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March 18, 1988 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
Some practical cars seem to work hard at being no fun at all. They make you feel like you ought to wear sensible shoes to drive them, and have a look on your face that intimates concern about auto-immune deficiency and the world's unfed. You get the feeling that if they could talk, they would lecture you about the folly of eating hamburgers and sprinkling salt on your celery stick. Happily, the roomy and useful Pontiac 6000 S/E station wagon isn't that kind of practical car. As a matter of fact, the S/E is the most delightful beast of burden I've driven in quite a while.
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April 16, 1997 | By Lillian Micko, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A station wagon ended up in the bedroom of a unit at the Sunset Heights Apartment Complex in Burlington Township yesterday afternoon, and its driver was issued a summons for reckless driving, police said. William Claggion, 80, a resident of the complex, started his car about 4 p.m. but somehow wound up going over the curb and plowing about 13 feet through the front of Building J and into Apartment Eight, police said. No one was home at the time, and Claggion was not injured, Burlington County Police Sgt. Wayne Maver said.
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March 20, 2011 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Whatever happened to your parents' station wagon? As late as the early '80s, that traditional wagon was still selling a million copies a year in this country. But by the end of the decade, its sales had shrunk to 390,000. What happened? The advent of the minivan, followed by the equally predatory rise of the truck-based sport utility vehicle. When Chrysler invented the modern minivan in the early '80s by crossbreeding a car with a cargo van, droves of suburbanites climbed out of their conventional wagons and got behind the wheels of these boxy beasts of burden whose cavernous bowels allowed them to haul so much more humanity and stuff.
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October 6, 2000 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The stolen Honda station wagon that was speeding away from police when it slammed into an innocent motorist on Route 32 on Wednesday was "literally flying" just before the crash, an investigator said yesterday. Three people were seriously injured in the fiery accident just south of the Delaware Canal Bridge in Washington Crossing State Park, including Richard Lisi, 61, of Solebury Township, the oncoming motorist, according to Officer Thomas Koheler of the Upper Makefield Police Department.
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March 8, 1991 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
Sales of traditional station wagons have been pounded worse than the Iraqi army in recent years by those carlike trucks called minivans. But some people still prefer a car to a truck. That's why automakers such as Buick and Volvo keep making wagons. And that's why Honda has just come out with a station- wagon version of its popular Accord sedan. Bob Butorac, a Honda spokesman, points out that while total wagon sales have declined in recent years, sales of the midsize class that the Accord is in have "remained stable.
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August 25, 1989 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
The station wagon version of the Peugeot 405 is being introduced this month, and the French automaker is hoping it will sell better than the sedan that preceded it. The 405 sedan came to these shores a year ago, carrying with it considerable credentials and corporate aspirations. The big European car- builder felt this handsome new mid-size touring sedan, Europe's Car of the Year in 1988, had the right stuff to brighten Peugeot's dreary sales picture in this country. It had more mainstream styling than Peugeot usually ships over here, for one thing.
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April 17, 1992 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Given Subaru's practical, penny-pitching, no-frills image, it is difficult to conceive of the little automaker's handiwork as collectible. It's even harder to think of a new four-wheel-drive Subaru wagon in those terms. What could have less in common with those high-priced, pulse-quickening sex objects of yesteryear? What could be further from a 60-year-old, half- million-dollar, supercharged Duesenberg roadster? Well, there is a Subaru that might interest collectors years from now: the 1992 Legacy Touring Wagon LE. It will be of possible interest partly because of its unusual sporty nature, but mostly because of its low production numbers.
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November 3, 1989 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
Shortly after I started test-driving the new Pontiac Trans Sport, my wife ran some errands with it. First stop was an illegal parking spot in the thick of the city. As she was getting ready to leave the space, an approaching policeman motioned for her to stop. The patrolman proceeded to walk slowly around the Trans Sport. My wife was puzzled. At first she thought she might be getting a parking ticket. Then she wasn't so sure. "What is this?" the cop asked finally. "It's the new Pontiac minivan.
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September 26, 2001 | By Lini S. Kadaba INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Remember the station wagon? It overtook America in the 1960s and 1970s, earning icon status as the quintessential hauler of families. Then came the 1980s, and the steel behemoth began to look, like polyester pants, dated. Out of place. Tacky. Sales dropped faster than the pressure in a burst tire. The station wagon was presumed near-dead, gasping on the fumes of minivans in the '80s and then monster sport-utility vehicles in the '90s. Now the station wagon is back. Since 1998, its presence on the road has steadily increased, reaching more than 293,600 last year, according to vehicle registration data analyzed by R.L. Polk & Co. of Southfield, Mich.
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December 18, 1987 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
The 505 SW8, Peugeot's new heavily equipped, eight-passenger station wagon, is a very useful, satisfying piece of equipment. Given its price ($18,545) and Peugeot's practice at wagon building, it probably ought to be. The French automaker's experience with station wagons dates to 1894, when it built the world's first. Eighty years later, in 1974, it fielded the first diesel station wagon sold in the United States. One's most lasting impression of this roomy new wagon is the deceptive way it looks and drives.
