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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 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
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.
April 19, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
Buoyed by a ship-shape cast, the Colony Theatre Company's “Dames at Sea” revival broadsides the 1930s movie musicals of Busby Berkeley with tongue firmly in cheek. It's no coincidence that the creators of this 1966 lullaby of off-off-Broadway -- George Haimsohn and Robin Miller (book and lyrics) and Jim Wise (music) -- christened their romantic leads Ruby and Dick after “42 nd Street” co-stars Keeler and Powell, and that's only the start of the similarities. This is a lightweight dinghy at best for those in search of cerebral ballast, but Todd Nielsen's breezy, energetic staging keeps the show afloat with wry self-awareness of its own paper-thin plot, and his six-member cast certainly knows how to work a crowd.
August 26, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
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.
November 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A British nuclear submarine ran aground off Scotland's Isle of Skye, suffering considerable damage to its sonar and a ballast tank, a navy spokeswoman said. The Trafalgar, which will need several months of repairs, limped into the Clyde naval base Thursday, one day after hitting rocks during a two-week training exercise with other British and NATO vessels. The submarine was not carrying nuclear weapons and its reactor suffered no damage.
July 6, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Police in Ecuador seized a 100-foot submarine being built by suspected drug traffickers capable of carrying a crew of six and 10 tons of cocaine on underwater voyages lasting up to 10 days — a "game changer" for U.S. anti-drug and border security efforts, officials said Monday. A raid Friday by 120 police officers and soldiers netted the fiberglass sub as it was nearing completion in a clandestine "industrial complex" hidden in mangrove swamps near San Lorenzo, a town just south of the Colombian border.
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