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Early run spurs Georgia Tech to 69-54 win over Pitt (Jan 13, 2018)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Georgia Tech opened with 13 unanswered points against Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon and never looked back, defeating the Panthers 69-54.

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US fossil fuel companies spent $2 billion to Make America Dirty Again—and won

US energy providers love to spread horror stories of what it would cost to actually clean up America’s power supply and slow global warming. But they certainly don’t mind spending money when it comes to keeping American covered in soot, coal ash, mercury
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US fossil fuel companies spent $2 billion to Make America Dirty Again—and won

US energy providers love to spread horror stories of what it would cost to actually clean up America’s power supply and slow global warming. But they certainly don’t mind spending money when it comes to keeping American covered in soot, coal ash, mercury, and all the other byproducts of a dirty energy industry. As a new study shows, the fossil fuel industry has spent over $2 billion fighting to make sure that America stays dirty. That expenditure, coming in just the period since 2000, means that over 10 times as much was spent by fossil fuel companies lobbying Congress to resist making any changes to address climate change than by all science, health and environmental groups pressing to take action.  Despite the introduction of several major bills to limit carbon emissions in the USA, none of them have been passed. None of them have passed not because there wasn’t evidence to back their actions, or popular support for addressing the issue. As the paper shows, legislators have tended to make a simple equation: More lobbying means a higher level of interest. And fossil fuel companies have poured money into making sure that their products can be burned with increasingly fewer restrictions. Even as scientific consensus was developing and the world waking up to the size of the threat, oil, gas, and coal companies worked diligently to make sure that no substantial action would be taken. And that’s true even of companies that were publicly mouthing belief in climate change, even as they were putting down their dollars to fight it. Companies didn’t “come to the table” to negotiate with environmental groups as a means of finding the best way to deal with global warming. They didn’t sit down to hear what those groups had to say. They came to those meetings for the same purpose that they lobbied Congress: To make sure nothing happened. Their apparent “support” for climate change, was just a feint designed to make the public think that these companies had at last agreed to take action. When they were really just sitting to the same table with environmental groups to weaken and slow reaction under the guise of being reasonable.

Cuomo indicates New York is prepared to probe state criminal charges against Trump Foundation

Those who have been wondering why the seemingly open-and-shut case of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a supposed charity being used as little more than a slush fund for the family's own benefit, has mustered only a civil case against the Foundation rather th
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Cuomo indicates New York is prepared to probe state criminal charges against Trump Foundation

Those who have been wondering why the seemingly open-and-shut case of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a supposed charity being used as little more than a slush fund for the family's own benefit, has mustered only a civil case against the Foundation rather than a criminal one may soon see the other shoe drop: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office is signaling that they will support a criminal investigation into the Foundation at the state attorney general's discretion. «At Governor Cuomo's direction, the state stands ready to provide the Attorney General with the appropriate criminal referral on this matter if and when she asks for it,» Alphonso David, counsel to the governor, said in a statement. State Attorney General Barbara Underwood cannot pursue a criminal investigation without such approval; the filing of criminal charges against the Foundation would likely result in a halt to the current civil case, however, and so it's more likely that Underwood will let the (strong) civil case play out before pursuing separate criminal charges. That civil case will get underway in the fall, immediately before the midterm elections, and the presiding judge has dropped clear hints the Foundation is in a world of trouble. Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump are all named in the lawsuit and, at minimum, face the likely but trivial penalty of being barred from serving on the boards of other nonprofit groups for a year. Given the seemingly transparent criminal nature of their actions, using a registered charity to personally enrich themselves, dodge taxes, and to strategically assist the Donald Trump presidential campaign, those penalties have long seemed embarrassingly petty. But Attorney General Underwood has already referred those actions to federal agencies for investigation; criminal charges by the state now seem likely as well. Again, however, it's not likely to be imminent. The state has a strong civil case against the Trump family, and the judge has indicated a desire to move that process along quickly. The state can afford to be patient and let that process play out before beginning a criminal case based on the same evidence. It's not like the Trump family will be hard to find, when the time comes.

