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August 5, 2007
Among the design features of an environmentally friendly house depicted in "Living green, by design" (Your Money, July 29) was a clothes drying rack inside the house. You should have included as well the old-fashioned but extremely efficient outdoor clothesline. The sun is still our cheapest and healthiest form of power for drying laundry, a fact celebrated in Australia with cleverly designed clotheslines that take up much less space than conventional long lines.
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May 2, 2010 | Barry Stone, Access Media Group
Question: We purchased our home about a year ago. The sellers and their real estate agent made a side agreement to repair some of the defects after the close of escrow. These included a new liner in the chimney, a new exhaust vent for the furnace and a vent for the clothes dryer. The repairs were supposed to be done within three months of closing, but the sellers still have not completed the work. The person they sent to do the work is unlicensed, has no insurance and won't give us his last name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
An inmate facing a robbery charge got away from sheriff's deputies at Pomona Municipal Court on Monday, but was found hiding in a clothes dryer in a nearby home about 30 minutes later, Pomona police said. Carlos Arias, 19, was bitten by a search dog and arrested in a home in the 400 block of West 8th Street, said Lt. Charlie Watts. He was expected to be booked on escape and burglary charges. Arias was being put into a Sheriff's Department van about 6 p.m. when he got away, Watts said.
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March 21, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Call it the Forever 21 effect, or fast fashion. Americans are buying, and discarding, clothes more quickly than ever. The average American throws 54 pounds of clothes and shoes into the trash each year. That adds up to about 9 million tons of wearables that are sent into the waste stream, according to the Environmental Protection Agency — a 27% increase in a mere eight years. Although resale shops are a good option for clothes that still have some fashion value, and charities will take items that are well past their prime, there are still an awful lot of ink-stained dress shirts and moth-eaten sweaters that find their way to the dump.
NEWS
February 8, 1987 | DAVID HALDANE, Times Staff Writer
Slater Barron is into lint. Like human vacuum cleaners, she and her friends scour America's clothes dryers retrieving the stuff. "People mail it to me," she said. "They bring it to parties. They stop by the house with bags of it." She, in turn, makes the lint into art. A 56-year-old grandmother in Long Beach, Barron is probably the country's best known lint artist. "It's accessible because it's pretty," she said of her favorite medium. "People don't have to be afraid of it.
IMAGE
March 21, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Call it the Forever 21 effect, or fast fashion. Americans are buying, and discarding, clothes more quickly than ever. The average American throws 54 pounds of clothes and shoes into the trash each year. That adds up to about 9 million tons of wearables that are sent into the waste stream, according to the Environmental Protection Agency — a 27% increase in a mere eight years. Although resale shops are a good option for clothes that still have some fashion value, and charities will take items that are well past their prime, there are still an awful lot of ink-stained dress shirts and moth-eaten sweaters that find their way to the dump.
NEWS
November 5, 1987 | Associated Press
A 4-year-old Chihuahua died apparently trying to protect her owner's property after a burglar threw the dog into a clothes dryer and turned it on, authorities said today. "I don't see how anybody could do that," said Cynthia Furman, who found her dog, Tiny, in the dryer when she came home for lunch Tuesday.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2010 | Barry Stone, Access Media Group
Question: We purchased our home about a year ago. The sellers and their real estate agent made a side agreement to repair some of the defects after the close of escrow. These included a new liner in the chimney, a new exhaust vent for the furnace and a vent for the clothes dryer. The repairs were supposed to be done within three months of closing, but the sellers still have not completed the work. The person they sent to do the work is unlicensed, has no insurance and won't give us his last name.
REAL ESTATE
January 20, 2002 | From Associated Press
Does your clothes dryer leave things damp, or overly dried and super-wrinkled? It's a common problem with older dryers. Not only are clothes wrinkled, tangled or damp, they also use far more energy than new ones do--whether gas or electric. One feature on newer models is auto-reversing drum rotation that changes back and forth every few minutes to minimize tangling and wrinkling. This also speeds up drying and saves energy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1985
A Sun Valley woman whose 5-year-old son suffocated in a clothes dryer while she was at work last May was sentenced to three months in County Jail Friday and placed on three years' probation. Kimberly Miranda, 25, who pleaded no contest in November to misdemeanor child endangering charges, also was ordered by Los Angeles Municipal Judge William Pounders to undergo counseling and therapy. Judge Pounders stayed the three-month jail term for six months pending a supplemental probation report.
