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Official: BMW X4 Concept is no Shanghai surprise

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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“One in four new BMW cars is now a BMW SAV.” If you’re new to BMW parlance, SAV stands for Sports Activity Vehicle, a vehicle type most of us more commonly refer to as a crossover, and that statistic, which comes straight from the automaker itself, tells you all you need to know about why the X4 Concept you see above exists.

Like its larger X6 sibling, the BMW X4 Concept tries to shove a crossover in a mold shaped vaguely like a fastback coupe. Put another way, the X4 is likely to be a polarizing design, though perhaps not to the extent that the X6 divided opinions. As for us, we definitely prefer the styling of this X4 Concept, with its strong character lines and impressive wheel-to-bodyside ratio, over that of its bigger brother. That said, we’re sure the AMC Eagle comparisons will begin in earnest starting right about… now.

Dimensionally, it seems the most obvious machine with which to compare this X4 Concept is the 3 Series Wagon – we’re not sure if it will be as spacious inside as the 3 Series Gran Turismo. A two-inch stretch in the wheelbase ought to bring a commensurate improvement in legroom, and a body that’s nearly five inches longer should be a boon for cargo capacity. Of course, that fastback roofline will surely cut down on the car’s roominess inside, but we’ll have to wait for the final production model to judge its true capabilities.

BMW will build the production version of the X4 at its Spartanburg, SC plant here in the States, and it is expected to go on sale in 2014. Read the full press release below for all the details, but beware that most of it focuses on the X4 Concept‘s unique styling, which you can see for yourself in our high-res image gallery above.

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BMW X4 Concept is no Shanghai surprise originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Orthofix International Appoints Emily Buxton as Chief Financial Officer

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Orthofix International Appoints Emily Buxton as Chief Financial Officer

LEWISVILLE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Orthofix International N.V., (NAS: OFIX) (the Company) announced today that it has appointed Emily Buxton as its Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Buxton had been serving as the Company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer since October 2012.

President and Chief Executive Officer Brad Mason said, “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Emily to this critical position, particularly at this time in Orthofix’s history when we are so well positioned for the future. It will be my pleasure to work side by side with her and the rest of the executive team as we explore the many opportunities we have to define the Orthofix of tomorrow. Emily has successfully served in various financial roles of increasing responsibility since joining Orthofix in 2003. I believe her proven track record in financial management, global business experience, and strong understanding of every aspect of the Company will help take us to the next level in driving value for our healthcare partners and shareholders.”

Ms. Buxton joined Orthofix’s corporate finance group in 2003 as a Senior SEC and Consolidations Accountant. After advancing to the position of Vice President, Controller, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Global Orthopedics for Orthofix from 2010 to the time of her appointment as Interim Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Orthofix, Ms. Buxton worked for two large public companies in Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and prior to that she worked in public accounting. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Accounting from Columbia College in Columbia, SC.

About Orthofix:

Orthofix International N.V. is a diversified, global medical device company focused on developing and delivering innovative repair and regenerative solutions to the spine and orthopedic markets. Orthofix’s products are widely distributed around the world to surgeons and patients via Orthofix’s sales representatives and its subsidiaries, and via collaborations with other leading orthopedic product companies. In addition, Orthofix is collaborating on R&D activities with leading research and clinical organizations such as the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information about Orthofix, please visit www.orthofix.com.

Only One Good Outcome for Dell

By Roger Kay, Contributor

Anyone who has had time to read the proxy filing and related documents that Dell sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last Friday — which is to say, no one, at least in its multi-hundred-page form, including the PREM14A, DEFA14A, SC 13E3, and SC 13E3/A — can see detailed there, among many other things, the sad story of the decline in the PC business.  Given this sorry backdrop to the biggest proposed tech deal since before the recession, there is really only one good outcome: Michael Dell must be given the scope he needs to turn the company’s fortunes around. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

SC teacher that stomped US flag to resign

A South Carolina high school teacher who talked glowingly about the U.S. and the importance of embracing freedom while stomping on an American flag in his classroom has agreed to resign at the end of this school year.

The attorney for Chapin High School teacher Scott Compton and the Lexington-Richland 5 School District released a joint statement Friday announcing Compton’s decision.