Republican reps vote to let religious child-welfare groups discriminate against LGBTQ people

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee okayed an amendment that sparked anger in the LGBTQ community because, advocates said, it could block lesbian and gay couples from adopting.  As Heron Greenesmith reports at Rewire, however, the prop
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Republican reps vote to let religious child-welfare groups discriminate against LGBTQ people

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee okayed an amendment that sparked anger in the LGBTQ community because, advocates said, it could block lesbian and gay couples from adopting.  As Heron Greenesmith reports at Rewire, however, the proposed legislation doesn’t ban adoptions by same-sex couples outright. In fact, it could be far worse than that.  The amendment is the work of Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama. It passed on a party-line vote. It would allow faith-based, taxpayer-funded adoption and other child welfare agencies to refuse to work with LGBTQ children or families if this conflicts with “the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be allowed to withhold as much as 15 percent of a state’s federal child-care funding if officials there fail to accede to an organization’s religiously based discrimination in foster care or adoption services. Yes. You read that correctly. A state that refuses to go along with an organization’s religiously based discrimination against LGBTQ families based would see its federal funding docked. The upsidedownism of our era is less and less surprising, and more and more infuriating. Especially since the latest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court apparently has issues with separation of church and state, there’s always the possibility that, if Aderholt’s amendment passes the full House and Senate and gets signed by the squatter in the White House, the highest court in the land will approve it. 

Nevada's vulnerable Sen. Heller has one very good reason to oppose Trump SCOTUS nominee

If there is one single political issue that is salient for the whole state of Nevada, it's the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, a decades-old fight between pretty much the entirety of the state and the federal government. Opposition to the si
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Nevada's vulnerable Sen. Heller has one very good reason to oppose Trump SCOTUS nominee

If there is one single political issue that is salient for the whole state of Nevada, it's the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, a decades-old fight between pretty much the entirety of the state and the federal government. Opposition to the site is actually the official state position, and has united the state's Republican and Democratic elected officials since 1987. Which puts Sen. Dean Heller, the Senate's most vulnerable Republican in 2018, in a very hot seat when it comes to his vote on Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court nominee. In 2013,  Kavanaugh was part of a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reviewing «that stopped the Obama Administration's Department of Energy (DOE) from killing the project and forced the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to resume its licensing.» Guess who wrote the majority ruling on that? Yep, Kavanaugh. Ironically, the dissenting opinion came from Judge Merrick Garland. Heller's Democratic opponent in the general election, Jackie Rosen, was quick to point out the tough position he's in on this vote, and where she stands. “I have serious reservations about Judge Kavanaugh, and his pro-Yucca ruling adds to my list of concerns about how his confirmation to the Supreme Court would harm hardworking Nevadans,” Rosen said. “We have to do everything we can to keep our state from becoming the nation’s nuclear waste dump, and this ruling should raise major red flags for Senator Heller as he evaluates this nominee.” Heller isn't saying much of anything right now, not providing comment for this Nevada Independent story. He's said about the nomination in general he supports Kavanaugh, but also «has said he would do anything to ensure the project does not get built.» He's going to have to answer whether «anything» includes blocking a Supreme Court justice who could ultimately approve the project. Rosen could definitely make this an issue for November: 58 percent of Nevada voters are opposed to efforts to reopen the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site. Add in the threats Kavanaugh poses to Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion that’s covered so many Nevadans, and Heller is a possible defector on Kavanaugh—not a likely one, but one worth pursuing. In the meantime, let's make life harder for him. Please contribute $3 to the fund to flip his seat.

