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August 8, 1994 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Maybe if they'd parked the car a little better, they wouldn't have found themselves in such a tight spot. But Charles Ross, 24, and Jermaine Witherspoon, 21, both of West Philadelphia, parked the auto - in front of a police officer, yet - with its tail end sticking out and wound up being arrested Saturday night sitting in the car stolen the day before from City Councilman Daniel McElhatton. The silver, 1990 BMW 525 was stolen Friday afternoon from outside McElhatton's Northeast Philadelphia house by a man who said he was answering the councilman's "car for sale" newspaper ad. The asking price was $18,000.
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May 14, 1996 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He drives a BMW, describes himself as a middle-class mortgage broker from Center City, and in court yesterday the nattily dressed 32-year-old defendant said he had never used paint for anything other than house painting. But the city's graffiti fighters say David Bender is known on storefronts, windows, walls, underpasses and other flat surfaces of the city as SMEK or SMK - wall writer extraordinaire. He is, they say, a public menace whose scrawlings have been around for four or five years, during which time they have been trying to bring him to justice.
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April 12, 1987 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
There were lessons to be learned here late last week when BMW unveiled six of the 10 - yes, 10 - new models it is bringing to the U.S. market this year. The new machines on hand for discussion and test driving included a pair of limited production, high-performance "M" cars, some hot 3-Series models and the first convertible the Bavarian carmaker has offered in the United States in 30 years. But the obvious star of the press introduction - and the clearest lesson in current BMW sales strategy - was the all-new 735i, a $48,500 sedan intended to challenge Mercedes Benz at the high end of the luxury market.
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September 28, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender: Plugging into a little less worry. Price: $52,750 as tested, including $1,500 for the Giga World package (19-inch wheels, universal garage-door opener), $2,500 for the Tech and Driving Assist Package (navigation and BMW Online apps), and $1,000 for the Parking Assist Package. Marketer's pitch: "Every great revolution begins with a charge. " Conventional wisdom: I'm going to get stuck somewhere, I just know it. Reality: Fairly convenient family car, but some iBugs remain.
NEWS
December 22, 1994 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
City Councilman Daniel P. McElhatton liked yesterday's deal with Kenneth Wimberly a lot better than the one he tried to make with the 24-year-old Southwest Philadelphia man last August. That's because Wimberly decided to plead guilty to two counts of robbery for carjacking McElhatton's 1990 BMW, in exchange for a sentence of two to five years in prison from Common Pleas Judge Anne M. Lazarus. On Aug. 5, Wimberly pretended he was interested in buying the BMW, but stole it instead.
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September 8, 1995 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
The newly arrived 318ti is BMW's automotive answer to the training bra. With a starting price of $19,900, the comely little hatchback is intended as a first BMW for young buyers who can't yet afford one of the German automaker's more costly offerings. Think of it as a baby bimmer for baby yuppies, as an affordable status symbol for folks with boardroom aspirations and mailroom paychecks. Think of it, also, as a reworked 3-Series car that pruned its price tag by backing into a mulching machine.
NEWS
November 17, 1992 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two sets of fingerprints matching those of accused carjacker Craig Watson were found inside the 1992 BMW stolen at gunpoint from a King of Prussia couple on Oct. 27, according to an FBI statement made public yesterday. The information, along with other details of the investigation, were part of an affidavit released in connection with Watson's appearance before a federal magistrate judge. Watson, 23, of South Philadelphia, had a brief hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard A. Powers 3d, at which he was assigned a lawyer and then ordered held pending a detention hearing Wednesday, the same day as the detention hearing for his alleged accomplice, William Shaw.
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April 12, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
For those preparing to take a test called the SAT (Strange Automotive Trivia), a knowledge of recent BMW nomenclature is essential. Bayerische Motoren Werke has traditionally employed even numbers when identifying coupe models - except when it doesn't. Until recently, the coupe version of the 3 Series sedan had a 3 in its name. But when BMW redesigned the 3 Series for the 2014 model year, it created a 4 Series designation for the coupe and its convertible stablemate. Then, for 2015, it re-muddied the waters by introducing the 4 Series Gran Coupe model that I just tested.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe: All-around fun. Price: $38,600 as tested ($33,900 base price) Marketer's pitch: "Meet the road rebel. " Conventional wisdom: Didn't you used to be the Ultimate Driving Machine? Reality: Think of the 2 Series as a high-maintenance partner. She or he may be difficult to get to know and have expensive tastes, but sometimes it's all worth it in the end. First impressions: I make a point of not learning too much about specific models before I drive them.
NEWS
June 11, 1994 | By Maura Webber, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Two brothers were sentenced yesterday to state prison on charges related to 241 grams of cocaine that was found in the back seat of their BMW in Woolwich Township. Gary Lynch, 22, was sentenced to seven years in prison for possession with intent to distribute, while Robert Lynch, 21, was sentenced to three years for possession. The Lynch brothers, both of Rocky Mount, N.C., were passengers in a white BMW that was stopped at 2:15 a.m. March 8 for traveling 75 m.p.h. in a 55- m.p.h.
