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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

Lilium Aviation, a German company, held a successful test flight of the Eagle, its two-seat electric jet, at its Munich base this year and announced that it has raised $90 million in a new round of financing. That might seem cool to those who remember George Jetson in that 1960s-era cartoon zooming around in the family’s flying sedan.

But until new-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and a leading creator of terrestrial electric vehicles, gets into the flying car biz, we’re reserving our enthusiasm. Musk, who also has the solar panel manufacturing plant here in South Buffalo, has offered a dim view of flying cars, preferring his hyperloop tunnels as the transportation of the future. Given his track record, whatever Musk says, we’re with him.

What is it with Boston sports teams? Are they congenitally required to cheat? First the New England Patriots, now the Boston Red Sox, who were found to be using Apple iWatches to steal signs from opposing teams.

It worked like this, according to the New York Times, based on complaints by the New York Yankees: A Sox employee would watch a video feed for the catcher’s signs about the pitch to be thrown, then relay the information to the dugout on a trainer’s iWatch, to be signaled to the batter. Baseball investigators have corroborated the account.

It’s a more sophisticated con than the Patriots executed in “Deflategate,” using insufficiently inflated footballs that were easier to catch, or “Spygate,” videotaping the other team’s defensive signals. We know big money is on the line, but whatever happened to sportsmanship?

Maybe it’s something in the beans.

Hillary Clinton’s new book, not yet released, is already a best seller. Titled “What Happened” – it’s a statement, not a question – Clinton writes pointedly and even angrily about her loss to Donald Trump, according to early reports.

It seems to be largely about settling scores – with Trump, with Bernie Sanders, with the New York Times. And while she asks a legitimate and puzzling question – “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury?” – there appears to be little acknowledgment of her own weaknesses as a candidate.

For example, if the email controversy was overblown, why didn’t she understand that it would be and act on it? She clearly understands that she is that lightning rod.

Oh, well. She’ll make a lot of money.

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