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September 17, 2006 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
It's a crime that literally is in the closet. Or, if not the closet, in the converted garage or the room addition. While most homeowners play by the book, there are many who, either through ignorance or negligence, alter their homes without securing the proper permits. They not only could have a harder time selling, they also risk being fined and having to demolish the unapproved work. And, though it's unlikely, they could even go to jail.
May 30, 2006
FOR A DEAL THAT WAS supposed to bring in extra cash, the Smithsonian Institution's new television venture is shaping up to be remarkably costly. The Smithsonian, the repository for more than 136 million historical objects, artworks and other shards of the nation's memory, has joined forces with the Showtime network to create a TV programming service called Smithsonian on Demand. The aim is to showcase the Smithsonian's vast resources on cable TV.
November 20, 2005
"Sealing a Money Leak" (Oct. 23) was misleading [because the story used an example that does not reflect what normal duct testing and sealing costs]. The article stated that Larry and Donna-Marie Acker spent $15,000 to replace their existing duct system. The Ackers had the misfortune of purchasing a home with an inadequately designed heating and air-conditioning system. To correct the inadequacies, a new forced-air furnace and cooling coil were purchased and the location of equipment was changed from an indoor closet to the attic space.
September 2, 2005 | JONATHAN CHAIT
THE INTELLECTUAL crank is a familiar character. He produces lengthy manifestos explaining the world according to some completely novel and intricate theory, and claims to have completely overturned settled thinking on one or many subjects. He is almost invariably a loon. Jude Wanniski, who passed away this week, was a crank. The difference between him and the overwhelming majority of cranks is that Wanniski's crankery caught on. Wanniski's idea is called supply-side economics.
August 30, 2005 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
The phone call lasted just long enough to break Bridgette Medley's heart. Medley, her husband and her 3-year-old daughter had sought shelter from Hurricane Katrina at a downtown hotel. Water seeped through the ceiling and wind made the building shudder as they slept on the hard floor of a ballroom. But they were safe. Her siblings and parents were not.
August 14, 2005 | CASEY DOLAN
Buyers, have I got a bridge for you! Cheap! No? Well, then, how about a doorbell fashioned from a deer's rear end? Come on! You know you'll love it. As ever, there's no end to the silly items to be found on EBay, and you can credit two enterprising San Francisco-based Web designers, Drue Miller and Shauna Wright, for cruising the listings and posting them on their hilarious website
July 31, 2005 | Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press Writer
As a longtime engineer for Grumman Corp., Joel Schachter helped design parts for the space vehicle that landed man on the moon. Today, the 65-year-old aerospace expert earns a more down-to-earth living, climbing onto roofs and slithering into crawl spaces as surely the most overqualified home inspector in the Poconos.
January 14, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A man violated a restraining order by climbing into his ex-wife's attic in Glen Avon, authorities said Thursday. After he crashed through into her garage, he fled from Riverside County sheriff's deputies, was shot at and captured, authorities said. Antonio Martinez, 43, was arrested near the home he entered Wednesday in the 9200 block of Melissa Circle, officials said. Martinez's ex-wife reported noise in her attic, where deputies say they found Martinez.
September 23, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Firefighters battled high winds and temperatures Wednesday to extinguish an attic blaze before it could spread to the wood shake roofs of two nearby homes. Those homes, in the 10 block of Rock Wren, were "pummeled by embers," but firefighters were able to save them, said Capt. Stephen Miller, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman. The fire, which broke out about 3 p.m., caused about $300,000 in damage, Miller said.
May 31, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Gene Lore had no idea that the images of desperation tucked away in his Thousand Oaks attic could be so enriching. There were photographs of pea pickers and cotton pickers, caved-in men with hung-down heads, women with worried eyes, children clinging to their skirts. Families stood in fields and sat by shacks, looking as worn out as the cars that had carried them from nowhere good to someplace worse.
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