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February 21, 2016 | Al Haas, FOR THE INQUIRER
Earlier this month, at the Chicago Auto Show, Kia debuted a brand-new hybrid compact crossover called the Niro. Coined in South Korea, the model name is not intended to evoke a mad dictator who fiddled while Rome burned. Rather, by some accounts, it is a play on the German term for the grade of steel used in the vehicle's roof and roof pillars. It is also a fashionably succinct title, and the product of a surprisingly complex process that is often fraught with problems. In the case of globally marketed cars, for example, the name can have unfortunate connotations in some markets.
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January 11, 2016 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The CD was devoted to Gregorian chants performed by the Cistercian monks who live in a 1000-year-old monastery in the Vienna woods. Very Germanic. Ideal accompaniment for a brisk, winding shakedown cruise through the Chester County hinterland in the revised 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. The compact BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark sport sedan since shortly after the end of the Ice Age, although you could argue that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the imminent 2017 Audi A4 will be grazing heavily in its perennial pasture.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHAKA FATTAH JR. had connections, a name and access - and he dreamed big - a former roommate and business partner testified at Fattah's federal trial yesterday. "He had a name. His father's a congressman," Matthew Amato told a federal jury. Fattah could get in the front of lines at clubs and get hard-to-get seats at restaurants. How? "Just by saying, 'Hey, I'm Chaka Fattah Jr. Can I have a table or get in front of the line?' " Amato said. With that access, Amato testified, he thought Fattah's idea of launching a high-end luxury concierge service for "high-net-worth individuals" would be successful.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender: Plugging into a little less worry. Price: $52,750 as tested, including $1,500 for the Giga World package (19-inch wheels, universal garage-door opener), $2,500 for the Tech and Driving Assist Package (navigation and BMW Online apps), and $1,000 for the Parking Assist Package. Marketer's pitch: "Every great revolution begins with a charge. " Conventional wisdom: I'm going to get stuck somewhere, I just know it. Reality: Fairly convenient family car, but some iBugs remain.
NEWS
August 31, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 vs. 2015 BMW M4 Convertible: Price up, top down. This week: 2015 BMW M4 Convertible. Price: $96,075. A base starts at a much more reasonable $72,500; I'll expand on add-ons later. Marketer's pitch: "M. The most powerful letter in the world. " Conventional wisdom: Oooo. Aaaah. BMW. Reality: Open-road roominess. The fun is there, too, but can be hard to find. Up to speed: Last week we toured the region in a Corvette, which offered speed and unbridled fun in the sun for two. Two, two, two cars in one: Take the BMW out for a spin without overdoing it, and you're treated to a car that out-Cadillacs Cadillac.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
For those preparing to take a test called the SAT (Strange Automotive Trivia), a knowledge of recent BMW nomenclature is essential. Bayerische Motoren Werke has traditionally employed even numbers when identifying coupe models - except when it doesn't. Until recently, the coupe version of the 3 Series sedan had a 3 in its name. But when BMW redesigned the 3 Series for the 2014 model year, it created a 4 Series designation for the coupe and its convertible stablemate. Then, for 2015, it re-muddied the waters by introducing the 4 Series Gran Coupe model that I just tested.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe: All-around fun. Price: $38,600 as tested ($33,900 base price) Marketer's pitch: "Meet the road rebel. " Conventional wisdom: Didn't you used to be the Ultimate Driving Machine? Reality: Think of the 2 Series as a high-maintenance partner. She or he may be difficult to get to know and have expensive tastes, but sometimes it's all worth it in the end. First impressions: I make a point of not learning too much about specific models before I drive them.
SPORTS
March 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 2018 BMW Championship, a playoff event on the PGA Tour, is on its way to Aronimink Golf Club after the club's membership voted unanimously Wednesday to approve hosting the tournament. While there are no dates set as yet for the tournament, it traditionally has been the penultimate event of the tour's FedEx Cup playoffs in mid-September. The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings compete in the tournament. The contestants who are in the top 30 of the standings at the conclusion of the event move on to the season-ending Tour Championship, which will pay the Cup champion $10 million this year.
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February 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ON AUG. 13, 2013, Eric Torres made a number of bad decisions - from fleeing a cop during a traffic stop to crashing his BMW into a wall to bringing a gun into a Feltonville store - that led to him shooting a police officer during a violent confrontation, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday. In the Almonte Mini Market, at 4th and Annsbury streets, kitty-corner from his Raymond Street home, Torres paced the aisles watching to see if cops would go to his house, Assistant District Attorney Lou Tumolo said in his opening statement.
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