August 17, 2014 |
Lexus invented the luxury crossover SUV when it introduced its RX model 16 years ago. For that Edisonesque accomplishment, the upmarket manufacturer was issued a license to print money. The RX sells more than 100,000 copies a year, making it this country's top-selling luxury vehicle. That many sales of a vehicle that starts at $40,795 translates into yumongous yens, particularly when you're talking about premium-brand profit margins. Now, it seems, the king of the Lexus showrooms will have to cede a little floor space to a new kid brother, the Lexus NX. Due in the dealerships in late November/early December, the NX is Lexus' new entry-level crossover, a somewhat smaller, sportier, and cheaper variation on the RX. Unlike the pioneering RX, however, the NX is rather late to the compact crossover party.
August 12, 2014 |
THE HOT August sun beat heavily on 19th Street and Hunting Park Avenue yesterday. But that didn't stop Jameer Greer, 10, and Jhafi Sexton, 15, from standing at the corner, directing drivers to a car wash on the block. Greer and Sexton spent the day working the event at Time Out Car Wash, in Nicetown, as part of a fundraiser for WANPAE - Worry About Nothing Purpose is Alive in Everyone - a Philly organization that teaches preteens and teenagers entrepreneurship and how to pursue their passions.
August 6, 2014 |
Three small white caskets stood open at the front of the church, covered in flowers. One man doubled over in grief at the sight. Another sagged into the arms of relatives, who struggled to hold him up as he choked out two words: "My boy. " Relatives and friends clung to each other as they made their way down the aisle at the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church. One woman rushed down the aisle, crying, "It's not real. " As the bodies of three siblings lay in the white caskets on a bright Monday morning, hundreds filed past to pay their respects - politicians and pastors, teachers from Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, and even a local motorcycle club, decked out in leather vests.
July 31, 2014 |
Hundreds of people gathered at a rally and vigil Tuesday evening on the grassy lot where three children were killed by a carjacked SUV that veered out of control at Germantown and Allegheny Avenues last week. Cassandra Alexander, a relative who spoke on behalf of the family, described their anguish and bewilderment. "Our hearts are broken. We can't believe this is our new reality: a nightmare with no end," she told the crowd. Killed in the crash were 15-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Joseph Reed, and 7-year-old Terrence Moore.
May 21, 2014 |
GREG JENKINS was awakened early yesterday morning by a "loud thump" against the side of his rowhouse in West Philly. "It sounded like something was about to come through the walls," Jenkins said last night outside his home, on Daggett Street near Girard Avenue. He had no idea that the noises were blows allegedly being rained down on his elderly next-door neighbor by her 15-year-old foster son. "I always got a bad vibe from that kid, to be honest," he said, "but I never pictured anything like this; he never struck me as violent.
May 21, 2014 |
A 14-year-old West Philadelphia boy severely beat his 70-year-old foster mother Monday morning, then stole her car, drove it to Chester County, and crashed into another vehicle in Tredyffrin Township, police said. The teenager faces charges including aggravated assault, attempted murder, third-degree felony theft, reckless endangerment, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to Philadelphia and Tredyffrin police. The foster mother, Marrie Chess, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a fractured sternum and head injuries, police said, and was listed in stable condition.
February 9, 2014 |
This year's rendition of the Philadelphia Auto Show turns out to be a car cotillion of exceptional magnitude. Nearly a dozen 2015 cars and trucks will make their regional debuts at the show, which opens its nine-day run Saturday at the Convention Center. The debutantes range from the radically redesigned Ford F-150 full-size pickup and the brand new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups to the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan, the Cadillac Escalade large SUV, and the latest coming of the iconic Ford Mustang.
October 29, 2013 |
CHRIS ALVELO, a 17-year-old aspiring Eagle Scout from New Foundations Charter School, is being hailed as a Philadelphia hero after he took control of the wheel Saturday afternoon when his stepfather lost consciousness while driving, possibly due to a medical emergency. The teen may have saved four lives. Alvelo, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was killed instantly when the Ford Explorer slammed into a parked vehicle near Northeast Philadelphia Airport about 12:30 p.m., police said.
July 20, 2013
An 11-year-old girl was in critical condition after being struck by an SUV late Thursday afternoon on Roosevelt Boulevard in the city's Olney section, police said. The girl, who was riding a bicycle, was trying to cross the Boulevard at Garland Street around 5:30 p.m. when she was hit by a 2003 Cadillac Escalade heading south on the Boulevard, police said. The girl suffered head injuries and a broken right arm and was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, police said.
June 27, 2013 |
A 34-year-old woman faces drunken driving charges after driving her SUV into a backyard pool in Philadelphia's West Mount Airy section. Police were called to the home on the 700 block of West Mount Airy Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and found a 2006 Saturn Vue in the pool and the driver sitting on the ground. The woman's name has not been released yet because she has not been formally charged.