This Week in Statehouse Action: Dumas Are Forever edition

In a week where The Spy Who Loved Me has become more than just a Bond movie, it’s easy to forget the non-Russia action transpiring in states across the country. But fret not! I’ve got my GoldenEye on the action. Campaign Action Dr. NOPE: I’ve been
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This Week in Statehouse Action: Dumas Are Forever edition

In a week where The Spy Who Loved Me has become more than just a Bond movie, it’s easy to forget the non-Russia action transpiring in states across the country. But fret not! I’ve got my GoldenEye on the action. Campaign Action Dr. NOPE: I’ve been writing in this space about how former Arizona GOP state Rep. Don Shooter, who was expelled from the House by his colleagues in February after his years of sexual misconduct came to light, is running for the state Senate this fall. Shooter’s apparently perfectly viable candidacy is pretty depressing all by itself. I mean, if being the first state lawmaker to be expelled from a legislature in the wake of the #MeToo movement isn’t enough to keep you on the political sidelines, what is? Well, the AP dropped a little report this week on the negligible impact sexual misconduct allegations seem to be having on state legislators’ political careers. Sure, Rep. Steve Lebsock got the boot from the Colorado state House earlier this year, North Carolina Rep. Duane Hall lost his primary, and at least 14 other state lawmakers across the country resigned over the past year or so because of sexual harassment or misconduct allegations. But 25 other state lawmakers facing similar accusations are still running this year. 15 of them have already advanced to the general election. And seven of those didn’t even face a primary challenger. Ugh. But at least some of these alleged miscreants will face opponents in November, so there's still a hope of seeing some of them gone.

There's a clear and present danger to our elections, and Republicans refuse to act

For the second day, House Democrats attempted to bring an amendment to the floor to fund grants to elections official so they can protect their systems from interference by Russians or anyone else. For the second day, Republicans blocked the move, which is mo
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There's a clear and present danger to our elections, and Republicans refuse to act

For the second day, House Democrats attempted to bring an amendment to the floor to fund grants to elections official so they can protect their systems from interference by Russians or anyone else. For the second day, Republicans blocked the move, which is more critical than ever right now. Lost somewhat in the fall-out of the Surrender Summit between Russian asset Donald Trump and his primary handler Vladimir Putin was a truly alarming report about just how vulnerable our elections systems are to hacking, whether from Russians or just your run-of-the-mill larcenous Republican group. The nation's leading voting machine maker admitted to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden that for six years it sold systems to a number of states that had software allowing remote access. Vice's Motherboard got the letter Election Systems and Software sent to Wyden in April, in which ESS wrote that it «provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006.» That contradicts a a statement the company gave in February to The New York Times and reporter Kim Zetter that they had never ever installed that software anywhere.  «None of the employees, […] including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software,» was the line back in April. Note that the actual voting machines used aren't what's at issue here, but the systems in county election offices where elections are managed. In some counties the voting machines are programmed with these systems and final voting results are tabulated from them. ESS is the major elections system provider in the country and was during that six-year period, as well. Motherboard reports that «at least 60 percent of ballots cast in the US in 2006 were tabulated on ES&S election-management systems.» That amounts to well more than one-half of votes across the country. In their letter to Wyden, ESS says only «a small number of customers» got the system with the software that makes it so easy to hack. It seems unlikely that it wouldn't have been included on all the systems shipped in those six years. In an interview with Motherboard, Wyden said «installing remote-access software and modems on election equipment 'is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.'» What's unclear from the reporting is how many counties and states are still using this hackable software.

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US to alert public to foreign operations targeting Americans - CNET

A new Justice Department policy aims to combat hacking operations like those conducted by Russia during the 2016 election.
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US to alert public to foreign operations targeting Americans - CNET

A new Justice Department policy aims to combat hacking operations like those conducted by Russia during the 2016 election.

George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers Comic-Con trailer full of space screams - CNET

Coming from the mind of George R.R. Martin, you know this new SyFy TV series he calls «Psycho in space» isn't going to be a serene mission.
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George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers Comic-Con trailer full of space screams - CNET

Coming from the mind of George R.R. Martin, you know this new SyFy TV series he calls «Psycho in space» isn't going to be a serene mission.

