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December 21, 1986 | United Press International
Thirty-eight pilot whales have died after dozens stranded themselves along a 20-mile stretch of Cape Cod seashore, rescuers said Saturday. Rescue crews used front-end loaders and heavy rubber rafts in attempts to refloat some of the survivors among 43 whales that came ashore Friday at Cook's Brook Beach and other sites along the popular vacation area. Three were pushed back out to sea and two were brought to an aquarium, where one later died.
January 27, 1991 | MIKE DOWNEY
Just the other night, I went to see the Clippers play basketball, which is always a treat. For me, an evening at a Clipper game is exactly like a quiet, relaxing, romantic evening at home, except at home I don't have hardwood floors.
May 14, 1988
In his article loftily instructing Americans about our "failure" in Vietnam, French journalist Todd has the colossal nerve to ask, "Why, for example, do communists so often manage to confiscate a national liberation or anti-colonial struggle?" He ought to know. It was the French who plundered, oppressed and brutalized the Vietnamese so that capitalism, which the French represented, became synonymous with hell. Communism seemed a viable alternative. Paul Doumer, who became the French governor general of Vietnam around the turn of the century, stated the French attitude quite succinctly when he wrote in his memoirs, "When France arrived in Indo China, the Vietnamese were ripe for servitude."
January 1, 2007 | Roy M. Wallack
If there's a sport, there's a shoe specifically made to help you do it better -- even if you seldom need to touch the pavement. Here are a few examples of highly functional footwear for some of the most popular off-asphalt pastimes. --- Climbing soles that grip Five-Ten Gambit: The rock-climbing shoe Spider-Man would love.
August 27, 2000
The Firestone-Ford tire debacle is eerily reminiscent of NASA's Challenger disaster. For months or even years, many people suspected that brittle rubber in a defective O-ring design might contribute to hot-gas penetration of the solid rocket boosters, which could lead to catastrophic failure of the shuttle. Similarly, for years many have suspected that brittle and defective rubber used in tire manufacturing could result in tire delamination and catastrophic failure, especially in under-inflated tires.
June 30, 1989 | GAILE ROBINSON
If there was such a thing as a sound track that goes with the Fourth of July weekend it would have to include the slappity-flap of flip-flops hitting the pavement. Perhaps you know them by another name; beach sandals, slaps, slides, thongs, flops, go-aheads and the official Customs Department designation--zories. No matter the regional nomenclature, almost everyone has had a personal encounter with this summer staple. If you experienced your first pair in the '50s, consider yourself lucky.
September 7, 2008 | Frank Eltman, Associated Press Writer
RIVERHEAD, N.Y.-- At a crowded racetrack on a Saturday night, the spectators begin chanting a countdown to the evening's final event. When they hit zero, chaos follows. A dozen cars thunder off in every direction, blasting into each other's fenders in a growing percussion of gut-thumping thuds. Soon, smoke is billowing from engines, rubber tires are shredded down to steel wheels that screech and squeal as the competitors squeeze every last breath out of their dying machines. Sparks fly in all directions as torn-off steel scratches pavement and the odor of burnt rubber and God-knows-what burning under the hoods fills the lungs.
November 12, 1987 | HERB HAIN
Mrs. Robert Mehnert of Oceanside is seeking Rennet tablets for making junket custard and ice cream; none of the supermarkets or health food stores in her area seems to stock the product. Can you help satisfy Mehnert's sweet tooth, or will this be too tough a problem and leave her cold? Regina Rogers of Cypress and several of her friends would love to find some bib-style plastic aprons.
In his relentless celebration of American folkways, Norman Rockwell transformed derelict automobile tires into little petunia beds and children's swings--testament to Yankee thrift and the creativity of ordinary folks who extracted their last nickel's worth. Sadly, nobody else has so deftly dispatched worn-out tires into a useful hereafter. Long a national nuisance, they are piling up across the country faster than ever.
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