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Mazda CX-3 billed as subcompact SUV

Roseville, CA,- My first thought after seeing the 2018 Mazda CX-3: Is this really a sport utility vehicle? It looks more like a tall hatchback than a subcompact SUV.

2018 Ford Mustang maintains winning formula

Roseville, CA,- The Ford Mustang has truly been one of America's iconic cars for the past 54 years. And with a purposeful new redesign three years ago, there's little doubt that the Mustang

Nissan does great job with Armada redesign

Roseville, CA, - Historically, changes have not been part of the playbook for the Nissan Armada.

Toyota RAV4 top-selling compact SUV

Roseville, CA,- The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a reputation for solid versatility because it can haul groceries, carry sports equipment, transport four kids to school, and ease into small parking spaces.
Daniel J Vance

People with Disabilities 200 Years Ago

My 19-year-old daughter Abigail, who uses a wheelchair, lately has been doing a great deal of genealogical research, mainly because
Daniel J Vance

People with Autism Especially Vulnerable

Perhaps like you, recently I read of an incident in Okeechobee, Florida, in which an 18-year-old man was recorded on video beating, choking, kicking, and holding a knife to the throat of a 16-year-old boy with autism.
Daniel J Vance

Mother Found New Meaning

17-year-old Alisha Pierce suddenly came down with a cold, then a fever, caught viral pneumonia, and passed away inside two days. More than three years later, her mother, Shawn Pierce, still remembers her daughter with cerebral palsy.
Daniel J Vance

Peter Kellett and Trisomy 18: Part Two

In last week's column, I mentioned that in 2005 Mary Kellett had given birth to a baby boy with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder in which her son had a third copy of material from chromosome 18.
Daniel J Vance

Twyman Stood By Maurice Stokes: Part 1

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects 1.5 million Americans annually, usually through automobile and bicycle accidents, falls, contact sports, and violence. It's the leading cause of long-term disability in children and young adults.
Daniel J Vance

O’Daniel Wants to Make a Difference

The Spina Bifida Association website claims spina bifida affects about 165,000 Americans and is the nation's most common permanently disabling birth defect. It occurs when a child's spine doesn't close during the first months of pregnancy. People with spina bifida usually require a brain shunt to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid.