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September 6, 2002
In his address convening a special session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on property taxes, Gov. Schweiker gave the assembled solons exactly the right instructions: Don't do much of anything. Given the impending statewide elections and the shaky grasp many lawmakers have of this complex issue, the chances of intelligent, comprehensive reform coming out of this session are nil. The chances that any laws passed would be a partisan hash are high. But this session, handled properly, could serve as a useful test drive of the many proposals for reducing public education's destructive reliance on this quirky tax. Let lawmakers kick the tires of reform ideas and peek under the hood to decipher the complicated machinery.
SPORTS
April 26, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Michele Alboreto, a onetime Formula One star, was killed when the Audi he was test driving crashed in eastern Germany, the carmaker said yesterday. The 44-year-old Italian was behind the wheel of a new R8 car when it spun out of control and turned over on a straight section of the Lausitzring circuit, in what Audi's sporting chief Wolfgang Ullrich called an "incomprehensible tragedy. " The carmaker said it didn't know what caused the crash, adding the car already had completed thousands of miles of tests without incident.
NEWS
December 22, 1991 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
The customers' request seemed innocent enough. The two men asked the salesman at Peruzzi Pontiac on Route 1 in Fairless Hills to let them take a test drive on Thursday night in a shiny new four-wheel-drive GMC Jimmy. The salesman went along. Big mistake. Police say the customers kidnapped the salesman at gunpoint, drove him to an exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike just west of Harrisburg, handcuffed him to a metal fence in below-freezing temperatures, and stole the car. The salesman remained handcuffed for about five hours before a passing motorist found him and freed him early Friday.
NEWS
January 6, 1991 | By John P. Martin, Special to The Inquirer
In both incidents early last year, the plan was the same. One young man would drop off the other at a car dealership to test-drive a car. But once on the road, the test drive became a terrifying ride for the salesman as the prospective customer turned criminal and stole the car at gunpoint. On Wednesday, the men who engineered the crimes were sentenced to 11 to 23 months in Bucks County Prison. Judge Isaac S. Garb also ordered David M. Walker, 21, of the 5500 block of Master Street, Philadelphia, and Ronald McCafferty, 20, of the 500 block of Jefferson Avenue, Warminster, to avoid contact with their victims.
NEWS
March 1, 2011 | By REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
WHEN THE airborne sports car finally came to a stop after the high-speed test drive, Tyler Jensen, secure in his seat belt, turned to the back seat to check on his father. But Jon Christian "Chris" Jensen, 48, wasn't there. The son jumped out of the red 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer as fast as he could, despite his own injuries, and began searching along the rural Lancaster County road. Fifty feet from the car, he found a disfigured body in a cornfield. At first he didn't realize it was his father, and actually continued walking past the body.
NEWS
April 25, 1994 | By Marilou Regan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When a pair of Potamkin Volkswagen customers decided which car they wanted, they didn't haggle over the price and they didn't ask about rebates. In the middle of the test drive, they just pulled a pistol, forced the salesman out of the car and drove away, police said. Springfield police arrested two men Saturday in connection with the carjacking of the 1993 Volkswagen convertible Friday from the Potamkin Tent Sale held at the Springfield Mall. Wesley E. Munchus, 25, of the 600 block of North 37th Street, Philadelphia, and Reggie L. Jackson, 23, of the 3000 block of Village Bridge, Lindenwold, N.J., were both charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal conspiracy.
BUSINESS
May 5, 1988 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
It is not unusual for dreams of entrepreneurial success to beget nightmares. But it is out of the ordinary when the nightmares beget the dreams. Such is the lot of one Anthony Taylor, a 35-year-old Nashville, Tenn., car salesman. Recently, a fellow car salesman shared a rather traumatic personal experience with Taylor: "He had a nightmare in which people were playing a game that taught them how to buy cars," Taylor recalls. "And after they learned how to play, he didn't make any money.
NEWS
March 5, 2011 | By REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
Car salesmen usually don't drink Bacardi rum before they go for a test drive with a customer, but then again most car dealers aren't Michael Donald Hershey. Most car dealers aren't on the lam, either. Lancaster County authorities have an arrest warrant out for Hershey, 48, of Landisville, who gained notoriety this week in the Daily News as the car dealer whose purported reckless driving allegedly resulted in the death of a potential customer, Jon Christian "Chris" Jensen, 48, of Leola, Lancaster County.
NEWS
June 15, 1987 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony Taylor is hoping his new game will drive car dealers crazy. "I've already gotten flak from dealers' associations," he said. "Car dealers don't want you to play this game. " No wonder. The game, Test Drive, is based on negotiating the price of cars, new and used, domestic and imported. Winners are the best negotiators. Losers are those who pay the sticker price, or, having made an offer lower than the sticker price, refuse to compromise. "Basically, it teaches you to negotiate," Taylor said in a recent interview.
NEWS
October 18, 1994 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Troy Prosser and Kevin Bullock took a different approach to car theft, police say. Instead of taking a car off a street or a parking lot, police say, the pair used this ploy: They bought a paper; scanned the automotive ads for a target; called the owner; made an appointment; took a test drive; asked for the title on the pretense of verifying serial numbers, then took off with the car and the title, leaving the stunned owner behind. At least three times last month the scam worked, and detectives say there could be more cases.
