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TRAVEL
January 26, 2015 | By Frank Hollick, For The Inquirer
"Let's head back to Montana next summer," said my fly-fishing buddy Tom. We had spent a week the previous summer on the beautiful Madison River, and in nearby Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, with our good friend Jim. While not catching a ton of fish, we had a fly fisherman's dream week. "I'm in. Let me talk to Jim," I responded, with visions of 20-inch trout rising to my dry fly filling my head. Jim said yes immediately, and to make the idea more palatable on the home front, we decided to ask our wives to go along.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
VENISE HODGES was driving her Ford Explorer one day about 20 years ago when it suddenly quit on her. "Pop the hood," said her nephew, Rell Hodges, who was riding with her. Rell got under the hood, did some quick adjustments and the car started up again. He was 7. Hardly an amazing feat for the Hodges family. Many family members seemed to have a knack for auto mechanics from an early age. "We have a fascination for things that move on wheels," Venise said. It all started with her father, Cephel Hodges, a master self-taught mechanic who might not have passed on actual instructions to his family, but apparently there was something he delivered through the genes.
NEWS
January 20, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rain and ice caused a pileup of a dozen vehicles Sunday that damaged a fire engine on a New Jersey Turnpike overpass Sunday. The trouble began when firefighters and an EMS crew responded to a one-car accident on Route 42 in Bellmawr, Fire Chief Jim Burleigh said. The responders blocked the road with a fire engine to protect workers at the scene, Burleigh said. As the EMS crew worked to treat the driver involved in the accident, another car slid on the ice and hit the fire engine.
NEWS
January 12, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fifteen years ago, two Philadelphians with a shared affinity for classic cars, world affairs, and Cuba formed a quirky nonprofit that some now say was prescient. Their group, TailLight Diplomacy, sprung from the notion that the estimated 50,000, pre-1960, Detroit-built "Yanktanks" - the vintage cars still rolling in Cuba - could unite car enthusiasts from America and the island nation for groundbreaking exchanges. Founders Rick Shnitzler and John Dowlin corresponded with Cuban officials.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer was injured during a traffic stop Thursday in Strawberry Mansion when the motorist he had pulled over tried to grab his gun and then drove into him while making his getaway, police said. As the car sped from the scene, Joseph Kochmer, 32, a five-year veteran of the force, fired one shot at the vehicle, but it did not strike the driver, police said. The incident began at 11:38 a.m., when Kochmer and his partner stopped a Chevrolet Impala with an Ohio license plate at 32d Street and Susquehanna Avenue.
NEWS
January 8, 2015
One person was killed in an accident involving multiple cars in Cherry Hill on Tuesday. The accident occurred sometime before 10 a.m. on Haddonfield-Berlin Road. Police did not identify the person killed on Tuesday afternoon, and said they were trying to notify the family. Up to five vehicles may have been involved in the accident. The cause of the accident was being investigated. The crash came during the season's first considerable snowfall. Michael Boren
NEWS
January 8, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
At long last, the first of PATCO's refurbished rail cars have passed their final tests and will be put into customer service next month. Eight rebuilt cars will start running on nights and weekends before the end of February, and they will be shifted to rush-hour service a month or two later, PATCO president John Hanson said Tuesday. PATCO hired Alstom Transport Inc. in 2010 for $194 million to rebuild its 120-car commuter rail fleet. Alstom is more than a year behind schedule in returning the cars to service because of ongoing problems with communications, automatic train control, propulsion, and braking systems.
NEWS
January 7, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
WITH THE barrel of a gun aimed at his 5-month-old baby girl's mother and a stern demand from the gunman, Mijael Rodriguez didn't think twice about emptying his pockets and handing over all he had: $30. But apparently everything the 24-year-old car-service driver had on him during that fateful 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. shift Saturday night wasn't enough for the cold-blooded robber-turned-killer, so the gunman, police said yesterday, put a bullet in the...
SPORTS
January 5, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harvey Pollack, the Sixers' director of statistical information and a dedicated follower of the Flyers and Big Five basketball, was in critical but stable condition Friday after being involved in one-car accident Thursday evening in Center City. He suffered a broken hip, pelvis, and jaw, plus broken ribs, in addition to having facial lacerations. The 92-year-old had hip surgery scheduled for Friday afternoon at Hahnemann University Hospital and will have more procedures. Pollack is the only person still working for the NBA since its inaugural season, 1946-47.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LEGENDARY basketball stat man Harvey Pollack was in critical but stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday after a one-car accident on New Year's evening in Center City. Pollack, 92, the 76ers' director of statistical information, was driving his car in a parking garage after being a judge for the Mummers Parade. His car hit a wall, and Pollack suffered a broken hip, ribs, pelvis and jaw along with facial lacerations. He underwent hip surgery yesterday. "I'm surprised he just didn't walk out of the car and brush himself off," 76ers coach Brett Brown said from Phoenix, where his team played the Suns last night.
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