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'Parks and Recreation' reunion charity special has a Subaru twist

During its original run, "Parks and Recreation" lasted 125 episodes.

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Leslie Knope and company will be making a star-studded return to the small screen on April 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and Subaru's along for the ride.

The special "Parks and Recreation" episode will feature key members of the show's cast and take place in the present day. It will center around Leslie Knope (Amy Peohler) attempting to keep in touch with her friends, played by Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Jim O'Heir, and Retta. A release said that, "special guest stars from the Pawnee universe may pop in". Fingers crossed.

The episode will help raise money for Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund, which is providing assistance to food banks across the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Feeding American New York CityEarlier this month, Subaru announced that it had partnered with Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to those in need.Photo by Getty Images

"Parks and Recreation" creator Mike Schur said in a statement, "Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help, and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money. I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes. Our old 'Parks and Rec' team has put together one more 30-minute slice of (quarantined) Pawnee life and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates!"

Subaru will be matching donations made to Feeding America during the event. "We at Subaru of America are constantly committed to supporting and strengthening our communities," said Jack Kelly, National Integrated Media Manager, Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "In addition to matching donations to Feeding America generated from the 'Parks and Recreation' reunion special, we are also working with the hunger relief organization to help provide 50 million meals to communities nationwide hardest hit by COVID-19."

Subaru frequently notes its commitment to both parks and recreation in its advertisements. This year, the automaker rolled out a spot featuring the redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback and America's National Parks.

During the program, Subaru will feature its "Never Been More True" ad during commercial breaks. The spot focuses on Subaru's commitment to Feeding America.

Fans of "Parks and Recreation" will remember that the final episode, titled "One Last Ride", which aired in 2017, featured a look into the future. That future had Tom Haverford (Ansari) married to Lucy (Natalie Morales) married but losing it all in an economic recession after expanding the Tom's Bistro empire. By 2019 he is a best-selling author and motivational speaker.

Craig Middelbrooks, the mouthy waiter at Tom's Bistro played by Billy Eichner has met Typhoon Montalban (Rodney To), Donna Meagle and Ron Swanson's former hairdresser, and married him.

The 2020 date for the special episode means that Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and his wife April Ludgate (Plaza) have not yet had children. Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) has not yet faked his death and Swanson (Offerman) is still working at the Very Good Building Company.

Check out a preview of the episode here:

Leslie and Ron Catch Up While Social Distancing - A Parks and Recreation Specialwww.youtube.com

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New midsize sedan

Subaru announces refreshed 2023 Legacy

The new Legacy got a facelift and new lighting elements.

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Sedans are a dying breed as SUVs and pickup trucks take over, but there are still a few compelling options out there, and Subaru has one of them. The Legacy has been a long-time part of the Subaru lineup, and the all-wheel drive family sedan got a notable update for 2023.

2023 Subaru LegacyTop trims get luxury finishes inside.Subaru

Subaru offers the sedan in five trims: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring XD. The automaker updated the Legacy with a facelift that brought a new front fascia, redesigned front bumper and new LED lighting. The car features a low dash and open cabin for great visibility in all directions, and the top Touring XT trim offers high-end accommodations, including Nappa leather and metal trim inside.

Every Legacy comes with the latest version of Subaru Starlink infotainment software. It runs on an 11.6-inch display and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Higher trim levels get the same display with navigation and a new-for-2023 what3words integration.

2023 Subaru LegacyThe Legacy goes on sale this fall.Subaru

The 2023 Legacy comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The top two trims come with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a continuously variable transmission that offers an eight-speed manual shift mode.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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