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November 9, 2006 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Rendell's landslide victory over Republican Lynn Swann on Tuesday could end up costing him thousands of dollars - literally. The governor admitted yesterday that in a moment of weakness in February, he made a bet with his 26-year-old son, Jesse, while they were at the Philadelphia International Auto Show. Jesse Rendell said his father would win the election with more than 60 percent of the vote. Gov. Rendell said no way. In front of them was "this beautiful teal Aston Martin convertible," Rendell said, so he took a gamble: if his son were right, he'd buy him the sleek British sports car. Yesterday afternoon, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, the governor had 2,414,541 votes - or 60 percent.
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April 3, 2003 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Melvin Shaw's Philly Motor Sport did business on Internet auction sites, promising customers looking for luxury, classic and exotic vehicles that he could find "the car of your dreams. " Yesterday, Shaw was in federal custody on fraud charges after the FBI arrested him on the complaints of seven customers who said they paid Shaw for pricey dream cars that never materialized. Shaw, 56, of Voorhees, was arrested Tuesday at his business at 2415 S. Swanson St. in South Philadelphia, FBI spokeswoman Linda Vizi said.
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September 30, 2012 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
I walked into a room whose white walls were densely populated by early renderings of the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion. Those drawings suggested that from the outset, Ford's designers were quite infatuated with the Aston Martin signature grille, a design element that ultimately added significantly to the stylishness of Ford's new midsize sedan. Samantha "Sam" Hoyt, the Fusion's brand manager, smiled wanly when I mentioned the Ford grille's kinship with that of the British sports car. "The people at Aston Martin were not happy about us using it," she said.
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June 30, 1986 | By Lucinda Fleeson, Inquirer Staff Writer (The Associated Press and United Press International contributed to this article.)
Stanford University trustees have approved plans for a $30 million Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to be ready to accept presidential documents when Reagan retires from office in January 1989. Some faculty members opposed to the three-year-old proposal have hired an attorney. After the trustees' action last week, they were planning to argue in forthcoming hearings before local authorities that the site-selection process is flawed and that the expected 300,000 visitors each year would clog the area with traffic.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Pixar is famous for a tough-love in-house creative committee that makes harsh criticisms and drastic revisions, hewing to a ruthless goal of perfection. I wonder, though, if the committee took a year off while Pixar chief John Lasseter was making "Cars 2. " This sequel seems a few rewrites short of Pixar's usual standards. "Cars 2" hardly seems like a Pixar movie at all - it lacks the studio's usual emotional ambition, it settles for the gag-a-minute style of its commercial rivals, and is by far the studio's least original movie.
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April 25, 2007 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A con-artist car dealer who fled to Europe after swindling millions from the rich and famous, including the actor Nicolas Cage, was sentenced yesterday to five years in federal prison. Peter Brotman, whose consignment sales included a 1964 Rolls-Royce, a 1988 Aston Martin, and a 1954 Jaguar, was also ordered by a federal judge to pay $1.9 million in restitution. Cage lost $300,000 through the sale of three Ferraris, according to court documents. Cage did not appear or address the court yesterday.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1999 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer Contributing were Reuters and the Associated Press
Before they go postal, troubled workers usually send warning signals. The trick for employers is to recognize the variety, frequency and intensity of potentially troublesome character traits among colleagues. Here are some clues from Lynne McClure, a Phoenix, Ariz., consultant who works with businesses to prevent such eruptions. Actor: This is the worker who, instead of discussing a problem, acts out by pounding desks and slamming doors. Fragmentor: The worker who takes no responsibility for his or her actions.
NEWS
June 6, 2010 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Lee. Jerry Lee. The owner of WBEB-FM (101.1) is getting much mileage over his plan to sell one of his prized possessions and use the proceeds to fund one of his passions. Lee, 74, owns one of the original Aston Martin Silver Birch DB5s used in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball - complete with nifty options such as smoke screen, radar, and passenger ejector seat. Kept in a spot of honor in his basement amid Bond lore for four decades, the sports car is in Canada being prepped for an Oct. 27 auction.
