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November 4, 2011
VINCE FUMO was taken on a nearly two-week journey from federal prison, in Ashland, Ky., to the Federal Detention Center in Center City as he awaits resentencing Wednesday. He shared some of his thoughts from the "diesel therapy" - his bus and plane trips - in emails to fiancée Carolyn Zinni. OCT. 27: * It was a very interesting experience but the guys were really good, and since I am the oldest in here, 2 guys offered me their seats. :-) One was a drug dealer and the other was a counterfeiter.
NEWS
December 13, 2004 | By Tom Avril INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Exhaust from diesel trucks and buses is so unhealthy - it has been linked to heart attacks, cancer and breathing problems - that 21 state, county and city governments have restricted how long engines may be left idling. The problem is, most of them do almost nothing to enforce the rules. An Inquirer survey has found that 13 of the 21 agencies issued 10 or fewer citations for the most recent year of data available, in most cases 2003. Eight wrote no tickets at all. Philadelphia has issued 17 $300 tickets so far this year, after years of little or no enforcement.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2012 | Scott Sturgis
2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux: A mileage boost, but a particulate boost, too. Price: $53,225 (No options. A sport version with gasoline engine can be had starting at $43,375, and a sport TDI starts at $46,875.) Marketer's pitch: The premium diesel SUV with the soul of a Volkswagen. Conventional wisdom: Diesel means smelly, dirty, and underpowered, right? Reality: The engine works great and is definitely not smelly, dirty, or underpowered.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The rebound in the nation's economy is continuing to cause at least two problems for Union Pacific Corp., the nation's biggest railroad. The first involves its workforce and resulting shipping delays. The Omaha, Neb., company has been struggling with a crew shortage and rail congestion since last fall, when the economy began picking up. The railroad also was surprised by the number of engineers and conductors taking retirement under new federal rules. At a meeting May 17 in San Francisco, Union Pacific customers complained about delays that in some cases almost doubled shipping time.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA will spend $171 million on 245 new buses, under a plan sent to the SEPTA board Thursday. Most of the buses are to be built with hybrid electric-diesel engines, though 85 are set to be cheaper diesel-powered buses. Hybrid buses are more fuel-efficient and less polluting but cost about 34 percent more than diesel buses. If the SEPTA board approves next Thursday, the contract will be awarded to NOVA Bus, a Canadian subsidiary of Swedish manufacturer Volvo Bus Corp. The buses are to be built in NOVA's Plattsburgh, N.Y., plant.
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July 15, 1988 | By Thomas Turcol, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writer Vernon Loeb contributed to this article
The company that oversees developer Willard G. Rouse 3d's Liberty Place project was chosen yesterday by the authority Rouse heads to be construction consultant for the Center City convention center. Rouse, chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, abstained as the authority dismissed conflict-of-interest objections and voted 6-1 to select Morse/Diesel Inc. of New York over three other firms for a consulting contract that is expected to cost the city between $2 million and $3 million.
NEWS
October 8, 1997 | For The Inquirer / JAY GORODETZER
Working without the clatter and smoke of diesel equipment, farmers use a team of six mules and old-fashioned elbow grease to harvest corn from this field on Highland Road in Atglen. Harvest season is upon the area, even though the temperatures say it's summer.
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2014 Audi Q5 TDI Quattro TipTronic vs. 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d: Luxury and diesel together? This week: The BMW X5. Price: $72,475 as tested. (A base diesel model starts at $56,500, and a bare-bones rear-wheel-drive X5 can be had for $53,725.) Marketer's pitch: "The ultimate driving machine. " Conventional wisdom: A Volvo-loving friend of mine said the Eurozone competitors are a "we-car" (Volvo) versus a "me-car" (BMW). Reality: Pretty darn ultimate, I'd say. Catching up: In our last episode of Driver's Seat, we tested the Audi Q5 TDI, a turbodiesel version of the company's small crossover.
NEWS
October 18, 2011
SEPTA will get $15 million for new hybrid buses, the Federal Transit Administration said Monday. The money will be added to existing state and local funds to provide $78 million for 55 articulated 60-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The new buses, to be delivered next year, will bring to 527 the number of hybrid buses in SEPTA's 1,400-bus fleet. - Paul Nussbaum
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April 17, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-X 4WD vs. 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD: Big trucks go head to head. This week: Nissan Titan. Price: $57,830 as tested (the base MSRP is $50,970). Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver says it offers "smooth, quiet torque" but suffers from "overwhelming flab and no ambition to be great. " Marketer's pitch: "The every duty truck. " Reality: A big boy with mostly good manners, though it belches audibly at the pump. What's new: The whole shebang.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Authorities now believe that a majority of the 4,200 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from a generator spilled into the Schuylkill River, but are still confident that there is no threat to drinking water, fish or wildlife. Also, while the Schuylkill River Trail remains closed during the day, it has opened to the public in the evening, after cleanup crews have left for the day. On Friday, workers from Miller Environmental Group, the company contracted to do the cleanup, were still recovering oil from the river.
