Former Uber driver bikes to all 50 state capitals in 1 year

A former Uber driver is visiting all 50 U.S. state capitals – on a bicycle. 

Bob Barnes, 52, from Syracuse, New York, started his trip, which he’s calling the “Great American Triple Switchback,” on Aug. 1, 2021, and is hoping to finish the trip in one year, he told Fox News Digital.

As of Thursday afternoon, Barnes had cycled 7,900 miles and had visited 26 capitals and Washington, D.C. 

“It’s awesome to be out here and just have all these experiences and every single little town, every state,” Barnes said. 

Barnes said he decided to go on the trip for several reasons, including bringing awareness to blood donation and pushing himself to complete the personal challenge of cycling to all 50 state capitals.

He said he also wanted to see what the country is actually like. 

“I call it ‘real reality,’” he told Fox. “As opposed to what’s on TV and the internet.”

“I do consider myself an adventurer,” he added. “I love to explore and I like to see things for myself.”

He said he was also inspired by a similar trip he took several years ago when he cycled about 5,800 miles throughout the country. 

“I was awestruck, it was so eye-opening,” Barnes said. “I wanted to come back out here and do it again.”

He said his first trip was more of a mental challenge, but now he’s facing more physical obstacles. 

“The weather’s been challenging,” he said. “The mountains have been challenging. Once I got to Denver, all the way from Denver to California was windy and cold. But the experiences, it’s absolutely amazing.”

Though his journey is about cycling to all 50 state capitals, Barnes has made sure to pay it forward along the way. 

He said on Saturday he plans to donate blood for the third time since his trip started. And on Thanksgiving and Christmas, he volunteered in the cities he was visiting. 

Barnes shares about his journey daily on his Facebook page, Bibbery Travels, where he posts pictures of every state capital and his other experiences along the way. 

“I like to keep it very interactive,” he told Fox. “I like to keep it lighthearted.”

On his “Great American Triple Switchback” GoFundMe page – which helps him fund his journey – Barnes says his trip “is like a real reality show in real time.”

“My obligation is to report to ‘you the follower’ 3 times a day promptly showing and talking about what ‘we’ have seen. It’s a very lighthearted, fun and interactive experience,” Barnes wrote. 

Barnes is calling his trip the "Great American Triple Switchback," and hopes to finish by August, 2022.
Barnes is calling his trip the “Great American Triple Switchback,” and hopes to finish by August, 2022.
Bob Barnes/Bibbery Travels/Faceb

“Basically ‘we’ are touring the entire United States on a field trip and I am the guide,” he added. 

Barnes told FOX Television Stations that he bikes 44 miles a day on average and camps in his tent overnight at truck stops and in parks. 

Barnes explained to the outlet that he plans to bike to Juneau, Alaska, after taking a ferry from Canada. He’ll bike to Honolulu, Hawaii, after flying with his bike to the island, according to the outlet.

Barnes told Fox News Digital that his trip is basically just like cycling around a neighborhood.

“It’s everything you think it would be if you get on a bike and start pedaling around the country, that’s what it is,” Barnes said. “It’s just fascinating. It’s like a big neighborhood. … It’s just the country is the neighborhood.”

Barnes also said he hopes to inspire other people to follow their passions. 

“I’d just like to point out to people to follow their dreams and follow their passion,” he said. “No matter what it is, don’t listen to other people. It’s your passion. And if that’s what’s going to make you happy, find an excuse to do it.”

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How To Watch Lifetime’s Janet Jackson Documentary: Time, Live Stream, Schedule, Next-Day Streaming Info

2022 has already delivered a plethora of interesting documentaries. On January 7, the Martin Shkreli film Pharma Bro premiered on Hulu, while the first two episodes of the buzzy new series Secrets of Playboy recently debuted on A&E (with Episode 3 airing Sunday night). This weekend, two new specials premiere: Showtime’s We Need to Talk About Cosby and the Lifetime/A&E documentary JANET JACKSON.

Premiering tonight (January 28), the four-hour television event is an intimate, unfiltered look at the prolific performer’s untold story. Featuring archival footage, star-studded interviews (Justin Timberlake is rumored to appear), and never-before-seen home videos, the two-night event (Part 2 premieres Saturday night) “lifts the lid on Jackson’s private life” and “reveals some of her most intimate moments ever caught on camera.”

