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February 5, 2001 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
If there was a criticism of Secret South, last year's effort from 16 Horsepower, it was about its relentless mood: The album felt like a long prayer ritual, a series of harrowing tableaux in which leader David Eugene Edwards played the tortured soul wrestling with temptation, fear, and the long arm of a wrathful Lord. Edwards apparently likes the drama. Friday at the Theatre of Living Arts, the singer and his backing trio cultivated a similar mood of thick introspection and made it the primary focus of a spellbinding 90-minute performance.
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August 1, 1999 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Question: It seems to me that if you look at the horsepower ratings of the performance cars of 30 years ago, and those of today, we really haven't made that much progress in performance terms. Would you agree? Answer: Nope. First of all, comparing the horsepower of those cars with contemporary machinery is mixing automotive apples and oranges. Back then, the horsepower ratings were obtained from very unrealistic dynamometer trials intended to maximize the rating. The engines exhausted into big collectors, thereby eliminating the power-robbing back pressure created by their mufflers.
NEWS
January 22, 1988 | By ROBERT STRAUSS, Daily News Staff Writer
In the great tradition of Ferdinand and Isabella, Eleanor and Franklin, Sonny and Cher - Paula and Ken Geuin at once tug at and cling to each other in their work. Like Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, the Geuins are independent and strong- willed in similar fights. And like Ferdinand and Isabella, they are king and queen of a growing empire. For the Geuins (pronounced "goo-ins") are both past champions of the burgeoning spectator sport collectively known as truck-pulling. The Geuins, who specialize in four-wheel-drive vehicles, will be at the Spectrum tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. for the Hot Rod Truck Pull Winternationals.
NEWS
January 9, 1998 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
It is a brilliant, brittle winter weekend, much too cold to permit the removal of the twin roof panels from this T-top version of the 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. But there are other ways for a middle-aged motorhead to revert to adolescence when the engine bay harbors a new Corvette variant with 305 horsepower and enough torque to pull down a four-bedroom colonial. And one of those ways comes to mind as I pull alongside a five-year-old, five-liter Ford Mustang. As the Trans Am rolls to a stop, I depress the clutch, slip the slick, strong six-speed Borg-Warner into first gear, and play with the gas pedal a little.
NEWS
October 24, 1997 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
The redesigned Honda Accord sedan is much more of a driver than a looker. Thanks in large part to its homely backside, this popular family four-door has transcended mere conservatism and achieved dreariness. You can't say that about the new Accord coupe, however. This two-door variant - which officially went on sale this week - isn't just sportier than the sedan, it is a lot lovelier. The coupe's body has a pleasing design flow, and its muscular haunches give it a convincingly aggressive stance.
NEWS
September 20, 1996 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Automobiles are often invested with no small amount of sexual symbolism. This isn't true of all cars, of course. Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar. But it is true of the new Dodge Viper GTS. This sexy, incredibly potent machine is clearly more than a smoke. The GTS is the new coupe version of the Viper roadster. Unlike the wimpy open Viper, which develops only 415 horsepower, the GTS hardtop weighs in at a respectable 450. That 450 horsepower certainly strengthens the case for the GTS's being more than just a Havana.
NEWS
November 18, 1998 | BARBARA JOHNSTON / Inquirer Suburban Staff
In farm country, hayrides are more than a chance for a taste of autumnal fun. At a farm in Parkesburg, an Amish man (in background) loads bales of hay onto the wagon, while his companion guides the four-horsepower engine.
NEWS
September 19, 1999 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Question: When Chrysler came out with the new 300M, the television ads made much of the original 300 model from the '50s. How do the two compare from a performance standpoint? Answer: The 1955 300 can't compare with the 1999 model in the handling and acceleration departments. It also has a significantly lower top speed. And despite its seemingly higher horsepower rating, it really doesn't develop as many horses as the 1999 model, if you calculate its horsepower in the same way the '99's was measured.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2012 | Al Haas
You're in the market for a second car. You already have a roomy passenger toter for major troop movements, so you don't need an expansive sedan, wagon, or crossover. Something that would carry a couple and their weekend needs would do. Oh, and another thing or two: It shouldn't break the bank and it shouldn't have an unseemly thirst. Well, have I got a second-car solution for you. These babies are easy on the wallet, easy on the eyes, and so much more fun than you'd ever thought you'd have for under $20,000.
NEWS
November 29, 2007 | By JACK SMITH For the Daily News
SIXTY IS the new forty, or so they say. If it isn't, you can't fault Baby Boomers, the American generation born between 1945 and 1965; they're pulling out all the stops to preserve their youth. They're working out, getting lipo'ed and Botoxed, and gazing into each other's eyes waiting for the Viagra to kick in. It figures they want a car that has at least as much youthful pizzazz as they do. This once meant a Ford Mustang, a Pontiac GTO, a Dodge Daytona, Plymouth Road Runner, Trans Am, or a Chevrolet Camaro Z28; with their hood bulges and air scoops and eye-catching decals, they were hard to miss.
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June 29, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Ford Mustang I4 Coupe Premium: Four-banger 'Stang for the slow lane? Price: $35,665 as tested. ($29,170 base price for the four-cylinder; options not noted below include adaptive cruise control for $1,195 and voice-activated navigation for $795.) Marketer's pitch: "Awesome performance and eye-catching style. " Conventional wisdom: A four-cylinder Mustang? Is this the Mustang II all over again? Reality: Pony express. A horse of a different color: A Ford rep contacted me out of the blue and wondered if I'd like to try the 2.3-liter Mustang.
