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2022 Toyota Tundra Could Have a Hybrid V-6 Engine


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We expect Toyota’s new iForce Max hybrid drivetrain to use either a twin-turbo or naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6.

Toyota shared an image of the new Tundra’s engine cover, which shows three intake runners per side.

We think it suggests a hybrid setup with a V-6 gas engine, either twin-turbocharged or naturally aspirated.

The 2022 Tundra will debut soon, and it should go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year. 

Toyota will debut the new Tundra full-size pickup truck later this year, and we’ve already gotten a glimpse at the new truck’s front end. Now Toyota is sharing a few details of what will power the new truck: the iForce MAX powertrain, and it could be a V-6 hybrid.


The current-generation Tundra uses the 5.7-liter iForce V-8 engine, which produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. We expect that the new iForce MAX will be a hybrid drivetrain with either a twin-turbocharged or naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 engine because of three intake runners on each side and blue “MAX” lettering. A nonhybrid version of this six-cylinder makes 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the new global Land Cruiser. Toyota also says that an electric pickup truck will arrive soon, but it’s not clear if it’ll be a Tundra.

We’ve seen Tundra prototypestesting with covered rear suspensions, which suggest that the new trucks could ditch the current leaf-spring setup. The new truck could have coil springs, air springs, or even an independent rear suspension.

This new powertrain will broaden the Tundra’s appeal now that there are more hybrid and electric full-size pickup offerings available and on the way. Look for more information on the new Tundra in the coming months, and it should go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.



HT Home & Garden

Tour The Rosenthal Estate – listed by the Sunset Marquis owner for $38 million

BY MEGAN SLACK | HomesAndGardens.Com

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The majestic Malibu kingdom is filled with Mexican chandeliers and surrounded by vineyards and avocado trees

Renowned entrepreneur George Rosenthal has just listed The Rosenthal Estate – an extraordinary compound amongst the Malibu hills – for $38 million. The West Coastal kingdom stands above 180 acres of sprawling vineyards and mountains, kissed with an abundance of avocado trees. 

This serene Cali-cool landscape was the utopian setting for architect Louis Angelikis to build the hacienda-style home and design a ‘resort style’ base for all who indulge in its splendor. 


The home was listed by George Rosenthal, who is best known as the owner of Sunset Marquis, the iconic hotel which was a famed hangout for rock ’n’ roll legends. George serves as the chairman of Raleigh Enterprises, which includes Raleigh Studios, Hollywood Rentals, and Rosenthal – The Malibu Estate Vineyard.  


The property, located at 29000 Newton Canyon Road, is less than an hour from Beverly Hills, where Sunset Marquis is located just off Sunset Strip. However, its remote position amid the Malibu mountains means the property feels a million miles away from the hustle of West Hollywood. 


The eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom compound combines traditional Californian ambiance with authentic hacienda features, including artisan wood sculpted double doors and trumpet vine-covered porticos. These doors lead to the entrance hall, which exhibits wide stone surround doorways, wooden columns, beamed ceilings, and alluring arches that bless the home with a certain continental charisma.  


The entrance hall leads to a large wooden and granite-glazed kitchen and an outdoor dining patio that is accessed via elegant French doors. Immediately adjacent to the kitchen is the equally enticing dining room that is warmed with an ornate fireplace and crowned with a Taxco Mexico hand-crafted silver chandelier. 


Meanwhile, upstairs, the master suite boasts another original fireplace, a walk-in closet, and unrivaled views of the landscaped garden and mountainous kingdom beyond the estate’s gates. This exterior space is complemented with a swimming pool, patio, pond, and private access to a path that leads through the wooded estate. 


The compound also includes a two-bedroom guest house and further one-bedded guest quarters before leading onto the private vineyard and refrigerated wine storage room – that will certainly be put to good use.


The Rosenthal Estate is currently listed with Sandro Dazzan of The Agency and Jade Mills and Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Realty, Beverly Hills.


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Hometown Hall Photo of the Day June 15

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HT Foodie

Is Love, Nelly the Future of Bakeries?

By Mahira Rivers | FoodAndWine.Com

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Love, Nelly was forced to improvise during the pandemic, and the bakery has emerged even stronger as COVID restrictions wane.

At Love, Nelly, a bakery in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, the beef empanadas are as big as a fist. The bronzed, deep-fried dough pinched around a generous filling of minced beef is both flaky and flexible. Stephanie Gallardo perfected the recipe for those empanadas before she opened Love, Nelly with her business partner Keavy Landreth last July. Gallardo, whose parents are from South America, is on track to become a co-owner of the bakery, which puts her in a small but growing class of Latinx restaurant owners. Opening against the backdrop of a public health crisis, which took a disproportionate toll on communities of color, and as restaurant workers finally had a platform to speak out about substandard wages and mental health, Gallardo and Landreth felt a sense of urgency to get their new business right-for everyone.

