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August 18, 1987 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
For the second time in three months, fire broke out at a National City automobile shredder yard late Sunday, forcing the evacuation of about 40 people and raising new concerns about the hazards posed by the Cleveland Avenue business. The blaze at Pacific Steel Inc. erupted just before 9:30 p.m. deep in the heart of a 30-foot-high pile of "fluff"--the spongy, brown material produced when upholstery, batteries, seats and other car parts are ground up.
November 13, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
No more Shredder, no more head-first dives into first base, no more carpool buddies? Sad but true, the Dodgers on Wednesday unexpectedly lost their first free agent of the off-season when the Oakland A's announced they had signed versatile infielder Nick Punto to a one-year deal. The "Nick Punto trade," which also netted the Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, with the Red Sox in the summer of 2012 helped turn the Dodgers around. Punto proved a reliable glove at third, shortstop and second base for the Dodgers, was terrific in the clubhouse and hit .255 with 21 RBIs in 294 at-bats.
February 27, 1986 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
Blaming its troubles on "a few shortsighted bureaucrats," an Anaheim firm under pressure to move a 40,000-ton mountain of hazardous waste has stopped making payments on state bonds that financed its automobile-shredding business. Officials in the office of state Treasurer Jesse Unruh confirmed Wednesday that Orange County Steel Salvage missed two $25,000 monthly payments, for January and February, on $3.
May 17, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
“Shredder” is a great nickname. No matter what you think about Nick Punto's penchant for head-first dives to the bag, “Shredder” rocks. And, much to most everyone's surprise, so does Punto. Punto was that other guy who came over to the Dodgers in the blockbuster trade for Adrian Gonzalez last summer from the Red Sox. Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Gonzalez were former All-Stars with rich contracts. Punto was the undersized utility guy who seemed on the serious downside of his career.
October 2, 1985 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian signed a bill Tuesday that could allow thousands of tons of automobile shredder waste to be dumped into ordinary municipal landfills. But the signing of the measure, which was sponsored by Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach), is not expected to end an intense environmental debate over the marginally hazardous waste product called "fluff."
July 13, 1987 | PAUL DEAN and BETH ANN KRIER, Times Staff Writers
It's a high-speed shredder, Lt. Col. Oliver North told his congressional inquisitors, and it eats 'em pretty quick. By quick, he meant that in one second it chews one sheet of paper into 10,000 pieces of confetti. By shredder, he meant the Datatech Intimus, a popular model within Washington's intelligence community. So popular, in fact, that its manufacturer calls it the 007. James Bond, on the other hand, was never called before Congress.
September 14, 1985 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
--The Senate voted final 33 to 6 approval and sent to Gov. George Deukmejian on Friday a bill that sets out strict procedures for the disposal of marginally hazardous waste that results from the shredding of dismantled automobiles. The measure by Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) originally was strongly supported by shredders and opposed by conservationists.
March 1, 1987 | A commentary by Jack Mathews
Fawn Hall is . . . (a) The deer compound at Santa's Village. (b) The drama building at Temple University where Vanna White learned how to turn consonants and vowels. (c) The room where Bruce Willis keeps his private collection of self-portraits. (d) The name of a Pentagon paper shredder. If you don't know the answer to that question, you have no sense of instant American popography. You can't tell your Ollie Norths from your Ollie Souths.
December 16, 1986
It is time to view the bright side of "Irangate." There should be a boom in bow-tie sales, since it is unsafe to wear a necktie while using a paper shredder. Perhaps another kindly, loyal little old lady in the tradition of Rosemary Woods will get hundreds of hours of hot and racy taped expletives to delete. ("I just love it when you talk dirty!") The image of the Fifth Amendment, long tarnished by gangsters, murderers and spies, is now enhanced--the Fifth has become the "in" vacation spot of "national heroes" while visiting congressional committees.
August 28, 1985 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
A bill that would allow automobile shredding firms to annually dump 200,000 tons of a marginally hazardous waste into landfills intended for ordinary household garbage has been quietly moving through the Legislature with hardly a ripple of dissent.
