Dodge’s Power Wagon debuted in 2005 as an off-road variant of the 2500 series Ram. With a 6.4L Hemi making 410hp, and a host of legitimate trail-ready upgrades, the Power Wagon is the current king of off-road ready heavy duty pickups. For owner Mike Coe, it was the perfect combination of toy hauler, daily driver, and occasional trail rig.Bigger Wheels, Bigger TiresWhen Mike purchased the Ram, he knew that he wanted to fit larger tires. He had used Nitto Terra Grappler G2’s on his previous trucks, but wanted something more aggressive for the Power Wagon. The 35×12.50×20 Ridge Grappler provided an additional two inches of height, a nice advantage for the otherwise capable truck.In additional to the increase in height, Mike also changed out the 17-inch Power Wagon wheels with some OEM take-off’s from RAM Limited model for a more modern appearance. Thankfully, the Ridge Grappler is available in larger diameter sizes up to 24”, with every bit the same capability and comfort of the smaller diameter sizes.Will It Tow?Although the softer off-road suspension of the Power Wagon dings the tow rating when compared to other super duty models, the 10,350 limit is more than enough for Mike’s purposes. The Ridge Grappler’s F load rating ensures that he’ll have no problem carrying his purpose-built Wrangler rock crawler to off-road parks all over the country.Road MannersOne of the reasons Mike chose the Ridge Grappler for this Ram was his experience with other Nitto products on past vehicles. Impressed with the longevity and livability of the Nitto Terra Grappler G2, he figured that the Ridge Grappler would provide more off-road capability, but also maintain on-road composure. While the Ridge Grappler is certainly more aggressive, he’s noted that particular tires ride smooth and are very quiet on the road, with none of the “roar” of other mud-terrain competitors, it’s a feature of Nitto’s implementation of a variable pitch tread pattern in the tread design.Modern Design for a Modern TruckAesthetically, Mike felt the more aggressive, modern sidewall design matched the sleek fifth-generation redesign of the Ram. For those that might prefer a little more old-school look, the Ridge Grappler offers a more traditional blocky sidewall design on the reverse face.Proven Off-Road PerformanceUltimately, the combination of the Power Wagon and Ridge Grappler had to be functional off-road, and in Mike’s experience, they’ve been the perfect combo. While he does have a dedicated 4WD toy with his Jeep build, he’s not afraid to ride difficult trails with the Ram.Off-road performance needed to be more than a talking point. As a hybrid of mud-terrain and all-terrain designs, the Ridge Grappler’s staggered shoulder lugs and stepped block edges enhance grip for the big off-roader, while the shoulder grooves clear out mud and dirt from the tire’s deep grooves.A Perfect MatchAs much as the Power Wagon is positioned as a do-it-all on or off-road entry in the Ram line-up, the Ridge Grappler has proved to be the perfect fit for Mike’s various vehicle needs. With competency on the pavement, and in the dirt, the Nitto Ridge Grappler is a compromise that requires little concession. [ Close ]
JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty ImagesBy AARON KATERSKY and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, will be released from federal prison and return to home confinement in Manhattan.Cohen, serving a three-year sentence for violating campaign finance laws and lying to Congress, was ordered back to the federal facility in Otisville, New York, on July 9 after spending two months on furlough in home confinement. The Federal Bureau of Prisons said Cohen didn’t agree to a clause in his home confinement agreement that forbade him from speaking with the media, including through a book.Cohen contended in a lawsuit that he was being retaliated against by the federal government, which objected to a tell-all book on his experiences with Trump that’s slated to be released soon.Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein sided with Cohen on Thursday and ordered he be released.“The purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory, and it’s retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights and to publish a book,” Hellerstein said.Cohen, who had been in solitary confinement, according to his lawsuit, must be released by Friday afternoon, the judge ordered. Hellerstein also said the conditions of Cohen’s home confinement will be renegotiated.The Bureau of Prisons didn’t immediately return requests for comment from ABC News.Cohen was one of several inmates released from federal prison in May after the Department of Justice raised concerns about COVID-19 in facilities. He was active on social media and teased the release of his book, which he said would include anecdotes of Trump using anti-Semitic and racist remarks. He also was photographed by the New York Post dining outdoors in early July.The Bureau of Prisons previously said Cohen turned down the offer to remain at home in exchange for the media gag order, but Cohen contends he never made such an agreement and was taken into custody before he and his lawyer could negotiate terms.Hellerstein blasted the federal government for issuing new guidelines to Cohen’s furlough and home confinement.