penske entry he won a title with in 2020.“It’s been pretty incredible to see how many incredible drivers came from BKR and have success in all of the series,” Briscoe said. “Definitely has a good eye for talent. Glad to be one of the guys that got to drive for Brad because it’s certainly an impressive list.”In addition to Briscoe and Cindric, the list of current Cup Series contenders includes Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney and Richard Childress Racing sophomore Tyler Reddick. Daniel Hemric used to race in the Cup Series but will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series in 2021. Parker Kligerman was full time in the Xfinity Series in 2013 and has had a host of part-time rides in the Cup and Truck ranks and also works as a pit road reporter for NBC Sports.And then it’s also worth mentioning Ross Chastain, who worked in a 14-race, part-time role with BKR in 2013. He’ll be running his first full Cup Series schedule in 2021, joining Chip Ganassi Racing.Sean Gardner | Getty Images“You never forget those people who give you shots – out of nowhere,” Blaney said. “We were just running for a small team at the time. Brad was very generous enough to give us an opportunity, and we were just really fortunate it worked out. … I still look at him as a mentor and a teammate now – and a friend.”Blaney handed BKR its first win in 2012 at Iowa Speedway. The organization ended up with 11 victories overall across six drivers (Blaney-4, Keselowski-1, Joey Logano-1, Reddick-3, Briscoe-1, Cindric-1). Its best standings finish was second, as Blaney and Reddick were back-to-back runner-ups in 2014 and 2015.A championship was never quite accomplished at BKR. The idea of reviving his team, though, has crossed Keselowski’s mind.“I know there will be a day when I can’t be a race-car driver anymore,” Keselowski said. “That’s the bittersweet day that’s in front of me. And when that day comes, I don’t want to just leave the sport behind. I would like to still be able to have a reason to come to a race track other than just to watch. What that will be in the future, I don’t know. I can’t sit here today and say that I have that answer.“But I do have a love for the sport that started at an early age and don’t suspect will end when I’m done driving.”last_img read more

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Physicist analyzes ice skating

first_imgWhile Charlotte Elster’s day job is researching at the forefront of theoretical nuclear physics, her self-described “early day” job is figure skating. A physics professor at Ohio University, Elster gave a lecture Wednesday about the intersection of her two passions: the physics of ice skating.    As a physicist, Elster began with the most fundamental aspect of ice skating: the ice itself. Specifically, she addressed some common misconceptions about the reason ice is slippery, the exact cause of which was not confirmed until the early 2000s with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). “[In 1859] Michael Faraday postulated that a thin film of liquid covers the surface of the ice, even at temperatures well below freezing,” Elster said. “Michael Faraday had no STM, and no high-tech equipment, so it’s amazing what he said. All of this was neglected.” One of the reasons people believe liquid exists on the surface of the ice is because the pressure caused by the weight of a person concentrated on the skate blade causes the ice to melt, which turns out not to be the case, Elster said. The effect of this pressure on the temperature on the ice for a 50-kilogram person is only roughly 0.2 degrees Celsius. Elster said frictional melting could be a potential explanation, but found that rough calculations could only produce a 2.1 degree Celsius change in the temperature of the ice, not enough to melt ice in rinks that are generally kept between minus-seven and minus-eight degrees Celsius. The real cause of ice’s low frictional coefficient is the gradient of the crystalline structure of the individual molecules in a block of ice, Elster said. In the middle of the ice the same amount of material is present around an arbitrary crystal in the structure; whereas molecules toward the surface don’t have such a uniform environment and are looser. Macroscopic objects, such as skate blades, cannot cut through this microscopic layer to the more solid one, which is the cause of ice’s slipperiness, she said. Elster said the skater has a different perspective on this phenomenon. “If you put your entire skate perpendicular to the direction you want to go you can just push off this way,” Elster said. “So basically, your forward force is only your push force times sine of theta, so you don’t get everything. So this lies in the plane of the ice. You, as the skater, don’t want to lie in the plane of the ice. So, standing on the blade, you actually have another angle, namely the angle of the lean of your blade. If you’re 90 degrees, you’re just standing. Nothing happens.” Forward force, and hence much of movement on the ice, is essentially a function of these two angles, she said. “The interesting thing is that the mass of the skater never shows up,” Elster said. “That means that the little girl or the little boy and the 200-pound hockey player with all the gear have the same rules going.” The next stages of movement, the turns and fancy footwork, involve lots of torque and angular momentum, Elster said.   “You have a body box, which is your shoulder and your hips,” she said. “Ideally, if they stay straight you have a perfectly straight alignment. As soon as you twist, you create a torque.” From the skater’s view, a large part of spins and footwork is the fine control of motion, making small circles and keeping near-perfect balance. From the physicist’s view, this makes it attractive to model as a rigid body problem, Elster said.   After discussing turns and footwork, Elster did mathematical plots of projectile motion, examining different flight paths and times based on velocities and flight angle. She said ice skaters, regardless of initial velocity, angle and skill do not have a lot of time in the air. “They are below one second in the air,” she said. “The time in the air is actually not that great, so you have to do a lot of stuff in that short time.” As with spinning, the success of the jump depends on the smallest of physical details. Often, ice skaters will know if a jump will end poorly before they’re even in the air, she said. “The point is, in the jumps you have to make perfectly sure that you always jump up straight so that your rotation is on an axis perpendicular to the ice,” Elster said. “If you rotate on an axis non-perpendicular to the ice, the chance is that you’ll land bad.” She ended by talking about the most famous of all jumps in ice skating, the triple axel, and whether a quadruple axel is possible. Elster’s conclusion was that it probably was not possible because of the short airtime constraint, which, according to the physics, cannot be altered by anything in the jump itself. “That’s what we do as physicists,” Elster said. “We put in numbers and check it out. If in doubt, find out.” Contact Henry Gens at [email protected]last_img read more

