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March 27, 2010 | By Clement Tan
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.
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.
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.
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 | By Avital Andrews, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 | This story was reported and written by Times staff writers Michael A. Hiltzik, David Willman, Alan C. Miller, Eric Malnic, Peter Pae, Ralph Frammolino and Russell Carollo
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.
August 31, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
On an April morning 18 years ago, Kristi Lyn Bateson dressed her two small daughters for the hourlong drive to Mount Shasta Mall. Her husband, Charlie, was sleeping after his graveyard shift at the sawmill. "Hon, we ran down to Redding for a few more groceries and to look at a few things in the Target ad," she wrote on a note fixed to the refrigerator with the N from 3-year-old Kayla's alphabet magnets. She'd be home around 1 p.m., she said, signing it: "Love, your three girls. " Charlie probably never read the note.
April 21, 1986 | Associated Press
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.
February 21, 2010 | By Ching-Ching Ni
Akari Nakahara wakes up at 4:30 a.m. six days a week. While most people are asleep, she races through breakfast before rushing off with her mother to an ice skating rink. Once there, Akari will spend two hours stretching, spinning and soaring through the air like a ballerina on ice. Only 7, Akari is one of a growing number of young Asian Americans who have fallen in love with figure skating and dream of becoming the next Michelle Kwan or Kristi Yamaguchi. "She loves to skate," said Akari's mother, Kaori Nakahara, a piano teacher from Japan who recently began driving her daughter from their home in Santa Clarita to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center to train with her favorite coach.
March 29, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
The Strawberry Alarm Clock, a psychedelic rock band from the '60s, will perform tonight at Calvert Street Elementary School's annual spring carnival. The fund-raising carnival begins today and continues through Sunday. The Strawberry Alarm Clock, best known for its hit "Incense and Peppermints," will take the stage at 8 p.m. Other activities include 13 carnival rides, food booths and auctions, scheduled at 6:30 tonight and 7 p.m.
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