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May 4, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The test-fleet driver arrived with the car that would replace the Toyota Yaris with which I had spent the previous week. Clearly, this was my idea of a fair trade: an under-$20,000 Toyota for an over-$200,000 Mercedes-Benz. Actually, the 2016 Mercedes in question - a brand new, ultra-luxury model called the Mercedes-Maybach S600 - had a base price of only $189,350. But after you add must-have options like silver-plated champagne flutes, a three-bottle wine cooler, and folding tray tables, the bill comes to $203,635.
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April 27, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
HUNDREDS OF Hunting Park kids and their families can spend today doing hands-on science, from launching model rockets powered by antacid tablets to extracting DNA from a strawberry to racing solar cars. Science Discovery Day in Hunting Park presents a free wonderland of real-life wizardry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood where young people have historically not been exposed to Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics - also known as STEM - education.
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April 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drivers for Uber, the electronic ride-hailing service, will be permitted to use older vehicles, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled Thursday. Uber drivers will be able to use vehicles that are up to 10 years old, with fewer than 350,000 miles. But they must wait until new PUC regulations are approved by the state Independent Regulatory Review Commission and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which could be June. Lyft, a competing service that also offers rides in private cars, won a similar ruling from the PUC in March.
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April 25, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Traveling outside Cuba for the first time, Armando Lorenzo Munnet was moved to tears Wednesday by the warm welcome he received at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, an astonishing array of world-famous race cars on exhibit near Philadelphia International Airport. Munnet, 42, a resourceful car mechanic, is one of the stars of Havana Motor Club, a documentary about drag racing in Cuba that had its world premiere in New York City last week. "Already, I am overwhelmed," said Munnet, who pointed to the hairs bristling on his forearm as he entered the hangar-like building where dozens of champion cars, dating back a century, are on permanent display.
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April 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have found the car that killed a 2-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident in Fairhill, police said Friday. The car, a 2006 white Infiniti, was dropped off at the 19th District in West Philadelphia early Friday, police said. Capt. John Wilczynski of the department's accident investigation unit said a couple brought the car to the station and were cooperating with police. They are not suspects in the crash that killed 2-year-old David Alicea and injured his mother, Josephine Rivera, he said.
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April 18, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 16-year-old girl who crashed an SUV in the Poconos in August, killing three students from Council Rock High School South and injuring two other passengers, admitted to three felony counts of homicide by vehicle on Wednesday, according to the district attorney of Wayne County, Pa. Julia Ware of Pleasantville, N.Y., also admitted to two misdemeanor counts of accident involving death or injury, prosecutor Janine Edwards said in an e-mail Thursday morning....
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April 17, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
DAVID ALICEA, 2, and his uncle Joey Rivera, 13, often enjoyed watching Lightning McQueen in the animated "Cars" movies. But that won't happen anymore. A speeding vehicle struck David and his mother Monday night in front of their Fairhill home. The driver never stopped. "They took our angel away from us," Gloria Aponte said of David, breaking down in tears just a few feet from where her grandson was hit. David succumbed to his injuries early yesterday. His mother, Josephine Rivera, 19, survived but remained at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
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April 16, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first of PATCO's long-delayed refurbished railcars are now slated to begin service late next month, PATCO officials said Tuesday. Persistent signal problems have been solved, PATCO president John Hanson said, so the first eight cars in the 120-car fleet to be rebuilt in a $194 million program can finally carry paying passengers. The first cars will operate as two four-car trains during off-peak hours, PATCO general manager John Rink said. PATCO expects six more cars to be in service by late June and early July.
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April 10, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 22-year-old Philadelphia man was arraigned Wednesday on weapons and assault charges after he allegedly shot his father in the head while they rode together on the Schuylkill Expressway during rush hour Tuesday. A Montgomery County district judge set bail for Kymere Corbin at $500,000 cash and scheduled a preliminary hearing for April 20. "You are going to jail unless you are able to post that," Judge William Maruszczak said as Corbin slumped in his chair in the King of Prussia courtroom.
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April 9, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
NOW HERE'S the kind of husband every woman should cherish. Carlis F. Cook Jr. would prepare gourmet meals just for his wife, Aqila - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Imagine breakfast in bed served by a doting husband! Eat your hearts out, ladies! But Carlis loved to cook, and who better to express his talents upon than a receptive family? Carlis Cook, an optician and longtime maintenance supervisor for Rutgers University, Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and loving family man, died last Wednesday.
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