Interceptor e Interceptor Deluxe

Feb 20, 2014

Honda’s iconic V-4 powerplants have an alluring character all their own, a unique combination of torque, an aggressive rush of power as the tach needle swings up into the meaty part of the powerband, and a certain texture to the engine feel that tells you this could only be a Honda V-4. The new Interceptor® has all of that and more, including a chassis with that special Honda blend of agility and comfort that strikes an ideal balance for all-day rides on your favorite twisting roads. A stout single-side swingarm and radial-mounted front brakes make sport riding especially fun, and a front-mounted radiator gives the Interceptor a slim profile. To ensure long-term comfort, the Interceptor has upright, neutral ergonomics as well as an adjustable seat. This is a sport bike with plenty of emphasis on sport, plus the versatility for commuting, two-up fun rides and long-haul sport touring. The Deluxe model adds ABS, Traction Control, grip heaters, self-canceling turn signals, and a centerstand for riders wanting even more features.

Colors: Red, Pearl White; Price: $12,499 – $13,499; Availability: May 2014

Key Features

Honda-exclusive VTEC engine combines the power characteristics of both two- and four-valve cylinder-head designs. The engine runs on two valves per cylinder at lower engine speeds, then switches to four valves per cylinder in a seamless transition as revs build. This results in stronger low-end and mid-range horsepower and torque while maintaining impressive high-rpm power.

  •  Honda Pro-Arm® rear suspension system uses a new single-side swingarm to help produce excellent suspension action.
  • Large-diameter 43mm fork offers spring preload for added versatility.
  • Triple-box-section twin-spar aluminum frame features a tuned, pivotless design that isolates the engine-mounted swingarm from the frame for excellent sport performance and ride comfort.
  • Radial-mount front brakes deliver cutting-edge stopping action.
  • Riding position is more upright for greater long-range comfort.
  • Seat can be adjusted for a seat height varying from 31.0 inches to 31.8 inches.
  • Single-muffler exhaust system gives a new look while also saving a significant amount of weight.
  • 10-spoke wheels add function and style.
  • Curb weight of 527 pounds for lightweight feel.
  • Meter package features a digital speedometer and tachometer, gear position indicator, MPG readout, ambient air temperature gauge and clock.
  • LED taillight and headlight with accent lights provide excellent visibility and a distinctive touch.
  • Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.


Model: VFR800F / VFR800F Deluxe

  • Engine Type: 782cc liquid-cooled 90° V-4
  • Bore and Stroke: 72mm x 48mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.8:1
  • Valve Train: VTEC DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 36mm throttle bodies
  • Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
  • Final Drive: #525 O-ring-sealed chain


  • Front: 43mm fork with spring preload, rebound damping adjustability (Deluxe model only); 4.3 inches travel
  • Rear: Pro-Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel


  • Front: Dual radial-mount four-piston calipers with full-floating 310mm discs
  • Rear: Single 256mm disc
  • ABS on Deluxe model (VFR800F Deluxe)


  • Front: 120/70ZR-17
  • Rear: 180/55ZR-17

Wheelbase: 57.4 inches

Raek (Caster angle): 25.5°

Trail: 95mm (3.74 inches)

Seat Height: Adjustable; 31.0 inches to 31.8 inches

Fuel Capacity: 5.2 gallons

Estimated Fuel Economy**: TBD

Colors: Red, Pearl White

Curb Weight*: 529 pounds (VFR800F) / 536 pounds (VFR800F Deluxe)

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.

**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

Meets current EPA standards.

Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.

©2014 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. • All Rights Reserved • Specifications subject to change

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Completamente Nuevo É Inovado Mustang 2015

Dec 5, 2013

Ford Revela Mustang 2015 Edicion 50 Aniversario 
Venice Beach, CA
5 de Diciembre, 2013

Ford Motor Company revelo el día de hoy el mustang 2015 y escogió la ciudad de Los Angeles como una de seis ciudades donde se hizo la revelación. Estuvieron en Hollywood por la mañana y en la tarde en Venice Beach en evento para revelarlo.
Este modelo no saldrá a la venta hasta el otoño 2014 pero se dio a conocer hoy. Esta edición del automóvil muy querido por muchos amantes del deporte de motor saldrá por primera vez de venta globalmente. Ford celebra asimismo su 50 aniversario de que saliera la primera edición Mustang y vendrá con tres opciones de motor. Vendrá con opción de primera vez, para todos los que piensan verde, la opción “eco-boost” con motor de 2.3 litros. La segunda opción es de 6 cilindros (V6). La tercera opción es la V8 que es para los tipos GT y Cobras, carros más potentes.
Este modelo, nos comentó Rosana Torres (Ford Public Relations) que como es la 50 edición “Tomamos un poco diseño de todos los años e incorporamos a este mustang”.
Barcelona, Nueva York, Shanghai, Los Ángeles, Sydney y la ciudad donde esta basada la compañía Ford, Dearborn, Michigan son las ciudades donde estuvieron de lujo con el nuevo juguete de Ford el día de hoy.
Muchos detalles no se han dado a conocer ya que no saldrá a la venta. Así es que el precio ni fecha exacta no se sabe, más que saldrá para el otoño de el año entrante.

