March 27, 2010 |
Federal investigators who submitted phony products, such as a gas-powered alarm clock, to the government's energy efficiency certification program found it easy to obtain approval for the devices, according to a report released Friday. Among the bogus devices that obtained certification was a "room air cleaner" that, in a picture prominently displayed on the website of a fictitious company, showed an electric space heater with a feather duster and strips of fly paper attached to it. Investigators with the Government Accountability Office said they obtained Energy Star approval for 15 of 20 fake products they submitted for certification with energy-savings claims.
February 25, 1996 |
You're in a strange place, there's no alarm clock and it's important to wake up early. Do you stay up all night? Luther College Prof. Bill Moorcroft said many people have discovered a better way--the brain's own alarm. "Not everybody can do it. There are some who need three alarm clocks and a bucket of ice to get up. But many people really can do it on their own," Moorcroft said. That's one view. Critics say it's poppycock. "This is an old wives' tale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1990 |
The electronic firefighter, just one of many toys on Ventura Fire Chief Bobby Horne's desk, climbed to the top of the ladder, then down, then back to the top, as Horne pressed the controls. "This is the only fireman that always does whatever I tell him to and never gives me any back talk," Horne said with a chuckle. Horne, 61, has been doling out orders to the city's fire teams for much of his life.
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February 24, 2010
Lee Freeman '60s band had No. 1 hit Lee Freeman, 60, a member of the 1960s' band Strawberry Alarm Clock, famous for its flower-power anthem that became a No. 1 hit in 1967, died of cancer Feb. 14 at his home in the Bay Area, his brother, Doug, said in an e-mail. Freeman, who played rhythm guitar, sang and wrote lyrics, was an original member of the band, which was called Thee Sixpence when it was formed in 1966. None of the band members wanted to sing lead on "Incense and Peppermints," intended to be released on the B-side of a single, so a friend on hand for the recording session volunteered.
May 29, 2012 |
San Francisco - Many California hotels strive for the today-meets-yesterday look. But the newly opened Inn at the Presidio gets a historical leg up: Its Georgian Revival structure has stood since 1903, having served as officers' quarters until the Presidio was decommissioned as an Army post in 1994. Last year, the Presidio Trust, a federal agency, scraped out the building's insides, replacing them with a modern 22-room inn trying hard at charm. And succeeding, for the most part, based on my stay earlier this month.
September 23, 2001 |
As 19 hijackers made their way along the concourses at three East Coast airports on Sept. 11, bent on executing the deadliest terrorist attack in history, they were subjecting the U.S. aviation security system to its most critical test. At almost every step along the way, the system posed no challenge to the terrorists--not to their ability to purchase tickets, to pass security checkpoints while carrying knives and cutting implements nor to board aircraft.
December 30, 2001 |
He sat in his chambers, unprepared for this. "Just giving you a heads up," his court administrator was saying. "Paul Wayment hasn't reported in yet. They can't find him." Judge Robert Hilder felt uneasy. Wayment was supposed to start his jail sentence this morning. The 52-year-old judge walked slowly to his Summit County district courtroom. The trial underway passed as a blur. More than once, clerks pulled him off the bench to give him updates on Wayment.
August 18, 2012 |
We know it's noisy out there in the restaurant world. Customers' complaints are growing, critics are including noise commentary in their reviews, and restaurateurs, to some extent, are trying to figure out ways to modify the acoustic mayhem. But just how noisy is it? With a decidedly unscientific approach, all it took was a sound meter app (deciBel Pro) and visits to a dozen restaurants and bars across Los Angeles to find out. In many cases, we're all dining with the noise equivalent of a lawn mower running next to us: That's 90 decibels.
May 24, 1985 |
The down-to- terre essence of France is a blue beret, raw wine, rougher cigarettes and long bread . . . all protruding from a Citroen 2CV. Curiously, the tangibles aren't much different in California, where life has become a gentle and broadening pursuit of Perrier, quiche, Yoplait, "La Cage aux Folles" and other syndromes of fashionable Francophilia . . . including, if only for the time being, that two-cylinder Citroen 2CV guaranteed to reduce the pace of all things in the fast lane.
April 21, 1986 |
A forgetful shopper left her handbag in a streetcar today, prompting a bomb scare that sealed off a busy thoroughfare where the office of Israel's El Al airline is located, police said. The "ticking" handbag contained a just-purchased alarm clock.