May 5, 2013 |
Street Address A : A big tan house in North Kingstown, Rhode Island; the corner lot of a woody cul de sac near a bike path populated by joggers in Lululemon. Quiet and country charming, a well-landscaped American achievement. This is the house where Katherine Russell grew up, with her parents and two sisters. Street Address Z : An apartment in a rowhouse in Cambridge, Mass., the most run-down structure on an otherwise cheerful block. A building with cracked window panes on the second floor and a...
March 2, 2012 |
T here I was, in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, looking down at the Colorado River. Animal tracks in the snow made a dotted line beside the water. But where, I wondered, were the bighorn sheep? The black bears? I pressed my nose to the glass and followed the tracks carefully, expecting — any second now — to see wildlife. I was in my 40th hour aboard Amtrak , nearly 2,000 miles into a 3,218-mile cross-country adventure. I'd packed five books, my laptop, several movies and hours of music,...
September 7, 2012 |
RHINEBECK, N.Y. — It was a motorized celebration of the lightness of being, driving U.S. Route 9 through New Jersey and New York, stopping long enough in this pretty Duchess County village by the Hudson River to enjoy burgers and great cookies prepared by Sam and Joann Cohen, proprietors of the aptly named Matchbox Cafe. It is a tiny stone building along Route 9, "no bigger than a matchbox," said Joann, who was working double duty as cook and server on the Sunday of our arrival.
February 20, 2009
In his Feb. 19 op-ed column [" Will Detroit Get Totaled? "] E.J. Dionne Jr. mentioned his new 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. He said it is "one of GM's comeback cars, and reviewers say it is thoroughly competitive with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. " Well, my Honda Accord was recently in the body shop for a week, and I rented a 2009 Malibu. Compared with my Accord, the Malibu felt like a tank. It had uninspired styling, small, narrow windows that restricted vision, lousy gas mileage, an irritating flashing dashboard display, cryptic...
September 15, 2009 |
The District is ending its safety inspection program for most private cars Oct 1., leading some people to worry that area roads will soon be flooded with unsafe cars that could cause more accidents. Emissions inspections will still be required every two years for all cars and trucks, as required by federal regulations, but motor vehicles that are not used for commercial purposes will no longer have to prove that they are road-worthy. The Fenty administration and the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles persuaded the D.C. Council...
May 11, 2013 |
SAO PAULO — The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil's new middle class. The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell the tale of an economy in full bloom that now boasts the fourth largest auto market in the world. What happens once those vehicles hit the streets, however, is shaping up as a national tragedy, experts say, with thousands of Brazilians dying every year in auto...