Misraim Trejo

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Bobby Womack settles royalties lawsuit that alleged fraud, financial elder abuse

Mar 26, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Singer/songwriter Bobby Womack and a businessman who has lent money to many recording artists have settled the musician’s lawsuit alleging he was duped into selling the rights to his work of the past 40 years for a minimal sum.

Lawyers for Womack filed a notice of settlement March 14 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White. The terms were not divulged.

Womack sued Parviz Omidvar and his company Music Royalty Consulting Inc., in February 2012. His allegations included fraud, restitution of contract and financial elder abuse.

In their court papers, attorneys for Omidvar called the suit “a simple case of buyer’s remorse.”  The lawyers said Womack knew what he was doing when he entered the agreement and that he received “substantial monies” from Omidvar. The 69-year-old Womack alleged Omidvar conned him into taking $40,000 in exchange for royalties for such Womack creations as “It’s All Over Now,” which became a hit for the Rolling Stones. Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Womack got loans from Omidvar about 15 times in the previous 25 years and trusted him because of their previous business relationships, the suit stated. So, Womack contacted Omidvar for another loan two years ago, the suit stated.

The suit maintained Womack signed the contract in April 2011 when he was suffering from ailments ranging from prostate cancer to dementia. The surgery for the cancer was followed by a “morphine-induced” two-week stay in a hospital, the suit stated.

Womack also was taking 17 prescribed medicines at the time, according to the suit. Even Omidvar observed that Womack “looked dizzy and was staggering” and had swollen legs, the suit stated. Yet, he presented the agreement to Womack despite the plaintiff’s condition and his knowledge that the musician was heavily medicated, the suit states.

After the signing. Omidvar told his secretary to have Womack’s daughter pen her name as a witness to her father’s signing, the suit stated. The daughter was rushed into signing the document and later realized it wrongly stated she had witnessed her father’s signing, according to the suit.

After consulting with his attorneys, Womack tried to rescind the agreement and return the $40,000 check to Omidvar, but the businessman refused in both instances, the suit stated.

Omidvar’s past clients include the late Michael Jackson.

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Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit: Judge allows for Conrad Murray testimony, 2005 molestation trial drug abuse

Mar 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – A judge today left open the door for Dr. Conrad Murray to testify in the trial of a civil suit by Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, who alleges AEG Live negligently hired him to care for her son before his never-realized London concerts.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos also said attorneys for the entertainment conglomerate can bring before the jury evidence of Jackson’s 2005 trial and acquittal of child molestation charges. She said the information could be relevant to the singer’s history of despondency and drug abuse.

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson said the fact her son was found not guilty of molestation supported their position the information should be kept out.     The entertainer was set to perform a string of 50 shows in London, but died on June 25, 2009, at age 50, of acute propofol intoxication at his rented home in Holmby Hills while rehearsing for the sold-out concert series.

His mother sued in September 2010 on behalf of her son’s three children, Michael Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine and Prince Michael, claiming that the company was liable for picking Murray to be pop star’s personal physician. Jury selection is scheduled April 2 and the attorneys estimated the trial will last two to three months.

Thursday’s rulings took place on a day a panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal denied a request by AEG Live to put the trial on hold while the judge’s Feb. 28 decision to allow the case to go forth on a negligent hiring cause of action was revisited.

Murray was on the original list of prospective witnesses to be called by the plaintiffs. However, Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Kevin Boyle, said the doctor’s lawyers told him the doctor would assert his Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to testify. Boyle said Murray’s attorneys asked that he thus not be called to the stand in the civil suit.

However, AEG Live attorney Jessica Stebbins Bina said Murray could be helpful as a defense witness because he has said on record that Jackson hired him, not AEG Live. She also said he cannot assert his right against self- incrimination on every question and that his answers to inquiries where the Fifth Amendment does not apply can be heard by the civil trial jury.

Murray retains his Fifth Amendment protection through the course of his appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction in Jackson’s death. He was sentenced in November 2011 to four years in the Los Angeles County Men’s jail.