“How can I take any other inference but that it was retaliatory?” Hellerstein asked rhetorically during a hearing. “In 21 years of being a judge … I’ve never seen such a clause.”“He was put on furlough with no conditions other than hang around your house and be in your neighborhood,” the judge added. “All of a sudden when the New York Post article comes out and the Bureau of Prisons understands he’s writing a book, and it’ll be finished by election time, they impose conditions.”Danya Perry, Cohen’s attorney, said he would abide by the conditions laid out by the Bureau of Prisons once the requirement about media engagement was renegotiated.“He wants to be able to edit and publish his book,” she said.Two other recent books about the president have drawn legal challenges: The Room Where it Happened, by former national security adviser John Bolton, and Too Much and Never Enough, by Mary Trump, the president’s niece.Both were published.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Fat Lad At The Back, the ‘community based cycling brand that focuses on creating an inclusive space for cyclists’, has reported a strong sales uplift over the summer. The company has announced that sales grew 223% over the summer – ‘due to lockdown and the government’s support in getting people back on the saddle.’Welcoming over 3,000 more riders into its community, Fat Lad At The Back’s co-founder and ‘Original Fat Lad’ Richard Bye said “The number of new cyclists taking to the roads is tremendously encouraging. Whilst the country battles with the virus, it’s amazing to see so many people taking control of their health.”Named after Richard’s nickname, ‘affectionately appointed to him by his cycling mates’, Fat Lad At The Back launched in 2014. It provides premium cyclewear ‘for all shapes and sizes of cyclist’ after an appearance on Dragons Den. The brand has since reported ‘consistently steady growth’ and now has a community of over 50,000 cyclists in over 80 countries.When asked what challenges this has brought, co-founder Lynn Bye said “Predicting what stock is required always presents a big challenge for any retail business; but these last few months have brought even bigger issues and a heap of frustration.“Like any other brand, we want to ensure our customers are able to get what they need when they need it but challenges throughout the whole supply chain, coupled with the comprehensive uptake in demand, has made these challenges even harder. Nevertheless, the growth we’ve seen has been really positive.”Richard Bye continued “The mental health issues of lockdown are widely reported; and as I have experienced personally, cycling is a huge release for many people locked inside their homes. Cycling is one of the few things you can do without breaking any rules. An hour on a bike is an hour for yourself, regardless of how fast or how far you go, it’s still your time which can make such a difference.”Supplying tops, jackets, shorts and a growing range of accessories in sizes ranging from 28” to 60” waist and 36” to 58” chest, Fat Lad At The Back notes that garments are based on actual waist and chest measurements, rather than the traditional ‘XL/XXL’ sizing.The range is manufactured in Europe and the UK, using ‘high performance, Italian, technical fabrics that are breathable, sweat-wicking and quick-drying for optimum cycling comfort.’A new range is launched every few months, with more colours and combinations being incorporated into the collection every season.www.fatladattheback.com Related
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInOperation Safety 2015 will take place between Monday 21 September and Friday 9 October 2015. Operation Safety is a multi agency event which involves Police Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Power. The initiative will involve some 1100 primary seven school children attending the venue at the Dupont Teijin Films factory at Cargenbridge, Dumfries, where they will given key messages relating to internet safety, firework safety, first aid and safety around electricity.Constable Audrey Johnstone of Police Scotland said “this event is always well received by the children who attend and feedback over the years indicates that this type of event seems gets the safety message across to the children through experiential learning. It is hard going for those delivering the training but we do see the benefits that the children get from their experience.”