Love, Nelly was originally meant to be an extension of another Brooklyn bakery-slash-bar called Butter & Scotch, where Gallardo had been working as general manager alongside Landreth (who co-owned the bakery with Alison Kave). Landreth was looking for a bigger production kitchen to crank out the bakery’s fan-favorite birthday cakes, but the details just weren’t coming together. Ultimately, she scrapped the expansion and gave Gallardo creative space to design her own concept. “We were having a really hard time,” Landreth said. “But once we figured out the shaved ice and empanadas, Love, Nelly just immediately happened.”

The two also decided to test a no-tipping service model in order to offer their staff some stability as hours and profits dwindled during the pandemic. A job at Love, Nelly currently pays $20 an hour, five dollars above New York’s minimum wage. A unilateral increase in retail prices helps to cover some of the costs, though not all. Currently, payroll is about half of the bakery’s overhead, which is significantly higher than sustainable industry standards. But it’s a commitment to the people and so far, it seems to be sending the right message. “Everyone is very happy to be here,” Gallardo said. “We make sure to listen to what everyone has to say. We care about each other.”

Gallardo’s nostalgia shaped many aspects of the bakery, which is named for her mother, Nelly, who is Colombian. The shop is drenched in transportive azure blues and peachy pinks and the menu is full of empanadas and raspados(Colombian shaved ice), which were a staple of Gallardo’s childhood years in Texas and New York, and summers spent in South America. There are cookies, cakes and seasonal loafs, which are tucked into every corner of the store. There’s also a freezer with empanadas to take-and-bake. And a merch and pantry corner with Love, Nelly mugs, rainbow sprinkles and bottles of homemade cilantro aioli and vinegary aji verde. It may be hard to choose favorites-but that’s kind of the point. “We want to give everyone everything,” said Gallardo.


Online, Gallardo and Landreth sell monthly care packages inspired, again, by Nelly. The logistics are complex, but the boxes have been a reliable source of sales since they launched last fall (and a way to stay close with friends and family during the pandemic). June’s box will include a pineapple cocktail, a novelty cocktail cup and ingredients for the bakery’s tres leches cake-a milk-soaked version of the signature Butter & Scotch birthday cake. Unfortunately, due in part to a significant loss of customers in the pandemic, Butter & Scotch closed  a few months after Love, Nelly opened, but Gallardo and Landreth continue to sell the cakes out of the Love, Nelly kitchen.

What has helped the most financially is the government aid that became available in the pandemic. Small business loans and the most recent round of government grants provided a safety net, something Landreth thinks should be made permanent, almost like a federal subsidy. That idea may be an outlier in the theoretical toolkit for fixing an imperfect and often exploitative industry, but it gets to the heart of the issue-business owners who want to build a healthier restaurant industry, from paying livable wages to offering health insurance and employee equity, need money to do it.

Luckily, as co-owners, Gallardo and Landreth share the responsibilities as well as the risk. “I always wanted to own a business, but I knew it would be incredibly hard to do alone,” Gallardo said, citing both the financial costs and the scarcity of intangible resources like time and knowledge. That Latinas have less access to capital when starting a business is a fact, so finding experienced partners who know how to navigate the bureaucracy is vital to growing a more diverse community of restaurant owners.

If it sounds like Gallardo and Landreth have a lot going on, they do. From the snacks and  packages made with care and skill to the mindful people policies and the intentional uplifting of exciting new talent-there are so many reasons to root for Love, Nelly’s success. It’s truly impossible to pick just one.



HT Celebrations


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On June 15th each year, National Smile Power Day shares one powerful expression.  

From the good morning greeting and the first “How may I help you?” present yourself with a smile. No matter where you are employed, job seeking, retired, or looking for new horizons starting the day with a smile is certainly more empowering than a pout or grump. Starting with a smile first is easier than trying to get there later in the day. 

When you smile at someone, you are telling them that they are valued and worth the smile that you just gave them. Smiles are morale boosters and confidence builders.

Research has proven that smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability between humans. Smiling creates greater trust and increased interpersonal cooperation. Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will make you feel at ease, too. Even if you do not feel like it, smiling will lift your mood and can make you a happier person.


Challenge yourself to smile more often today. Use a smile to disarm a tense situation, or simply smile during your daily tasks. Are you having trouble smiling?

Tips to Help You Smile

Think of a few happy moments that automatically generate a smile for you. You know, those moments where you belly laughed until your stomach hurts or a time when you were so pleased with yourself your face hurt from smiling. Keep those memories handy and use them to help you smile more often.

Save a couple of short jokes that are just so silly you can’t help but smile. Tell them to others, too. The best ones are simple children’s jokes or riddles that play on words. 

Learn Spoonerisms. This fun way of swapping letters in two words in a phrase to make new words make people stop and think. And then they smile and so will you! An example of a Spoonerism is instead of ordering peas and carrots at a restaurant you say, “I’ll have the keys and parrots.”