Palazuelos also said AEG Live attorneys can tell the jury that nurse anesthetist David Fournier twice said that he believed Jackson deceived him by not revealing he had a Narcan implant inserted in his body before a surgical procedure in which Fournier assisted. Fournier said he believed Jackson did not reveal the information out of fear the nurse would not administer anesthesia to him.

The implant is designed to block the brain’s opiate receptors.

The judge also ruled Katherine Jackson’s lawyers can mention Jackson’s possible inebriation on the eve of the March 2009 announcement of the London concert tours to show AEG Live allegedly knew Murray was not properly caring for Jackson.

Palazuelos additionally said Katherine Jackson can be quizzed by AEG Live lawyers as to why she and her attorneys decided not to sue Murray. AEG Live attorneys maintain she chose not to do so because he has limited finances.

But the judge said Jackson’s children cannot be questioned regarding the decision not to sue Murray.

Kathryn Cahan, another AEG Live attorney, told Palazuelos that Prince Michael said in a recent deposition that he does not blame Murray for his father’s death and considers him “a good person.”

In yet another ruling, Palazuelos said Katherine Jackson’s lawyers cannot present evidence about Murray visiting strip clubs the week of Jackson’s death because it would be prejudicial to AEG Live. However, she said the plaintiffs’ attorneys can present information about the doctor having financial problems from overdue child support payments.

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Judge: ‘Superman’ belongs to Warner Bros.

Mar 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES  –  Warner Bros. has scored another victory in the legal battle over the rights to the Superman character.

A Los Angeles federal judge ruled that the heirs of co-creator Jerry Siegel are bound by a 2001 agreement over ownership of the Man of Steel, according to court papers obtained today.

The written decision by U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II, dated Wednesday, affirms a January finding by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal that the 12-year-old settlement giving Warner Bros. ownership rights over the character is binding.

The appellate panel determined that a different judge had erred by ruling in favor of Siegel’s heirs, who challenged the validity of the settlement and demanded more ownership rights over the character.

The panel ruled, however, that the judge, who subsequently resigned from the bench, “failed to address whether the October 19, 2001, letter from (Laura Siegel Larson’s) then-attorney constituted acceptance of terms negotiated between the parties, and thus was sufficient to create a contract.”

“We hold, as a matter of law, that the October 19, 2001, letter did constitute such an acceptance,” the ruling states.

The panel noted that the letter included five pages of terms outlining compensation for the heirs and the rights to the character.

Warner Bros. plans to release the latest Superman film, titled “Man of Steel,” this summer.

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Columbia Pictures, Paramount, Disney win in federal appeals court against Canadian search engine

Mar 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – A federal appeals panel in Pasadena Thursday issued a unanimous decision against the Canadian search engine isoHunt for “inducing” users to illegally download and distribute copyrighted movies and TV programs.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that isoHunt owner Gary Fung is liable for contributing to violations of federal copyright law.

Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount and other Hollywood studios sued Fung in Los Angeles federal court in 2006, alleging that isoHunt and other sites Fung operated helped Internet users find and watch copyrighted material without charge.

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson granted the film companies summary judgment in 2009 and issued an injunction limiting Fung’s activities.

The appeals court affirmed Wilson’s ruling that Fung and isoHunt committed copyright infringement by helping users access copyrighted shows over the BitTorrent peer-to-peer network.

Further, the appellate court held that isoHunt and Fung were not protected by the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

“This ruling affirms a core principle of copyright law: Those who build businesses around encouraging, enabling, and helping others to commit copyright infringement are themselves infringers, and will be held accountable for their illegal actions,” said Henry Hoberman, senior executive vice president and global general counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America.

“It also strikes an important blow in the fight to preserve the jobs of millions of workers in the creative industries, whose hard work and investments are exploited by rogue websites for their own profit,” Hoberman said.

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Fox announces O.J. Simpson trial miniseries

Mar 21, 2013

HOLLYWOOD  – A potential miniseries on the O.J. Simpson trial is under development at Fox Broadcasting, the network announced today.

The project has the working title, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is based on the 1997 book of the same name by Jeffrey Toobin. The script is being written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, whose credits include the scripts for the films  “The People vs. Larry Flint,” “Man on the Moon” and “Ed Wood.”

The producers are Nina Jacobson, a producer of “The Hunger Games” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Brad Simpson, who also produced “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and the upcoming Brad Pitt-starring zombie film “World War Z.”

Fox also announced today it is developing a miniseries on James Clavell’s 1975 novel on 17th century feudal Japan, “Shogun.” NBC aired a 12- hour miniseries adaptation of “Shogun” in 1980 that received 14 Emmy nominations and three Emmys.