May 27, 2009 | Marc Lifsher
At a recycling plant in San Pedro and five other similar operations around California, giant shredding machines annually reduce 1.3 million junk cars, refrigerators and other appliances into fist-sized chunks of metal. Valuable scrap that contains iron is separated so it can be turned back into steel. Hunks of aluminum, copper and other alloys are pulled out for reprocessing.
June 29, 2008 | Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian, Special to The Times
Question: We are owners in a group of six town houses in the San Pedro area. Having terminated the property management company to save money, we now take care of everything ourselves. I am a board director and would like to discard much of the association-related paperwork that goes back to 1993. How long do we have to keep gardeners' receipts, bank statements, utility bills and other documents? Answer: Whether your association has six owners or 6,000, the laws are the same. Document retention is an important part of the association's business operations.
December 16, 2003 | Emmett Berg Britain-based might as well be your nonstop ticket to shredderdom. Many other websites, including ESPN's, promise a catchall place for "extreme" sports such as snowboarding, mountain biking and wakeboarding. The trouble is that many of the sites are not reliable, and the slick is a little too ... synergistic with ESPN's X-Games. The "extreme" revolution may have been televised, but to me, if a gnarly act occurs and ESPN is not around, that's OK.
August 14, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Officials at the San Ysidro border crossing are trying to determine why a tire shredder designed to stop suspect vehicles inadvertently became activated, puncturing the tires of 19 motorists. The shredder rose from the pavement just north of the border crossing early Tuesday, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security. Some people driving across the shredder had their tires flattened instantly; others drove for several miles.
February 17, 2003 | Michael Mallory, Special to The Times
If you're wearing this year's polyester, you may be wearing part of one of last year's big movies. Ideas are not the only thing Hollywood recycles: The thousands of prints left over after all those blockbusters have run out of steam at the nation's multiplexes have sparked a thriving industry that helps transform old film into other products, including polyester fabric.
September 14, 2002 | From the Washington Post
Samuel and Harlan Waksal, the two brothers who ran ImClone Systems Inc., ordered shredders for the company's executive offices the day before the Securities and Exchange Commission requested corporate records in January, according to documents turned over to a congressional panel Friday. The documents do not show when the shredders arrived or whether the brothers shredded material requested by federal or congressional investigators.
April 6, 1986 | Mary Ellen Guffey
Compost, the caviar of soil amendments, is not for sale, so if you want to enrich your garden with it, you have to make it yourself. Here's how to do it the way I happen to. In a three-sided, bottomless wooden enclosure, about four by five by four feet, alternate six-inch layers of vegetative material--chopped garden refuse, grass clippings or leaves--with a one-inch layer of packaged steer manure, sprinkling each layer generously with water.
November 11, 1993 | JIM WASHBURN, Jim Washburn is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
A grand variety of acts may have performed at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center in the last few years, but one thing that has yet to grace its stage is a gas-powered, deafening, branch-devouring chipper-shredder. Penn and Teller hope to remedy that cultural lack this evening. "A few years ago I bought a chipper-shredder to turn my useless yard rubbish into useful mulch," the mono-monikered Teller explained. "And we were impressed by the extreme power and terror of the chipper-shredder.
July 5, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN,
So much for the paperless society. Even as my e-mail in-box swells to 250 new messages each day, I still seem to end up with more unwanted paper than ever before. Phone bills, bank statements, pre-approved credit card solicitations--in the wrong hands, these could precipitate my financial ruin. Not that I'm paranoid. But investing in a paper shredder seemed safer than building a bonfire in my backyard. Apparently, I'm not alone in my thinking.
Sitting in an Orange County restaurant, the slight man with wire-rimmed glasses easily blends in. Here he's just another guy ordering a hamburger and french fries. He seems at home, and this is his home now. But in conversation, Christoph Meili makes it clear he is no ordinary customer and is not really at home. "I was just a tool--a pawn in a chess game. You have to have a pawn to win this game," he says, his accent Swiss. "But I know if I didn't do this, the Swiss banks would win."
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