December 30, 2014 |
Sometimes it seems as if America, at 238 years old, is suffering from a sort of midlife crisis that has it questioning its strength and leadership. Questioning is fine; few are pleased with Washington these days. But it was more troubling to hear some critics suggest that President Obama should be more like Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some were apparently impressed by the machismo Putin displayed in invading Ukraine even though it was morally wrong. Much of that sentiment evaporated as casualties mounted in the war Putin incited to keep Ukraine firmly in Russia's orbit rather than the European Union's.
April 21, 1989 |
Ford Motor Co. yesterday said that it would enter the quick oil-change and lubrication business this month. Ford, the first carmaker to enter this growing business, said it plans to account for a third of the fast oil-change business, now dominated by oil companies like Pennzoil and Valvoline. "We're projecting 500 outlets at dealers this year, and about 2,000 by the end of 1992 out of a total U.S. dealer base of 5,600," Ford spokesman Chuck Snearly said. "But we don't ever expect to get all 5,600 dealers to do it. " John Kerekanich, accessory merchandising manager for Ford's parts and service division, said the quick oil-change business began in the early 1980s and has grown steadily since.
July 3, 2011 |
How much oil should a well-functioning auto engine consume? And how much trouble should the owner of a new vehicle just have to accept? Those are two of the questions raised by the story of Dave Prelle and his wife, Donna Sarli-Prelle, of Clementon, N.J., who are unhappy owners of a 2010 Chevy Equinox. The Prelles bought the Equinox, which General Motors describes as a "fuel-efficient crossover SUV," for about $29,000 in August 2009. Dave Prelle, an equipment operator at International Paper, planned to keep it for a long time.
November 19, 1996 |
Win in Philly and the world is your oyster. Lose, and even an oil change can be a threatening experience. That's this week's lesson for first-year Eagles quarterback Ty Detmer, who left his Cherry Hill home early yesterday to get an oil change before work. "I got my oil changed and got a bunch of scowls," he said. "I'm back to where I started when I came here. " Detmer completed 21 of 33 passes in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Redskins, but was intercepted once and failed to complete any of four attempts to win the game from the Washington 20 in the final 24 seconds.
February 27, 2000 |
Question: I have a Mitsubishi Montero purchased new in 1990. A month ago, I left the car with the dealer for an oil change and filter. I was called two hours later and told that the car needed front and rear brakes, and that the brake system's master cylinder was leaking. I asked if it needed brake fluid, and they said it didn't, but the leak would contaminate the brake system if it wasn't replaced at a cost of $350. I didn't let them touch the car. (There is no indication of anything leaking in my driveway.
July 30, 1992 |
Yo, Richard Washington! Hey there, William Richardson! And even you, Louis Mendez! You fellas are some of the Wage and Hour Division's Most Wanted. So call your Uncle Sam. He wants to give you money. Richard, you're owed $12,996.65 - enough for a loaded, 1987 Jaguar XJ-6 (see yesterday's want ads). William, you're owed $10,333.38 - enough for an orange, brown-leather interior 1976 Corvette (ditto). And Louis, you're owed $25.27 - enough for an oil change with filter (lube not included)
February 23, 1992 |
CLOSE COUNTS Love and sex are fine, but it's intimacy that will get your relationship through difficult times. Almost any relationship can be saved if you and your partner come to terms with each other's fear of vulnerability and/or fear of exposing every weakness you have, say psychotherapists who specialize in intimacy. Trying to repeat the examples set by your parents on how a relationship should function can also harm an intimate relationship, they say. CARING VOLUNTEERS If you need help caring for an older person, maybe you need a HomeFriend.
April 23, 1987 |
To the 17 patrons in the Little Golden Nugget tavern, Mayor Goode won last night's televised debate - even before it started. "He's a good guy," said Alberta LaMar, one of the patrons in the West Philadelphia bar at 60th Street and Walton Avenue. LaMar echoed the unanimous opinion of the all-black clientele that no matter what Goode's opponent says or what the media reports, "I'm partial toward Goode. " Even patron Cheryl Small, whose Pine Street home burned and was later rebuilt in the aftermath of the May 13, 1985, MOVE disaster, said she would vote for Goode, because "he took care of us. If (Frank)
November 26, 1989 |
Quick oil and lube shops may soon be as common as fast-food restaurants, according to a West Chester businessman whose three area shops serve 5,000 customers a month and ring up sales of more than $900,000 a year. Richard Tolsdorf owns Tolsdorf Inc., a $4.15 million company that includes Tolsdorf Fuel Service, Rainbow Cab Inc., and Tolsdorf Oil Lube Express. He started with one lube shop in West Chester three years ago, added another in Exton last year, and a third in Phoenixville this year.
September 6, 1992 |
Mike Hoondal recently began planting tiny yellow and red flowers at his Shell service station in Burlington Township, mixing the sweet smells of summer with the oily stench of gasoline. Hoondal isn't trying to turn his gas station into a garden. But he'll try anything to jump-start his business on Route 541 and Interstate 295, which competes with four other gas stations in a half-mile stretch and three more one mile down the road. "I do this just to keep myself in business," said Hoondal of his planting.