“These are both epic stories — one fiction, one fact — that have captivated millions of people worldwide,” said Shana C. Waterman, Fox Broadcasting Company’s senior vice president, event series & multi-platform programming.

“They’re riveting and emotional, with unique historic backdrops that lend themselves to the high-quality, dramatic event series we’re looking to make.”

Fox announced earlier it is developing potential miniseries based on the novel “Pines” and “Blood Brothers” on the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 1861, whose members fought on both sides in the Civil War.

Fox will order its first miniseries later this season, which will be aired in 2014.

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Restraining order issued between Conrad Murray attorneys after jailhouse, doughnut shop altercations

Mar 21, 2013

PASADENA  – An attorney who ended his representation of Dr. Conrad Murray after a heated jailhouse altercation with his co-counsel has obtained a temporary restraining order against the woman, alleging she threw hot water at him at a doughnut shop.

Last Thursday, Pasadena Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling directed Valerie Wass not to come within 200 yards of Michael Flanagan, his business and his car. She also was directed not to harass or intimidate him.

A hearing on whether to extend the order is scheduled April 3.

Flanagan had been assisting Wass, who is working as Murray’s appellate attorney, seeking to overturn his November 2011 involuntary manslaughter conviction in the June 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson.

The two attorneys, along with Flanagan’s son, were involved in a physical and verbal altercation at the Los Angeles County Men’s Jail in Los Angeles in January as they were visiting Murray, where the doctor is serving a four-year sentence.

Wass filed a police report alleging Flanagan’s son pushed her, according to media reports.

According to court papers filed by Flanagan’s lawyer, Charles Unger, Wass confronted Flanagan on March 8 at a Winchell’s doughnut shop on Lake Avenue.

“Miss Wass came into Winchell’s … yelling gross profanities and threw a scalding hot container of coffee at my face and torso,” Flanagan stated in his court papers. “I was slightly burned by the coffee and also incurred property damage to clothing.”

Wass told a reporter afterward that she “should have shot me,” Flanagan’s court papers state.

Wass also has “stalked” Flanagan other times at Winchell’s, at Crispy’s Deli in Glendale and at the jail, Flanagan’s court papers state. She also has been “relentless with obscene emails to my office,” Flanagan’s court papers state.

Flanagan alleges the situation has gotten worse over time.

“In each of these incidents she used physical force and extreme profanity,” Flanagan states. “Each incident is getting progressively more violent.”

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9th Circuit Appeals Court rules against Universal Music Group in copyright lawsuit

Mar 15, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – A federal appellate panel today affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of copyright infringement claims brought by Universal Music Group against an online video-sharing site.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, for the second time, a 2009 Los Angeles federal judge’s finding that Santa Monica-based Veoh Networks is federally protected from liability claims.

District Judge Raymond C. Fisher, who also penned the panel’s 2011 ruling, wrote that Veoh was protected by “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which shields Internet service providers that unknowingly post copyrighted material and act expeditiously to remove it once alerted.

The San Francisco appellate panel previously found that it is up to copyright holders like UMG to “efficiently identify infringing copies” rather than leaving it to providers like Veoh, which “cannot readily ascertain what material is copyrighted and what is not.”

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Case of missing Fox film executive becomes homicide investigation

Mar 15, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – Authorities announced Thursday that the disappearance of Fox film executive Gavin Smith is being investigated as a homicide, although his body has not been found.

The 57-year-old former UCLA basketball player hasn’t been seen since leaving a female friend’s home off Kanan Road in eastern Ventura County between 9 and 10 p.m. on May 1, 2012, in his black, 2000-model Mercedes-Benz 420 E, authorities said.

Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Dolson said Smith’s Mercedes was recovered on Feb. 21 at a storage facility in Simi Valley.

“The storage facility has been linked to John Creech, who is currently in custody at Men’s Central Jail on an unrelated narcotics conviction,” Dolson said.

Last June, a SWAT team and detectives raided a West Hills home owned by Creech. The Los Angeles Times reported afterward that it had obtained documents that indicated sheriff’s deputies felt an unspecified felony related to Smith’s disappearance may have occurred there.

Smith had reportedly met Creech’s wife, Chandrika Creech, in some sort of rehab therapy, according to the newspaper.

Dolson said today that after detectives found Smith’s car, they served several search warrants in the San Fernando Valley “in furtherance of the investigation.”

“Based on the vehicle’s condition and information developed from persons cooperating in the investigation, homicide detectives are now investigating this case as a homicide,” Dolson said.

“Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person or persons involved in moving Gavin’s car from the Porter Ranch area in the San Fernando Valley to the storage facility in the Simi Valley on or about May 8 or 9, 2012,” Dolson said.

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