NEWS
November 9, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
'High Country" seems like an apt name for a pickup truck that starts at $56,265. But then again, the test truck in question - the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 High Country fitted with a crew cab and four-wheel drive - is no ordinary pickup. It is a heavy-duty, top-of-the-line bodybuilder that allows you to carry five big boys and pull enormous trailers while lolling in a leathery, wood-accented environment. The test truck can tow 13,000 pounds if you use a trailer hitch, and pull 13,900 pounds with a bed-mounted fifth wheel.
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October 23, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
Being a witch hunter is apparently harder than it looks. Playing one made even the venerated Jeff Bridges look bad: In "Seventh Son," the dude did not abide. Now comes "The Last Witch Hunter. " The title role goes to Vin Diesel, who can bench press more than Bridges but is likely to end his career with fewer Oscars. We fear for Diesel, and our fears are justified almost immediately. In the prologue, a flashback finds him in medieval Europe (some place called "Snowsylvania")
NEWS
July 25, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The national average price of diesel fuel fell below the price of regular gasoline on July 13 for the first time since 2009, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday. EIA attributed gasoline's higher price to strong seasonal demand. Over the last six years, the average pump price of diesel was 34 cents more per gallon than regular-grade gasoline, according to EIA. Diesel commanded a higher price because of strong worldwide demand and the higher production cost of ultra-low sulfur diesel that was phased in between 2006 and 2010.
NEWS
November 9, 2014 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2014 Ram Laramie Limited Edition Crew Cab 4x4 EcoDiesel: Power, hauling and economy? Price: $59,010 as tested. The least expensive EcoDiesel version would be a Ram 1500 Regular Cab long bed Tradesman EcoDiesel at $29,945 plus $1,195 destination, Chrysler tells me. Marketer's pitch: "More towing. Fewer fill-ups. No compromise. " (In a deep, rugged, manly voice.) Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "supple ride and composed handling; strong gas V6 or fuel-efficient diesel V6 available" but not the "higher up-front cost and slower acceleration with diesel engine.
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2014 Audi Q5 TDI Quattro TipTronic vs. 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d: Luxury and diesel together? This week: The BMW X5. Price: $72,475 as tested. (A base diesel model starts at $56,500, and a bare-bones rear-wheel-drive X5 can be had for $53,725.) Marketer's pitch: "The ultimate driving machine. " Conventional wisdom: A Volvo-loving friend of mine said the Eurozone competitors are a "we-car" (Volvo) versus a "me-car" (BMW). Reality: Pretty darn ultimate, I'd say. Catching up: In our last episode of Driver's Seat, we tested the Audi Q5 TDI, a turbodiesel version of the company's small crossover.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have always sold diesel cars on their home turf back in Germany. Mercedes, in particular, had success selling oil-burning diesels to Americans in the 1970s and '80s, before emissions regulations were tightened. Thirty years later, diesels are clawing their way back into the U.S., largely because of their fuel economy; better emissions controls, and cleaner diesel fuel. Diesels are now considered competitors with hybrids in the green car space.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | JONATHAN TAKIFF, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, TAKIFFJ@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5960
GIZMO GUY has been humming the old jingle, "See the USA in your Chevrolet," recently. But, for sure, that classic ditty deserves a remix, given the thoroughly mod, eco-minded Chevys I've been testing. A sleek, swoopy Chevy Volt sped me to the Shore and music festivals in snazzy hybrid style. Then the carmaker let me sample a fresh-baked Chevrolet Cruze , which has a more stately sedan look but equally adventurous core - a diesel engine the likes of which General Motors hasn't offered in a passenger car since the dark ages of Oldsmobiles.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
If "Shake, Rattle and Roll" had been about the diesels of yore, Bill Haley wouldn't have sung: "Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans. " Rather, he would have warbled: "Get out in that driveway and rattle those valves and tappets. " The next lines doubtlessly would have been: Annoy the neighbors even more, With enough stink and smoke to make them choke And while you are smoking and smelling like burning toast, Accelerate like a lead fence post.
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