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The Sufferfest & Wahoo go ‘All In’ on new indoor training…

first_img Related The Sufferfest, a comprehensive training platform for time-crunched athletes that is now part of Wahoo Fitness, has today announced the release of a suite of training plans. These are designed specifically for athletes who are staying indoors due to the current global health crisis.These four-week ‘All In’ training plans are completely indoor-based and place increased emphasis on yoga, strength and mental training. Each indoor plan offers a different focus – cycling, multisport, cross-training – while incorporating sessions from The Sufferfest yoga and strength training video library.To help athletes develop essential positive thinking and goal setting skills, each plan also includes sessions from The Sufferfest Mental Toughness Program.‘Drawing on decades of experience at the highest level of the sport, the plans were designed by the Wahoo Sports Science Team to help athletes improve their fitness while remaining indoors and maintain motivation in the midst of this unprecedented crisis.’“The current pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our daily lives,” said David McQuillen, Head of the Wahoo Fitness Sufferfest division. “While all of us at Wahoo Fitness know that there are far more important things than that next workout, we also know that there is comfort, solace, and meaning to be found in exercise.“Social distancing and self-Isolation brings with it many challenges for athletes trying to maintain or even improve fitness. Our Sports Science Team developed these comprehensive, four-week plans specifically to help homebound athletes redefine their goals, train responsibly, and use their time inside to get stronger both physically and mentally.”In contrast to ad-hoc challenges or virtual events, The Sufferfest team notes that the new ‘All-In’ plans are structured, progressive and designed to provide enough training load to allow athletes to stay fit without too much intensity.Each plan offers a different area of focus. Plans are designed to take the place of outdoor and group activities. Cyclists can vary the number of rides as well as their strength training level; and multisport athletes are given out-of-the-pool strength training plans as well as treadmill alternatives.To help manage so many early season race cancellations, athletes focusing on cross-training can use this time to develop the strength and fitness needed to support their primary athletic goals, while the yoga-focused plan is organized so athletes can gradually ramp into the hard sessions, which is important for those who have never done yoga before.In order to ensure that the plans are accessible to everyone, The Sufferfest is offering new users a free month subscription through the promo code ALLINSUFPLAN.www.thesuf.com/ALLINlast_img read more

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Chappell wins William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award

first_img July 15, 2016 Regular News Chappell wins William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award SHERI POLSTER CHAPPELL, a judge in the U.S. Middle District of Florida Court, received this year’s William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award from outgoing Bar President Ramón Abadin during the Judicial Luncheon at the Bar’s Annual Convention. The award is presented to one who carries out Judge Hoeveler’s “ideal of professionalism: character, competence, commitment, and civility.” Abadin noted that, “In her time on the federal bench, Judge Chappell has displayed each of these characteristics by tirelessly committing herself to service of the law, the public, and the judicial profession. Her integrity, commitment to the rule of law, and professional character make her one of the most well-respected judges in Florida.”last_img read more

