Ball of fire: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the car that burst into flames in Kent earlier this week caught fire when its battery was impaled by a metal object (Page A9). Which leads to today’s news quiz:
Q: What do you get when a Tesla rear-ends a Ford Pinto?
A: A mushroom cloud.
Third prize is you’re fired: NBC is planning a game show in which the grand prize will be a ride into space aboard billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic vessel (Page D6).
Second prize is a ride into Atlantic City with Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, in steerage: United Airlines says it’s adding four seats to its regional jets, in part through making coach-class seats thinner (Business Briefly, Page A8).
But rest assured that the seats in First Class, where Gwyneth Paltrow sits, will remain the same width.
However, the president and others were correct to compare the launch of the website to the release of a new Apple product — the Apple maps app, that is.
—Mark Carlson, Herald staff