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December 30, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
BUSINESS
April 21, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
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.
SPORTS
November 19, 1996 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
NEWS
February 27, 2000 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 30, 1992 | By Michael L. Rozansky, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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)
NEWS
February 23, 1992 | Marc Schogol from reports from Inquirer wire services
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.
NEWS
April 23, 1987 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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)
NEWS
November 26, 1989 | By Vyola P. Willson, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 6, 1992 | By Amy Westfeldt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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NEWS
December 30, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
NEWS
December 21, 2012 | BY COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
IN HER WORK AT Marineland on France's Cote d'Azur, Stephanie is all confidence and control. With hand signals and an almost telepathic empathy, she guides killer whales through their performances for crowds of vacationing families. She's a cocky force of nature in her off hours, too, navigating her way through schools of pickup artists at the local disco. Then a work accident leaves her mangled and isolated. Shell-shocked and unable to reconnect with her former life, she impulsively reaches out to Ali, the brutish club bouncer she met briefly before the accident.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
December 16, 2007 | By Chris Satullo
First in a five-part fictional holiday tale. The annual Christmas bash of the Yule Be Sorry Club was itching to get started. But the world wouldn't cooperate. Tony Renzi's Italian pork was heating. The slaw and potato salad were in the battered fridge at the back of R&B Automotive repair shop. The Yards and Yuengling were on ice in the plastic cooler. (Club rule: Only Pennsylvania brews to toast the Lord's birthday.) The bottles of Chianti sat atop a tool chest. Clumps of green plastic garland (retired refugees from Bart Brewer's home holiday displays)
NEWS
September 24, 2004 | By Dick Cooper INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While Greg Quick and Mike Miller worked away at their computers in the offices of Orion Financial L.L.C. in King of Prussia, Ben LoStracco was crawling under their cars in the parking lot - changing their oil. "It's convenient and you don't have to hassle with bringing your car in," Quick said. Miller said he has used LoStracco's BL Mobile Oil Change Service for more than three years because "I don't have to make time on a Saturday to get it done. " The sign on the side of LoStracco's van reads, "We bring the appointment to you. " In the world of the modern office-worker, the need to take care of personal business while taking care of business has led to an increase in services delivered to the workplace.
NEWS
October 3, 2001 | By Murray Dubin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
No Valvoline flows through his veins, and Stuart McDougall was not born in the back of a Buick. But to people the world over, he is the man who has a photograph of a 1923 Marmon, who knows where to find an owner's manual for a 1925 Yellow Cab, who knows the Philadelphia manufacturer of a 1906 car called the Chadwick (Fairmount Engineering), and who can tell you what a 1993 Honda is worth. Just don't ask him to change the oil in his own 1990 Toyota Camry. He doesn't know how. Ah, that doesn't matter, because as far as everyone is concerned, McDougall is the car guy. More accurately, McDougall is a librarian - the man who runs the Free Library of Philadelphia's auto reference collection at the central branch, 19th and Vine Streets.
NEWS
November 19, 2000 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Question: I understand that Ford has come out with a new Mondeo in Europe. Will that come to the States as the Contour, like the first one did? Answer: No. Ford has no plans to bring the roomier, more handsome redesign to this country. Its primary purpose is to do battle in Europe with the Volkswagen Passat. It eventually will make it to America in a rather obscure way: by providing the platform for the Jaguar X400, the so-called baby Jag. Q: Now that cars are run by computers, what's involved when they tune up your engine?
NEWS
March 25, 2000 | By Rev. Donna Schaper
This time of year, all the action is underground. The daffodils are courageously poking through the dirt. The seeds are ordered but waiting on loading docks to be shipped. By all outward appearances, nothing much is happening. But friendships are either being nurtured right now or being neglected: You either return your messages or you don't. Whether you do or not determines whether you have relationships. Delayed maintenance is the primary reason most of us have so far to go when we think of spring.
NEWS
February 27, 2000 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 30, 1998 | by Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
You can get your oil changed at a quick-lube joint for 20 bucks. Or you can do it yourself for five. Motorheads have been changing their own oil for years. The economics are obvious. Plus, the dirty-handed, low-skill job gives you a chance to bond with your car and give it a close look for anything needing mechanical attention. Trouble is, most of the oil that do-it-yourselfers drain from car crankcases - a nasty, polluted mess - winds up on the ground or in the sewer. "You might as well just pour it into a glass of water and drink it, because that's where it's going to end up eventually," said state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Darlene Crawford.
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