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Gophers lose two of three to Spartans

first_imgJess again loaded the bases before he was removed from the game.Still, all three of the runners eventually scored, in addition to two others, before the inning was over. Minnesota gave up 16 walks and hit three batters in the first game alone.In the second game, the Gophers also hit three batters.“I can’t remember the last time we walked that many people and hit that many people in one day,” Anderson said. “What do you attribute it to? I wish I knew.”In addition to Jess’ four runs, Tyler Hanson gave up two, Matt Fiedler gave up seven and Lance Thonvold gave up two.Minnesota junior Mark Tatera said the team tried to come back with a tougher mentality for the second game.“It kind of seemed like we gave up in the middle of the first game,” he said, adding that he thought the team started with good energy in the second game.Gophers junior Ben Meyer started the second game and gave up five runs in 5.2 innings pitched. The Spartans hit two home runs in the game, but Anderson said he thought Meyer pitched competitively and gave the team a chance.“We didn’t pitch good, didn’t play good, didn’t have competitive at-bats,” Anderson said. “[We] didn’t really do anything today that was good enough to win in this league, and so we paid the price.”Tatera said he hopes this weekend gives the team more energy going into the rest of Big Ten play.“It was kind of an eye-opener,” Tatera said. “We had been playing well and kind of got our butts kicked.”Before the Gophers return to Big Ten play, they will have a midweek game Tuesday with North Dakota State — weather permitting. Gophers lose two of three to SpartansMinnesota played in its first home series of the season over the weekend.Chelsea GortmakerMinnesota’s Connor Schaefbauer bats against Michigan State at Siebert Field on Saturday. Minnesota won 4-2 in the Siebert Opener. Betsy HelfandMarch 31, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe good news for the Gophers baseball team is that it was able to play all three of its games against Michigan State over the weekend. The bad news is what happened in two of those three games.Minnesota won the first game of the series but followed up with a Sunday doubleheader in which it was outscored 20-0.The Gophers lost 15-0 in the first game, then 5-0 in the second game, which ended after eight innings due to Michigan State’s travel schedule.The eight-inning game wasn’t predetermined, but head coach John Anderson said the teams couldn’t start another inning after 4:45 p.m.“The way we were playing, the last inning wouldn’t have mattered,” he added.The Gophers started the weekend strong, winning the first game 4-2 thanks in large part to a quality start from senior Alec Crawford.Crawford endured a couple of rough outings in the first month of the season, but recently, he’s given the team three consecutive quality starts.“[I] try not to change too much, trust my stuff [and] know that I’m capable of getting the job done,” Crawford said.Crawford was a bright spot this past weekend for the Gophers, especially considering the results Sunday.Minnesota sophomore pitcher Jordan Jess started Sunday’s first game and had trouble with his command right away.“He has a mechanical flaw, in my opinion … and it’s affected his command,” Anderson said.Jess loaded the bases on walks in the first inning but escaped without giving up any runs. The Spartans scored a run in the third but broke through in the fourth.last_img read more

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Scenes From County Employee Halloween Luncheon

first_imgRoad construction can be a real horror show. In honor of the roundabout project underway on N.M. 502, Los Alamos County officials dressed as contruction workers during the Halloween-themed employee luncheon Thursday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. Here, County Manager Harry Burgess, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes show off their yellow vests. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comHuman Resources Manager Denise Cassel and County Attorney Alvin Leaphart participate in the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comLos Alamos County employee Enrique Guillen dresses as a domino. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com A group of County employees dressed as dominos earn a prize during the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comDepartment of Public Utilities Manager Philo Shelton, left, enjoys the lunch. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comCommunity Services Department staff get into the recreation spirit during the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comI love rock n’ roll! County employees, including County Clerk Naomi Maestas, right, are ready to jam during the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comAll the prize winners gather for a photo during the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Scene from the luncheon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Nov. 14