The district’s superintendent recommended that Compton be fired after parents complained about the lesson. But the teacher had been deciding whether to appeal to the school board.

Compton’s lawyer says he stomped the flag to show the idea of what America stands for is greater than the material objects like the flag that represent it and that the teacher did not intend to show any disrespect to military members to the country.

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Report: Lexus LF-LC approved for production

By Jonathon Ramsey

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On the sidelines of a press drive for the 2014 Lexus IS, the company’s vice president of marketing in the US told Ward’s Auto that the honchos in Japan have approved the Lexus LF-LC concept for production. He wouldn’t offer any other details on how the luxury coupe might be transformed into a vehicle for the buying masses, and that has led to a bag full of speculation.

The show car was hybrid-powered and rear-wheel drive, a beautifully executed stab by Toyota designers in Newport Beach at redefining Lexus, but even with the concept, the point was to keep it “within reach for premium buyers.” The report says the odds are on limited production and higher pricing than Lexus’ “mainstream products,” and other sites have speculated on what kind of powertrain it might end up in showrooms with.

GT Channel posits that the LF-LC will be the inspiration for a coupe in the Lexus LS price bracket with a choice of either the 4.2-liter V8 or the hybrid powertrain from the LS 600h, further speculating it will be called LC 550 and cost more than $100,000. It then says that there would be another coupe created beneath that one to replace the SC 430. Lexus Enthusiast, however, calls those “warmed-over rumors” and says that the marque probably won’t deviate from its engine-capacity-naming scheme – labeling a car with a 4.2-liter V8 an LC 550. Nor does it think Lexus will use the letters LC after the company has trademarked “RC” in the US and Australia.

Time will sort the rumors from the truth, but we can probably start to admit that we’re look forward to it.

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Cops: SC woman stabs man, throws fake leg in yard

Police say a South Carolina woman stabbed her boyfriend, then threw his prosthetic leg in the yard to prevent him from chasing her.

Greenwood police say 48-year-old Michelle Thomas called them Monday night and said she grabbed a knife and stabbed her boyfriend after he hit her.

Thomas said she swung the knife at him, then pulled off his prosthetic leg and tossed it and a spare leg out the door before calling police.

Authorities say the boyfriend told them Thomas had attacked him for no reason. He was treated at a hospital for cuts to his hands and leg.

Thomas has been charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence and has been released from jail. It wasn’t known if she had an attorney and no phone listing was immediately available.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News

Sanford advances in SC race, Colbert's sister wins

Mark Sanford says he believes in “a God of second chances,” and now the former South Carolina governor has taken the first step toward reviving a political career that was derailed by an extramarital affair. Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, always dreamed of a career in politics — and now she has a chance to realize that dream.

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SC man among leaders arrested in FL gambling probe

Authorities say a South Carolina man is among the leaders of a veterans charity accused of operating a $300 million illegal gambling ring.

Family members say Johnny Duncan is outgoing, friendly and did nothing wrong. But the former national commander for the veterans charity, Allied Veterans of the World, does have a checkered past.

Duncan pleaded no contest in Florida more than two decades ago to setting up a fake charity, called Army Navy Union, to sponsor bingo games. He was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered not to operate bingo games in Florida.

Duncan was among 50 people arrested last week. Allied Veterans is accused of running nearly 50 illegal gambling parlors. Authorities say group leaders gave little to charity and spent millions on themselves.

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Glatfelter and DreamWeaver International Partner to Develop and Manufacture Lithium Ion Battery Sepa

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Glatfelter and DreamWeaver International Partner to Develop and Manufacture Lithium Ion Battery Separators

GREENVILLE, S.C. & YORK, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– DreamWeaverInternational and P.H. Glatfelter Company (Glatfelter (NYS: GLT) ) today announced a partnership to develop and manufacture the next generation of high performance and affordable separators targeted for energy storage devices such as lithium-ion batteries and ultra capacitors.

With this partnership, DreamWeaver will be able to leverage Glatfelter’s state- of -the art inclined wire capabilities and expertise in making advanced fiber-based engineered materials. Glatfelter continues to optimize the use of its eight inclined-wire machines to produce a diverse range of products, including, non-woven energy storage materials for the capacitor and lead-acid battery markets. These new fiber-based materials possess superior porosity and excellent web uniformity in low basis weight and thickness.

