August 21, 2015 |
It's understating the case to call these last weeks of summer "stone-fruit season. " No. This is the real fruit season, the only fruit season. For anyone who cares about sweet and natural deliciousness, all the other weeks are merely prelude to the sticky, juicy days of August. "Stone fruits are a massive favorite for me," says Aimee Olexy of the Talula's triumvirate, "and I look forward to getting them every year. " Right now, white and yellow peaches are at their bursting peak; plums beckon with a lustrous gleam.
August 17, 2015 |
In the case of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you have to pay up front if you want to save at the pump - and wear an ecological white hat. The top-of-the-line hybrid I tested, the Limited Platinum AWD, had a base price of $49,990. That's $5,850 more than a comparable gas-engine model. What you get for those extra bucks is a substantial improvement in fuel economy. The conventionally powered counterpart to the tester has EPA mileage ratings of 18 city and 24 highway. The test car is rated at 27 city and 28 highway.
March 2, 2015 |
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Sedan: Redesigned for 2015. Price: $32,987 as tested (a base hybrid starts at $27,995, while a base Camry, $22,970). Among the more expensive options on the test vehicle were sunroof for $915, security system for $359, and remote start for $499. (For more about the $1,300 Entune Premium Audio, see "Play some tunes," below.) Marketer's pitch: The "Being a Dad" Super Bowl commercial. Sniffle. Conventional wisdom: Camrys are dad cars. Or mom cars. Not cool cars.
February 16, 2015 |
'Excuse me, Miss. Excuse me!" The New York City police officer down on Ludlow Street was tapping my window with the insistence of the law. "Oh boy," I thought. "Here we go again. " I had been idling for way too long, talking on the phone in what definitely could not be considered a parking spot - could not even really be considered a loading spot, if I were honest. I rolled down the window. "Yes, officer?" I asked. "This is the best looking car I have ever seen," he told me, smiling.
February 9, 2015 |
With lagging student test scores and only about 120 students in grades K-4, Spring City Elementary School three years ago looked more like a candidate for closure than for an extreme makeover. But with the boldness of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the Spring-Ford Area School District gambled on a radically different approach to fixing the struggling school near the border of Montgomery and Chester Counties. It spent roughly $300,000 over three years to arm students and their classrooms - even kindergartners - with the latest desktops, iPads, Apple TVs, and smartboards.
January 30, 2015 |
Years before anyone cared about kale and way before Brussels sprouts went viral, Tozer Seeds, the largest family-owned vegetable-breeding company in England, started playing around with the idea of producing a hybrid combination of the two. Called Flower Sprouts, they debuted in 2010 at a single department store, Marks & Spencer in London. By late 2014, the market had spread elsewhere in the U.K., Scandinavia and Europe, where sprouts' popularity dwarfs kale's. Now the American version from Tozer - under the brand name Kalettes, to cash in on our continuing obsession with all things kale - is available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and other select supermarkets.
September 29, 2014 |
The same week Mr. Driver's Seat had his first-ever chance to get behind the wheel of the all-electric, new-for-2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, a message arrived in my inbox noting that electrified car sales - meaning electric vehicles and hybrids - are essentially flat for 2013 to 2014. Volkswagen will not be the only manufacturer joining the all-electric car race for this model year. Kia plans the Soul EV and Fiat the 500e for select markets in the near future, and Tesla is adding the Model X to the Model S. These new models join the Smart electric drive, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, and Mitsubishi I-Miev.
May 30, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - With billions at stake, the standoff over how to resolve Pennsylvania's pension crisis has loomed large as budget negotiations begin this spring. A decision Thursday by the Public Employee Retirement Commission may signal a break. The bipartisan panel backed legislation to create a hybrid pension system for state and school employees, and Gov. Corbett said he would support it. "The governor has called on the commonwealth to address pension issues, the spiraling year-over-year costs to the commonwealth - and school district costs - as well as addressing the risk to the taxpayers," Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni said.
February 28, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Even after a five-year impasse, the tentative contract agreement between the city and AFSCME District Council 47 looks like a classic labor compromise, with both sides gaining and giving ground on different issues. That makes it a political godsend for Mayor Nutter, who had become the favorite whipping boy for the city labor movement and is still in a standoff with the biggest municipal union, District Council 33. The city is set to resume negotiations Friday with D.C. 33 and its president, Pete Matthews.
June 16, 2013 |
The new-for-2013 Lexus ES 300h is the automaker's first resident in the entry-level luxury hybrid subdivision, a growing community. To do this, it substituted a four-cylinder gas engine, two electric motors and a 36-module battery pack for the V-6 in the conventional ES 350. In the process, it came up with a midsize entry-level luxury sedan with an EPA city mileage estimate of 40 m.p.g. - almost twice what the ES 350 gets. In addition to the hybridization, the 300h benefits from two significant changes in the ES for 2013.