Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1990 · Page 7
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,3nbiana NATION Wednesday, September 17, 2003 — Page 7 Engineers: Safer SUV created [By MICHAEL RUBINKAM ] Associated Press Writer i PHILADELPHIA — Sport util- i ity vehicles don't have to be the i gas-guzzling, road-hogging \ menaces their detractors make I them out to be. Engineers say ! they have designed a safer, Ihiore fuel-efficient SUV, one 'Chat's based on the popular Ford Explorer and modified • with readily available technolo- 1 gy- : j The Union of Concerned Sci- j entists'and the Center for Auto | Safety say their SUV dubbed the i "UCS Guardian," uses the same j amount of gas as a car and is sig- j nificantly safer than the sport• utes currently on the road, while j maintaining the power and size 5 that motorists covet. t Don't look for this SUV at your ; nearest Ford dealership — it ex: ists in concept form only. But the ' Guardian's designers say it could . be produced now if automakers •wanted because the safety fea- ! tures and fuel-efficient engine in ' the Guardian already exist. ; "Families deserve to know | that they can get a better SUV, j one that is safer, saves lives and ; saves them money at the gas ' pump," David Friedman, an engineer with the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-designer of the Guardian, told a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday. SUVs are notorious gas guz- zlers and critics have claimed for years that they're unsafe. In January, Jeffrey Runge, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said SUVs' rollover fatality rate is triple that for passenger cars. SUV owners "think SUVs are safer than regular vehicles, because they're larger, heavier and sit up higher," said Guardian co- designer Carl Nash, former chief of accident investigation for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Unfortunately, that perception turns out not to be true." Automakers insist that sport utility vehicles are safer than passenger cars in the vast majority of crashes, and SUVs' popularity hasn't been dented a bit by the critics: They now comprise up to 25 percent of total U.S. vehicle sales. Industry spokesman Eron Shosteck derided the Guardian concept as a one-size-fits-all approach, saying that some consumers want an SUV with safety features and are willing to pay for them, while others prefer less expensive models. "If they can build this Guardian, why don't they do it?" Shosteck asked. "It's nice to put something in blueprint form, but we have to build vehicles that go on pavement" The make-believe Guardian comes with a unibody steel frame, a stronger, crumple-re- ABC to continue Ritter's sitcom The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Center for Auto Safety said the "Guardian" SUV is safer than the SUVs currently on the road. (AP photo) sistant roof, pretensioner seat belts that cinch automatically in a rollover, lower bumpers to protect other drivers in a crash, and a seat-belt reminder that emits a noise until all passengers are belted. It also has a six-cylinder, fuel-efficient engine. A more expensive model, the Guardian XSE, has electronic stability control to reduce the threat of rollovers, side curtain air bags for all passengers, and a six- speed automatic transmission to improve gas mileage even more. If all SUVs currently on the road were outfitted with the Guardian's safety features, the designers claim thousands of lives would be saved — between 2,275 and 2,900 each year, depending on the Guardian model. At $29,935, the base Guardian would be $735 more expensive than the 2002 Ford Explorer By JOE EDWARDS Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sheb Wooley, a veteran actor in west- ems like "High Noon" who also recorded the No. 1 pop ditty "Purple People Eater," has died, his wife said. He was 82. Wooley suffered from leukemia beginning in 1996 and was hospitalized Monday at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. He had just paid respects to American music legend Johnny Cash on Sunday, said his wife Linda. Wooley, who died Tuesday, appeared in more than 60 movies, acted in some 50 television shows and recorded pop and country songs. On the big screen, Wooley appeared in mosdy westerns beginning in 1950. His credits included "High Noon" (as a whiskey- idrinking killer), "The Outlaw ijosey Wales," "The War Wagon," i"Distant Drums," "Man Without iaStar," "Giant" and "Hoosiers." "The Purple People Eater," -about an unidentified flying ob- ;ject, sold 3 million copies in 1958 JUA1HUR HEALTH CARE DR.SAMMATHUR DR. DAVID LJTMAN ANNOUNCE THE RELOCATION OF THEIR OFFICE TO 850 HOSPITAL ROAD surra 2100 INDIANA, PA 157O1 SAME PHONE NUMBER LOCATED IN THE NEW MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING FULL SERVICE: EAR, NOSE AND THROAT CARE AND SURGERY FULL ALLERGY AND AUDIOLOGY SERVICES AVAILABLE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS XLT (the model on which the Guardian was based) and the Guardian XSE would cost nearly $3,000 more than the Explorer. But designers claim that both Guardian models would be less expensive than the Explorer in the long run because of their superior gas mileage — the base Guardian would get 27.8 mpg, the XSE model 36.3, while the Explorer is rated at 21.2 miles per gallon. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group that represents General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Daimler- Chrysler AG and others, says SUVs already offer plenty of safety features. More than two-thirds of new SUVs are available with side air bags, while one-third electronic stability control systems, the group says. By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES — ABC executives have decided that the show must go on and will continue production of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" despite the death of star John Ritter. Network officials said Tuesday that the sitcom will show the TV family coping with his character's loss. "Everybody recognizes that John loved that show. ... He'd have wanted the show to continue," Lloyd Braun, chairman of ABC Entertainment Television Group, told a telephone news conference Tuesday. Braun and ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne said the sitcom will premier next Tuesday as planned and that the network will air the three episodes Ritter filmed before his death last week. After that, the series co-starring Katey Sagal will go into repeats while writers retool it and production starts. No date was given for when the show will return to the air. Ritter, making a TV series comeback 25 years after he starred in "Three's Company," became ill on the "8 Simple Rules" set and died last Thursday of an undetected heart problem. He was 54. It hasn't been decided if the death of Ritter's character, Paul Hennessy, will mirror what hap- pened to the actor, ABC executives said. ABC knows it is facing a difficult task, rebuilding a comedy on a death and especially that of the series' star, network executives acknowledged. "We're going to take it an episode at a time," Lyne said. While the idea of recasting Ritter's role was quickly rejected, new characters will be added at some point, the ABC executives said. Although Braun lauded Sagal as a "fantastic actress" capable of taking on a greater role in the series, he said it would become more of an ensemble production. Ritter's widow, actress Amy Yasbeck, and the series' cast and producers supported the decision to keep going, Braun said. An ABC News tribute to Ritter aired Tuesday night. The rarity of such occurrences makes it difficult to predict how "8 Simple Rules" will fare, Braun said. "I think it will be a show we'll be proud to put on," he said. Each of the first three episodes already shot will start with a special introduction, featuring the cast members. The next new show will deal with Paul Hennessy's death. Executives said they considered a number of options, including canceling the show. "This is a business," analyst Steve Sternberg of the ad-buying firm Magna Global USA said of the network's decision. But it's a risky one, he said. Sheb Wooley, known for the pop hit "Purple People Eater," shown in this 1982 file photo, died Tuesday. (AP photo) Actor, singer Wooley dies at age 82 as a No. 1 pop record. In a 1982 Associated Press interview, Wooley recalled the era. "The space age was upon us. Everyone was thinking about rockets and wondering if maybe we would find people up there. I still wonder if we will. People (heard the song) and imagined some kind of beings." On TV, Wooley starred as scout Pete Nolan on "Rawliide," a western that helped launch the career of Clint Eastwood. He recorded a string of hit records from 1958 through the 1960s, mostly country humor songs, including "Don't Go Near the Eskimos" and "Talk Back Blubbering Lips." He was voted comedian of the year by the Country Music Association in 1968. He also wrote the theme song of the long-running TV show "Hee Haw." Born Shelby F. Wooley in Erick, Okla., he spent his early years on his father's farm. As a teenager, he did some rodeo riding that helped him find jobs later in movie westerns. AtDouds Plumville All major furniture factories represented: •HARDEN •PENNSYLVAMA HOUSE •DREXEb HERFTAGE •LEXINGTON •HANCOCK& MOORE •HENREDON •GENUINE LEATHER •KARASTAN CARPETS •SHERRILL •WHrre DOVE " •BROYHIU. •HOWARD MILUER \ AND MANY MORE! store only! Special hours: Thursday 9 to 9 Friday 9 to 9 Saturday 9 to 5 Sunday 1 to 5 •Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the finest home furnishings must be disposed of in a very limited time! •Accumulated floor samples from our warehouse, from our Greensburg store, from display floors in Plumville...all plainly marked and ready to be sold at or near original factory cost! •No fancy displays; crammed into this store are fine bedroom collections, dining rooms along one wall, fine chairs and lamps everywhere! • Designer sofas lined up like soldiers...rediners, accents, sleep-sofas, docks, desks, curios, and dozens of fine area rugs! Name it and find it at unbelievable pricesrAII Douds quality! •Be early and be sure to find something you can treasure for a lifetime! There has never been a sale to match it...discover Douds now! Route 85, Main Street e ^Rjurfwaie, Pa ; , , j >

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