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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1990 | CAROL McGRAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John DeTomaso, a cargo employee for Pan American World Airways, thought he had a good idea on how to make a few extra bucks. So, in 1978, he paid $300 for unclaimed merchandise that the airline stored in bins and periodically sold to the public sight unseen. In the luck of the draw, two of his bins contained a surfboard, Indian-style costume jewelry and cheap clothing, he said. Another bin contained 13,000 watch batteries.
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BUSINESS
June 24, 1999 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a career that spanned 40 years in the auto industry, Robert A. Lutz often displayed a Hollywood flair for the dramatic. Take the 1992 Detroit auto show. Lutz, then the No. 2 executive at Chrysler Corp., unveiled the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee by driving a cherry-red model through a plate-glass window.
BUSINESS
November 3, 1992 | Ted Johnson / Special to the Times
"Got a jump?" Many a weary driver with a dead battery has uttered that plea. But finding someone with jumper cables willing to help out late at night or on the freeway median can be an impossible task. So Innova Electronics Corp. in Fountain Valley has introduced Power Charger, a cordless battery charger that brings cars back to life just by a plug's being inserted into a cigarette lighter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine scientists have created the world's smallest battery--so tiny that it is 1/100 the diameter of a red blood cell. The battery has not yet powered anything. But UCI chemists say once they find a way to harness its electrical charge, the battery could be an energy source for microscopic motors and transistors of the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1993 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Arizona State University researchers have developed a rubbery conducting substance that may make it possible to combine the superior energy storage of lithium batteries with the convenience of dry cells, a potentially important step toward mass-producing practical electric cars.
NEWS
May 25, 2000 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Two state reports paint a mixed picture about the practicality of electric-powered cars, leaving the fate uncertain of California's pioneering mandate that requires large numbers of pollution-free vehicles to be sold beginning in two years. The state's zero-emission vehicle mandate is the most controversial smog control program in place today because it is designed to prompt a sweeping and fundamental change in the vehicles that Californians drive.
AUTOS
April 30, 2003 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
The AAA is collecting old batteries nationwide as part of its campaign to protect public health and the environment from potentially dangerous injuries and contamination from used batteries. Last year AAA clubs collected more than 15,000 batteries. The current AAA Great Battery Roundup has been extended through Saturday at 65 drop-off sites in Southern California. A list of locations can be found on the club's Web site, www.aaa-calif.com, or call (800) 400-4222 for more information.
AUTOS
April 26, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
Do you have hazardous waste on your property? You do if you have an old car or boat battery lurking in the garage or languishing among the weeds in your backyard. Get rid of it now. Storing old vehicle batteries inside homes, garages or elsewhere on your property is dangerous in many ways. Leaking battery acid can poison and burn children, adults and animals if they come in contact with the hazardous sulfuric acid.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Apple Computer Inc. on Thursday became the latest company to recall more than 1 million potentially flammable laptop batteries. But it may prove less of a headache to Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs than to Sony Corp. CEO Howard Stringer. Sony manufactured the 1.8 million potentially problematic batteries that power Apple's iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 laptops -- just as it did the 4.1 million batteries recalled last week by Dell Inc.
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