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September 17, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
The decline of my 10-year-old refrigerator started with an unsettling wheezing sound and ended with a death rattle that would have cost $500 to fix. So I, like 10 million other Americans each year, dropped money on a new fridge and had the broken one hauled away. But I was nagged by a lingering concern: What happened to my hulking old Amana? The Pacific Sales where I bought my new Samsung offered a free haul-away service, but what did that company do with it? Where, exactly, was it hauled away to?
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BUSINESS
March 22, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
To keep an eye on his child via his smartphone, Marc Gilbert installed Internet-connected video baby monitors in his home in Houston. One evening, Gilbert heard a stranger's voice bellowing obscenities from the monitor. He disconnected the device after realizing that it had been hacked. "I'm a pretty technical guy, and I thought I knew how all this stuff should be hooked up," said Gilbert, who has written several letters to his congressman and other elected officials, trying to bring the security issue to their attention.
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NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
For more than four years, photographer Mark Menjivar photographed the contents of strangers' refrigerators for his exhibit "You Are What You Eat," which has traveled to museums and universities across the country. In a short article by Mark Wilson at the Fast Company website, Menjivar said, "One person likened me asking to photograph their fridge to me asking them to pose nude for the camera. " Quick. Go open your refrigerator door and just look. What do you see? No straightening, editing, culling allowed.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
These days, even a refrigerator can fall prey to a cyber attack. That's what security firm Proofpoint is reporting Thursday after uncovering one of the first Internet of things cyber attacks, meaning it involved so-called smart appliances that are capable of connecting to the Internet the same way computers and smartphones do.  Included in the attack were smart TVs, wireless speaker systems, Internet-connected set top boxes and at least one...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2000
The body of a 93-year-old woman who lived with her 72-year-old daughter was found Friday morning inside a refrigerator at their home in the Athens area. Homicide investigators discovered the body about 7:30 a.m. at a house in the 200 block of West 127th Street, said Sgt. Vanette Ford, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department. Athens is an unincorporated part of the South Bay. Deputies said they have not yet determined how the woman died, or when.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1992
The Brotherhood Crusade, along with the African Community Unity Center, Mothers In Action, General Electric, Southern California Gas Co. and the 9th Council District Office will present 100 new refrigerators to needy families in South Los Angeles at 11 a.m. (5/today at the African American Community Unity Center, 944 W. 53rd St., Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A team of three engineers, under tight security in Sacramento on Thursday, will make the first cut among 14 entries from appliance manufacturers and inventors in a $30-million nationwide contest to build a super-efficient home refrigerator. There's a lot at stake beyond the multimillion-dollar prize being offered by a group of 24 energy utilities serving 15% of the nation's households. The winner may also get a leg up in a potentially lucrative new corner of the $4-billion U.S.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1993 | PRADNYA JOSHI and MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Whirlpool Corp. on Tuesday beat out rival Frigidaire Co. in a competition for a $30-million prize to design a refrigerator that is highly energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly. The high-stakes industrial contest was sponsored by a consortium formed by 24 electric utilities, including Southern California Edison Co., the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1997 | DEBORAH BAKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Adam Jonas Horowitz saw a pile of dead refrigerators at the Santa Fe landfill, he saw art. Not just art, but monumental art--a post-modern, post-apocalyptic temple to waste and consumerism. He saw . . . Stonefridge. Or, if you prefer, Fridgehenge. "The refrigerators looked like monoliths," Horowitz says, recalling his first glimpse of the rusting jumble of white--and, of course, harvest gold and avocado--rectangular boxes on the mesa above town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1991
Re "Time to Get Rid of That Big Stuff" (Oct. 23): The article was irresponsibly written. It stated that refrigerators and other large items could be picked up with the regular trash during Dana Point's cleanup week. Unused refrigerators are very dangerous--especially to small children. The doors should be removed or strapped shut before placing them out on the curb. You were careful to point out that hazardous waste would not be collected. A refrigerator can be just as hazardous.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Christina Rivera hates to see food go to waste, so she is cracking down at her Silver Lake restaurant. Rivera began weighing the trash generated by Gobi Mongolian BBQ House with an eye toward shrinking the pile of scraps, peels and other organic material. She put up signs noting that some 40% of the nation's food supply is thrown out each year. Then she did something that put some patrons into a rage: On busy all-you-can-eat nights, the restaurant now charges an extra fee for any plate with leftover food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I have an unfamiliar refrigerator in my familiar kitchen. It's sleek, shiny and smudge-proof. So why am I missing my old one, a clunky, black, last-century model, its drawers and shelves held together with duct tape and Super Glue? The ice maker hadn't worked in years. The vegetable drawer had been terminally stuck until I bought a new one online last month. And the water hose had broken so many times over the years that I spent hundreds of dollars on repairs before I learned to fix it myself.
