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By Liz F. Kay | June 27, 2011
Some car manufacturers are dumping the spare tire to help their models lose weight and boost their gas mileage, according to this Los Angeles Times story. The choice to equip cars with flat-fix kits or run-flat tires also lowers the manufacturer's costs --- only four tires are needed per vehicle, instead of five. I don't know about you, but this news really surprised me. I had heard of gas miser hypermiling drivers who shed every potential component from their vehicles including spare tires, but that seemed a step too far. Personally, my frugal heart resists the costs of the usual roadside-assistance services, if they are not already offered by insurance or a credit card.
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By Liz F. Kay | June 27, 2011
Some car manufacturers are dumping the spare tire to help their models lose weight and boost their gas mileage, according to this Los Angeles Times story. The choice to equip cars with flat-fix kits or run-flat tires also lowers the manufacturer's costs --- only four tires are needed per vehicle, instead of five. I don't know about you, but this news really surprised me. I had heard of gas miser hypermiling drivers who shed every potential component from their vehicles including spare tires, but that seemed a step too far. Personally, my frugal heart resists the costs of the usual roadside-assistance services, if they are not already offered by insurance or a credit card.
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NEWS
July 9, 1993
POLICE* Westminster: A Guadelupe Drive resident told city police that someone stole the spare tire and wheel from his truck while it was parked on North Center Street on Wednesday. He estimated the loss at $85.
NEWS
BY SHARI ROAN and BY SHARI ROAN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 28, 2006
A little paunch is just no good with a Speedo or bikini. Health-wise, it's none too pretty either. That bulge is the outward sign of a deeper problem: visceral fat, a kind of biological monstrosity that, in excess, wreaks havoc on the body, increasing the risk for heart disease, diabetes, possibly even dementia and some types of cancer. Lying deep inside the body, wrapping around the liver and other major organs, visceral fat acts like a kind of organ itself - spewing out bad hormones and squashing the production of good ones.
NEWS
July 7, 1995
Two Brooklyn Park boys were charged with disorderly conduct and destruction of property Tuesday after a spare tire was damaged with a smoke bomb, county police said.John David Burkett, 36, of the 5100 block of Brookwood Road, reported the incident at about 12:30 p.m. A neighbor told police he saw two boys put a smoke bomb on a spare tire in Mr. Burkett's 1984 Chevrolet truck, police said. The neighbor, who identified the boys, also told police the youths ignited another smoke bomb and placed it in a mailbox at the corner of Brookwood and Southerly roads.
NEWS
January 23, 1997
FireReese: Firefighters from Westminster assisted Reese at 9: 59 a.m. Tuesday, responding to a chimney fire in the 1000 block of Sharon Lane. Units were out 39 minutes.PoliceWestminster: Officials for a Hanover, Pa., construction company told police that someone stole lumber from a work site in the 400 block of N. Cranberry Road between 4 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday. The loss was estimated at $415.Westminster: An East Green Street resident told police that a spare tire was stolen from his vehicle last week while it was parked near his home.
NEWS
August 26, 1996
FireWestminster: Firefighters responded at 1: 25 p.m. Thursday to an auto fire in the 500 block of Baltimore Blvd. Units were out 35 minutes.Westminster: Firefighters from New Windsor and Pleasant Valley assisted Westminster at 1: 19 p.m. Friday, responding to a house fire in the 1100 block of Western Chapel Road. Units were out two hours and 10 minutes.PoliceWestminster: The owner of Westminster Transmission Service, Greenwood Avenue, reported a snowplow was stolen from outside the business between 7: 30 p.m. Monday and 11: 30 a.m. Tuesday.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | February 3, 2005
IF YOU own a minivan -- we have a snappy Mazda MPV that has squeezed all the joy of driving out of our lives -- you've probably already identified your biggest on-road nightmare. It's not getting rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. It's not getting a $200 speeding ticket from some cranky state trooper who nails you doing 85 in a 55. It's getting a flat tire. Because a flat in most minivans means you're doomed, something we only recently learned in my family. Our flat-tire horror story begins this way: It's 8 in the morning.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | October 5, 2004
AT EVERY LEVEL of football, place-kickers are like a car's spare tire, in that they take up valuable space and are usually smaller than the genuine article. But, as Franklin is finding out this season, a good kicker, like a good spare tire, can often be the most valuable apparatus you can have, when the time calls for it. Talk of senior David Schaffer's knack for hitting from distance is making the rounds among Baltimore County coaches who whisper his praises while scouting pending opponents.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | July 3, 1991
Until I had that bowl of crab soup at Gerben's Cafe, I wasn't really back in Baltimore. I had been in Spain, where the word for beer is "cerveza." And the word for "two" is "dos." That is pretty much the extent of my mastery of the Spanish language.Now my body was in Baltimore, but not my brain. And until I spooned down that magnificent soup, I had no rhythm. The soup rescued me from a long and difficult day. The kind of day folks often have, I think, when they return from vacation and attempt to get back into the grind.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | February 3, 2005
IF YOU own a minivan -- we have a snappy Mazda MPV that has squeezed all the joy of driving out of our lives -- you've probably already identified your biggest on-road nightmare. It's not getting rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. It's not getting a $200 speeding ticket from some cranky state trooper who nails you doing 85 in a 55. It's getting a flat tire. Because a flat in most minivans means you're doomed, something we only recently learned in my family. Our flat-tire horror story begins this way: It's 8 in the morning.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | October 5, 2004
AT EVERY LEVEL of football, place-kickers are like a car's spare tire, in that they take up valuable space and are usually smaller than the genuine article. But, as Franklin is finding out this season, a good kicker, like a good spare tire, can often be the most valuable apparatus you can have, when the time calls for it. Talk of senior David Schaffer's knack for hitting from distance is making the rounds among Baltimore County coaches who whisper his praises while scouting pending opponents.
