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Even in jail, James Halfaday can't seem to stay out of trouble. The City Council candidate who didn't live in the city served two months for felony election fraud, picked up four months for probation violation, and, while serving that sentence in Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, has been charged with a second probation violation.
Dear Tom and Ray:
I have a 2001 Dodge Neon with more than 150,000 miles on it. Until very recently, it's been an extremely reliable vehicle, and I've loved it. Lately, and at random times, however, the engine will not shut off– even with the key removed from the ignition and in my hand! I've already gotten a new key and replaced the entire ignition cylinder, but it happened again yesterday evening. Luckily, yesterday I was able to fiddle with the key a little bit and finally get the stupid thing to shut off. What could be causing this? At this point, the mechanics I've taken it to haven't been able to identify or fix the problem, and I can't find anything on the Internet. Each time it's happened, my local mechanic has disconnected the battery, which made the car turn off. After that, though, it runs perfectly for maybe a couple of months, until it happens again. Any idea what could be wrong? – Grace
TOM: You're a lucky woman, Grace – you can't get your Neon to stop. Most of our customers with Neons can't get them to start!
RAY: You say you replaced the ignition cylinder. But that's just the locking mechanism that the key fits into; it's not the ignition switch itself. So you easily could have a bad ignition switch.
TOM: But before you replace the switch, try replacing the...