How can you watch the Janet Jackson documentary online? Will Lifetime’s Janet Jackson documentary be on Hulu? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE JANET JACKSON DOCUMENTARY AIRING ON LIFETIME?

The two-night documentary event premieres Friday, January 28 on both Lifetime and A&E.

WHAT TIME WILL DOES THE JANET JACKSON DOCUMENTARY START?

Part 1 airs Friday from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET, while the second half premieres Saturday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m on Lifetime and A&E.

HOW TO WATCH THE JANET JACKSON DOCUMENTARY LIVE ON LIFETIME:

If you have a valid cable login, you can watch the documentary live on Lifetime, the A&E website, or A&E app. The Janet Jackson documentary will also be available for next-day streaming on demand and via the Lifetime and A&E apps/websites.

JANET JACKSON DOCUMENTARY LIVE STREAM OPTIONS:

You can also find an A&E live stream with an active subscription to Hulu + Live TVSling TV (Blue)DIRECTV Stream, or Philo. All of the aforementioned services offer A&E in their channel lineups. Philo currently offers a seven-day free trial for eligible subscribers.



WILL THE JANET JACKSON DOCUMENTARY BE STREAMING ON HULU?

The documentary won’t be available for next-day streaming with a traditional Hulu account, but you can watch live or on demand with an active subscription to Hulu + Live TV. The streaming service offers a seven-day free trial for eligible subscribers.

WHEN DOES PART 2 OF THE JANET JACKSON DOCUMENTARY AIR ON LIFETIME?

The second half of the four-hour documentary premieres Saturday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Lifetime and A&E.

WILL THE JANET JACKSON DOCUMENTARY BE ON NETFLIX?

Nope. Unfortunately, the doc won’t be streaming on Netflix.

Where to stream JANET JACKSON.

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Jamie Spears wants Britney to sit for deposition after dodging his own

Britney Spears’ estranged father, Jamie Spears, wants her to sit for a deposition, but the pop star’s team is balking at the idea given he has repeatedly dodged his own.

“Jamie has already been suspended [as Britney’s conservator] and disgraced,” a source exclusively told Page Six. “The best thing he can do is move on, but instead he is continuing to humiliate himself and trying to harass and bully his daughter. He should be ashamed.”

Jamie’s lawyer, Alex Weingarten, sent an email to Britney’s high-powered attorney, Mathew Rosengart, on Wednesday requesting to schedule a date for the “Toxic” singer to give a sworn testimony.

“We write to advise that we intend to depose your client and would like to discuss a mutually agreeable date to conduct the deposition,” Weingarten wrote to Rosengart.

Jamie’s lawyer then acknowledged that his client has yet to sit for a deposition of his own despite two separate requests from Rosengart in recent months.

“Of course, we will also discuss scheduling Mr. Spears’ deposition with you and work with you to find a mutually agreeable date for that to proceed as well,” Weingarten wrote in the email, which was leaked to TMZ.

Weingarten suggested early March for the depositions and agreed Jamie, 69, could go first, with Britney, 40, following him later that week.

Jamie Spears and Britney Spears backstage at a concert.
Jamie served as Britney’s conservator from 2008 to 2021.
Britney Spears/Instagram

Sources told TMZ that Weingarten intends to question the Grammy winner about issues including “child safety and [possible] drug use.”

However, a second source close to Britney told Page Six, “Britney doesn’t use drugs, plain and simple. This is just another tactic to make her look like the bad guy here. Maybe it worked in 2008, but it won’t work now.”

As for “child safety,” the second source told us, “Jamie should look in the mirror. He’s the one whose grandsons have a domestic violence restraining order against him after an incident between him and Britney’s son Sean Preston in August 2019.” (The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office declined to file child abuse charges against Jamie at the time.)

Page Six has reached out to Weingarten for additional comment. Rosengart could not immediately be reached.

Britney and her family have been at war over her conservatorship, which controlled her personal affairs and estimated $60 million estate from February 2008 until its termination in November 2021.

The “Stronger” singer said during a bombshell court hearing in June 2021, “My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship — and my management, who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no — ma’am, they should be in jail.”

Britney Spears looking to the side on a red carpet.
The pop star’s conservatorship was terminated in November.
REUTERS

Although the conservatorship is now over, Rosengart has vowed to continue investigating potential mismanagement by Jamie and Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group, the firm that provided business management services to Britney’s estate.