NEWS
February 24, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The Malibu began life in 1964 as the Chevelle Malibu. The Beach Boys were in flower and this was your father's kind of Chevrolet. It was among a number of '60s machines worshipped at the altar of muscularity. The 1968 Chevy Chevelle Malibu convertible, for example, was available with a 427 cubic-inch V-8 that developed 435 horsepower. Button that engine to a four-on-the-floor manual gearbox and you could engender enough standing start tire smoke to shut down three miles of I-95. (And if your dad ever owned that 427 ragtop, I bet he wishes he still had it. NADA Guides says that car, in nice condition and equipped with options like the Rally Sport Package and the L89 aluminum heads, has a retail value of $63,000.)
BUSINESS
April 22, 2012 | Al Haas
You're in the market for a second car. You already have a roomy passenger toter for major troop movements, so you don't need an expansive sedan, wagon, or crossover. Something that would carry a couple and their weekend needs would do. Oh, and another thing or two: It shouldn't break the bank and it shouldn't have an unseemly thirst. Well, have I got a second-car solution for you. These babies are easy on the wallet, easy on the eyes, and so much more fun than you'd ever thought you'd have for under $20,000.
SPORTS
February 17, 2012 | By Brian Kotloff, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the public-address announcer informed a packed Spring-Ford gym of the home team's starting lineup Wednesday night, assistant coach Randy Doaty, seated at the scorer's table near the Spring-Ford bench, selected the button corresponding to each girl on his computer screen. The icons for Brittany M., Courtney H., Sammy S., Mariah T., and Sarah P. turned red, the only color on an otherwise gray template. Beside the girls' names were 14 rectangular icons with labels such as Smart Pass, Tip/Deflection, Trap Assist, and Special 1 pt. "Tonight's Special 1 is outstanding box-out," Doaty told spotter Lauryn Hart and software engineer David Bressler, seated next to him. "In this game, we're really pushing rebounding.
NEWS
February 16, 2012 | By Brian Kotloff, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the public-address announcer informed a packed Spring-Ford gym of the home team's starting lineup Wednesday night, assistant coach Randy Doaty, seated at the scorer's table near the Spring-Ford bench, selected the button corresponding to each girl on his computer screen. The icons for Brittany M., Courtney H., Sammy S., Mariah T., and Sarah P. turned red, the only color on an otherwise gray template. Beside the girls' names were 14 rectangular icons with labels such as Smart Pass, Tip/Deflection, Trap Assist, and Special 1 pt. "Tonight's Special 1 is outstanding boxout," Doaty told spotter Lauryn Hart and software engineer David Bressler seated next to him. "In this game, we're really pushing rebounding.
NEWS
November 29, 2007 | By JACK SMITH For the Daily News
SIXTY IS the new forty, or so they say. If it isn't, you can't fault Baby Boomers, the American generation born between 1945 and 1965; they're pulling out all the stops to preserve their youth. They're working out, getting lipo'ed and Botoxed, and gazing into each other's eyes waiting for the Viagra to kick in. It figures they want a car that has at least as much youthful pizzazz as they do. This once meant a Ford Mustang, a Pontiac GTO, a Dodge Daytona, Plymouth Road Runner, Trans Am, or a Chevrolet Camaro Z28; with their hood bulges and air scoops and eye-catching decals, they were hard to miss.
SPORTS
November 27, 2006 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles didn't really miss Donovan McNabb last night. There's nothing the quarterback could have done to fix a defense that would reveal irreparable cracks if inserted into the same MRI machine that informed the Eagles of McNabb's season-ending knee injury. Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts served as an X-ray machine of sorts for the Eagles' defense. They operated as if they were going against their own scout team during a 45-21 rout at the RCA Dome. "This loss falls on us," safety Brian Dawkins said, referring to the defense.
NEWS
May 15, 2005 | By Victoria Donohoe INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Obviously, since Smarty Jones, horse racing in our area has gotten an enormous boost. Keeping pace right alongside the saga of that much-loved chestnut horse who beat so many of the odds in his inspirational 2004 bid for the Triple Crown is a worthy exhibition that lately sped over the racing road map from Harrisburg to the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. Such a Bucks County destination was a natural, as it is near Smarty's old digs at New Hope's Someday Farm. This exhibit was organized and shown at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, designed to include both Smarty's tale and a full history of horse racing in the commonwealth.
SPORTS
February 6, 2005 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
They've been playing polo for 2,500 years. They've been playing polo at the Agnes Irwin School for about 2 1/2 months. There was no sign of Prince Charles on Thursday when Irwin hosted Garrison Forest (Md.) at Valley Forge Military Academy's Equestrian Center. A Ralph Lauren polo shirt could not be found among the dozen spectators. There were, however, riders and horses and mallets and balls. With dusk on the horizon and the faint smell of manure in the cold air, six girls saddled up on six Argentine thoroughbreds.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2004 | By Al Haas FOR THE INQUIRER
Most cars aren't exciting enough to make you hurry through lunch to get back behind the wheel. Instead, they numb the enthusiasm cortex of the automotive immune system, creating conditions like the Family Sedan Slow Salad Swallow and the dreaded Minivan Dessert Dawdle. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is not among these. When you know this 617-horsepower, thinly disguised race car is at the curb, waiting for you to raise its "gullwing" driver's door, you tend not to linger over the midday tiramisu.
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