HOME & GARDEN
January 16, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Jittery from too much coffee, I go to work on the clothes dryer, seeking the source of an acrid smell. I didn't really notice the bad smell, but my wife, Posh, did, as did the younger daughter, Mini-Posh. In my experience, women have far superior tracking powers. My buddy Rhymer insists his wife can smell wildfires as far away as Tulsa. So there you go. Anyway, I've got the dryer apart. It's a decent dryer, a Sputnik -- one of the finest appliances ever produced by a breakaway Soviet republic.
OPINION
May 7, 2009 | MEGHAN DAUM
My 20s were so lacking in creature comforts, I could have been in a Dickens novel. What a bedraggled waif I was, living in a grimy New York City apartment with no dishwasher, no air conditioner and no on-site laundry facilities.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2007
Among the design features of an environmentally friendly house depicted in "Living green, by design" (Your Money, July 29) was a clothes drying rack inside the house. You should have included as well the old-fashioned but extremely efficient outdoor clothesline. The sun is still our cheapest and healthiest form of power for drying laundry, a fact celebrated in Australia with cleverly designed clotheslines that take up much less space than conventional long lines.
HOME & GARDEN
December 9, 2004 | Chris Erskine, Chris Erskine can be reached at chris.erskine@latimes.com.
As I may have mentioned, in public places he is fond of dropping his britches and pretending nothing is different. The toddler will walk along an outdoor mall admiring the birds and the out-of-work actresses, behaving as if nothing is wrong. It's very British, really, this type of comedy. And I think we know where that nation's headed. "Pull up your pants!" I used to order, but he'd just laugh and shrug and mug for the crowd. My new tactic is to say nothing at all.
REAL ESTATE
January 20, 2002 | From Associated Press
Does your clothes dryer leave things damp, or overly dried and super-wrinkled? It's a common problem with older dryers. Not only are clothes wrinkled, tangled or damp, they also use far more energy than new ones do--whether gas or electric. One feature on newer models is auto-reversing drum rotation that changes back and forth every few minutes to minimize tangling and wrinkling. This also speeds up drying and saves energy.
REAL ESTATE
November 12, 2000 | JAMES DULLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Question: When I take clothes out of my old dryer, they are wrinkled and either damp or overly dry. I am thinking of getting a new efficient auto-reversing dryer. What other new features should I consider? Answer: Wrinkling and tangling problems are common with older dryers and with some new ones too. Not only are the clothes a mess and need ironing, but these older dryers use much more electricity or gas than a new one. Auto-reversing drum rotation is an excellent feature to minimize wrinkling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1987 | SHERYL STOLBERG and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Times Staff Writers
A 19-day-old infant who had been removed from his parents' care because he showed signs of cocaine addiction was abducted from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance on Saturday morning, and authorities believe the baby's parents are responsible. The baby's mother has been arrested, and authorities are looking for the infant and his father.
REAL ESTATE
November 17, 1991 | JAMES DULLEY
QUESTION: I need to replace my old clothes dryer. How expensive is it to operate a gas or electric dryer and what features should I look for in a new energy-efficient dryer? Should I vent it indoors in the winter? ANSWER: A clothes dryer, particularly an electric one, is one of the major energy consumers in your home. The average U.S. household does 416 dryer loads each year with annual operating costs as high as $100. If you have several young children, you probably do even more loads.
REAL ESTATE
August 27, 2000 | Today's Homeowner Magazine
Clothes dryers expel more than just hot, moist air. They also spew out lint and dust, much of which gets stuck inside the ductwork. Over time, a thick layer of debris can build up and create a fire hazard. To help reduce the chance of fire, use a shop vacuum to clean out the dryer duct at least twice a year. Start by disconnecting the flexible duct from the rear of the dryer. Insert the vacuum wand into the duct as far as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
An inmate facing a robbery charge got away from sheriff's deputies at Pomona Municipal Court on Monday, but was found hiding in a clothes dryer in a nearby home about 30 minutes later, Pomona police said. Carlos Arias, 19, was bitten by a search dog and arrested in a home in the 400 block of West 8th Street, said Lt. Charlie Watts. He was expected to be booked on escape and burglary charges. Arias was being put into a Sheriff's Department van about 6 p.m. when he got away, Watts said.
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