July 29, 1995 |
Before Ford Motor picked a date to unveil its redesigned Taurus and Mercury Sable for 1996, it called in somebody who may not know a carburetor, but who says she knows mucho about celestial drift. Joyce Jillson of Sherman Oaks, Calif., a newspaper astrologer and seer for celebs, recommended any debut date close to the summer solstice, "when the light of the whole universe is most clear. " Ford picked June 19 - two days before the ancient Druid sun-fete - for the great unrolling. Ford says it paid Jillson $500 to scan the charts.
January 15, 1998 |
Another year, another NASCAR controversy. NASCAR is beginning its 50th anniversary celebration in a familiar fast lane, or, if you're a Ford driver, a slower lane. In previous years, Chevrolet teams have complained about Fords having an unfair advantage. Now, Ford teams are bickering among themselves. Last year, Ford officials announced they were discontinuing production of the Thunderbird because the T-Bird wasn't selling sufficiently to warrant continued production.
December 4, 1988 |
The Taurus SHO is the first sedan to combine top-rank, Autobahn-ready performance with great handling, everyday family utility and a price within the reach of mere mortals. Those qualities make this dazzling car the most important automotive breakthrough in years. - Car and Driver. The purpose of the SHO . . . is to enhance Ford's image as a world-class car builder, and I really think it will achieve that. - Bill Pochiluk, chief analyst, Autofacts Inc. The Ford Taurus, that distinctive, affordable family car that popularized the rounded "aero" look so prevalent today, is not unaccustomed to attention.
July 31, 1997 |
Good-bye, Thunderbird. Hello, Taurus. Yesterday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ford Motorsports executives brought an end to one of the worst-kept secrets in automotive history by introducing the Taurus as its entry in stock-car racing's premier series in 1998. Earlier this year, Ford cited sluggish sales as the reason it would discontinue production - at the end of the 1997 model year - of the Thunderbird coupe, which debuted on the Winston Cup circuit in 1978. It doesn't necessarily mean the Thunderbird will disappear entirely, however, since NASCAR rules permit the use of the Thunderbird body through the 1999 season.
February 2, 2015 |
BRANDON RUFF really didn't think it was going to end like this. The veteran Philadelphia police sergeant, who in August was detained and later pulled from duty for trying to turn in three handguns anonymously, told the Daily News yesterday that he has learned he is going to be arrested and fired on Monday. Ruff said he believes the arrest is retaliation for a civil-rights lawsuit that he filed against the city over the bizarre encounter he had with fellow cops in Olney's 35th District.
July 18, 1989 |
ITCHING TO DRINK. Having a nice, cool drink at poolside is one of summer's pleasures. But watch out as you spritz lime juice into your drink or take a bite from the juicy celery stalk in your bloody Mary. If the lime or celery juice gets on your sun-exposed skin, a phototoxic reaction could cause a nasty rash, says Alexander Fisher, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. The same thing can happen if you splash perfume onto your skin before going out in the sun. ALZHEIMER'S I. Early results from a study of a treatment for memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease are promising enough to keep the study going, But researchers would not say whether the drug THA actually was found to help restore Alzheimer's patients' memories.
December 8, 2009 |
The Taurus .45 caliber pistol used to kill Philadelphia Police Officer Patrick McDonald sat on a table in U.S. District Court yesterday as the man charged with illegally transporting it from South Carolina went on trial. The case may go to the jury today. Stephen Lashley, 32, is charged buying the weapon in South Carolina in mid-2007, then bringing it to Philadelphia. On Sept. 23, 2008, the weapon was used by another man, Daneel Giddings, 27, to kill McDonald after the officer pulled him over for a traffic stop.
February 11, 1998 |
NASCAR is moving into its 50th anniversary season with one foot jamming the accelerator to the floorboard and one hand furiously waving the lush green marketing flag. Sunday's attention-getting Daytona 500 signals the annual start of the motor racing season. As the biggest race of the year, it should be run late in the season. Since 1959, however, the Daytona 500 is the traditional season-launcher for NASCAR. Making this Daytona 500 interesting is the number of drivers with an excellent chance to win. There's defending Winston Cup series champion Jeff Gordon; the Labonte brothers, Terry and Bobby, starting on the front row; Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin, Ken Schrader and a handful of others.
January 4, 1987 |
By the time Ralph Sullivan called American Dog Training in Cherry Hill, he was ready to sell Taurus, his 8-month-old pit bull. "She was horrible," Sullivan said, "just horrible. " Sullivan's wife, Christina, shook her head in agreement. Shifting her 14- month-old son, Steven, to her left hip, she gestured out of the kitchen window of the couple's house in Fairview. "Look at that yard," she said, "just look at that trash she scattered all over. And if that's not bad enough, I'll show you the hole she made in the sofa.
April 14, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Mercury joins the conglomerate of astral influences in your sign, lending you the gift of gab at a level usually reserved for rappers and auctioneers. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Victorian Taurus poet Robert Browning said, "A minute's success pays the failure of years. " This peculiar math will make sense to you today. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). With your guiding planet, Mercury, on the move, you'll be in the mood to collaborate even more than usual. Choose your partners carefully.