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January 6, 1986 | JENNINGS PARROTT
--A radio station in Bangor, Me., that urged its audience to send garbage to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Kadafi has so far received more than 1,000 pounds of trash as listeners apparently misinterpreted the station's instructions. "People are sending their trash to Kadafi, care of WGUY," said Jack Roberts, the FM station's program director. "Don't send it here! Send it to the Libyan mission!" he pleaded.
January 16, 1994
Re "Garbage Cans Teach a Hard Lesson in City Hall Politics," Jan. 4: She was the low bidder, a lawyer, and a businesswoman, and she would be building a factory in the distressed district of Councilwoman Rita Walters. She asked for help with the technical part of "doing business with City Hall." The councilwoman's staff referred Catherine Bump to a former councilman. This expert, registered with the City Ethics Commission, asked for a free trip to Germany and $145,000 as his fee if she received the contract.
December 19, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
A newborn boy found dead in a garbage can at a University of Redlands dormitory probably suffocated on toilet tissue stuffed into his mouth, but further tests will be performed, a San Bernardino County coroner's official said Thursday. "We could all assume it was from the tissue, but I can't say (for sure)," Deputy Coroner Linda Stokes said. "I can imagine it was caused by the tissue." A custodian found the boy in a restroom trash can.
October 15, 1986 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
It's not every day that the contents of a West Hollywood trash bin make their way to the Supreme Court, but that's what happened Tuesday. The justices, acting on an appeal from the Los Angeles district attorney's office, agreed to examine further the contents of that trash bin--and garbage in general.
July 11, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
A mountain of garbage loosened by rain collapsed and burst into flames Monday at Manila's biggest dump, flattening squatters' shanties and killing at least 60 people, officials said. About 30 other people were injured and at least 68 remained missing late Monday, Red Cross spokeswoman Tess Usapdin said. About 300 soldiers and volunteers, hampered by a lack of equipment, poor lighting and bursts of rain, toiled through the night to try to reach victims.
June 3, 1989 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, Times Staff Writer
Bill Webb's green truck is a familiar sight around here. It's the one with all the bins in the back. Each day, he drives down Seattle's streets, picking up plastic crates filled with cans and paper and glass and, in some areas, plastic. Webb works for a recycling company, and that makes him and his job a hot item, indeed. "I love this route," said Webb, dumping another crate of cans into his truck. "They're really dedicated." Across town, Don Dentz leads the way through a cavernous warehouse that is filled with trash.
September 24, 1986 | United Press International
A Soviet spy ship retrieved a bag of garbage dumped by the U.S. aircraft carrier Constellation, apparently to probe for secrets, but got only "food, Coke cans and the garbage of 5,000 men," the Navy said Tuesday. "We were in typical fashion getting rid of our garbage," senior intelligence officer Joe Mazzafro said in an interview aboard ship. Garbage is put in plastic bags, punched through with holes to make it sink, and discarded, he said.
November 6, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
In the last week or so, an intense kerfuffle broke out over the poll-prognosticator Nate Silver and his blog at the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight . Silver, a statistician, has been predicting a decisive Obama victory for a very long time, based on his very complicated statistical model, which very, very few of his fans or detractors understand. On any given day, Silver might announce that - given the new polling data - "the model" now finds that the president has an 86.3% chance of winning.
October 7, 1987 | DICK RORABACK, Times Staff Writer
1) Who says they're such great garbage cans? 2) Their language seems just a tad too perfect. 3) Are we sure DOD actually has a contract out? After a while, you get tired of making garbage cans. Granted, you make one of the best waste bins in the U.S. of A. Sooner or later, though, you will meet a stranger across a crowded room, and he or she is going to ask: "What do you do?" "I used to look 'em right in the eye," says Randy Gardiner, "and say, 'I'm in garbage cans.'
September 29, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Whether it's banana peels or bald tires, frozen-food containers or soda cans, Americans make 250 million tons of garbage each year. What happens to all our castoffs after we haul them out to the curb is the subject of "Trash Inc.: The Secret Life of Garbage," a one-hour documentary airing Wednesday on CNBC. "I can't tell you how many pairs of pants and shoes I've gone through, traipsing through these dumps and landfills," said Carl Quintanilla, the Emmy-winning CNBC reporter who spent his summer wading through refuse from New York and Pennsylvania to Nevada, Hawaii and Beijing to learn where garbage goes, who handles it and what's at stake economically and environmentally.
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