NEWS
January 29, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Buddies Derrick Dickens and Virgil McClendon make a pilgrimage to the Philadelphia Auto Show every year in an exercise that is part male bonding and part shopping trip. This year, Dickens, of Lumberton, is looking to buy. "I want a midsize SUV or larger," said Dickens, a senior manager at Peco Energy Co. "I need something to cart my two kids around, and I've got to have a place for the golf clubs. " Dickens, 47, and McClendon, 46, of Cherry Hill, walked the floor of the Convention Center Saturday, surrounded by 700 cars on one floor.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
As a general rule, gas-electric hybrid cars and trucks are not fun; their very nature precludes it. Hybrids are made to maximize conservation at the expense of stimulation. The thrill of driving one is seeing the m.p.g. indicator creep higher, rather than the speedometer. Certainly that's true of the Toyota Prius, which loudly proclaims its mission without any endearing aesthetic quality. But a fuel-sipper doesn't have to look ugly to be efficient; you could opt for the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
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April 6, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
As a general rule, gas-electric hybrid cars and trucks are not fun; their very nature precludes it. Hybrids are made to maximize conservation at the expense of stimulation. The thrill of driving one is seeing the m.p.g. indicator creep higher, rather than the speedometer. Certainly that's true of the Toyota Prius, which loudly proclaims its mission without any endearing aesthetic quality. But a fuel-sipper doesn't have to look ugly to be efficient; you could opt for the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
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January 6, 2013 | Reviewed by Katie Haegele
Lost at Sea The Jon Ronson Mysteries By Jon Ronson Riverhead Books. 416 pp. $26.95   Jon Ronson is enormously likable. And though likability is not a quality necessary to successful journalism, for the kind of writing he does, it really helps. A practitioner - possibly a pioneer - of a certain "Well, I'll be damned" style of reporting, Ronson investigates oddities amid the everyday and shows us how weird a place the world truly is. In his first major book, the provocative and charming Them: Adventures With Extremists , he investigated the belief held by some that the world is controlled by a small group of people, a "shadowy elite" made up of Christian fundamentalists, or members of the British Parliament, or something.
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
I walked into a room whose white walls were densely populated by early renderings of the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion. Those drawings suggested that from the outset, Ford's designers were quite infatuated with the Aston Martin signature grille, a design element that ultimately added significantly to the stylishness of Ford's new midsize sedan. Samantha "Sam" Hoyt, the Fusion's brand manager, smiled wanly when I mentioned the Ford grille's kinship with that of the British sports car. "The people at Aston Martin were not happy about us using it," she said.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Is it possible to live your life as an automotive Jekyll-and-Hyde? Can you pull up to the soccer field in a sedate station wagon, disgorge a mob of howling little David Beckhams, then slip off to a winding country road and do a convincing imitation of a Corvette ZR-1 in mid-scream? It is possible if you can dollar up for a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG High Performance Wagon (base price $91,500) or a Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon ($63,215). These Benz and Caddy wagons have to be the ultimate wolves in sheep's clothing.
NEWS
March 26, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
It comes in an eye-popping shade of orange and zooms from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in less than four seconds with a feature called "launch control" on its way to a top speed of 200 m.p.h. - if you dare. And most buyers come to Chester County's sleek new McLaren Philadelphia dealership insisting on the fully loaded model at more than $300,000, or roughly 50 percent more than the current median price of a house in the region. Who buys such a pricey set of wheels when so many are standing in unemployment lines, drowning in underwater mortgages, and feeding their families with food stamps?
NEWS
January 29, 2012 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The dramatically redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion, which makes its regional debut this week at the Philadelphia Auto Show, demands one's attention intellectually as well as aesthetically. Midsize family sedans like the Fusion have long been citadels of conservatism, largely because conservative styling sells in this segment. The Toyota Camry has been the sales king in this category for years, and no one would accuse that car of having look-at-me motives. When Toyota redesigns this automobile, adjectives like evolutionary, gradual and incremental come to mind.
NEWS
January 29, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Buddies Derrick Dickens and Virgil McClendon make a pilgrimage to the Philadelphia Auto Show every year in an exercise that is part male bonding and part shopping trip. This year, Dickens, of Lumberton, is looking to buy. "I want a midsize SUV or larger," said Dickens, a senior manager at Peco Energy Co. "I need something to cart my two kids around, and I've got to have a place for the golf clubs. " Dickens, 47, and McClendon, 46, of Cherry Hill, walked the floor of the Convention Center Saturday, surrounded by 700 cars on one floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Pixar is famous for a tough-love in-house creative committee that makes harsh criticisms and drastic revisions, hewing to a ruthless goal of perfection. I wonder, though, if the committee took a year off while Pixar chief John Lasseter was making "Cars 2. " This sequel seems a few rewrites short of Pixar's usual standards. "Cars 2" hardly seems like a Pixar movie at all - it lacks the studio's usual emotional ambition, it settles for the gag-a-minute style of its commercial rivals, and is by far the studio's least original movie.
NEWS
June 6, 2010 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Lee. Jerry Lee. The owner of WBEB-FM (101.1) is getting much mileage over his plan to sell one of his prized possessions and use the proceeds to fund one of his passions. Lee, 74, owns one of the original Aston Martin Silver Birch DB5s used in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball - complete with nifty options such as smoke screen, radar, and passenger ejector seat. Kept in a spot of honor in his basement amid Bond lore for four decades, the sports car is in Canada being prepped for an Oct. 27 auction.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2008 | Daily News wire services
TATTLE WOKE UP humming "Baby You Can Drive My Car" (beep beep'm beep beep yeah!), which may explain the proliferation of automobile-related items in today's column. 007's car The car being used in the latest James Bond film plunged into a lake in northern Italy while being driven to the set. Producers say the driver of the Aston Martin was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. They say that James Bond's iconic car was being delivered to the filming unit in heavy rain on Saturday morning when it went off the road and plunged into Lake Garda.
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