NEWS
January 23, 1997
FireReese: Firefighters from Westminster assisted Reese at 9: 59 a.m. Tuesday, responding to a chimney fire in the 1000 block of Sharon Lane. Units were out 39 minutes.PoliceWestminster: Officials for a Hanover, Pa., construction company told police that someone stole lumber from a work site in the 400 block of N. Cranberry Road between 4 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday. The loss was estimated at $415.Westminster: An East Green Street resident told police that a spare tire was stolen from his vehicle last week while it was parked near his home.
NEWS
August 26, 1996
FireWestminster: Firefighters responded at 1: 25 p.m. Thursday to an auto fire in the 500 block of Baltimore Blvd. Units were out 35 minutes.Westminster: Firefighters from New Windsor and Pleasant Valley assisted Westminster at 1: 19 p.m. Friday, responding to a house fire in the 1100 block of Western Chapel Road. Units were out two hours and 10 minutes.PoliceWestminster: The owner of Westminster Transmission Service, Greenwood Avenue, reported a snowplow was stolen from outside the business between 7: 30 p.m. Monday and 11: 30 a.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1995
Dan Selke will sell the hubcaps off his own truck.That's the guarantee he gives to scores of customers every day at Hub Cap City, his roadside shop on U.S. 1 in Elkridge. And if they don't want his truck's hubcaps, he has 85,000 other wheel parts to offer."There's always something here that you can't find anywhere else," Mr. Selke said, standing amid piles of parts stored in his shop's dimly lighted attic.He holds up a dusty center cap emblazoned with a jaguar. "I got a man who's been looking for this for three weeks," he said.
NEWS
July 7, 1995
Two Brooklyn Park boys were charged with disorderly conduct and destruction of property Tuesday after a spare tire was damaged with a smoke bomb, county police said.John David Burkett, 36, of the 5100 block of Brookwood Road, reported the incident at about 12:30 p.m. A neighbor told police he saw two boys put a smoke bomb on a spare tire in Mr. Burkett's 1984 Chevrolet truck, police said. The neighbor, who identified the boys, also told police the youths ignited another smoke bomb and placed it in a mailbox at the corner of Brookwood and Southerly roads.
NEWS
By PATRICK McGUIRE and PATRICK McGUIRE,Patrick McGuire is a writer for The Sun Magazine | February 2, 1992
I looked in the trunk the other day to see if my jumper cables were still there. I was relieved to see them tucked up next to the little doughnut that masquerades as a spare tire (just the thing if my wheelbarrow goes flat -- if I had a wheelbarrow).It seems like everybody these days is talking about jumper cables in connection with resparking the stalled Buick of the nation's economy. In fact, while the president, in his state of the metaphor speech this week, didn't exactly say it in so many words, he hinted broadly that the only way to save Macy's and GM and the yacht trade is for us everyday folk to go to our trunks and get out our cables and jump-start the economy back to life.
NEWS
By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1995
Dan Selke will sell the hubcaps off his own truck.That's the guarantee he gives to scores of customers every day at Hub Cap City, his roadside shop on U.S. 1 in Elkridge. And if they don't want his truck's hubcaps, he has 85,000 other wheel parts to offer."There's always something here that you can't find anywhere else," Mr. Selke said, standing amid piles of parts stored in his shop's dimly lighted attic.He holds up a dusty center cap emblazoned with a jaguar. "I got a man who's been looking for this for three weeks," he said.
NEWS
July 9, 1993
POLICE* Westminster: A Guadelupe Drive resident told city police that someone stole the spare tire and wheel from his truck while it was parked on North Center Street on Wednesday. He estimated the loss at $85.
NEWS
By PATRICK McGUIRE and PATRICK McGUIRE,Patrick McGuire is a writer for The Sun Magazine | February 2, 1992
I looked in the trunk the other day to see if my jumper cables were still there. I was relieved to see them tucked up next to the little doughnut that masquerades as a spare tire (just the thing if my wheelbarrow goes flat -- if I had a wheelbarrow).It seems like everybody these days is talking about jumper cables in connection with resparking the stalled Buick of the nation's economy. In fact, while the president, in his state of the metaphor speech this week, didn't exactly say it in so many words, he hinted broadly that the only way to save Macy's and GM and the yacht trade is for us everyday folk to go to our trunks and get out our cables and jump-start the economy back to life.
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