June 27, 2016 |
With gas prices low, family road adventures should be rampant this summer. And we're tripping on some nifty new tech toys and apps that could make your long distance outings more fun and safer. Hit me with your best shot. Dash cams first became notorious as defensive tools in Russia, where insurance scammers slam on brakes or throw themselves on car hoods to fake an accident. (It's a living.) But when the team from Cobra Electronics showed me their new Drive HD Dual Channel Dash Cam System (CDR 895)
June 9, 2016 |
An 18-year-old man suspected of beating and strangling an elderly handyman at his Elmwood home last week has turned himself in to police, authorities said. Quintis Clark, last known to reside in the 7200 block of Vandike Street in Tacony, surrendered at Police Headquarters on Monday night, police said. He is accused of killing Joseph Daly, 78, at Daly's house on the 6300 block of Theodore Street last Tuesday. Daly was found dead in a pool of his own blood after a neighbor who had not seen him for a few days called police.
January 26, 2015 |
The old Jacob Reed's Sons store on Chestnut Street, now a CVS, is justly admired for its palazzo-style facade and arts-and-craft mosaic, created by architect William L. Price in 1905. But this baby's got back, too. The rear facade on Sansom Street is a minor-key version of the front, featuring a monumental stained-glass window that would be at home in a grand church. Nowadays, we're lucky if our downtown buildings present one good face to the world. You certainly don't want to look at their backs - often so cluttered with loading docks, garage doors, ventilation units, and Dumpsters.
October 28, 2013 |
It's a sweltering summer evening in New York. A man with his leg in a cast is asleep in his wheelchair, oblivious to the din outside. He awakens to find a young woman, blond, with bright blue eyes, standing over him, red lipstick, a string of pearls around her neck, in the most elegant of black and white gowns. She plants a kiss on his lips. Is she a dream? An apparition? No, simply Grace Kelly, making her entrance in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window , asking James Stewart - as the hobbled photojournalist soon to believe he has witnessed a murder - how his leg is ("Hurts a little")
October 25, 2012 |
WHEN TATTLE saw that Tom Cruise had filed a $50 million lawsuit, our gossip-rewriting life flashed before our eyes. Fortunately, the former Mr. Katie Holmes , through his attorney, Bert Fields , is gunning for Life & Style magazine for articles that said the actor has abandoned his 6-year-old daughter, Suri . Fields said the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court. He said that Cruise doesn't like to file lawsuits but that the assertion that the actor has abandoned his daughter is a "vicious lie. " If Cruise prevails, Fields says his client would give the money to charity.
August 29, 2012 |
ON THE DAY that a Philadelphia police officer was laid to rest, a suburban cop survived a gunshot to the chest, thanks to his bulletproof vest. Officer Jon Cousin was on patrol in Chalfont, Bucks County, when he spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Lenape Valley Swim and Tennis Club, on Westview Avenue near Main Street, at 3:16 a.m., said Chalfont Police Chief Frank Campbell. "You don't see vehicles in that dark parking lot at 3:16 in the morning," Campbell said.
August 28, 2012 |
A Chalfont police officer's bulletproof vest saved his life Monday when he was shot in the chest while investigating a suspicious vehicle in a swim club parking lot, officials said. Jon Cousin, 31, was treated at Abington Memorial Hospital, said Police Chief Frank L. Campbell. Campbell said the officer saw a car in the darkened parking lot of the Lenape Valley Swim Club on Westview Avenue about 3:15 a.m. and pulled in with his patrol car to investigate. After Cousin got out of his car, a man shot him in the chest and the car sped away, the chief said.
August 17, 2012 |
Police are investigating a shooting during which at least three parked cars were struck by gunfire in West Philadelphia. It is not clear yet if the cars were targets of vandalism or struck by stray bullets during a shooting targeting an individual. No victims were found at the scene. The three cars were found on the 900 block of South 49th Street in West Philadelphia's Cedar Park Neighborhood. One car had its rear window shot out, a second lost its rear passenger window and a third had a bullet hole in the body of the car. No other details are available yet.
April 25, 2012 |
2012 Scion iQ: "Dude, where's the rest of my car?" Price: Starts at $15,995. Marketer's pitch: "iQ therefore I am. " Conventional wisdom: "What the heck is that little thing?" Reality: A little smarter than a Smart. Smallness is big: As the owner of an old Volkswagen Beetle, I have an affinity for small cars, and am happy to see so many choices at this scale. But the new-for-2012 Scion iQ takes things to a new level.
January 1, 2012 |
In the first episode of "This Is Not Your Uncle's Buick Regal," presented during the 2011 model year, we were introduced to the base version of this very European midsize sports sedan, and its turbocharged sibling. This fall, Buick has added two more variants on this stylish and satisfying theme: an even more powerful and athletic turbocharged model, the 270-horsepower Regal GS, and the mild hybrid I'm reporting on today: the Regal equipped with e-Assist. It's called a "mild" hybrid because the small, 15-horsepower electric motor isn't powerful enough to motivate the car by itself.