Jeanne Gang is sitting in the new home of FDNY Rescue Company 2 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, talking with a bunch of its members. They are telling her what they like most about the building: its stainless-steel kitchen, its oversize skylight, and its ample wall space for displaying photos of the fallen. It is an inviting home (the rescue workers rest in bunk rooms on the second floor), but it is also packed with surprises.
Because it serves as a training facility, it has a 45-foot-tall atrium with a climbing wall that simulates building exteriors; a manhole leading to a chamber that can fill with fake smoke; an elevator that can be set to malfunction; and other features on which to practice missions. But Gang designed the building with more than disasters in mind. She also gave it a welcoming façade accented by bright-red terra-cotta tiles, with cutouts that convey transparency
General Motors wants to do better at telling the story of its electric vehicle development.
So GM leaders invited about 150 journalists to an “EV day” Wednesday, showing 11 future EVs in its Design Dome at the Warren Technical Center in Michigan. GM did not allow any photographs of the vehicles or provide any to the media.
The upcoming GMC Hummer pickup hulked in one corner of the dome and the Cadillac Lyriq, a futuristic SUV, was shown across the aisle.
“We want to put everyone in an EV, and we have what it takes to do it,” GM CEO Mary Barra said.
What it takes is technology that GM said it’s inventing to dominate other electric car companies such as Tesla.
For example, GM said it has developed new battery modules, called Ultium, that will reduce the cost to make the batteries and help consumers afford EVs. GM has
Spoiler alert: This contains significant plot points from the “Modern Family” series finale. Don’t worry. Everyone’s OK.
The three families that make up ABC’s “Modern Family” spent 11 seasons clustered in Los Angeles. In Wednesday’s one-hour series finale, they spread their wings and moved on to new adventures in places near and far.
Co-creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd wanted the characters to mirror the feelings of loyal viewers who have befriended the Dunphys, the Pritchetts and the Tucker-Pritchetts over 250 episodes.
“Chris and I have always liked finales where people are in some form saying goodbye, because that’s what the audience is doing,” Levitan says. The goal: “Deliver a solid, funny episode that feels real and gives you that emotional sendoff I think everybody craves.”
The first half-hour quickly sets the moving-on machinery in motion. A scene of morning mayhem – Luke (Nolan Gould)
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