Rosengart has also requested depositions from Tri Star founder Lou Taylor and her associate Robin Greenhill, whom the New York Times alleged had worked in tandem with Jamie and the security company Black Box to monitor Britney’s cellphone and bug her bedroom.

However, Jamie, Taylor and Greenhill have yet to sit down with the former federal prosector.

“We served a notice of deposition to require James P. Spears to testify under oath on Oct. 20. That did not happen. He refused to appear,” Rosengart told reporters outside a Los Angeles courthouse in November. “We served another deposition notice for him to appear under oath, to answer questions asked by myself and my law firm, on Nov. 10. He did not appear on Nov. 10 either.”

Jamie, Taylor, Greenhill and Black Box have denied any wrongdoing.

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Pittsburgh bridge collapses before Biden visits to tout infrastructure needs

Bridge collapse in Pittsburgh
A general view shows the collapsed bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. January 28, 2022, in this image obtained from social media. Greg Barnhisel via REUTERS

January 28, 2022

By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed on Friday hours before U.S. President Joe Biden was due to arrive in the former steel city to highlight his efforts to strengthen the country’s infrastructure.

Ten people sustained injuries, all of them minor, when the snow-covered span collapsed into a wooded gully at about 6 a.m., according to authorities, who said a massive gas leak was reported in the area at the time. The leak was brought under control, they said.

“It sounded like a snow plow,” a witness told KDKA, calling the timing on the day of Biden’s visit “an amazing coincidence.”

Biden was told of the bridge collapse and will proceed with his trip as planned, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. The White House is in touch with state and local officials about the collapse, she added.

The collapse highlights Biden’s call for massive investment in the nation’s ageing bridges, highways and other infrastructure, which the president sees as a vital step in assuring the economy’s long-term health along with addressing supply chain shortage and revitalizing manufacturing.

The collapsed bridge, near Pittsburgh’s Frick Park, was inspected last September, Mayor Ed Gainey told reporters.

A photo posted on social media by KDKA television showed several vehicles piled in the rubble of the collapsed roadway at the bottom of a wooded gully. At least one vehicle, which appeared to be a bus, was dangling at the edge of part of the bridge. A strong smell of natural gas permeated the area, Pittsburgh Public Safety said in a Twitter message.

Pennsylvania has 3,198 bridges rated as being in “poor” condition, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

ECONOMIC BOOST

Biden, whose approval ratings have fallen in recent months amid a surge in the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation, got a boost on Thursday when the Commerce Department reported the U.S. economy grew the fastest https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-economy-regained-speed-q4-2021-growth-best-since-1984-2022-01-27 in nearly four decades in 2021.

In Pittsburgh, the Democratic president will tour Mill 19, a former steel mill building now serving as a research and development hub, before hailing the U.S. economy’s strong recovery from the pandemic, the White House said.

“The president will talk about the remarkable economic progress we’ve made over his first year in office – including the fastest single year of job growth in American history, the biggest unemployment drop on record and, as we learned on Thursday, the fastest economic growth in 2021 in almost four decades,” a White House official said.

Biden, returning to the site of his first campaign event in 2019, will tout the creation of 367,000 manufacturing jobs since he took office one year ago, and passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-needing-boost-sign-1-trillion-infrastructure-bill-2021-11-15 – a rare bipartisan victory in a deeply divided U.S. Congress.

The president also plans to talk about his push to rebuild American competitiveness and beat China in a race to dominate the global economy, the official said.

In recent days, General Motors said it would invest $7 billion https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/gms-7-billion-investment-intensifies-ev-battle-with-ford-tesla-2022-01-25 in Michigan to expand electric vehicle production and Intel said it would invest $100 billion https://www.reuters.com/technology/intel-plans-new-chip-manufacturing-site-ohio-report-2022-01-21 to build a chip-maker in Ohio.

Mill 19 is home to Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures Institute, and hosts a robotics laboratory and a technology training site.

(This story corrects attribution in paragraph six from fire chief to mayor.)

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Heather Timmons, Michael Perry and Mark Heinrich)

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Elon Musk calls Biden a ‘damp sock puppet’ after White House CEO snub

The gloves are off between Elon Musk and the White House.

