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September 4, 1991
The Firestone Tire and Service Center in the North Carroll Shopping Center closed Aug. 29."The economy is bad. Business is slow," manager Fred Onkst said.The center employed four people and had been open under the Firestone name for six years, he said.The decision to close the store was made in Akron, Ohio, at the company's corporate headquarters, Onkst said."Business was off considerably," he said, adding that he did not know exactly how much sales were off from last year.The Firestone center in Westminster at the 140 Village Shopping Center will remain open, Onkst said.
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September 18, 2013
Three people were injured when a van crashed into the Firestone Tire Center in the 700 block of Belair Road in Bel Air late Saturday morning, according to Bel Air Police. Bel Air Police reported the driver of the van, Thomas Roper, of Edgewood, and two people inside the building when it was struck, Jan Wilson and Ricky Richards, both of Bel Air, were injured in the accident that was reported at 11:23 a.m. Wilson, who was the most seriously injured of the three people hurt in the accident, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
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By Steven Lubet | October 12, 2000
CHICAGO -- If corporate stonewallers are the obvious villains in the Firestone tire fiasco, trial lawyers turn out to be the unexpected heroes. Never thought you'd appreciate trial lawyers? Put your preconceptions aside and please keep reading. By now, everyone knows about the apparently fatal combination of defective Firestone tires and Ford Explorers. As recently as Aug. 2, however, Firestone adamantly refused to admit that there was any danger at all. "These are good tires," its spokeswoman insisted.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Just a rookie on the Firestone Indy Lights Series, Jack Hawksworth has already won twice this year. But the happiness he felt over those victories did not compare to the elation of winning the pole for Sunday's Indys Lights race at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Hawksworth, a 22-year-old native of Bradford, England, posted the fastest time in Saturday's qualifying session, finishing a lap of the 2.02-mile course in 1 minute, 24.8128 seconds. That time was more than a half-second better than Carlos Munoz (1:25.3152)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2001
Several weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. announced that it was terminating its 104-year relationship with Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. in the wake of last year's recall of 6.5 million tires that were standard equipment on Ford's Explorer sport-utility vehicles. The company's relationship with the tire maker dates to 1897, when founder Henry Ford purchased a set of tires for his first automobile from Harvey S. Firestone. In 1906, Ford's purchase of 2,000 sets of Firestone tires at $55 a set was at the time the single largest contract for tires in the world.
NEWS
April 1, 2005
Jack L. Benner, a retired Firestone executive, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Howard County General Hospital. He was 73, and a resident of the Valley Mede section of Ellicott City. Born in Northumberland, Pa., he earned a bachelor's degree in business at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia before serving in the Army during the Korean War. He initially moved to Baltimore in the early 1960s and was transferred several times before moving to Howard County in 1986. Mr. Benner joined Firestone as a salesman, and rose to become president of its Automotive Supply Co. subsidiary and general manager of the parent company's East Coast operations before retiring in 1989.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | September 6, 2006
This white wine is unusually dry and Alsace-like for a California gewurztraminer, many of which run toward cloying sweetness. And there's none of the bitterness that afflicts some dry gewurztraminers. This wine from cool Santa Barbara County displays well-defined flavors of spices, peach and limes. It's an especially encouraging find at this price. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2000
If Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Ford Motor Co. had only stepped forward together, ordered a recall of tires sooner, been more forthcoming with consumers early on, the companies' current debacle wouldn't have reached such epic proportions, experts say. As it is, the crisis is destined to take its place in the textbooks among the most celebrated examples of bungled public relations with the 1982 Tylenol tampering, the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and...
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By Jim McNair and Jim McNair,Knight-Ridder News Service | December 29, 1991
MIAMI -- Two financial powerhouses from Japan took possession of Calder and Gulfstream racetracks Friday in a deal that freed Virginia horse breeder Bertram Firestone of $168 million in debt he couldn't repay.Operations of the tracks, two of the biggest in the country, will not change immediately, said representatives for the new owners and state officials. Gulfstream will reopen on Jan. 8, as scheduled.The deals were completed in New York at 5 p.m. Friday. In public statements shortly thereafter, nothing was mentioned of Firestone's well-publicized financial problems.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2000
Three months into a federal investigation of possible tire defects, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said yesterday that it will recall millions of light truck and sport utility vehicle tires that have been linked to dozens of fatal accidents. The recall involves certain sizes of Firestone radial ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires, which have been standard equipment on the nation's most popular SUV, the Ford Explorer, and other vehicles. "Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers," Firestone Executive Vice President Gary Crigger said in announcing the decision in Washington yesterday morning.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2012
The Firestone Indy Lights Series has a tight championship race going on between teammates -- and it got just a little tighter during Saturday's qualifying. Tristan Vautier, currently second in points, won the pole for Sunday's race and the point that goes with it to close within six of Esteban Guerrieri, his Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate, who was second fastest. "The fun thing about this team," said Vautier, "is that they let us fight for the title. But they say, 'Don't do nothing silly.'" Vautier covered the 2.04-mile course in 1 minute, 23.6893 seconds at 87.753 mph on his pole-winning lap. Schmidt's second-place run was 1:24.4943 at 86.917 mph. Vautier said the chicane, installed Friday night to slow the cars and help to keep them on the track surface -- instead of flying through the air like IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud did Friday -- did nothing to hinder him in his qualifying run. Guerrieri wasn't as pleased with the course change.
