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June 30, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
IN THE REGION Tentative pact at hospital Representatives of District 1199C of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees said they reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with Hahnemann University Hospital. Talks with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the last hospital without a contract, were set to resume Saturday. — Harold Brubaker   Phila. investors in W.Pa. project American Harness Tracks, the Pittsburgh company hoping to build a racetrack and casino in Lawrence County, is turning to Philadelphia to raise cash to bring the long-delayed Valley View Downs project into being.
SPORTS
June 21, 2012
THIS WEEK'S RACE Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. When: Sunday, 3 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course Race distance: 110 laps/350 kilometers (219 miles) Race forecast: sunny, mid-70s Last year's winner: Kurt Busch Last year's pole winner: Joey Logano, 93.256 mph Track qualifying record: Jeff Gordon, 94.325 mph (June 2005) Track facts: Kurt Busch led four times for 76 laps, including the last 23, to win last year's race.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | Scott Sturgis
2012 Toyota Prius C Three: The C is for "cuter. " Price: $23,519 as tested. (Including $850 for the sunroof, $225 for floor mats, and $49 for a cargo net.) Marketer's pitch: As the millions of TV commercials have said: "A (Game of Life) game piece to move you to the next level. " Conventional wisdom: The 25-dollar fill-up makes a comeback. Reality: A less interplanetary Prius. A delicate balance: Whenever I try out the Driver's Seat on well-known models, I brace myself for the inevitable onslaught of responses, most of them less-than-favorable.
NEWS
March 20, 2012 | Staff Report
Two police officers were hurt today when their police van was rammed by a car at an intersection in Northeast Philadelphia and flipped over. The officers were taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital complaining of neck and back pain, police said. Their injuries are not considered life threatening. The female driver of the Toyota that rammed the van was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center for observation. Police said the van was northbound on Harbison Avenue with its sirens on and lights flashing about 8:45 a.m. when Toyota, which was eastbound on East Cheltenham Avenue., slammed into the driver's side of the van. The van flipped and landed on the hood of the Toyota.
NEWS
December 11, 2011 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Toyota has never peddled the Camry as a performer. It has always been marketed as a conservative, comfortable family sedan with an emphasis on its durability and safety features. The closest we get to an exception to that rule is the V-6-powered SE model. It is certainly the most fun you can have in a Camry, and Toyota made sure that continued to be the case when it redesigned the midsize sedan for 2012. While its 3.5-liter, 268-horsepower V-6 is a 2011 carryover, the new SE has been fitted with a stiffer, more athletic suspension than the other Camrys, and a more precise electric steering system with excellent on-center feel.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2011 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2011 Toyota Prius Three: City commuters, why aren't we all driving this? Price: Oh, yeah, because it's $24,520 without options. A slightly less-equipped Prius Two starts at $23,520. Marketer's pitch: Gas is $3.50 a gallon, dude. Conventional wisdom: Gas is $3.50 a gallon, dude. Reality: Gas is $3.50 a gallon, dude. And this isn't a bad car. Efficient package: I'd read some hybrid-backlash articles this year, reporting that some people contend their mileage may vary so much that they wonder why they bought a hybrid at all. So I thought I'd try out the Driver's Seat.
NEWS
August 29, 2011
By Charles Saydah Fantasies die hard. I know because my wife and I recently had to part with our fantasy: a deep-blue Saab convertible that we drove for eight years. It's been hardly a month now that I've been driving a new, eminently serviceable, gray Toyota Corolla. But all I can see on the road is convertibles, most of them with their tops down. Audis, Mini Coopers, Mercedes-Benzes, Mustangs, Sebrings, Volvos, Solaras, PT Cruisers, Cabrios, Vettes, Jeeps, Spiders, Mazdas, and sibling Saabs - convertibles everywhere.
NEWS
April 20, 2011 | Associated Press
DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp. has extended production cuts at its North American factories into early June as it struggles to deal with parts shortages caused by the earthquake that hit Japan. The disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami continue to spread. Toyota has warned dealers to expect shortages well into this summer, and has changed paint colors on many models because of chemical shortages from a supplier. Even U.S. automakers are feeling the pain, trimming production schedules at many plants.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2011 | Associated Press
TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that it would maintain output at half capacity in Japan from May 10 through June 3 because of a supply crunch for auto parts after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The world's No. 1 automaker said it remained unclear when it would return to full production in Japan. Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto said the company was struggling to obtain about 150 types of auto parts. The magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami destroyed parts factories in northeastern Japan, causing severe supply shortages for Toyota and other automakers.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2011 | By Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it almost surely would be forced to temporarily shut down all of its North American factories because of parts shortages due to the earthquake that hit Japan last month. The temporary shutdowns are likely to take place in April and affect 25,000 workers, but no layoffs are expected, company spokesman Mike Goss said. How long the shutdowns last or whether all 13 of Toyota's North American factories will be affected at the same time is unknown and depends on when parts production can restart in Japan, he said.
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