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May 25, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Three-way luxury battle: 2015 Cadillac CTS 2.0T Performance Collection vs. Lexus IS350 F-Sport AWD vs. 2015 Infiniti Q50S 3.7 AWD This week: Lexus IS350 Price: $50,525 as tested. The IS350 AWD starts at $42,300; the F-Sport package adds $3,450. (Other options explained below.) An IS250 with a 2.5-liter four starts at $36,550. Marketer's pitch: "Some follow. Others change lanes. It's your move. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "powerful and refined V6; attractive interior with top-quality materials; comfortable seats; precise steering" but not that it is "less capable than rivals in spirited driving" or that its "navigation system's mouselike remote-touch interface is distracting to use. " Reality: I never thought Lexus had it in them.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chais Hill hadn't run next to anyone in the 55-meter hurdles until the Meet of Champions in February. The Highland senior had set a meet record in the Group 2 indoor state championship, when he ran a 7.34, the 11th-fastest time in state history. But two hurdles into the Meet of Champions final, he was neck-and-neck with Nottingham's Alex Borzelin. The two made contact. Hill didn't clear the third hurdle and fell to the ground. It was officially ruled a "did not finish. " "I've never seen it," Highland coach Bob Wagner said.
SPORTS
February 16, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jahlil Okafor had 23 points and 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, outplaying Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas as No. 4 Duke beat the Orange, 80-72, on Saturday night in Syracuse, N.Y. Duke (22-3, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its fifth straight and withstood a standout performance from ex-Blue Devil Michael Gbinije, who scored a career-high 27 points for Syracuse. Syracuse (16-9, 7-5) had exhibited plenty of grit in the two games since a postseason ban was announced as the school awaits the results of an NCAA investigation into the athletic department.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Tom Corbett is about to make history. On Tuesday, the Republican will either be the first Pennsylvania governor to lose a reelection try since the 19th century, or he will overcome a double-digit polling deficit with an unprecedented late surge. Corbett and Democrat Tom Wolf have entered the mobilization stage of the campaign, traveling the state to push their partisans to turn out, a harder task in a midterm race than in a presidential year. Both are bringing high-powered motivational help to the region Sunday evening.
NEWS
May 31, 2014
Even with the city's decision to call off its push to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Mayor Nutter, business leaders, and civic boosters can all be proud of having successfully positioned Philadelphia as a legitimate contender. Given the long odds of any metro area winning such an international race, it was an honor for Philadelphia to be among the 35 cities the U.S. Olympic Committee invited to make a pitch for the Games. The latest effort clearly stood on the shoulders of former Mayor John F. Street's 2006 bid for the 2016 Games, which eventually went to Rio de Janeiro.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stacey Dash for president? Clueless star Stacey Dash angered some in the Twitterverse when she refused to endorse President Obama in the 2012 elections, instead issuing a hearty thumbs-up for GOP challenger Mitt Romney . Hired recently by Fox as a news commentator, the cousin of rap mogul Damon Dash also is dropping hints she may be ready to enter politics. "Eventually," Stacey Dash tells Elle.com. "Yes. I would love that. " Dash, 47, whose appearances in Playboy and a Kanye West music vid make for unusual credits on her CV, explains her political appeal.
SPORTS
May 30, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
FOR ITS FINAL five matches before the Major League Soccer season breaks for the World Cup, the Union had prepared for life without one of its best players. Maurice Edu, summoned to Palo Alto, Calif., for World Cup training camp, was certainly in the mix to make the team to represent the United States in Brazil. But after last Thursday, the night U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled the 23-man roster, Edu found himself on a flight to Los Angeles to rejoin the Union a few weeks early.
SPORTS
May 16, 2014 | By Thomas Mahon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Swenson's Alexis Collopy didn't have to wait long to avenge her loss to Prep Charter. Six days after the Huskies topped the Lions, Collopy took the mound again in a Public League softball playoff game at Prep Charter on Wednesday afternoon. The junior scattered six hits and struck out nine to power Swenson to a 3-2 win. Collopy sits at 115 strikeouts on the season, marking the third time she reached the 100-strikeout milestone. In other playoff action: Ariel Dranoff went 3 for 3, scored four runs and knocked in three to lead host Central over Mariana Bracetti, 16-1.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
SOMEWHERE in Philadelphia, there's one deer breaking bad news to another. Hundreds of whitetails live all around us like ghosts, congregating in the city's parks and patches of woods, moving around silently via the trails and railways and slivers of undeveloped land. One young buck made a detour into Center City yesterday morning, though, starting somewhere around Point Breeze, according to one eyewitness. "I thought it was a large dog but it was moving way too fast and had a gait unlike any dog I've seen.
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
MIAMI - Since 1968, Toyota has sold 24 million vehicles in this country, and more than nine million of them have been Corollas. During the 2013 model year, the compact sedan sold 300,000 copies, which made it Toyota's second-best seller behind the Camry. And that feat, which garnered a hefty 19 percent of the compact market, was accomplished in the final year of the 10th-generation Corolla's life cycle. Toyota executives expect the redesigned 2014 model that just went on sale to hit 330,000.
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