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June 15, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
With the school year walking offstage and summer waiting in the wings, a family's fancy turns to vacations - and the driving that usually takes a supporting role. There are ways to make that vacation driving safer, less susceptible to breakdowns, more convenient and cheaper. Let's explore them. First, we'll look at the vehicle safety checks to be done by you and/or your automotive technician: Tires. You should check tire pressure before you leave, because of the crucial role it plays in tire safety, performance and longevity.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TO HEAR police tell it, Matthew Miller wasn't quite ready for the Bucks County Correctional Facility's work-release program. The Bensalem man, 23, is accused of skipping out on the program yesterday, stabbing a Bensalem Township Police officer and stealing his patrol car along the way - all within an hour. "This guy is nobody you want your daughter to bring home," Fred Harran, Bensalem's director of public safety, said yesterday. "Now, hopefully, he'll never see the light of day. " Miller - who has a lengthy criminal record including guilty pleas for theft and drug offenses - has been charged with attempted homicide of a police officer and related offenses, police said.
SPORTS
June 1, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch was munching on a healthy snack food in his race team's transporter yesterday at Dover International Speedway. "What, no beet juice?" he was asked. "Not today," Busch replied. "That stuff tastes like purple chalk. " While Busch was training for his Indianapolis/Charlotte doubleheader last Sunday, beet juice was included in his nutritional plan. Busch finished an impressive sixth in his Indy 500 debut. Engine trouble in his No. 41 Chevrolet relegated him to a 40th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600. So, how did he feel the first few days after Indy and Charlotte?
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
The aorta is a marvel of elasticity, expanding and contracting millions of times a year to accommodate the pumping action of the heart. Yet the body's largest artery is not so elastic when a metal block slams into it at nearly 30 m.p.h. This is what Kurosh Darvish does in a lab at Temple University, again and again, in an effort to make cars safer. SKREEEEeeeee . . . BANG!! An associate professor of mechanical engineering, Darvish and his graduate students have rigged up an elaborate, 19-foot aluminum track where they can simulate the violent impacts of a car crash.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week ago, Camden County Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson promised to make restitution to a single mother if it turned out his department had botched its investigation of the theft of her car from outside her Benson Street home in January. Since then, Michelle Perez, 32, who lives and works in the city, has heard nothing from the police about any restitution she might receive, she said Thursday. Perez, an Air Force veteran, said Camden police came to her house Wednesday morning to get copies of documents related to the theft that she had collected since the ordeal began.
NEWS
May 28, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed Monday afternoon when a car crashed head-on into a NJ Transit bus near Atlantic City, police said. The accident, which also injured six people on the bus, happened shortly before 2 p.m. on North Franklin Boulevard in Pleasantville when a Toyota Camry swerved into the path of the bus, which was going in the opposite direction. The bus then crashed into a pole, authorities said. Two of the Camry's six occupants were pronounced dead at the scene, Pleasantville Police Sgt. Emory Silipigni said.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
From his Chester Springs office, Tim Jefferis saw the hail start to fall from the sky in chunks Thursday afternoon, pummeling cars and causing passing drivers to seek shelter under trees. Then came the noise. "It was crazy," said Jefferis, a vice president at Penn Liberty Bank. "We were waiting for the windows to break. It almost sounded like the water was coming through the ceiling. . . . I've never seen anything like it. " When the storm passed, Jefferis and his colleagues ventured outside to survey the damage, which included dozens of dents on the roof of his car. Later, Jefferis learned he'd gotten off easy.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Carli Lloyd isn't quite ready to discuss her next career move, after her soccer playing days are over. That's because Lloyd, The Inquirer's two-time South Jersey player of the year at Delran, doesn't feel the end is near. She will turn 32 in July and has enjoyed an accomplished career with the U.S. national team, a career in which she has scored 50 goals, made 171 appearances, and starred in two Olympic gold-medal games. Lloyd will return to the area Aug. 9 to host her seventh annual soccer camp in Lumberton.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michelle Perez is angrier at the Camden police than she is at the thief who stole her 1991 Chrysler LeBaron in January. Perez, who lives and works in the city, said she had no expectations of the thief. The police, she was confident, would help her find the white sedan she had bought used and paid more than $2,000 to fix. "With the level of technology that's available, all they had to do is punch my information into a computer," Perez said in an interview Thursday. Perez alleges, however, that Camden Metro Police refused to investigate.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
KHALED MALIK can't hide his anger when hearing that the man he believes killed his sister has been released from prison. "They failed, everyone failed," Malik said last night. "Nothing has changed in the past two months. We haven't gotten anywhere. " Nadia Malik was found dead on Feb. 20 inside a car parked near 30th Street Station. The car, which had several parking tickets, was registered to the parents of Nadia's boyfriend, police said. That man, Bhupinder Singh, 25, was released Monday from the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton and placed on electronic home monitoring, according to Emily Harris, a spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.
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