The billionaire Tesla founder escalated his feud with the Biden administration on Thursday after the electric carmaker was again omitted from a summit meeting with top business leaders, including the CEOs of General Motors and Ford, to promote President Biden’s “Build Back Better” bill.

Musk took particular umbrage with a post on Biden’s Twitter account, which included a video of the president standing with GM CEO Mary Bara and declared that “companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.”

“Biden is treating the American public like fools,” Musk seethed.

In another Tweet, Musk quipped that Biden was “a damp [sock] puppet in human form.”

The White House has yet to address Musk’s comments.

Biden has prioritized investments in electric vehicles and other green energy technologies as part of his spending bill. The “Build Back Better Act” passed in the House but has stalled in the Senate due to opposition from key moderate Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

Musk's outrage was sparked by a video of Biden with GM CEO Mary Bara.
Elon Musk’s outrage was sparked by a video of Biden with GM CEO Mary Bara.
Twitter/President Biden

The president supports an expended federal tax credit for electric vehicles as part of his plan to cut emissions.

Musk has been increasingly critical of the Biden administration since last August, when Tesla, the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles, was not invited to the White House’s electric vehicle summit.

Biden stood alongside executives from Ford, GM, and Stellantis while detailing his executive order for half of all US car sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030. 

After Biden shared a video praising Ford and GM, Musk took to Twitter to express his frustration.
Musk took to Twitter to express his frustration.
Twitter/PElon Musk

When asked why Tesla was not included in that event, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted the three firms in attendance were “the three largest employers of the United Auto Workers” – an indication that Tesla was snubbed because its hourly employees aren’t unionized.

Musk addressed Tesla’s exclusion from the electric vehicle summit during an appearance at the at the Code Conference in California last September. The billionaire noted that White House officials “didn’t mention Tesla once.”

“Does that sound maybe a little biased or something?” Musk said at the time.

“It’s not the friendliest administration,” Musk added, asserting that the Biden administration “seems to be controlled by the unions.”

Tesla owns a significant portion of the current US electric vehicle marketplace. The company delivered a record 936,172 electric cars in the 2021 fiscal year, an increase of 87 percent compared to the previous year.

Tesla reported fourth-quarter sales of $17.72 billion this week, topping Wall Street’s expectations.

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Evangeline Lilly attended anti-vax rally to ‘support bodily sovereignty’

Marvel actress Evangeline Lilly has proudly revealed that she went to the huge “Defeat the Mandates” rally in Washington, DC — saying she did so “to support bodily sovereignty.”

The 42-year-old “Lost” star posted a series of black-and-white photos from Sunday’s rally where Robert F Kennedy Jr. gave a controversial speech likening vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany.

“I was in DC this weekend to support bodily sovereignty while Canadian truckers were rallying for their cross-country, peaceful convoy in support of the same thing,” the actress wrote alongside her snaps.

“I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will,” wrote Lilly, who plays Hope van Dyne in the “Ant-Man” franchise.

She listed a series of threats anti-vaxxers face, suggesting they include “violent attack, arrest or detention without trial, loss of employment, homelessness, starvation, loss of education, alienation from loved ones [and] excommunication from society.”

“This is not the way. This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love,” she wrote.

“I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems,” she wrote.

“I was pro-choice before COVID and I am still pro-choice today.”

Her images ended with a quote from AngelList CEO Naval Ravikant saying, “All tyranny begins with the desire to coerce others for the greater good.”

Lilly had faced backlash early in the pandemic with a March 2020 post in which she bragged that it was “business as usual” as she dropped her children off at their activities.

After being savaged online, she soon offered a “sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed.”

Lilly already faced backlash early in the pandemic for her anti-vax views.
Lilly already faced backlash early in the pandemic for her anti-vax views.
©Walt Disney Co./courtesy Evere

“PLEASE KNOW I AM DOING MY PART TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME WITH MY FAMILY,” she wrote at the time.

Another Marvel actress, “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, later also faced criticism after she shared an anti-vaccine video online. She temporarily deactivated her Twitter and Instagram accounts before apologizing.

Disney, which owns Marvel, had previously required all employees to be vaccinated. However, that was put on hold in Florida last November after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation against such mandates.

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How Chris Hemsworth can help you get in shape with the Centr app

When you think of Chris Hemsworth, a couple of things may come to mind: Marvel, fitness and most recently, the Centr platform.