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March 5, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
As his father mowed the grounds, Rodger Paisley, barely a teenager, would sit on a porch of the Chester County estate owned by an Army colonel, mesmerized by his war stories and an impressive mustache that curled upward at both ends. When Paisley made a career move two decades later, he had Col. Horace Shelmire in mind. "When I found out I could call myself a colonel if I became an auctioneer, that sealed the deal," said Paisley, 66, who started PaisleyAuctions in 1987. On Saturday, Paisley, the man they call "the Colonel" - a traditional title for auctioneers dating to the Civil War - plans to auction off 14 classic vehicles, including a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, a 1930 Packard Phaeton, and a 1945 Diamond T that Paisley calls "the Cadillac of trucks.
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January 28, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County man was drunk, high and unlicensed when he backed his station wagon into a canal, killing two friends, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said today. Robert Bruce Hoffman, 21, of Collegeville, was charged with homicide by vehicle and related offenses for the deaths of Clinton Berger, 29, and Lauren Magargal, 25, according to District Attorney Kevin R. Steele. Hoffman, Berger, Margargal and another passenger were parked in a 2007 Volkswagen Passat between Tow Path Road and the Schuylkill River the night of Oct 4. As Hoffman prepared to leave, he instead backed over the edge of the embankment and into the canal.
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January 17, 2016
PHILADELPHIA POLICE were looking Friday for a man who, posing as a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee, has been telling residents in North Philadelphia that the city was going to demolish their homes. The incidents occurred Jan. 8 and Wednesday on the 2500 block of North Colorado Street, the 2400 block of West Cumberland Street, and the 2400 block of West Sergeant Street, the Mayor's Office of Communications said in a statement. The man wore a reflective vest and yellow hard hat, but presented no identification.
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January 17, 2016 | Staff Report
Philadelphia police were looking Friday for a man who, posing as a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee, has been telling residents in North Philadelphia that the city was going to demolish their homes. The incidents occurred Jan. 8 and Wednesday on the 2500 block of North Colorado Street, the 2400 block of West Cumberland Street, and the 2400 block of West Sergeant Street, the Mayor's Office of Communications said in a statement. The man wore a reflective vest and yellow hard hat, but presented no identification.
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December 9, 2015 | Staff reports
Two people died in a two-car accident Monday night in New Hope at Route 202 and North Sugan Road, officials said. Solebury Township police said a Nissan SUV and Volvo station wagon collided head-on shortly before 7:15 p.m. The Volvo's adult male driver and a female passenger in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, police said. The Nissan driver, an adult male, was flown in a medical helicopter to a hospital. His condition wasn't available. The circumstances remain under investigation.
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June 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHAT SHOULD have been a quick walk home from school yesterday turned into an hourlong ordeal for one Northeast Philly teen, the victim of a gunpoint kidnapping that saw him dumped on the other side of the city, police said. Just before 2 p.m., the boy, a ninth-grader at George Washington High School, called his dad, Christian Garnica, to say he'd be home soon, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman. But as he rounded the corner to his house, on Ferndale Street near Greymont in Bustleton, the teen - whose name the Daily News is withholding - spotted two men waiting for him. Those men brandished handguns and grabbed the boy. They covered his eyes with tape and forced him into a nearby Subaru station wagon, Stanford said.
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June 10, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE PHILADELPHIA Police detective's business card sat in Russell Samuel Stiver's wallet for years, long after Stiver left the city, his large family reduced by two. Once a year, whether he was living in Missouri or Ohio, Stiver would drive his Ford station wagon back to Philly alone, to find out if police or anyone else had seen or heard from his daughter Sandra or daughter-in-law Martha. One day soon, three of Stiver's children - Hazel, Tom and Patrick - will drive back to Pennsylvania, 46 years after Sandy and Marty went missing.
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July 5, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A serial burglar whose assault last month of a North Jersey woman was captured on a hidden nanny cam leaped out of a closet more than 20 years ago and pummeled another woman, dragging her by her hair, in a similar home invasion in Burlington County. Shawn Custis, 42, is being held on $750,000 bail in the Essex County Jail on attempted murder, robbery, and burglary charges after the June 21 attack in Millburn. The two attacks, years apart, appear to be bookends to a lengthy rap sheet.
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February 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Tinney, Inquirer Staff Writer
The children needed shoes. That was all Matilda Myers needed to hear. Her husband, John, was an engineer for RCA in Camden, a city starting to shudder under the weight of poverty in 1962. At home in Haddonfield one evening, he told her about children he'd seen playing in a street, a troubling sight because they were barefoot. That year, rather than giving their usual $100 gift to Lutheran World Action, they and their own two children went to Gig's Shoes on Federal Street and bought coupons for sneakers, $2 a pair.
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August 13, 2012 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Is it possible to live your life as an automotive Jekyll-and-Hyde? Can you pull up to the soccer field in a sedate station wagon, disgorge a mob of howling little David Beckhams, then slip off to a winding country road and do a convincing imitation of a Corvette ZR-1 in mid-scream? It is possible if you can dollar up for a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG High Performance Wagon (base price $91,500) or a Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon ($63,215). These Benz and Caddy wagons have to be the ultimate wolves in sheep's clothing.
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