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By Margaret Backenheimer | January 11, 2009
The winding roads and quaint villages of central Tuscany form the backdrop for a weeklong guided tour by Vespa scooter. Based at Hotel Vignale in Radda, riders set out each day on individual red Vespas to soak up Chianti's local culture, stopping at wineries, medieval estates, artisans' shops and scenic overlooks. Siena and San Gimignano are on the itinerary as well as the estate of the Ferragamo family and the scenic Saturday market in the town of Greve. With April-October departures, the Vespa tours are...
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Bob Weber and Motormouth: Car care and repair | April 27, 2012
Q: I have a question about an engine in a vehicle I am considering for purchase. I have been told by a mechanic and a person who runs a couple of dealerships, that the engine (3.6-liter, V-6), which is used in the GMC Acadia that I am looking at has a problem with the timing chain. I was told that the automatic tensioner fails on these chains and causes the engine to freeze-up. I wonder if you can comment on this problem. — L.M., La Grange Park, Ill. A: GM has issued a campaign (recall)
 
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By Edited by RedEye staff members (ritaredeye@tribune.com) | February 26, 2003
Vespa is counting on coffee and condoms to market its scooters. The scooter company is co-marketing with Starbucks and Trojan in print and online advertisements as well as sweepstakes and promotions, Adage.com reports. The promotion with Trojan, aiming to reach a million 18- to 24-year-olds at spring-break events next month, carries a "Ride Safely" theme, with a Vespa as the grand prize. Vespa will also create brochures and ads for campuses, including one featuring a helmet and a condom...
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William Hageman, Tribune Newspapers | December 13, 2011
You can schlep around San Francisco carrying a guidebook or hire a limo to shuttle you around. For the best of both worlds, there's the GoCar. These GPS-guided cars, rented by the hour, let drivers explore at their own pace. Not only will they take you to all the city's highlights, but they'll also tell you about what you're looking at through onboard narration. "One of the great things is we're not a tour bus," said GoCar President Nathan Withrington. "The driver is...
 
