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.
June 13, 2013 |
Two-hundred-plus yards short of the sixth green Wednesday morning, Merion's unforgiving rough clutched Hideki Matsuyama's ball and wasn't going to yield it easily. If this had been practice for the 1971 or 1981 U.S. Opens, the Japanese youngster would have reached for a 5-iron and hoped for the best. He might have hit it cleanly enough to get there. More likely, he'd have popped it up far short. But this was 2013 and Matsuyama had an advantage all those golfers who played in previous Merion Opens did not. He reached for his hybrid.
May 24, 2013 |
IT'S LATE MAY and we're bored and impatient. The Monday night season opener against the Redskins still is 3 1/2 months away, but we want answers. Now. We want to know who the Eagles' starting quarterback will be. We want to know when the hotshot first-round offensive tackle will start taking snaps with the first team. We want to know how much they will run the ball and how much they will pass it. We want to know what Chip Kelly is putting in those damn smoothies. We want to know whether Danny Watkins is a dead man walking.
March 6, 2013
PERSONALLY, I'M GLAD that at least a couple of Philly state lawmakers appear to focus on goals higher and nobler than usually seen in your Legislature. Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans, for example, is out to save the planet. Democratic Sen. Mike Stack seems driven to cleanliness, which, as you know, is next to godliness. So, good for them. And I hope you admire their aspirations because, well, you're paying for them. These factoids about this pair emerge following a comprehensive review of lawmakers' expenses published in Monday's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . Evans, of course, is a two-decades-plus North Philly House member who once ran for governor (and lieutenant governor and mayor)
February 25, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Bill Davis calls it the "predator. " Gus Bradley calls it the "Leo. " It's the weakside defensive end, who predominately rushes the passer in a hybrid defense. Whether they ended up with Chip Kelly or Bradley, the Eagles were moving to a hybrid scheme that utilized both 4-3 and 3-4 principles. Kelly, of course, got the head coaching job, but he and Davis, his defensive coordinator, have revealed very little about their defense. Kelly's stated preference and Davis' history, along with the buzz at the NFL combine this past week, have made it evident that the Eagles will have a very different scheme, one that needs players they don't have.
February 10, 2013 |
When the NHL's 119-day lockout finally died last month, it took with it a potential rule change that hit home for Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster. Granted, Foster would rather be playing than pushing for new league policy. Still, Foster couldn't help but shake his head when asked about the AHL - the minor hockey league often used as the NHL's proving ground for potential changes - abandoning its experiment with hybrid icing once the lockout ended. Foster, 31, nearly lost his leg and almost had his career cut short because of the NHL's dangerous icing regulations, which require players to touch the puck after it has been iced by the opposing team.
January 13, 2013
America's destiny for the Rhône's famous red grape will ultimately be crafting wines that land between the earthy French version known as "syrah" and the luscious Aussie fruit bomb dubbed "shiraz. " The perfect compromise should probably be called "sy-raz," although I'm sure the great winemakers of Washington State would object. They stick with the classic label of syrah, and since these tend to be my favorite domestic renditions, they've earned the right. Even so, a great bottle like this 2006 Cougar Crest Reserve from Walla Walla, steeply discounted in Pennsylvania issue from $55 to $24.99, shows its true hybrid personality in the glass - in the very best way. The fruit is New World ripe, brooding, figgy, round, and deep.