November 9, 2015 |
As long as the vacant tower of the Divine Lorraine cast its gloomy countenance over North Broad Street, the northern half of Philadelphia's great boulevard was frozen in amber. Nothing new was built. Nothing much was demolished. Buildings only continued to molder and decay during the 16 years it stood empty. Now that construction has actually begun at the Divine One, for a project that will turn the early skyscraper into high-end apartments, a thaw is coming. In developer-speak, North Broad is "in play," and that means the street we've known for so long in its imperfect state is about to morph into something very different.
July 2, 2015 |
After deliberating just 45 minutes, a Philadelphia jury on Tuesday acquitted former Police Officer Steven Lupo of charges that he lied under oath about a warrantless 2011 search of a drug suspect's car. Lupo, 38, fought back tears as he and his wife, Valerie, left the courtroom after the Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men announced its verdict. "I'm just thankful the jury made the right decision," said Lupo, who testified in his defense. "I'm very humbled by it. " The verdict is not the end of Lupo's legal problems.
June 28, 2015 |
To prosecutors, it's a case of a cop caught lying on the witness stand when a defense lawyer confronted him with a video of his warrantless search of a drug suspect's car. To the lawyer for former Philadelphia Police Officer Steven Lupo, it's a case about the practicalities of real-world policing and a good cop with a faulty memory. "You'll find that ultimately, his testimony and the video don't add up," Assistant District Attorney Sybil Scott-Murphy told the Common Pleas Court jury Friday in her opening statement.
June 19, 2015 |
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed a lower-court ruling vacating the death sentence of convicted cop-killer Edward Bracey and ordering him to serve life in prison without parole. The state's high court ruled, 4-1, that Bracey may not be executed for the 1991 shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Boyle because he is "intellectually disabled" and the U.S. Supreme Court barred such executions in 2002 in Atkins v. Virginia. First Assistant District Attorney Edward McCann said Wednesday that it was "very unlikely" his office would appeal.
February 23, 2015 |
2015 Buick Regal AWD GS: Aiming for a younger crowd. Price: $43,820 as tested ($39,300 base) including $1,000 for power sunroof, and more options noted throughout. Marketer's pitch: "Take your expectations for a spin. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com cites "plentiful standard features; reasonable base price; available all-wheel drive; standard turbocharged power" as the good, and "some interior comfort and visibility issues; touchscreen interface can be frustrating to use; limited trunk space" among the not-so-good features.
November 1, 2014 |
USED TO BE, people touted Buicks for the "living room" plushness of the upholstery and equally cushy ride. But after a week with a high-performance, high-tech 2015 Buick Regal GS, Gizmo Guy's more inclined to celebrate its living-room-worthy entertainment and communications skills. And to praise the ride's almost maternal protective instincts. In sum, all the cool techy stuff increasingly "driving" new car sales, say market trackers like J.D. Power & Associates. WI-FI EVERYWHERE: Perpetually linked to the outside world via General Motors' OnStar satellites and AT&T mobile 4G/LTE communications service, a Regal offers a great traveling environment for a family focused on gadgets.
October 29, 2014 |
SEVEN CLASSIC sex-symbol cars will have their curvaceous bodies covered with bloody limbs and gaping jaws in today's Liberty Region Corvette Club Show at Katie O'Donnell's Irish Pub in Northeast Philadelphia. The eerie entries in the EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest - try saying that with a mouthful of candy corn - will be scattered among the street rods and muscle cars in the pub's parking lot on Woodhaven Road near Franklin Mills Boulevard. Among the dozens of local student-artists entering solo and group creations to win the $250 to $1,000 prizes, Holiday Campanella, 25, of South Philly, was shocked when she first saw the size of her blank canvas.
March 3, 2013 |
Over the years, I've come to think of Buicks in John Wayne terms: big guys who need a little elbow room. So, there was something more than mildly oxymoronic about being confronted by a Buick that qualified as the world's smallest luxury SUV. That would be the brand-new Buick Encore, a crossover short on length and long on luxury. The Encore is a nicely realized effort to address a sea change in American car buying. Fuel economy has become a top priority for new-car buyers, important enough to make many of them willing to downsize.
August 16, 2012 |
2012 Buick Verano 1SL front-wheel drive: A baby Buick. Price: $26,850 (no options). Marketer's pitch: "You shouldn't have to upsize to upgrade. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com says it has a "quiet and luxurious cabin; comfortable ride. " But it is "underpowered compared to competitors. " But people who know GM ask, "Is Verano to Cruze as Cimarron was to Cavalier?" Reality: This is not a baubled-up Cruze. And I didn't find power that lackluster, either.
February 15, 2012 |
2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist Price: $36,685 ($32,440 base). Marketer's pitch: "Performance art. " Conventional wisdom: When General Motors goes high-tech, things can get . . . interesting. Reality: Much-improved mileage over the standard four-cylinder LaCrosse, no noticeable sacrifice in performance, and everything worked well. And, yeah, it's kind of pretty. Not a hybrid: The eAssist system in the LaCrosse adds a small electric motor, regenerative braking, and a lithium-ion battery.