Make a list of the things you’re grateful for. Which ones make you smile? Keep the list handy and refer to it often. Add to it and feel your smiles add up. 

Use #SmilePowerDay on social media.

Families and educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom to discover projects and ideas that will help you Celebrate Every Day!



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Travel News

National Park Service Reporting Record Visitor Numbers, Long Lines

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com

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The United States National Park Service is reporting a massive surge in visitors so far this year as pandemic-related restrictions have been lifted thanks to the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccinations.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the rising number of Americans willing to hit the road for vacation this summer has resulted in long lines outside the gates of many of the most popular national parks across the country.

Last week at Arches National Park in Utah, officials were forced to turn guests away and make them wait at the gates after the property reached guest capacity before 9 a.m. local time. Signs in the area warned visitors of waits of as long as five hours.

Arches National Park registered around 194,000 guests in April, which is an increase of 15 percent from April 2019. The facilities were closed in April 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions.

At Yellowstone National Park last month, officials announced more than 483,100 people visited the property, a new record for the month of May and an 11 percent increase from May 2019.

Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park also set a new record for May with more than 363,700 visitors, an increase of around 30 percent from May 2019. Camping in the park also increased 93 percent in May 2021 compared to May 2019.

The National Park Service said that while properties across the U.S. are recording record high guest arrival numbers, officials are expecting millions more visitors over the summer, with July and August historically the busiest months.

In 2020, national parks saw a 28 percent decrease in visitors compared to 2019 due to temporary closures and other pandemic-related restrictions. Officials said 66 of the 423 parks in the National Park System were fully closed for at least two months.



Technology News

‘Pokemon Go’ Developer Niantic Teaming With Hasbro for ‘Transformers’ AR Mobile Game

BY TRILBY BERESFORD | HollywoodReporter.Com

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Seattle-based studio Very Very Spaceship will lead game development on the title, which will enter soft launch in select markets before launching globally later this year.

Niantic is teaming with Hasbro and toy company TOMY to publish a real-world augmented reality mobile game in the Transformers universe.

Transformers: Heavy Metal is built using Niantic’s Lightship AR platform. The game will invite players to team up with Bumblebee and Optimus Prime and join the Guardian Network — a group of humans who have banded together in a war against the Decepticons — and engage in turn-based battles, either solo or with friends.

“Transformers is the perfect franchise for AR,” said Niantic’s CEO John Hanke, in a statement. “Battling and interacting with giant robots in the real world is an amazing experience. We want to live up to the high expectations of Transformers fans around the world and bring them a game unlike anything they’ve played before.”

Seattle-based studio Very Very Spaceship will lead game development on the title, which will enter soft launch in select markets before launching globally later this year.

Niantic, which is based in San Francisco, is known for developing Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.



Health And Wellness

AHA: Sit less to lower mildly high blood pressure, cholesterol

By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The American Heart Association say more exercise is the first step to treat hypertension

Before taking medication or adjusting diet, the American Heart Association says adults with mild to moderate hypertension and high cholesterol should get moving.

More exercise is recommended as the first step to treat these conditions in adults with otherwise low heart disease risk. The AHA announced this in a June 2 scientific statement published in the journal Hypertension.

“The current American Heart Association guidelines for diagnosing high blood pressure and cholesterol recognize that otherwise healthy individuals with mildly or moderately elevated levels of these cardiovascular risk factors should actively attempt to reduce these risks. The first treatment strategy for many of these patients should be healthy lifestyle changes beginning with increasing physical activity,” said Bethany Barone Gibbs, Ph.D., chair of the statement writing group and associate professor in the department of health and human development and clinical and translational sciences at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

People with a blood pressure of 120-139 mm Hg/80-89 mm Hg meet the criteria for lifestyle-only blood pressure treatment. The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Guideline outlines these standards for people with otherwise low heart disease or stroke risk.

It’s estimated that 21% of U.S. adults meet that criteria. Meanwhile, an estimated 28% of U.S. adults, have an LDL cholesterol score over 70 mg/dL and a low risk of heart disease or stroke. Such adults would meet the 2018 AHA/ACC Cholesterol Treatment Guidelinescriteria for lifestyle-only treatment. These include more physical activity, weight loss, diet improvements, smoking cessation and reducing alcohol consumption.

“Increasing physical activity can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, along with many other health benefits,” Gibbs said. Such benefits include improved sleep, lowered risk of certain cancers and boosted brain and bone health.

An analysis of 36 studies showed physically active people have a 21% lower risk of developing heart disease, according to the statement. They also have a 36% lower death risk from heart diseases compared to physically inactive people.

Last year, the World Health Organization updated its guidelines to recommend that adults between ages 18 to 64 should get “at least 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity.” This deviated from AHA’s recommendations of 150 minutes of weekly moderate-intensity aerobic activity.

Still, benefits can be seen even with a small amount of physical activity.

“Every little bit of activity is better than none,” Gibbs said. “Even small initial increases of 5 to 10 minutes a day can yield health benefits.”