“I should also point out that Paul is not a member of the SNP or any other political party, and he is not associated with any official campaigns or organisations. His opinions are his and his alone. He speaks for no one but himself, and, of course, Ginger, the Wee Ginger Dug.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSouth of Scotland MSP Emma Harper welcomed political blogger, Paul Kavanagh, and his four legged friend ‘Ginger’ to Dumfries to celebrate ‘National Dog Day’ last Friday, and talk Scottish politics. “It was wonderful to have Paul and Ginger in Dumfries last Friday. It was a lovely event, and I was pleased that over 50 people came along to meet them. Joan McAlpine MSP added: “Beneath Paul’s wit and linguistic trickery, there lies an encyclopaedic knowledge of Scottish politics. He writes political satire in the best tradition. No punches are pulled, and strangely the humour is both brutal and subtle. Paul is always ready with a smart phrase that encapsulates both the absurdities we live through and the real hopes for change that have caught Scotland’s imagination. Paul runs the pro-independence blog ‘Wee Ginger Dug’, and was one of the most prominent writers to emerge from the pro-independence movement surrounding the 2014 referendum. Ms Harper commented: “Paul explained he was a lifelong Labour supporter who is now convinced that independence is the best way to secure Scotland’s future. Born and raised in the East End of Glasgow he said his eyes were opened when he moved to Europe and saw how other countries, such as The Netherlands, had prospered. He spent much of his adult life in Spain where he edited an English language newspaper. He pointed to statements from a wide variety of leading Spanish politicians that showed Spain will not block an independent Scotland’s entry to the EU. It was a fascinating talk and the turnout was impressive, showing the level of interest in constitutional change.” Ms Harper welcomed Paul and Ginger to the Cairndale hotel on Friday night, along with Joan McAlpine MSP. “Paul is a well kent blogger, author & regular columnist in the National Newspaper. He writes under the nom de plume Wee Ginger Dug. His blog was one of the social media sensations of the Scottish Independence Referendum.
Fans hand memorabilia to former Vols quarterback Peyton Manning for autographs during the Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium in April.Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning awarded eponymous scholarships to four incoming University of Tennessee students in Knoxville on Monday.The four students, who were presented with the scholarships during a ceremony in Tennessee’s football locker room named for Manning, are Ainsley Ellington, Jason Liang, Michael Lidwin and Cookeville’s Alayna Marie Cameron.Twenty-five students have now been awarded the Manning scholarship, which was first endowed in 1998.“We are grateful for the opportunities we have had to give the gift of an education to deserving UT students every year through the scholarship program,” Manning said in a statement. “It means a great deal to us to give young people an edge in maximizing their potential.”In April, Manning and his wife, Ashley, pledged $3 million to the scholarship fund and the university’s football program. Reach Matt Slovin at [email protected] and on Twitter @MattSlovin.
Jim Chaney (Photo Wesley Hitt/Getty Images/File)FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jim Chaney is leaving Arkansas just as the program appears to have returned to Southeastern Conference relevance.The offensive coordinator, known for his dynamic passing offenses at schools such as Purdue and Tennessee, has left the Razorbacks to accept the same position at Pittsburgh, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday night.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Chaney’s departure hasn’t been announced.The move was first reported by Sports Illustrated.Chaney, who turned 53 on Monday, joins longtime Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi — who was hired as Pittsburgh’s head coach last month after Paul Chryst left to take the Wisconsin job.While at Arkansas the last two seasons, Chaney also coached Arkansas’ quarterbacks under head coach Bret Bielema. The Razorbacks reached a bowl game for the first time in three seasons last year, finishing 7-6 after a Texas Bowl win over Texas.Arkansas averaged 31.9 points in its second season under Chaney, up from 20.7 in his first season in 2013. The Razorbacks also jumped from 99th to 60th nationally in total offense this season, increasing their yards per game from an average of 357.2 to 406.Also, quarterback Brandon Allen threw 20 touchdown passes and five interceptions after completing less than 50 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions the previous season.Chaney was heading into the final year of a three-year, $550,000 annual contract with the Razorbacks. The school signed defensive coordinator Robb Smith to a three-year contract last week, at which time it said a new deal for Chaney was being finalized.However, Chaney — who has also coached in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams — has elected to split from what has long appeared an odd mix with the balanced offensive approach of Bielema.Much of Chaney’s coaching success has come in the passing game, where he has tutored standout quarterbacks such as Drew Brees while with the Boilermakers from 1997-2005. He also oversaw the development of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, who broke the Volunteers single-game passing record with 530 yards passing in 2012.Chaney leaves behind an Arkansas offense that returns 1,000-yard running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins next season, along with All-SEC honorable mention tight end Hunter Henry and Allen for his senior season.
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