SPORTS
April 7, 2013 | Helene Elliott
An outdoor game between the Kings and the Ducks, to be played amid the palm trees and history of Dodger Stadium, is moving closer to reality. Details are still being negotiated, but plans call for the teams to face off in a regular-season game on Jan. 25, 2014, using the portable rink and refrigeration equipment the NHL owns and has deployed at sites such as Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park. A formal announcement is tentatively set for April 17 or 18. The NHL Players' Assn.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
For more than four years, photographer Mark Menjivar photographed the contents of strangers' refrigerators for his exhibit "You Are What You Eat," which has traveled to museums and universities across the country. In a short article by Mark Wilson at the Fast Company website, Menjivar said, "One person likened me asking to photograph their fridge to me asking them to pose nude for the camera. " Quick. Go open your refrigerator door and just look. What do you see? No straightening, editing, culling allowed.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
The decline of my 10-year-old refrigerator started with an unsettling wheezing sound and ended with a death rattle that would have cost $500 to fix. So I, like 10 million other Americans each year, dropped money on a new fridge and had the broken one hauled away. But I was nagged by a lingering concern: What happened to my hulking old Amana? The Pacific Sales where I bought my new Samsung offered a free haul-away service, but what did that company do with it? Where, exactly, was it hauled away to?
BUSINESS
March 14, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman has listed a house in West Los Angeles for $1.69 million. The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2005, features high ceilings, archways, a bar with a wine refrigerator, four bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. French doors open to an enclosed front patio, a front-facing balcony and the backyard. Behind the house sits a saltwater pool, a flagstone deck, a pool house/office and lawn. The cobblestone driveway is gated. The comic book writer and artist's Ninja Turtles, created with collaborator Peter Laird, became a cartoon series starting in the late '80s.
REAL ESTATE
June 10, 2007 | DIANE WEDNER
That old kitchen refrigerator in the garage keeping six cans of soda chilled probably is costing a bundle in energy charges. Consumers wanting to know just how much they can save by buying new energy-efficient refrigerators now have a tool with which they can calculate the potential savings. The Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, can be found at www.energystar.gov/refrigerators.
BUSINESS
July 8, 1992 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of electric utility companies from California to the East Coast are offering a cool $30-million reward for a manufacturer that can develop a vastly improved refrigerator. The use of such a prize is a novel approach for utilities, in that it is rewarding manufacturers to develop a new product rather than rewarding consumers to engage in energy conservation.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: When I moved into my apartment, I knew the refrigerator was old. One weekend I filled it with food for a family barbecue and it broke down. I was at work all day and didn't realize this until a number of hours later. I called my property manager but it was the weekend and a new unit wasn't installed for two more days. By then, the food was ruined. I have asked the manager to pay the cost of the lost food, but she has refused. I was thinking about deducting the cost from next month's rent, but I don't want to get into trouble.
HOME & GARDEN
May 14, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Pop singer Katy Perry and her husband, comedian and actor Russell Brand, are listing their Los Feliz home at $3,395,000. The gated property includes a stately 1922 Mediterranean-style main house and a swimming pool. The 4,600-square-foot home, with a classic exterior that belies its white contemporary interiors, has four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. Adding a touch of whimsy is Perry's vintage pink refrigerator, which she brought from a previous residence. It is not included in the sale.
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