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NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Three-way luxury battle: 2015 Cadillac CTS 2.0T Performance Collection vs. Lexus IS350 F-Sport AWD vs. 2015 Infiniti Q50S 3.7 AWD. This week: Cadillac CTS. Price: $64,315 as tested (base price is $57,670, including $1,830 for the performance seat and cluster package - more on this later - $750 for 18-inch aluminum wheels, and more). Marketer's pitch: "No detail overlooked. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "excellent handling across the line; strong acceleration in turbocharged Vsport form; sophisticated styling; attractive cabin with high-quality materials; top crash-test scores," but it's "not as spacious as some rivals" and has an "occasionally frustrating infotainment system.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Can T-Mobile truly compete on service quality with America's two dominant wireless networks - not just by trash-talking AT&T and Verizon's frustrating willingness to inflict financial pain on customers, but by providing comparable or even better service? I raised that question last week when I reported surprising findings from RootMetrics, which publicizes network tests that carriers might rather deep-six. Twice this year, T-Mobile has tied Verizon for best overall quality in the Philadelphia area, where it also scores high for network speed, texts, and data handling.
SPORTS
August 9, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of the 32 new players wearing an Eagles uniform, no player comes with more intrigue into Friday's preseason opener in Chicago than Darren Sproles. Other newcomers might have bigger roles or brighter futures, but curiosity remains about how coach Chip Kelly will use the versatile, 31-year-old running back. "We're not going to go out there and show everything we're trying to do," Sproles said. "We're going to show just basic stuff. " Kelly argued that there's not much the Eagles can do with Sproles that has not been seen during Sproles' nine seasons with the Chargers and Saints.
SPORTS
August 4, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NFL OFFICIALS worked the part of yesterday's training-camp session where receivers went one-on-one with defensive backs. Snap after snap after snap, yellow flags flew. Sometimes the offender was the receiver, sometimes the defender, but it seemed to happen on just about every play, for more than a dozen plays. "It was [every play], pretty much, wasn't it?" back judge Tony Steratore said when asked about the frequent flagging by a reporter in an information session about new rules emphases for 2014.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Josh Evans went to the Cherry Hill Mall last week to try on shirts at Abercrombie & Fitch, look at shoes at Nordstrom, and enjoy a cappuccino at Starbucks. But he was mainly there to test-drive a 2014 Honda Civic Coupe. "Oh, this is nicer than I thought it would be," Evans, 24, of Erial, N.J., said as he slipped into the leather seat of the shiny black Honda loaded with a sunroof, red wheel trim, and a rearview camera. To see how it handled, he drove around the mall's 2.5-mile perimeter.
SPORTS
December 2, 2012
Icame to the hollowed-out carcass of a big-box store in Horsham to chase a tip that the go-karts at Speed Raceway went up to 70 mph. That was an exaggeration - they go up to 45 mph - but I discovered 45 feels a lot like 70 when you're just inches off the ground and navigating hairpin turns. The track opened in August at the site of the former Walmart on Blair Mill Road. What makes the indoor location unique is that the cars are all-electric, so you don't have to worry about passing out from gas fumes as you do your best Ayrton Senna or Danica Patrick imitation.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2012 | By Scott Sturgis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Occasionally, auto reviewers get to live the dream, driving cars that only the "1 percent" can even afford to take for a test drive. Though we usually focus on more egalitarian brands, I have spent a short time in a McLaren MP4-12C, a Cadillac Escalade, and Mercedes M-Class. People think they want my job - until I tell them about some of the e-mails and phone calls I get. Then they might remark how nice it would be to try out something exotic, even if just for an hour or so. And that's just the kind of adventure that Bill O'Donnell had. This year, the Churchville resident, 70, received what he called "the best Father's Day gift anyone could ever give me" - a chance to drive exotic cars July 28 at Citizens Bank Park.
NEWS
January 29, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Buddies Derrick Dickens and Virgil McClendon make a pilgrimage to the Philadelphia Auto Show every year in an exercise that is part male bonding and part shopping trip. This year, Dickens, of Lumberton, is looking to buy. "I want a midsize SUV or larger," said Dickens, a senior manager at Peco Energy Co. "I need something to cart my two kids around, and I've got to have a place for the golf clubs. " Dickens, 47, and McClendon, 46, of Cherry Hill, walked the floor of the Convention Center Saturday, surrounded by 700 cars on one floor.
NEWS
January 18, 2012
LANCASTER - A Central Pennsylvania car salesman pleaded guilty Tuesday in the death of a man he was taking on a test drive more than a year ago. Michael Hershey, 49, of Landisville, admitted his guilt in Lancaster County Court to homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, and reckless endangerment. Authorities said he had been drinking and was speeding when he hit an embankment in East Hempfield Township in December 2010, killing customer Jon Jensen, 48, and injuring Jensen's son. Hershey choked up at times as he answered questions and said he had an "alcohol problem," the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal-New Era reported.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2012 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Kia Sportage SX FWD: Cute with a kick. Price: $30,990 as tested ($25,795 base). Marketers' pitch: "Designed for the next level. " Conventional wisdom: Kia used to be synonymous with "designed for the previous level. " Not anymore, as the Sportage joins the Optima, Sorento, and Soul as Consumer Digest "Best Buys. " Reality: Forget what you knew about Kia, Sportages, and dismal fuel economy in small SUVs in general and Kias in particular.
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