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40Craftsman AssureLink redefines remote garage door opener [w/video]

Craftsman has paired the company's garage door openers with smart phone technology to give home owners remote control of the door from anywhere. Anyone who's ever left home and forgotten to close up shop after they've departed can appreciate the value of the system. Craftsman Assurelink users must sign up for an annual $19.99 activation fee and purchase a compatible opener for around $275. Afterwards, they can control their garage door from any internet-enabled smartphone, computer or tablet. So

36Sears coming to the rescue of disenfranchised Chrysler and GM dealers?

General Motors and Chrysler dealers unsuccessful in government-mediated arbitration to save their franchises from closure are being thrown a potential life saver. This one, however, doesn't say U.S.S. Government on it, but rather, U.S.S. Sears Auto Center. The nationwide retailer want to expands its Auto Center operations that focus on service and sales and dealers with physical plants but nothing to put in them might be a workable option.

4Another racing legend shuffled off this mortal coil: Benny Parsons dead at 65

Former NASCAR champion and current commentator Benny Parsons succumbed to the ravages of lung cancer this week at the age of 65. Like so many other stock car stars of his era, he was born and raised in North Carolina, but instead of learning how to drive while running moonshine, he instead polished his skills by driving a taxi cab on the mean streets of Detroit before turning pro. Parsons went on to win ARCA championships in 1968 and 1969, and took home NASCAR's crown in 1973. Parsons' encounter

12Update: Villeneuve's NASCAR deal

We just can't seem to get enough of Jacques Villeneuve's impending switch to NASCAR. Maybe it's the converging of the two worlds of motorsports, the tragic failure of a one-time king, his heroic stature in this writer's home town, the legendary association of the name.... The latest news on JV's deal with Roush Racing comes from the Globe & Mail, one of Canada's largest national newspapers.

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