The Centr platform is Hemsworth’s latest wellness endeavor and is designed to help users build healthy habits through a holistic wellness approach. 

“I spend a lot of my life working with incredible experts in the fields of health, nutrition, mindfulness and training, so I thought, ‘Why not share that,’” Hemsworth explained in an exclusive quote for The Post.

Hemsworth went on to say, “Centr is all about becoming the best possible versions of ourselves,” and what better way to gain insight than from the God of fitness himself?

Don’t just take our word for how good Centr is. Take the Centr head trainer and Chris Hemsworth’s personal trainer Luke Zocchi’s word instead.

Keep reading to discover more about the all-encompasing Centr app and Zocchi’s expert insight.

Better yet, score a free four-week trial for new members who sign up for Centr before Jan. 31. 

What is Centr?

Centr is the all-encompassing fitness app made to help you train, eat and live better with the help of Hemsworth’s personal team.

While Hemsworth is a wellness powerhouse, the app isn’t only made for individuals within his bracket. Instead, the app is catered towards all people eager to create lasting change.

“Chris and our team of Centr trainers recognize the value of options and variety when it comes to their workout experience,” Zocchi told The Post. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach at Centr, and the program is personalized to an individual’s core goal.”

Centr

With the user experience at the middle, workouts are specifically tailored to individual levels, expertise and preferences, making it ideal for everyone.

“We have made 100% sure that there is content on the platform that can be applied to anyone, anywhere,” Zocchi affirmed. “It has resources for the fitness aficionados looking to take their fitness routine to the next level as well as novices looking for simple, mindful adjustments to make in their lives.”

Beyond individual workouts, Centr aids users in their wellness journeys by providing them with recipe recommendations, guided meditations and new programming. In turn, Zocchi hopes these additions help form foundational habits.

Who Are The Centr Trainers?

While an incredible venture such as Centr is sure to propel you in the right direction, a platform is only as good as its talent is. Thankfully, Centr is comprised of world-class trainers ready to help you reach the next level.

Trainers include Elsa Pataky, Zocchi, Ashley Joi, Joseph ‘Da Rulk’ Sakoda and many more major fitness names.

Centr

“The experts on Centr really are the best in their fields”, Zocchi emphasized.  “As the experts, we are all motivated to be the best we can be so as the team grows — both in size and within our own skill sets — we all grow, and Chris is no exception.”

Top-of-the-line trainers will help you through muscle building, pilates, cardio, yoga, HIIT workouts, food choices and more. The option is yours.

Want to try Centr for free?

If Centr has piqued your interest but aren’t sure where to start, Zocchi recommends relieving yourself of fitness pressure.

“Many people who experience hesitation before starting their fitness journey end up putting too much pressure on themselves,” explained Zocchi. “This pressure quickly leads to burnout and doesn’t allow for a sustainable change in their lifestyle.”

Instead, Zocchi encourages individuals to understand their “why,” a driver that “gets you out of bed in the morning” and “will keep you consistent.” From there, you can confidently focus on your goals and achieve them one step at a time.

“Whether you’re looking to train exactly like Chris or just get started on your fitness journey,” explained Zocchi, “Centr is the perfect partner.”

Image of Chris Hemsworth in a boxing ring
Centr

Sign up for your free four-week trial here, and cancel anytime. If you wish to continue the program after your free trial, simply choose to pay $10 a month ($119.99 billed annually), $20 a month ($59.99 billed quarterly) or $29.99 a month ($29.99 billed monthly).


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Mugshot of UK ‘fit felon’ sets hearts aflutter with more than 8,000 comments

Move over, Jail Bae — there’s a new “fit felon” stealing hearts.

British police on Thursday posted a wanted alert for a convicted burglar — quickly getting deluged with lusty comments from those who found him truly appealing.

The mugshot of square-jawed Jonathan Cahill, 37, quickly racked up more than 8,000 comments, according to The Sun — so many that West Yorkshire Police disabled comments on Twitter and appeared to have deleted a Facebook appeal.

Before the comments were removed, many had dubbed him the “fit felon,” according to YorkshireLive.

“What’s his crime … breaking hearts or houses?” asked one smitten commentator, June Brown, according to the local outlet.

“If I find him can I keep him?” asked another, as others joked about wanting to have him handcuffed or tied to their beds.

