CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2010 |
At first, Marc Handler ignored the pickup trucks loaded with scrap metal, machine components and other junk parked on the street outside his North Hollywood home. He hoped they would simply go away. But the number of trucks only increased, from three to as many as 15. Sometimes the clanging and banging would stir Handler from his sleep in the wee hours. "I feel that I am now living in a blighted area full of smashed-up vehicles and piles of scrap metal and junk — an industrial area of workmen and industrial materials, not a neighborhood," said Handler, who lives in a house he bought from his grandparents 20 years ago. "This is in my face every day."
May 30, 1996 |
The heaps of steel wheels, rusty nails and dented appliances at Schnitzer Steel's scrap yard along Highway 99 in west Eugene look like a bunch of junk. But that junk is worth millions of dollars. The Eugene operation generated about $16 million in revenue in the fiscal year ended last Aug. 31. Bankrolled by its initial public offering in 1993 and a subsequent offering last month, Schnitzer has renovated its facilities, including the Eugene site, and is looking for new acquisitions.
October 1, 2001 |
A million tons of radioactive scrap metal may find a new shelf-life in products ranging from soup cans and wristwatches to automobiles and artificial hips. It would be a mammoth recycling project for a legacy of the Nuclear Age. Under a proposal being considered by the Bush administration, the federal government is seeking new uses for lightly contaminated metal as it cleans up its obsolete weapon plants and research labs.
July 5, 2007 |
Tap it, don't scrap it. With metal prices rising, beer makers say they expect to lose hundreds of thousands of kegs worth millions of dollars this year as those stainless steel holders of brew are stolen and sold for scrap. The brewing industry is coupling with the scrap metal recycling industry to let metal buyers know they can't accept kegs unless they are sold by the breweries that own them.
February 24, 2008 |
There's something big and metallic 60 feet below the ground in this town near the Czech border. Whether it's the fabled Russian Amber Room, gold or even scrap metal isn't known. But treasure hunter Christian Hanisch hopes to snake a camera into an underground cavern to prove he has discovered Nazi plunder buried in the final weeks of World War II. "I am sure that there is gold or silver down there," said Hanisch, who hopes to begin drilling within days. Hanisch was led to the spot on the fringes of Deutschkatharinenberg, about 100 yards from the Czech Republic, by a set of coordinates he found in a notebook belonging to his father, a former Luftwaffe radio operator who died last year.
November 26, 1988 |
In a series of raids this month, Argentine authorities have discovered clandestine arsenals containing hundreds of tons of bullets, artillery shells and other ammunition. The judge handling the case has assured the public that it appears to be merely a matter of corruption and not part of a plot by right-wing extremists to undo the democratic government. The ammunition, along with miles of stolen public telephone wire, apparently was to be melted down for its copper.
November 20, 2005 |
The Russian soldiers were drunk when they started flagging down cars and demanding money one night last week in this suburb of the Chechen capital, witnesses say. By the time the night was over, three civilians were dead and three of the Russians' uniforms were soaked in blood.
March 27, 2012 |
Naomi Wormell is a vicar, not a vigilante. But these days, she finds it hard to choose Christian charity over some swift -- and terrible -- retribution. The centuries-old church she leads in this quiet English village has fallen victim to a plague sweeping across Britain. Like hungry locusts, metal thieves have repeatedly attacked St. Mary's Church, swooping down on its roof in the dead of night and stripping away large sections of its Victorian-era lead cladding. Six times over a four-month period, the heartsick residents of Hatfield Broad Oak awoke to discover yet another piece of their history stolen, most likely to be melted down and sold for scrap.
May 9, 2006 |
The auction regulars arrive early in the morning, prepared for a day of bidding mostly on stuff they cannot see. Some carry cups of coffee. One woman snuggles her pet Chihuahua under her coat. Today could be the day they find treasure. Bidders have been known to snag diamonds. Rolex watches. Even the diaries of Paris Hilton. But this is far from the rarefied formalities of Sotheby's or Christie's.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2001 |
Dan Giles does not call himself a religious man. But he has, he says, respect for God, those who worship, and monuments inspired by faith. All of which leads the 60-year-old welder from Silver Lake to a quandary when he considers the stack of wrought iron gates resting in his yard: He got them as scrap and now figures they'll fetch $50,000. For decades, the eight gold-painted gates, each weighing several hundred pounds, adorned the shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe at St.