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By Sports Digest | August 25, 2011
Auto racing Ribbs entered in Firestone race here Willy T. Ribbs , the winningest black driver in history, has been coaxed out of retirement by friend and business partner Chris Miles of Starting Grid Inc. to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights competition at noon Sept. 4 at the Baltimore Grand Prix. " Starting Grid facilitates opportunities for minority participation within motorsports and helped form Willy T. Ribbs Racing through a partnership with American Honda.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | August 5, 2010
Either way, Sunday evening figures to mark a turning point. Tiger Woods jets off to the PGA Championship with yet another WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title in his possession, signaling the belated breakthrough from his winter of scandal, counseling and tabloid fodder. At the very least, he makes the winner sweat down the homestretch. Otherwise, we're left to consider him an ordinary tour pro. Until further notice, anyway. That isn't to say Woods couldn't blitz the year's final major, a couple of FedEx Cup playoff events and another large bucket of Player of the Year honors.
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By Robyn Dixon and Robyn Dixon,Los Angeles Times | May 20, 2007
HARBEL, Liberia -- They come in broad daylight, with guns, machetes, knives and buckets of acid. The invaders of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire's rubber plantation in Liberia are hunting what they call "elephant meat": To them, the company is so big that anyone can take a hunk of flesh and no one will notice. Some people who stand in their way get hacked to death. Acid has been hurled on the faces and bodies of others. During 14 years of civil war in Liberia, the plundering of plantations and other assets became so common that the country was brought to its knees.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2007
Awards Atlantic Scaffolding and Atlantic Plant Services, units of Columbia-based Atlantic Industrial, received 10 Meritorious Safety Awards for Contractors from the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association. Software engineering firm Datatel Inc. presented Villa Julie College in Green Spring Valley with its 2007 Partner In Excellence award. Contract The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association signed a contract to bring the Becker Pet Industry trade show to Baltimore for four successive years beginning in 2008.
NEWS
February 27, 2007
James A. Pusateri, who headed a maritime division of a tire manufacturer, died of cancer Friday at his Fallston home. He was 63. Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he was a 1964 graduate of Patterson High School, where he played football and wrestled. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from Oklahoma State University, where he was also on the football team. He was an estimator at the old Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Shipyard and worked briefly for Marine Transport in New York City before joining L&C Marine in Locust Point, a Bridgestone-Firestone division.
NEWS
September 3, 2000
WHAT DID Firestone and Ford know about the failure rate of tires on Ford Explorers and when did they know it? Federal agencies and Congress are interested in the answers to those questions. So far, Firestone and Ford have a lot to explain. Reports suggest Firestone officials knew three tire models on Ford Explorers and pickup trucks were coming apart. They knew consumers were complaining. But they did nothing to get the tires off the road. As a result, as many as 750 accidents -- and 62 fatalities -- may have occurred.
SPORTS
By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | August 5, 2010
Either way, Sunday evening figures to mark a turning point. Tiger Woods jets off to the PGA Championship with yet another WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title in his possession, signaling the belated breakthrough from his winter of scandal, counseling and tabloid fodder. At the very least, he makes the winner sweat down the homestretch. Otherwise, we're left to consider him an ordinary tour pro. Until further notice, anyway. That isn't to say Woods couldn't blitz the year's final major, a couple of FedEx Cup playoff events and another large bucket of Player of the Year honors.
NEWS
By MICHAEL DRESSER | September 6, 2006
This white wine is unusually dry and Alsace-like for a California gewurztraminer, many of which run toward cloying sweetness. And there's none of the bitterness that afflicts some dry gewurztraminers. This wine from cool Santa Barbara County displays well-defined flavors of spices, peach and limes. It's an especially encouraging find at this price. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine.
NEWS
By MICHAEL DRESSER | March 1, 2006
This plump, ripe, well-rounded red wine offers excellent value and approachability for a California syrah. Its intense flavors of blackberry, herbs and chocolate coat the palate, but its tannins are soft - making aging a choice rather than a requirement. Serve with lamb, game, stews.
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