Chipmaker TSMC cuts revenue, capex goals after Q2 profit rise

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd cut its annual revenue and capital expenditure estimates on Thursday, as the world's largest contract chipmaker braces for slowing growth in the smartphone and cryptocurrency mining industries.
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Chipmaker TSMC cuts revenue, capex goals after Q2 profit rise

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd cut its annual revenue and capital expenditure estimates on Thursday, as the world's largest contract chipmaker braces for slowing growth in the smartphone and cryptocurrency mining industries.

Insight: Switzerland seeks to regain cryptocurrency crown

NEW YORK/ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss regulators are stepping up efforts to halt an exodus of cryptocurrency projects from the country, after two of only a handful of banks active in the nascent sector shut their doors on it in the last year.
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Insight: Switzerland seeks to regain cryptocurrency crown

NEW YORK/ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss regulators are stepping up efforts to halt an exodus of cryptocurrency projects from the country, after two of only a handful of banks active in the nascent sector shut their doors on it in the last year.

Chipmaker TSMC cuts revenue outlook again on cryptocurrency gloom

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, trimmed its annual revenue and capital spending estimates on bleak demand from smartphone and cryptocurrency mining industries.
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Chipmaker TSMC cuts revenue outlook again on cryptocurrency gloom

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, trimmed its annual revenue and capital spending estimates on bleak demand from smartphone and cryptocurrency mining industries.

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Syphilis: Symptoms & Treatment

Syphilis is the third most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Nearly 28,000 cases of the most contagious stages of the disease were reported to the CDC in 2016.
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Syphilis: Symptoms & Treatment

Syphilis is the third most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Nearly 28,000 cases of the most contagious stages of the disease were reported to the CDC in 2016.

Disney to debut its first VR short next month

Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner at the ACM’s computer graphics conference (SIGGRAPH)
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Disney to debut its first VR short next month

Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner at the ACM’s computer graphics conference (SIGGRAPH), joining other forms of VR, AR and MR entertainment in the conference’s designated Immersive Pavilion. This […]

Surprise! Top sites still fail at encouraging non-terrible passwords

You would think that Amazon, Reddit, Wikipedia and other highly popular websites would by now tell you that «password1» or «hunter2» is a terrible password — just terrible. But they don't. A research project that has kept tabs on th
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Surprise! Top sites still fail at encouraging non-terrible passwords

You would think that Amazon, Reddit, Wikipedia and other highly popular websites would by now tell you that «password1» or «hunter2» is a terrible password — just terrible. But they don't. A research project that has kept tabs on the top sites and their password habits for the last 11 years shows that most provide only rudimentary password restrictions and do little to help users.

Shared electric scooters probably won’t return to SF until August

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still reviewing the 12 applications from companies to operate electric scooters in the city. In early June, companies like Uber, Lime, Bird, Lyft and others applied for permits to operate electric scooter s
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Shared electric scooters probably won’t return to SF until August

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still reviewing the 12 applications from companies to operate electric scooters in the city. In early June, companies like Uber, Lime, Bird, Lyft and others applied for permits to operate electric scooter share services in San Francisco. San Francisco’s permit process came as a result of Bird, Lime and Spin deploying […]

UK government panel issues inconclusive Huawei security report

Huawei’s had a rough go of it here in the States, after concerns around ties to the Chinese government have left the company scrambling to gain a commercial toehold. Over the past several years, top U.K. security officials have also put the company under th
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UK government panel issues inconclusive Huawei security report

Huawei’s had a rough go of it here in the States, after concerns around ties to the Chinese government have left the company scrambling to gain a commercial toehold. Over the past several years, top U.K. security officials have also put the company under the microscope over potential security concerns.  A new report issued by […]

Autonomous trucking startup Embark lands $30 million in funding

Embark Trucks has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital in its bid to be the first to develop and launch a commercially viable driverless truck. Sequoia partner Pat Grady has joined Embark’s board. Existing investors inc
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Autonomous trucking startup Embark lands $30 million in funding

Embark Trucks has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital in its bid to be the first to develop and launch a commercially viable driverless truck. Sequoia partner Pat Grady has joined Embark’s board. Existing investors including Data Collective, YCombinator, SV Angel and AME Cloud also participated in the round, […]

