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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.
August 13, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
Phil Harris, the bandleader who became famous by portraying himself as a flashy, hard-drinking musician on the old Jack Benny radio show, died late Friday. He was 89. His wife of 54 years, former actress Alice Faye, and daughter, Phyllis Harris, were at his side at their Rancho Mirage home, said family spokesman Jewel Baxter.
December 20, 1995 | MIKE DOWNEY
Welcome, Northwestern. We want your coach. We've got this situation, see. Maybe you could help. At UCLA, we are in serious need of a football coach who can take his team to the Rose Bowl, and I don't mean only for home games. You purple people, you have such a coach. Could we have him, please? The guy's name is Gary Barnett, and I believe we should do everything possible to persuade him to leave Northwestern for UCLA.
June 21, 2001 | From Washington Post
Architect Larissa Sand was designing the San Francisco restaurant B44 when she faced the problem of imparting deep color to glass light fixtures that she was making. "You can't tint Pyrex; you can't get brilliant colors. What we had in this restaurant was a modern, very mechanical language. We wanted strong color that wasn't art glass," said Sand, principal of South Park Fabricators, the San Francisco firm that designs and makes furniture, lighting and other architectural elements. The solution?
John A. "Jaki" Byard, eclectic jazz pianist, composer and teacher who recorded with such luminaries as Charles Mingus and Rahasaan Roland Kirk, has been found shot to death. He was 76. Byard was shot in the head Thursday in his home in Queens, N.Y., which he shared with his two daughters. The family said no shots were heard, and a police investigation is continuing. His life and his music paralleled the evolution of jazz.
September 16, 2004 | Andrew Myers
Hand-blown glass is to Murano, Italy, what movies are to Hollywood. But like a blockbuster that has spawned too many imitations, Murano -- baroque shapes and Byzantine busyness in deep jewel tones -- was looking tired. That is, until La Murrina was founded in 1968 by a group of master glass blowers on the island of Murano.
February 11, 1988 | BETH ANN KRIER, Times Staff Writer
It's one of those old-time hardware stores that carries virtually everything including a motto: "If we don't have it, you don't need it." Or, as the employees prefer to phrase it, "It's here somewhere." It's a place where a night light promotion once featured the owner's son sleeping in the window every night for a month, back lit with dozens of night lights.
June 17, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Officials in Chinatown unveiled a 7-foot bronze statue of Bruce Lee to a crowd of several hundred in the historical Central Plaza on Saturday night. The unveiling caps a five-year effort to bring the statue to Chinatown, said Shannon Lee, Bruce's daughter and the president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. The statue, created by an artist in Guangzhou, China, is the first such statue of her father in the United States, Shannon Lee said. Though the statue will not be permanently installed until business leaders can raise $150,000 to put in seating and a concrete plinth, the timing was right for the unveiling, she said.
Bill Cullen, genial game show host and panelist who was a popular fixture on "I've Got a Secret" and "The Price is Right," died Saturday at his Bel-Air home from complications resulting from cancer. He was 70. Cullen died at 5:25 p.m. of heart failure brought on by a months-long battle with lung cancer, said George Spota, Cullen's manager. Cullen's wife, Ann, was at his bedside when he died.
November 19, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jack Kissell, 79, a character actor who was well known in the Alcoholics Anonymous movement in Los Angeles, died Nov. 12 at the Little Company of Mary Transitional Care Center in Torrance, his family said. He had Alzheimer's disease and cancer. Kissell had small parts on television, including appearances on the sitcom "Life With Bonnie," and in local theater productions. Born Sept. 24, 1930, Kissell grew up in South Bend, Ind., and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1952.
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