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Rick Kennedy

Flamethrowers to Framecams

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), based in Diamond Bar, has 5,000 member companies trying to tap and re-tap into the $29 billion-a-year market for custom auto parts and accessories. Some of the more intriguing new products: Asanti Wheels Animal-skin textured rims, in such varieties as Chrome Alligator and Gold......

Hijacked by Hybrids

The death of the battery-powered car has been proclaimed far and wide. President Bush tried to make it official last year when he announced that hydrogen would be the fuel of the future, and asked for $1.2 billion to force the issue. Major auto manufacturers have quietly dismantled their fledgling......

Demands of Independence

Photo by Ryan Donahue In 1953, polio left 5-year-old Mary Martz paralyzed from the neck down. Life with her disability has brought a mix of successes and setbacks. She earned a doctorate in education and lives on her own in a Claremont apartment. But in the last year, she has......