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August 16, 2012
Re "Cracking down on diesel," Opinion, Aug. 14 Carl Pope makes a good case for retrofitting trucks with diesel filters, which costs about $10,000 a truck, to reduce deadly air pollution. But the benefit is to the public. Why should the truck owner bear the burden while getting no direct benefit? I suggest that the retrofit be subsidized by taxpayers because they receive the benefit. Among the advantages of this approach is that the retrofits will be done sooner and the savings from costly enforcement programs can be used to actually get the job done.
February 18, 1990
Jim Hutchison's story, "In the Wake of the Lady Rose," Jan. 28, was interesting to an ex-Northwester, but I must take exception to "state of the art in 1937, the Lady Rose boasted one of the world's first marine diesel engines." Fiat was building marine diesels in 1909 and they were used in World War I U-boats. R. BOTTUM Van Nuys
April 14, 1989
Three hundred gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a flood control channel in Anaheim on Thursday, flowing through four cities before it was contained near the ocean, authorities said. The spill occurred at about 9:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of South Allec Street when a 18-wheel truck backing out of a driveway sheared off a valve connecting two 150-gallon diesel tanks. The fuel spilled onto the street and then into an underground flood control drain, where it was inaccessible to authorities trying to contain it, according to Capt.
May 7, 1986
You are to be commended for your strong editorial (April 29), "Staying a Step Ahead," on behalf of cleaner operating RTD buses. Dirty diesels are an obvious source of air pollution that is especially offensive to the rest of the motoring public. In an effort to begin corrective action, last year I carried, and the governor signed, Senate Bill 152, which will include diesel inspections to the "smog-check" program currently applicable to smaller vehicle engines in areas of the state with poor air quality.
May 9, 1989
Deal for Fruehauf Reached: Toronto-based Varity Corp. announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Detroit-based Fruehauf Corp. in a merger valued at more than $500 million. Varity has no plans to restructure the automotive and truck component company or lay off any workers, Varity spokesman J. R. Nowling said. Under the merger agreement, Fruehauf will receive $66 million cash, $430 million principal amount in notes guaranteed by Varity and about 55.5 million new Varity common shares.
May 23, 1989
Thirty new methanol-powered buses will be added to the RTD fleet in Los Angeles this summer, doubling the number of such vehicles in use in the nation, transit officials said Monday. "RTD is proud to be a leader in the field of testing alternative fuels as a viable way of improving air quality," said Southern California Rapid Transit District Board President Gordana Swanson. The first of the new $164,000, 40-foot coaches was unveiled Monday, along with an identifying logo--a white cross within a circle to denote good health.
December 13, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
After three years on the market, the current generation of the Mercedes-Benz midsize E-Class sedan and wagon will be getting an upgrade, with plans to officially reveal the cars at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January. Hoping to get a jump on the event, the company on Thursday presented a glimpse at what buyers of the 2014 models can expect. In addition to the revised look, Mercedes tossed an all-new diesel powerplant option in the engine bay. The biggest change is to the cars' front end. In a move to make the E-Class less conservative and stiff, the lines are now softer and the car has a more windswept look.
August 9, 1985 | Mike Eberts
When Fernando Valenzuela's fastball is humming, he leaves fans singing in the aisles at Dodger Stadium--or if he doesn't, he may, thanks to Alma Pedroza. Pedroza, mother of KABC-TV reporter Inez Pedroza and former KFWB reporter Cecilia Pedroza, has released what she hopes will become the star pitcher's theme song, "Fernando! You Are the One!" She co-wrote the music with a third daughter, Adelina Pedroza, who is a flamenco dancer.
June 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Gas stations in Madrid and Spain's northeastern Catalonia region began running dry amid an indefinite strike by truckers over soaring fuel costs. Drivers were paying the equivalent of about $7.32 per gallon of diesel. Antonio Onieva, president of Madrid's station owners organization, told reporters that 15% of the capital's outlets had run out of fuel. Manuel Amado, president of Catalonia's owners federation, said 40% of Catalonia's 1,714 stations had sold out. Truckers also blocked a number of roads.
April 25, 1985 | Associated Press
Sweden's Saab-Scania AB plans to begin selling heavy trucks in the United States later this year, the company said Wednesday. The trucks, which are manufactured by the company's Scania division in Sodertalje, Sweden, will be sold through an as-yet incomplete dealer network, the importer said in a statement released in Detroit. Saab-Scania of America, based in Orange, Conn., imports Saab automobiles. The company also manufactures buses at a plant in Orange.
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