first_imgEllis must change credentialing formOver the last 12 years, I have privately urged Ellis Hospital to change its credentialing procedures. I hope that by my publicly airing my concerns, they will be taken more seriously. Ellis Hospital requires all physicians who have privileges to complete a detailed medical questionnaire.We are required to list the doctors we have seen, the reason for the appointments and any medications prescribed. We also must answer questions about various symptoms, including our reproductive and mental health. I do not even work at Ellis Hospital. I must complete this form to access patient labs from the Ellis electronic record. Ellis requires me to disclose my entire medical history to review patient labs.While privacy issues are concerning, I am more troubled by the impact these questions have on fellow physicians. I have been unable to convince colleagues to seek treatment for depression because they do not want to disclose that treatment on the Ellis Hospital form. Suicide rates in physicians are much higher than in the general population. I worry about those who need treatment but are not receiving it.Several months ago, I was told the form would be changed. It has not been changed. This week, two physician administrators called me and reminded me that change takes time – that they want to make changes but must first filter through many committees. Twelve years is too long to wait, when changing this form may save a doctor’s life.Catherine Smitas, MDSchenectadyOpine on abortion, not breast feedingDear Diane Sanders Hombach, regarding your Oct. 30 letter (“Writer has no right to discuss abortion“) to Mr. Wendell Neugebauer, I believe he has every right to his opinion on abortion.Just because a man can’t deliver a baby doesn’t mean he doesn’t have feelings for an unborn child.If he were commenting on whether a woman should breast feed or not, now that’s another matter. Note to Wendell – If you think you were spanked over your comments on abortion, don’t even voice your opinion on breast feeding.Lorraine VanDerWerkenSchenectadyExactly what crimes did Trump commit?I just read Ms. Cartwright’s Nov. 9 letter (“No good Democrat is supportive of Trump”). As is common practice among the opposition, they spray around phrases that President Trump ‘broke laws’, defied the Constitution, etc.But, as is also common practice, not once do they ever list these illusory occasions. Let me try to help: Did he prohibit ‘due process’ during the Kavanaugh hearings?  No, no. That was the Democrats. Did he bribe a foreign government to fire an elected official? No. Did he direct states and cities to ignore federal immigration laws to let criminal aliens out on the streets? No, no, those were Democratic controlled entities. Did he sign bills allowing the abortion of fetuses up to the time of birth? Oops, sorry, there is nothing in the Constitution on that; it comes from a higher law. Ever hear of Thou Shalt Not Kill? Alas, those bills were signed by Democratic governors, not President Trump. He is pro-life and that is not a crime.I will wait for you, or anyone, to come up with some crime that is provable. How did Mueller make out? But if you and others who believe as you think there is nothing wrong with the items I’ve listed, then your title is accurate: There are no good Democrats.Jeffrey FalaceSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRiggi had become ineffective on councilIn response to Tricia Margas’ Nov. 11 letter (“How could voters not re-elect Vince Riggi?”), for my family it was very easy to not vote for Riggi.In June, my wife Barbara called Vince Riggi at home at least three times about problems we were having with Schenectady code enforcement. My wife was a former Riggi supporter and had been former president and vice president of the Mont Pleasant Neighborhood Association, plus she had graduated high school with Mr. Riggi.Three phone calls on separate days and guess what? No answer back and no support of Vince Riggi.Vince blended in too much with the other members of the City Council. The elections show Vince had lost over 500 supporters between 2015 and November 2019. He had become ineffective.Jack Fitch, Sr.Schenectadylast_img read more

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Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather

