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October 18, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
It turns out that Chester County is an auto-body trainee's idea of utopia. High-income residents, expensive cars, and winding rural roads add up to a lucrative place for collision-repair specialists to make six-figure salaries. And 45 students at Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine are on their way there, learning the magic of making dents - or worse - disappear. But along the way, the teens are doing a good deed. Students at the Downingtown school are the first high schoolers in the nation to participate in a program that repairs older vehicles to be donated to needy families and charitable groups.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
As they flock to urban areas, members of the so-called millennial generation are discovering that they prefer to get around by public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving, according to a report promoted Wednesday at Rutgers University's Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses. "It's basically just saying that transportation investment should be used to accommodate us millennials much more, because we're going to be the people using them in the future," said Rutgers-Camden freshman Samantha Buchner, 18, a member of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, which held the campus news events.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Philadelphia police found J.J. Pierce's stolen car Tuesday night, but her dog, Louie, is still missing. The car was found on the 3600 block of N. Darien Street, near Rising Sun Avenue in North Philadelphia, police said. Louie, who has been missing since Thursday, was nowhere to be seen, police said. Pierce wrote on her Facebook page, Help Louie Get Home, that she plans to hand out fliers in the area in the hopes of finding the 2-year-old black Labrador mix. Earlier Story: A Philadelphia high school teacher is searching for her beloved black Labrador mix after her car was stolen last week - with the dog inside.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE MEN on 15th Street near Erie Avenue in Tioga yesterday did everything they could to lift the 1979 Buick LeSabre off the little boy's bent, broken body after the car ran over him, pinning him to the street. One of them, who police said was the Buick's driver, brought out a jack to try to lift the car as the others tried to shift the weight of the massive vehicle off the child. But it was too late. The boy, 6, was dead under the mud-brown car. Medics pronounced it officially at 4:13 p.m., police said.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Continuing problems with communications software have further delayed the delivery of refurbished PATCO commuter railcars, officials said Wednesday. The faulty software deals with automatic train control for the cars, so it must be working properly before final operating tests can be completed, said Mike Venuto, chief engineer for the Delaware River Port Authority, owner and operator of PATCO. The final tests, which will involve running fully loaded trains for 500 miles without problems, have been delayed until later this month, Venuto said.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
GOV. CORBETT, already beset by a porn scandal, yesterday pitched on live television a state website listing jobs . . . for, among others, porn actresses, strippers and prostitutes. Debating Democrat Tom Wolf for the second time, Corbett repeatedly mentioned a website listing 250,000 available jobs. The state's Jobgateway.pa.gov pulls content from other job boards, including Craigslist.com. Here are a few of the Craigslist options that came up on the state website: * "Casting Couch - Looking for M.I.L.F.S . . . hot mom & daughter combos!
NEWS
September 29, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
PARIS - On Avenue Montaigne, the heart of this city's fashion district, sits the Hotel Athénée, where rooms start at $1,820 a night. On this particular sun-laved September afternoon, there was a Bugatti Veyron parked in front of the hotel entrance. The Bugatti is the fastest, most powerful production car on Earth. When equipped with the 1,200-horsepower, 16-cylinder engine, it will top 250 m.p.h. - and $2 million. Parked nearby were five chauffeurs in white shirts and black German sedans, awaiting the return of their employers.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Uber, the ride-sharing company that matches riders with drivers by smartphone app, will now provide connections to wheelchair-accessible vehicles in Philadelphia, it said Monday. Uber has contracted with licensed paratransit drivers who have accessible vehicles, and customers can begin using the service immediately, Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said Monday. The announcement came one day before a legislative committee is to meet in Harrisburg to consider legislation that would permit Uber and other ride-share services to operate in Philadelphia and around the state.
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
So, your son or daughter now has a driver's license, and you would like to get him or her something to drive. You want a ride your offspring would like, but you also want it to be safe and affordable. My suggestion is to think three-year-old small car. Buying a three-year-old vehicle means you are avoiding the worst depreciation, yet getting a relatively low-mileage car of recent design. Purchasing a small car means minimal bucks up front and at the gas pump. And thanks to stronger, more advanced architecture and more safety amenities, buying a small car is a much safer proposition than it once was. (The Chevrolet Cruze, for example, has 10 air bags.)
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police say they do not expect to press charges in connection with an incident Wednesday in which two young children were hit by a pickup truck in Northeast Philadelphia. A girl, 10, and a boy, 7, were crossing Academy Road about 4 p.m. when a Dodge Ram pickup truck turned left from Byberry Road, police said. Both the driver, a woman in her 20s, and the children had green lights, police said. The children were struck as they crossed the street, police said. The driver remained at the scene and was not driving under the influence, police said.
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