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Here's the latest in Lincoln's long lineage of original thinking: the all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ. Its classic split-wing grille and beautiful flowing curves| inspired by a waterfall| are merely an indication of its unique inner workings. If rewarding power with fewer fill-ups appeals to you| choose the standard 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 turbocharged direct-injection engine. It offers up to 33 mpg hwy with 240 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque - the performance you'd expect from a 6-cylinder (FWD: 22 mpg city/33 hwy. - AWD: 22 mpg city/31 hwy). For more of a rush| opt for the 3.7L Ti-VCT 24-valve aluminum V6. It increases output to 300 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque| and still offers impressive economy| thanks in part to shutters in the front grille that automatically close at speed to help you slip through the air with less resistance (FWD: 19 mpg city/28 hwy. - AWD: 18 mpg city/26 hwy). The Lincoln MKZ also provides a Hybrid option at no additional cost. At 45 mpg city/45 hwy| it's America's single most fuel-efficient luxury vehicle. The all-new 2013 MKZ Hybrid uses a new state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery for more power and less weight. In electric mode| it can run up to 62 mph. The new 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 engine and electric traction motor recharge the battery while you drive. The open spaciousness of Lincoln MKZ is a result of what's not there. For instance: no traditional shifter. Lincoln eliminated the intrusive knob to create a thin center console that flows gracefully through the cabin. Step back and soak in the stunning| floating dual-arch design| inspired by the shape of a calla lily. Lift your eyes to the instrument panel| and you'll recognize the rhythmic symmetry of a manta ray. Lincoln eschewed conventional design in interior lighting as well. Illuminated front-door sill plates welcome you. Inside| rear passengers 'swipe' dots of light on the ceiling to activate their reading lamps. Even the door locks are subtle| emitting a red LED glow when locked.
BELTON — Belton’s Lena Armstrong Public Library will soon offer virtual books. The library received a $5,000 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award, which is given each spring to chosen applicants. Kim Kroll, the library’s director, said all the money will be spent only on e-books.
The Defense Department on Tuesday released a report documenting the damaging cuts to military forces, modernization and readiness that will be required if defense budgets are held at sequester-levels in the years beyond fiscal 2015.