DreamWeaver battery separators combine microfibers and nanofibers in a porous substrate, which is ideal for battery separation application. DreamWeaver Silver™ is a general purpose product with excellent power capability and DreamWeaver Gold™ has very high temperature stability (up to 300 C) without significant thermal shrinkage. The partnership will focus on developing and manufacturing the current generation of DreamWeaver products and jointly developing future generations.

Glatfelter is a world leader and global supplier of fiber-based engineered materials for consumer and industrial applications. “DreamWeaver’s technology is a natural fit, allowing us to extend our presence in the growing energy storage market with innovative and proprietary technology,” said Martin Rapp, Vice President and General Manager of Glatfelter’s Composite Fiber Business Unit.

“Glatfelter offers over a century of experience in manufacturing advanced web materials. This collaboration aims at developing and producing the next generation of high quality, competitively priced material demanded by the energy storage market,” said Dr. Brian Morin, DreamWeaver’s President & COO. “We believe Glatfelter has the capability needed to serve our customers, with the right mix of technological expertise, manufacturing capability and foresight to help us become a leading supplier of battery separators worldwide.”

About DreamWeaver International

DreamWeaver is an advanced technology company whose products use a combination of nanofibers and microfibers to deliver best-in-class performance when used in lithium ion batteries. DreamWeaver was founded in 2011 by Jim Schaeffer and Brian Morin, and is headquartered in Greenville, SC. For more information call 864-214-2218 or visit our website at www.dreamweaverintl.com.

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2nd man arrested in shooting death of SC student

A second person has been charged with murder in the death of a South Carolina college student.

The State Law Enforcement Division says 22-year-old Stephon Mclain Jr. was arrested Wednesday in Mansfield, Ohio.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Darnell Liddell of Bennettsville was shot three times at a residence complex at Coastal Carolina University last month and died several hours later.

Twenty-year-old Marquis Spencer McDonald has already been charged with murder. Authorities say McDonald has admitted he was present when Liddell was shot but says someone else fired the gun.

SLED says Mclain waived extradition to South Carolina and is being held at the Horry County jail. It wasn’t known if he has an attorney or when he would appear in court.

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Deputy Secretary Blank Travels to BMW in Spartanburg, SC to Highlight Revitalization of American Manufacturing

By Mike Krueger

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank

Editor's note: This post was originally published on the Commerce Blog.

Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and JCourosef Kerscher, the President of BMW Manufacturing, stand in front of a BMW X5. (Courtesy of Commerce.gov)

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited BMW Manufacturing today and delivered remarks on the President’s plan to make America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing. The Deputy Secretary highlighted the President’s proposals for a new Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, the SelectUSA program, and the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Blank’s visit comes on the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, in which he outlined a broad agenda for revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, spurring innovation, and accelerating export growth.

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La final de la SC estuvo repleta de récords

By David Venn El maratón de 18 entradas conquistado por los Yaquis de Obregón (México) por 4-3 sobre los Leones del Escogido (República Dominicana) empató el récord de innings para un juego del Clásico Caribeño. También se jugaron 18 episodos el 2 de febrero del 2007 en un partido entre los Tigres de Aragua (Venezuela) y las Aguilas Cibaeñas (República Dominicana). …read more

Sheriff: SC teen offered $5,000 to kill grandma

Investigators say a South Carolina teen offered to pay his friends $5,000 to kill the grandparents who raised him because they were too strict.

Chester County Sheriff’s Maj. Bill Murphy said 17-year-old Clayton Watts waited with two friends for his grandparents to come home Tuesday evening, then ambushed 59-year-old Jimmie Paul and killed her with three gunshots in the chest.

Deputies say the suspects also planned to kill the teen’s grandfather, but he went to work on his boat in a shed and didn’t come inside. He found his wife’s body a few minutes later and called 911.

Investigators say the grandson, along with 19-year-old Shaderius Cohen and 18-year-old Marquaes Buchanan, are all charged with murder and will be prosecuted as adults. Murphy didn’t know if the suspects had attorneys.

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