February 27, 2003
Mayor Street's being the city's top fitness fiend is a gym dandy idea. In a city that's one of the plumpest in the nation, someone ought to fill that role. But when the budget coffers are so bone thin, with a burgeoning deficit and hundreds of layoffs likely this year across city government, a health and fitness czar is fat the city needs to trim. Good health is unimportant - though weight loss doesn't usually qualify as a government responsibility. And Gwen Foster's $79,000 salary isn't that big a chunk of the $3.3 billion budget.
June 7, 2008 |
Disabled people must often work twice as hard to succeed in skills the nondisabled take for granted. Consider the case of Benjamin Copeland, 44, who, despite losing his right leg 10 years ago - his then-girlfriend's ex-husband blasted him with a shotgun - became accomplished at driving right-centric autos with his left foot. Maybe too good. Philadelphia police yesterday charged him with driving off with five new SUVs last month from a Philadelphia International Airport rental car lot. Police said the investigation began after the first car - a 2008 Ford Expedition - was stolen May 9. A video surveillance camera at the Budget and Avis Rental outlets on Arrival Road near the airport showed a one-legged man enter the lot and drive off with the vehicle.
April 22, 2005 |
A tractor-trailer carrying new Mercury Mariners struck an overpass on the Atlantic City Expressway yesterday morning in Camden County, totaling two of the SUVs and damaging two more, police said. No injuries were reported. Eastbound lanes of the highway in Winslow Township were closed for about an hour after the 8 a.m. accident as the SUVs were towed away and engineers inspected the overpass. Traffic backed up 4 1/2 miles to Route 42, said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a state police spokesman.
March 22, 1999 |
If you build it - ever bigger - they will buy it. That's the Detroit view of the car market as auto manufacturers continue to cash in on the country's increasing infatuation with sport-utility vehicles. And our lust for the ridiculously big is growing - possibly inspired by the government. A new government pollution proposal to tighten emissions by requiring SUVs to meet the same pollution standards as passenger cars looks like it might backfire, encouraging carmakers to make more monstrous SUVs that don't have to comply with the new rules.
April 14, 2007 |
Gov. Corzine probably sustained many of his injuries by being thrown about the interior of his SUV, and he likely would have been hurt much less severely had he fastened his seat belt as required by law, accident experts said yesterday. New Jersey state police say Corzine travels in SUVs for safety reasons. Safety experts say an SUV has risks that may outweigh its benefits. "In terms of executive protection, all decisions have the governor's security in mind," said Capt. Al Della Fave, a state police spokesman.
January 8, 1999 |
Ah, the smell! Turned out to be the best part of car shopping. That rich, sweet chemical scent of a machine just built and never touched by human hands. The aroma of a new car. After an eight-year absence from the automobile market, and driving a vehicle with 184,000 miles on the odometer, I was in the market for mint-condition transportation. Which meant car shopping. I surveyed the new-car market the hard way - driving from dealer to dealer. You can do it the easy way, by walking from display to display at the Philadelphia International Auto Show opening Saturday at the Convention Center.
February 12, 2003
GREAT news: the SUV backlash has begun. We've always disliked the fact that sports utility vehicles are so big and dangerous (consumers believe they're safe, when they're anything but) and that they guzzle gas. But now, with war looming, and our dependence on foreign oil increasingly problematic, driving an SUV today is downright unconscionable. That's why we support a recent bill introduced in Congress, by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Olympia Snowe that would raise the standards for fuel efficiency in SUVs.
October 11, 1999 |
Yo, you still driving one of those wimp-mobiles? You know, a car? Well, get rid of it. Now. And get yourself an SUV - you know, a sport-utility vehicle. The bigger the better. Do that, and you'll never want to drive a wimp-mobile again. Here's how we know all this: The Daily News recently took a Lincoln Navigator out for a test drive, thanks to the nice folks at Winner Lincoln Mercury down at the airport auto mall. The Navigator is one fine machine - it's like a truck that handles like a luxury car. You get behind the wheel of one of these babies, and suddenly you own the world.
August 1, 2001
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SUV and fuel efficiency, too. You can have safe vehicles and a safer environment, too. You may have to spend a thousand or two extra, but you'll make it back in reduced gas costs. So said the National Academy of Sciences this week in a report that (you should pardon the expression) demolished arguments by the auto industry that we had to choose between our cars and our atmosphere. Or our cars and our safety. The industry claims that fuel efficiency standards lead to more small cars, and more deaths, on the road.
November 23, 2010
Best place to catch a ride in Center City? How about grabbing a car off the pavement around City Hall, where all types of vehicles can be found parked these days? It's an old habit that the city supposedly broke back in the Rendell administration, when the apron was cleared of unsightly vehicles. Too bad it didn't last. In a supposedly pedestrian-friendly city, people shouldn't have to worry about being run down on the pavement near the city's premier public building. But today's scene under Billy Penn's statue represents a throwback, with commercial vehicles and official-looking black SUVs parked on the apron's north side and near the northeast corner.