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.
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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.
November 17, 2012 |
Before we eat Thanksgiving dinner at my house, along with saying grace, each of the 20 or so people at the table takes a turn lighting a candle and expressing gratitude. The appreciation can be lighthearted - for mashed potatoes or a day off from school. Or the thankfulness may be accompanied by a heavy heart - for the memories of a loved one recently passed. As it happens, this expression is not an empty exercise. And if we developed the discipline to be consciously grateful on a regular basis, year-round, research shows we'd be happier and suffer less depression and stress.
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.
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March 29, 1996 |
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.
February 1, 2004
Judi Dash's article, "Gadgets for When Every Second Counts" [Gear & Gadgets, Jan. 4], omits one of the most cost-effective travel time-telling devices. The battery-operated analog alarm clock available for $15 or less from many manufacturers is compact, reliable and easy to set. I've had too many co-workers miss appointments because of mistakes in wake-up calls and an inability to figure out a hotel clock radio. A cheap little alarm clock would have saved them. Robert Leone San Diego Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213)