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Khalid Ouazzani, a Moroccan-born U.S. citizen who owned a Kansas City auto parts store, was convicted this week of sending money to help the al-Qaida terrorist network, and its operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, using funds from his business to help the group.
Ouazzani was initially arrested on 33 counts but ended up pleading guilty to one count of bank fraud, one count of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Ouazzani became a citizen in 2006, and used a line of credit obtained in 2007 to funnel money to al-Qaida. Ouazzani used most of the $175,000 loan to finance an apartment in the United Arab Emirates, which was then sold at a profit. The proceeds of the sale were then sent on to the terrorist network.
Despite the severity of his crimes, U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips said that “At no point prior to his arrest was he any threat to cause imminent harm or danger to the citizens of our community [Kansas City, Missouri].”
[Source: Left Lane News]
In a perfect example of a good concept with poor execution, this brand new Chevy Camaro sports a retro-style 1969 Camaro SS front end. Sure the idea behind it is interesting, giving the Camaro more of a traditional, old school hot-rod look to the new-style body. But let’s face it; modern car design lines often just don’t mesh with the classics that inspired them.
The whole project reminds us of when in the late ’90s the import world got scarily overwhelmed with body kits that incorporated different headlights or even taillights to the fold. Civics with Acura CL headlights, or entire Integra front ends; some sporting Supra taillights and headlights. The variations were so random in combining body components from other cars that we all breathed a sigh of relief when the fad ended.
But now it’s just a pure oddity to see this showing up with traditional domestic tuners and hot-rodders, taking the perfectly fine looking new generation Camaro and squeezing on a completely disproportional front end that from a classic ’69 Camaro SS.
The car in question was spotted at the recent Carlisle Performance & Sound show, which is mostly full of domestics and hot rods. The whole project is sort of an interesting idea to us, paying homage to a real classic, but if another company is going to step up to the plate to offer another retro-style kit, they better execute with better flowing lines and elongate the front end a bit more. Post your thoughts in the comments!
[Source: CarDomain Blog]
GALLERY: Retro-Style New Camaro