At least one person reportedly dubbed him “Yorkshire’s very own Jeremy Meeks,” the original “hot felon” whose handsome mugshot in California set hearts aflutter in 2014.

The overwhelmed UK force said it was still hunting Cahill, who was being recalled to prison for breaching the terms of his early release last September having served part of a sentence for burglary.

“Should be easy to find … half the women in West Yorkshire will be chasing him,” another commentator reportedly quipped.

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BREAKING BIG: Pennsylvania Court Rules Act 77 of 2019 Unconstitutional – Mail-In Voting on Hold

A statewide court in Pennsylvania ruled on Friday the expansive two-year-old mail-in voting is unconstitutional.

According to a Commonwealth Court filing released Friday,  Act 77 which allows residents to vote by mail in Pennsylvania, violates Article VII, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania constitution.

This is HUGE news.

President Trump weighed in.

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FOX43 reported:

A statewide court says Pennsylvania’s expansive two-year-old mail-in voting law is unconstitutional, agreeing with challenges by Republicans who soured on mail-in voting after then-President Donald Trump began baselessly attacking it as rife with fraud in 2020′s campaign.

According to a Commonwealth Court filing released Friday, the court ruled that Act 77, allowing residents to vote by mail in Pennsylvania, violates Article VII, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania constitution.

The Commonwealth Court denied the Pa. Department of State acting secretary’s application for summary relief.

In the ruling, Commonwealth Court President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt wrote, “If presented to the people, a constitutional amendment to end Article VII, Section 1 requirement of in-person voting is likely to be adopted. But a constitutional amendment must be presented to the people and adopted into our fundamental law before legislation allowing no-excuse mail-in voting can be ‘placed upon our statute books.’”

Friday’s decision by a five-judge Commonwealth Court panel could be put on hold immediately by an appeal from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to the state Supreme Court.

The decision throws the state’s voting laws into doubt in a big election year.

The three Republican judges agreed with Republican challengers. The two Democrats on the panel dissented.

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Toyota heading to moon with cruiser, robotic arms, dreams

TOKYO — Toyota is working with Japan’s space agency on a vehicle to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Friday.

The vehicle being developed with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is called Lunar Cruiser, whose name pays homage to the Toyota Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle. Its launch is set for the late 2020’s.

The vehicle is based on the idea that people eat, work, sleep and communicate with others safely in cars, and the same can be done in outer space, said Takao Sato, who heads the Lunar Cruiser project at Toyota Motor Corp.

“We see space as an area for our once-in-a-century transformation. By going to space, we may be able to develop telecommunications and other technology that will prove valuable to human life,” Sato told The Associated Press.

Toyota is working with Japan's space agency on the Lunar Cruiser to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040
Toyota is working with Japan’s space agency on the Lunar Cruiser to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040
AP

Gitai Japan Inc., a venture contracted with Toyota, has developed a robotic arm for the Lunar Cruiser, designed to perform tasks such as inspection and maintenance. Its “grapple fixture” allows the arm’s end to be changed so it can work like different tools, scooping, lifting and sweeping.

Gitai Chief Executive Sho Nakanose said he felt the challenge of blasting off into space has basically been met but working in space entails big costs and hazards for astronauts. That’s where robots would come in handy, he said.

Since its founding in the 1930s, Toyota has fretted about losing a core business because of changing times. It has ventured into housing, boats, jets and robots. Its net-connected sustainable living quarters near Mount Fuji, called Woven City, where construction is starting this year.

Japanese fascination with the moon has been growing.

The vehicle is based on the idea that people eat, work, sleep and communicate with others safely in cars, and the same can be done in outer space.
The vehicle is based on the idea that people eat, work, sleep and communicate with others safely in cars, and the same can be done in outer space.
AP

A private Japanese venture called ispace Inc. is working on lunar rovers, landing and orbiting, and is scheduled for a moon landing later this year. Businessman Yusaku Maezawa, who recently took videos of himself floating around in the International Space Station, has booked an orbit around the moon aboard Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Starship.

Toyota engineer Shinichiro Noda said he is excited about the lunar project, an extension of the automaker’s longtime mission to serve customers and the moon may provide valuable resources for life on Earth.

“Sending our cars to the moon is our mission,” he said. Toyota has vehicles almost everywhere. “But this is about taking our cars to somewhere we have never been.”

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