first_img CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Authorities on Monday defended their decision to douse protesters with water during a skirmish in subfreezing weather near the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital – including some who were treated for hypothermia.Protesters trying to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway late Sunday and early Monday were turned back by authorities using tear gas, rubber bullets and water hoses.At least 17 protesters were injured severely enough to be taken to hospitals, said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.“Hypothermia, a number of head injuries from being shot with rubber bullets, one individual had a heart attack,” he said.Although Goldtrooth said a water cannon was used to douse the protesters, Morton County Sheriff’s spokesman Rob Keller denied that. He did confirm that water hoses owned by the Mandan Rural Fire Department were used to put out fires set by protesters and to turn back protesters during a violent clash that was “rapidly unfolding.”“Water hoses were used to keep distance between officers and criminal agitators and also to put out fires set by those agitators,” he said.Goldtooth said the fires were set to warm people soaked with water. He criticized authorities’ use of water on a frigid night.Morton County Sheriff’s spokesman Rob Keller could not verify the number of protester injuries.Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued a statement calling the use of water an “act of brutality” and “nothing short of life-threatening and inhumane.” Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Tarah Demant, spokeswoman for the human rights group Amnesty International, which has had observers at the protest area.Keller said the American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter in Fort Yates for any protesters needing help.The skirmish began Sunday evening after protesters tried to remove two burned-out trucks on what’s known as the Backwater Bridge, not far from the encampment where they’ve been for weeks as they demonstrate against the pipeline. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department estimated 400 protesters sought to cross the bridge on state Highway 1806.The sheriff’s department said in a statement that law enforcement officers “had rocks thrown at them, burning logs and rocks shot from slingshots,” and that one officer had been hit on the head by a thrown rock. One person was arrested.Rema Loeb said he was forced to retreat from the bridge because he feared being doused with water on the freezing night. Others, he said, needed medical treatment after being hit with tear gas.“It’s been just horrible,” said the 83-year-old Loeb, who traveled from Massachusetts about two weeks ago to join the protests.The 1,200-mile, four-state pipeline is being built to carry oil from western North Dakota to a shipping point in Illinois. But construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline has been protested for months by the Standing Rock Sioux, whose reservation lies near the pipeline route, and the tribe’s allies, who fear a leak could contaminate drinking water. They also worry that construction could threaten sacred sites.Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners has said no sites have been disturbed and that the pipeline will have safeguards against leaks, and is a safer method of transport for oil than rail or truck. The company has said the pipeline is largely complete except for the section under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.Goldtooth said protesters on Sunday night wanted to remove the burned-out trucks on the bridge so that law officers “can see us face to face, who we are, as peaceful water protectors.”The sheriff’s office in a statement said protesters “engaged in organized tactical movement” and were “very aggressive.”On Friday, ETP Chief Executive Kelcy Warren said the company is unwilling to reroute the pipeline. Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather Published: November 22, 2016 5:10 AM EST Author: AP center_img SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

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Profession sides with harassed bar exam students

first_imgBarristers have stepped in to support students struggling to sit online bar exams this week, with the shadow justice minister saying he will formally write to the regulator and ask the Inns of Court to investigate.Dozens of students on the Bar Professional Training Course have been unable to sit core assessments because of technical issues, while one student has reported urinating in a bottle after being told repeatedly that he could not leave his desk during the three-hour assessment.Under the rules of exam provider Pearson Vue, the exam will automatically terminate if the candidate leaves the room.Shadow minister Karl Turner MP posted on Twitter that he will ‘formally’ write to the Bar Standards Board and will ask Middle Temple to investigate the situation. Meanwhile, Bernard Richmond QC, head of chambers at Lamb Building, called on other heads of chambers and circuit representatives to discuss writing a collective letter to the BSB.Other barristers have offered to represent students pro bono, and employment barrister Daniel Barnett is hosting a webinar for affected students later this month.The BSB said that it was ‘inevitable’ with any online exam that some students would face technical issues and said candidates whose computers crashed midway through the assessment would have to resit in December.Yesterday, a spokesperson for the regulator said: ‘Inevitably with any online based exam, some students did face technical issues that prevented them from accessing their exams. Pearson Vue will try to rearrange their exam to take place on another scheduled sitting date subject to availability. Students who have accessed the exam but experienced a technical failure during the course of it will be allowed to defer to December without penalty if they have not successfully completed enough of the exam to achieve a pass.’last_img read more

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São Paulo black boxes

first_imgEVENT RECORDERS: Finnish firm EKE-Electronics is supply ‘black box’ event recorders for installation on Alstom metro trains on Line 2 in São Paulo.The EKE-Trainnet event recorder meets European and IEEE crashworthiness requirements for use on trains worldwide. It provides 16 GB of memory for storing train control, diagnostic, video and voice data in an electrically isolated and fire and fluid-proof housing. The recorders for São Paulo will be configured to store the last two hours of footage from on-train CCTV cameras. ‘Just like aircraft black boxes, train data recorders have to protect data in all imaginable circumstances’, said Pekka Kuusela, CEO of EKE-Electronics. ‘The international market for event recorders is rapidly growing, as CCTV applications and video recording give an exceptional tool for accident and crime investigations.’last_img read more

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