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Crack in rock at Grand Teton tourist site appears stable

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A crack in rock that forced the closure of a popular waterfall tourist viewing area in Grand Teton National Park hasn't grown over the past week. In addition, the National Park Service says the crack may have begun to expand last fall an
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Crack in rock at Grand Teton tourist site appears stable

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A crack in rock that forced the closure of a popular waterfall tourist viewing area in Grand Teton National Park hasn't grown over the past week. In addition, the National Park Service says the crack may have begun to expand last fall and it's uncertain when ...

Trump administration will keep protected status for Somalis

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain her
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Trump administration will keep protected status for Somalis

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain here for years. Somalia was first designated ...

SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars

Ten years ago the world of Star Wars changed forever with the debut of The Clone Wars. The first proper ongoing Star Wars TV show, it filled in much of the prequels’ timeline […] The post SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars appeared first on Geek.c
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SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars

Ten years ago the world of Star Wars changed forever with the debut of The Clone Wars. The first proper ongoing Star Wars TV show, it filled in much of the prequels’ timeline […] The post SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos

I thought I was done with Amiibos. Then Splatoon 2 happened. Nintendo sometimes does amazing things with aesthetics, and its aesthetics have never been stronger than the look of Splatoon 2. The Octoling DLC is […] The post Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl
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Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos

I thought I was done with Amiibos. Then Splatoon 2 happened. Nintendo sometimes does amazing things with aesthetics, and its aesthetics have never been stronger than the look of Splatoon 2. The Octoling DLC is […] The post Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos appeared first on Geek.com.

SDCC Provides Our First Proper Look at Season 11 of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is going to look awfully different when the series returns later this year. We already saw Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor regenerate into Jodie Whittaker’s 13th last Christmas. Now when the show returns, […] The post SDCC Provides O
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SDCC Provides Our First Proper Look at Season 11 of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is going to look awfully different when the series returns later this year. We already saw Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor regenerate into Jodie Whittaker’s 13th last Christmas. Now when the show returns, […] The post SDCC Provides Our First Proper Look at Season 11 of Doctor Who appeared first on Geek.com.

The Coralarium: An Immersive Sculptural Installation Semi-Submerged in the Indian Ocean

The Coralarium is the newest aquatic sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor (previously here and here). Built in a large developed coral lagoon in the Maldives, the semi-submerged installation is positioned so both human and marine visitors can interact w
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The Coralarium: An Immersive Sculptural Installation Semi-Submerged in the Indian Ocean

The Coralarium is the newest aquatic sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor (previously here and here). Built in a large developed coral lagoon in the Maldives, the semi-submerged installation is positioned so both human and marine visitors can interact with sculptural elements on the skyline, inter-tidal waterline, and seabed. To reach the Coralarium, island guests traverse about 500 feet (150 meters) of shallow water, seascaped with underwater poplars and endemic corals. More

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Phillies move on from Machado chatter, take on Padres (Jul 19, 2018)

Fans won't get to see Manny Machado on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. But they will get to see the Philadelphia Phillies kick off the second half of their season atop the National League East.
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Phillies move on from Machado chatter, take on Padres (Jul 19, 2018)

Fans won't get to see Manny Machado on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. But they will get to see the Philadelphia Phillies kick off the second half of their season atop the National League East.

Technical boss to depart Supercars

Stuart, who spent four years in the chief tech role, is set to move to the Confederation of Australian Motorsport as the Division Manager – Safety and Race Operations as of 2019.“David has made an invaluable contribution to our sport. He is deeply respect
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Technical boss to depart Supercars

Stuart, who spent four years in the chief tech role, is set to move to the Confederation of Australian Motorsport as the Division Manager – Safety and Race Operations as of 2019.“David has made an invaluable contribution to our sport. He is deeply respected within our organisation, amongst the race teams and all key stakeholders within Supercars,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.“To ... Keep reading

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