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By Jane Michaels | June 19, 1988
Nancy Maresh and her staff are taking a break for the summer and hoping for another award-winning yearbook at Hinsdale South High School in Darien. Nancy, 17, who was graduated this month, rested on her laurels briefly this spring, when notified that the 1986-87 Vespa took first place overall in the Eastern Illinois High School Press Association's yearbook competition. "It was a real thrill to win," said Nancy about last year's book, "Flip Side." "It was a...
TRAVEL
By Margaret Backenheimer | January 11, 2009
The winding roads and quaint villages of central Tuscany form the backdrop for a weeklong guided tour by Vespa scooter. Based at Hotel Vignale in Radda, riders set out each day on individual red Vespas to soak up Chianti's local culture, stopping at wineries, medieval estates, artisans' shops and scenic overlooks. Siena and San Gimignano are on the itinerary as well as the estate of the Ferragamo family and the scenic Saturday market in the town of Greve. With April-October departures, the Vespa tours are...
BUSINESS
By Jim Mueller. Special to the Tribune | July 1, 1999
Vespa means "wasp" in Italian and wind-in-the-hair kicks to Phil McCaleb, who's made an eight-year crusade of restoring and selling these bulletproof little two-strokes from Genoa. Piaggio, parent company of Vespa, probably shipped 200,000 motor scooters across the pond between 1952 and 1985, and McCaleb, founder of Chicago-based Scooterworks USA, appears to have intimate knowledge of every last Sprint 150 and P200 tossed off in New York. He ships replacement parts worldwide through his Scooterworks Web...
NEWS
By RedEye | November 10, 2007
VUI (ve u i) n. "Sin City" star Mickey Rourke was arrested this week on suspicion of driving under the influence -- on his mint-green Vespa scooter. He was booked at the Miami-Dade County Jail, a jail spokeswoman said, and released on a $1,000 bond.
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By Courtney Linehan, REDEYE | June 1, 2006
Decked out in an A-line dress and vintage 1960s shoes, Angeline King looks like an extra from an "Austin Powers" movie--but only to an untrained eye. Don't call King a hippie. And don't tell her she looks "Groovy, baby." King's style is mostly Mod, a tribute to the period in the mid-'60s after '50s rock faded and before "make love, not war" became the nation's anthem. King and other Mod fans identify themselves with the brief period four decades ago. They mix the sleek British fashion of the time with...
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October 12, 2006
Chris Siamis, Navy Veteran WWII, beloved husband of the late Mary Glenna Siamis; loving father of Susan (Joseph) Vespa, Deborah Brammer and the late Nancy Ruth and Craig Phillip Siamis; dear grandfather of Michael David (Cindy) and Daniel Joseph (fiance e, Amber Harker) Vespa; proud great-grandfather of Kaitlyn Marie; fond brother of Anne Briese, Marie (Donald) Shields and the late Lew (Bernadette) Siamis. Funeral service Friday, 10:30 a.m. at Hursen Funeral Home, S.W. corner of Roosevelt and Mannheim Roads,...
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February 25, 2004
Pink is the color this spring, and Vespa has hopped on the color wagon. To celebrate a new eyewear collection, Coach revved up seven Vespa scooters with matching helmets and accessories. The prototypes--starting at $2,999--are for charity auctions, not retail sale. ---------- Edited by Cara DiPasquale (cdipasquale@tribune.com) and Victoria Rodriguez (vrodriguez@tribune.com)
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By Susan Carpenter, LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 8, 2006
The most recent crop of scooters come in all styles, from lawn mower-esque 50cc models to 650cc bruisers. I split the difference for our scooter shootout, selecting the mid-level 250cc class because the engines are large enough to get decent speed yet small enough for better-than-average fuel efficiency. Of the models tested, all of them go at least 70 mph; according to the Motorcycle Industry Council, 250cc scooters average 60 to 80 miles per gallon. Overall, the scooters I tested were good for street...
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By Edited by RedEye staff members (ritaredeye@tribune.com) | March 11, 2003
An ad campaign that would have paired a condom company and a maker of motor scooter helmets has been canceled. The joint promotion would have played on words with the daring tag lines "Ride Safely" and "Let's Get It On." The idea for both sides was to inject some humor into the serious subject of safety. But Vespa's new president, who inherited the plan, "doesn't like these kinds of associations," a company official said. Vespa still plans to go ahead with a shared campaign with...
FEATURES
June 25, 2006
We asked readers how soccer can be made more appealing to American sports fans. You inbounded some great ideas, even if FIFA isn't quite ready to adopt them yet. Top three finishers receive cheapo cups. First place Put the players in the stands and the brawling drunks and riot police on the field. --Patrick J. Cody, Palos Hills Second place Crowd fights notwithstanding, watching guys run around and kick a ball is just not very entertaining, at least not to the NASCAR...
NEWS
October 12, 2006
Chris Siamis, Navy Veteran WWII, beloved husband of the late Mary Glenna Siamis; loving father of Susan (Joseph) Vespa, Deborah Brammer and the late Nancy Ruth and Craig Phillip Siamis; dear grandfather of Michael David (Cindy) and Daniel Joseph (fiance e, Amber Harker) Vespa; proud great-grandfather of Kaitlyn Marie; fond brother of Anne Briese, Marie (Donald) Shields and the late Lew (Bernadette) Siamis. Funeral service Friday, 10:30 a.m. at Hursen Funeral Home, S.W. corner of Roosevelt and Mannheim Roads,...
NEWS
By Courtney Linehan, REDEYE | June 1, 2006
Decked out in an A-line dress and vintage 1960s shoes, Angeline King looks like an extra from an "Austin Powers" movie--but only to an untrained eye. Don't call King a hippie. And don't tell her she looks "Groovy, baby." King's style is mostly Mod, a tribute to the period in the mid-'60s after '50s rock faded and before "make love, not war" became the nation's anthem. King and other Mod fans identify themselves with the brief period four decades ago. They mix the sleek British fashion of the time with...
 
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By RedEye | November 10, 2007
VUI (ve u i) n. "Sin City" star Mickey Rourke was arrested this week on suspicion of driving under the influence -- on his mint-green Vespa scooter. He was booked at the Miami-Dade County Jail, a jail spokeswoman said, and released on a $1,000 bond.
FEATURES
By Tara Swords, Special to the Tribune | December 14, 2005
Move over, diamonds: You're just sparkle, but today's multitasking woman needs function as much as form. That's why technology is a girl's new best friend. In fact, women control more than $50 billion worth of consumer electronics purchases, according to a 2004 survey by eBrain Market Research, and it's a safe bet that many of those purchases take place around the holidays. We amassed 12 high-tech toys that are hot this holiday season. Some make life easier, some make it safer and some make it more...
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