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August 12, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE HOT August sun beat heavily on 19th Street and Hunting Park Avenue yesterday. But that didn't stop Jameer Greer, 10, and Jhafi Sexton, 15, from standing at the corner, directing drivers to a car wash on the block. Greer and Sexton spent the day working the event at Time Out Car Wash, in Nicetown, as part of a fundraiser for WANPAE - Worry About Nothing Purpose is Alive in Everyone - a Philly organization that teaches preteens and teenagers entrepreneurship and how to pursue their passions.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have always sold diesel cars on their home turf back in Germany. Mercedes, in particular, had success selling oil-burning diesels to Americans in the 1970s and '80s, before emissions regulations were tightened. Thirty years later, diesels are clawing their way back into the U.S., largely because of their fuel economy; better emissions controls, and cleaner diesel fuel. Diesels are now considered competitors with hybrids in the green car space.
SPORTS
August 1, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
ODDS ON an IndyCar series race returning to Pocono Raceway next summer are 50-50 at the moment. That's the view of Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO. Igdalsky said Tuesday a decision will be made "in the next few weeks. We're deep into our 2015 planning. We would like to be on IndyCar's schedule and they like being at Pocono. " Pocono officials are surveying fans and sponsors about IndyCar racing for a third time at the track. Prior to the July 6 race at Pocono, Igdalsky challenged fans to either show up or risk IndyCar not racing at the mountaintoptrack in 2015.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 17-year-old Soham Bharne drove through Texas last week, the new driver was cautious. He remembered to check his mirrors. He was careful to obey the speed limit. He let impatient 18-wheelers speed by him. And he made sure to track how much battery power he had after charging the small solar car. "It was terrifying," Bharne said. Bharne, of Norristown, and 11 of his classmates on Devon Preparatory School's solar car team were the only Pennsylvania students to compete in last week's annual Solar Car Challenge.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
LEAH PEREZ had just finished her dinner at Spasso Italian Grill, on Front Street near Chestnut, when a black Volkswagen sedan sped past her down Chestnut. "It was all smashed up like [the driver] had hit something," she said. "He had trouble controlling it. " Minutes later, that erratic driver - who police said was fleeing a crash with a parked car - launched his damaged vehicle into the depths of the Delaware River. And about an hour after that, the 36-year-old man was dead.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Police have identified the driver who died as Marc Oliverio, 25, of the 1800 block of McKean Street in South Philadelphia. Earlier story: Marquita Castleberry was taking a leisurely stroll late Monday afternoon near Penn's Landing when a car sped past her, crashed through a metal fence, flipped end over end, and plunged into the Delaware River. "It looked like something from a movie," said Castleberry, 38, a city resident. The man driving the car was rescued by divers, but later was pronounced dead at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert E. Brumbaugh, 88, a decorated Navy veteran and former owner of Brumbaugh Pontiac in Lansdowne, died Monday, July 21, of complications from dementia at Frey Village in Middletown, Dauphin County. Mr. Brumbaugh was the owner of Brumbaugh Pontiac until 1979, when the dealership closed due in part to falling demand for big, gas-guzzling cars. He had begun working at Brumbaugh Pontiac in 1950, and took over as president and owner of the dealership when his father, E.E. Brumbaugh, retired.
SPORTS
July 11, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
THOSE ATTENDING Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 witnessed the fastest Indy-car race ever: The average speed was 202.402 mph. Now the question is, will that speed milestone be alluring enough to bring fans back next summer? More urgently, will the IndyCar series return to Pocono next year? We won't know until Pocono Raceway officials huddle and decide. Brandon Igdalsky, the raceway's president and CEO, normally is cooperative with the media. But on Monday, Igdalsky issued a statement, then said he won't be doing interviews this week.
SPORTS
July 8, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Rarely have so many been so happy to see a caution flag waved at a race. Yesterday's Pocono IndyCar 500 went 159 laps, a record for a 500-mile open-wheel race, before a caution period occurred. Graham Rahal's spin brought out the yellow flag. Until then, there were few passes for the lead in the 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway and no drama that restarts create. When the race resumed, Juan Pablo Montoya damaged the front wing on his Chevrolet-powered car passing Penske teammate Will Power.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Monday morning marks the end of the July Fourth holiday weekend, one of the busiest travel periods of the summer, but Bernhard M. Koch, 59, president and chief executive of AAA Mid-Atlantic Inc. auto club, wasn't too worried about emergency calls from cars stranded on the highway. He and his wife were too busy traveling by ocean liner, hosting 40 automobile club members on a AAA Mid-Atlantic cruise to Barcelona, Istanbul and Venice. "Rolling into Venice on a cruise ship is one of God's gifts," Koch said.
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