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NEWS BRIEFS

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Hiker falls 100 feet to death in Skamania County

CARSON, Wash. (AP) — Search crews have recovered the body of a 23-year-old woman who was killed in a 100-foot fall while hiking in Skamania County.The Columbian newspaper reports that Leslie Mar, of Vancouver, was hiking with a partner on Friday evening when she slipped from a ledge at...

Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions Sunday, authorities said.The blaze that broke out Friday scorched more than 6 square miles (16...

Man wounded in deputy-involved shooting in Everett

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a domestic violence suspect was shot in the leg during a confrontation with deputies in Everett.The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team says the shooting occurred Saturday night after a woman reported that her 67-year-old husband was beating...

Hiker falls 100 feet to death in Skamania County

CARSON, Wash. (AP) — Search crews have recovered the body of a 23-year-old woman who was killed in a 100-foot fall while hiking in Skamania County.The Columbian newspaper reports that Leslie Mar, of Vancouver, was hiking with a partner on Friday evening when she slipped from a ledge at...

OPINION

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

The Latest: Fountain, wing-like benches anchor memorial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on plans for a memorial at a South Carolina church where nine African-American worshippers were slain in 2015 (all times local):12:50 p.m.The historic South Carolina church where nine African-American worshippers were slain has released plans for a memorial...

Trump's remarks about changing European culture draw ire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lament this week that immigration is "changing the culture" of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through a demographic transformation that makes some of the white...

Judge dismisses suit filed by family of man killed by police

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge's ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed black man fatally shot by an Ohio police officer says the man's civil rights were not violated.Cleveland.com reports U.S. District Judge James Gwin ruled Friday it was a "close and difficult...

ENTERTAINMENT

Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie "Sorry to Bother You" at the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, on Saturday. The...

Baron Cohen pranks 2 more celebrity politicians for show

Some politicians are going through the several stages of panic associated with an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen: remorse, damage control, anger and regret for being duped.One of the comedian's latest targets, defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore, is threatening a defamation lawsuit over an...

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101.Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page said she died...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Police: Suspect in shooting of 3 Kansas City cops holed up

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suspect in the non-fatal shooting of two Kansas City police officers shot a third...

The Latest: Croatia PM says fans rejoice despite Cup loss

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local):9:45 p.m.Croatia's Prime Minister...

Chicago police: Man killed by police appeared to be armed

CHICAGO (AP) — Footage from body-worn cameras and surveillance cameras shows that a man who was shot and...

Politics guide Syrians backing Croatia in World Cup final

AIN TERMA, Syria (AP) — Most of the Syrian troops and residents of Ain Terma, just outside the capital...

Russian women push back at shaming over World Cup dating

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of foreign men have flooded into Russia for the monthlong World Cup,...

Reports detail Mossad raid on Iranian nuclear documents

JERUSALEM (AP) — Some U.S. media reported new details on Sunday from a Mossad operation that smuggled...

By Frank S. Washington, NNPA Columnist

DETROIT – When I first got my hands on Hyundai's 2008 Tiburon, I envisioned a lead paragraph that started with fuel-efficient fun.
But once I looked at the sticker of my test car and saw that the fuel mileage on the Korean 2+2 sport coupe was 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg, on the highway, that idea went out the window because that sort of mileage is not that great.
Still, at $23,835, the Tiburon is not a bad buy. Its all-aluminum 2.7-liter V6 made 172 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 181 lbs.-ft. of torque at a reasonably low 3,800 rpm. It was mated to a six speed manual transmission. The low maximum torque was good for acceleration from a standstill as well as merging onto the expressway or passing.
A 2.0-liter, 138 horsepower four-cylinder engine with 136 pounds-feet of torque is also available. Alternate gearboxes include a five-speed manual and a four speed automatic.
The Tiburon handled well. It had a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. This setup translated into a pretty firm ride. But it wasn't as harsh as a true sport suspension and it wasn't as soft as a sedan. I found the Tiburon quite comfortable.
However, there was a bit of disconnect between the steering wheel and the front wheels. In other words, I really didn't feel like I was connected to the road. It was difficult to feel what the car was doing from its interaction with the pavement.
But the Tiburon looked good. It had the proportions of a small coupe. A long hood, muscular fenders, side gills along with projector headlights and an aggressive front bumper gave it a muscular look.
The dual exhaust conveyed speed. While the curving roofline made the car appear as though it was cutting through the wind, or moving while standing still. Given the Tiburon's relatively sleek design, it was easy to think that it cost thousands of dollars more than it did.
With its cross-drilled front brake rotors, high spoiler and wheel design, the Tiburon SE, which was the model I had, evoked performance. But the Tiburon was not the sort of car that you want to challenge somebody coming off the line. Though it had a six-speed manual transmission, the engine just didn't produce enough power.
But it was still a very nice car. The cockpit wasn't bad. Fit and finish were acceptable. But just like in most 2+2s the back seats were suited for groceries not grownups. It was just about impossible to get anybody but a toddler in the back seat of a Tiburon.
The cockpit features were ergonomically designed for ease of operation, from the driver's controls to the HVAC and audio system layout in the center stack, the latter highlighted with a gunmetal trim finish. An ambient temperature display, cup holders, and center console storage completed the interior amenities. 
The analog gauges included a large speedometer and tachometer positioned so the driver could immediately access that critical driving information. The instrument cluster featured Hyundai's signature blue gauge backlighting. The three-spoke steering wheel on the Tiburon GS has a high-quality urethane covering; the Tiburon GT, GT Limited and SE steering wheel was leather-wrapped.
For 2008, Hyundai has added satellite radio and a 220-watt audio system with MP3 capability to the Tiburon's list of standard equipment. The Hyundai Tiburon SE V6 may not have been all that fuel-efficient but it certainly was cost efficient fun.

Frank S. Washington is managing partner/editor of www.AboutThatCar.com.

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