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May 19, 2001 |
Fluorescent light fixtures are more efficient and cheaper to run than incandescent. But some fluorescent fixtures buzz or hum, and they take a long time to start when temperatures fall much below balmy. If your fixtures have these problems, a failing ballast--the component that gives the lamps the power boost they need to start--might be the cause. If the light flickers or won't work at all, the ballast is probably shot.
January 18, 2003 |
It's lunchtime aboard the nuclear attack submarine Jefferson City and the tired crew -- some bearing fresh grease stains on their work overalls -- fills the tiny dining room, clearly ready to chow down. On cue, mess specialist Richard Youhan begins slicing a 25-pound prime rib roast into half-inch-thick pieces, before gingerly transferring the second entree, baked lobster tails with spicy Old Bay Seasoning, onto a serving tray.
October 18, 2013 |
Critical acclaim continues to mount for Steve McQueen's historical drama "12 Years a Slave," which has garnered near-universal praise since its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in late summer. Adapted from the 1853 autobiography of the same name by Solomon Northup, the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man from upstate New York who is kidnapped, spirited to the South and enslaved for more than a decade. Reviewers are applauding the unflinching direction and strong performances.
September 16, 2013 |
GIGLIO, Italy - Twenty months after it capsized off the Italian coast in a disaster that killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship emerged from the Mediterranean on Monday thanks to a painstaking $800-million salvage effort. Fifty-six giant pulleys slowly heaved the half-submerged vessel back to an upright position in a 19-hour operation that went into the early hours of Tuesday, revealing a section of hull darkened by rust and algae during months underwater. "The rotation has finished its course, we are at zero degrees, the ship is resting on the platforms," said Italy's civil protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, at a 4 a.m. news conference on Giglio island, where he was applauded and cheered by residents.
August 26, 1987 |
Three workers apparently overcome by fumes died today inside a ballast tank aboard an inactive offshore oil rig, Coast Guard officials said. The three died after they went into a saltwater ballast tank, and their bodies were discovered by two other workers who apparently were not injured, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Robert Diaz said in Port Arthur. "They were cleaning a tank when they got overcome by some type of fumes," said Don Merwin, Coast Guard duty officer in Galveston.
March 21, 2013 |
ALAMEDA - In a 65,000-square-foot structure that once housed Navy fighter jets, Lance Winters of St. George Spirits makes popular Hangar One vodka, along with gin, bourbon, rum, whiskey, liqueurs and even absinthe. Unlike vast distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee that make and bottle hard liquor by the millions of barrels, Hangar One is produced by one of a growing breed of small-batch, craft distillers. There are already more than 30 of them in California, and - like wineries and microbreweries - they want to charge for tastings and sell bottles for their visitors to take home.
December 31, 1996
Camera Platforms International Inc. has sold its Lightmaker division to LTC Corp. of America for $110,000 in cash. Lightmaker designs and sells electronic ballast used with high-intensity lights used in film and TV production. Camera Platforms, based in Valencia, is a supplier of equipment to the film and television industries.