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May 14, 1996 | GALI KRONENBERG
This vacuum is not recommended for home use. City of Ventura sanitation crews lug this baby around on the back of a truck. With its 8-inch-wide nozzle and 450-foot-long hose, the mega-vacuum cleaner was put to work Monday unclogging sewers along Main and Poli streets as part of the city's "Downtown Spring Clean-Up." "It will suck up anything that will fit up its nozzle," said Brad Clark, a city maintenance worker who has witnessed the vacuum, a.k.a.
April 23, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- It's legislative spring-cleaning time in Congress, where lawmakers are engaged in a busy week of should-pass legislation as both parties seek to tally accomplishments before taking a break to campaign during the upcoming recess. The Senate is closing in on passage of a long-debated overhaul to the Postal Service that would save Saturday delivery and make it more difficult for the government to close rural post offices. The postal bill still faces dozens of possible amendments, including one from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
April 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Though Anchorage is postcard-pretty in the summer, it's trashy in early spring, when the snow melts to reveal a bad case of the uglies -- from routine litter to old mattresses and junked cars. But each year, the trash and junk disappears as hundreds of volunteers hit the streets in a weeklong cleanup just in time for the tourist season.
August 15, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Following the fourth cast's premiere in "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," theater-goers proceeded from Westwood's Geffen Playhouse to the Napa Valley Grille for food and the chance to continue sharing fashion memories with the play's newest actors: Florence Henderson of " The Brady Bunch," Meredith Baxter of "Family Ties," Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur of "Hairspray," the Groundling Theater's Paula Christensen and Gina Torres of "Huge....
May 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
The captains of the orbiting Mir-Atlantis complex said Sunday the patched Russian space station is safe, for now anyway, but could use a good spring cleaning. Atlantis commander Charles Precourt said he's satisfied with conditions on the 11-year-old Mir for astronaut Michael Foale, who just began a 4 1/2-month tour of station duty.
January 24, 1999 | ELAINE ST. JAMES
Last week I suggested one easy way to simplify your life each month for the first quarter of the year. Here are some ideas for the second quarter. * April. Plan to do a serious spring cleaning. If your idea of this annual chore is to take everything out of your closets, garage and attic, and then put it all back in, only neater, make this the year you take the extra step and get rid of the stuff you don't need and never use.
June 2, 1985 | ELAINE WOO, Times Staff Writer
Spring cleaning came a little late to several Southland communities Saturday, but no one was complaining. "I think it's marvelous," said Eva Brown, of Los Angeles, who happened to be in the area as a brigade of hardy Korean-American senior citizens, armed with plastic trash bags, swept and raked its way down Wilshire Boulevard near Western Avenue. The Korean-American group was participating in one of five separate volunteer cleanup drives that, by coincidence, all took place Saturday morning.
March 30, 2004 | Julie Sheer, Times Staff Writer
The season of conflicting scents and instincts is upon us. Down from the hills waft traces of sage and woolly blue curl. Out of the attic and garage drift the aromas of leaking Deet and mildewed Gore-Tex. Over the next several weekends, these smells will simultaneously undermine motivation to work while inflaming enterprise in service of play. This is perfectly natural. Remember to smile as you sneak out of the office early to hose down a tent or patch a sleeping bag.
There's something about daffodils pushing through soil that stirs up a desire to fling open the windows, brush away cobwebs and clear out clutter. Somewhere in the country, storm windows are coming down about now; but in Southern California, where seasons blend almost seamlessly into each other, spring and spring cleaning aren't necessarily synonymous. Still, the urge to clean up and simplify surroundings is universal, whether it's your house or your life. So where to start?
April 13, 1996 | NICK GREEN
Volunteers will scour Ventura's shoreline today during a beach cleanup sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation. The spring cleaning is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Surfers Point at the foot of Figueroa Street near the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Volunteers will receive a free parking pass for the large parking lot near the point. Gloves are recommended, and light refreshments will be provided.
June 22, 2008 | Marni Jameson, Special to The Times
Kathy and Jim Mocharski put their 10-year-old Rancho Bernardo home on the market in March knowing the competition would be stiff. "A lot of new homes are going in around us," Kathy Mocharski said. "To compete, we had to give our home the current styles and upgrades that buyers could get in a new house." Besides a thorough spring cleaning, they followed their instincts and the advice of their real estate agent and sunk close to $16,000 into the 2,500-square-foot house to get it market ready.
April 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Though Anchorage is postcard-pretty in the summer, it's trashy in early spring, when the snow melts to reveal a bad case of the uglies -- from routine litter to old mattresses and junked cars. But each year, the trash and junk disappears as hundreds of volunteers hit the streets in a weeklong cleanup just in time for the tourist season.
March 15, 2007 | Robert Smaus, Special to The Times
THE fat, spreading tubers of hardy water lilies -- the most commonly kind planted in pots sitting in a pond or pool -- need to be shortened and repotted if they are to keep blooming. It's as inevitable as taxes, and done right around the same time. You might want to make a note on your calendar, next to that appointment with the tax guy, to repot lilies by early April, just as they are coming back to life.
March 6, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
It has been nearly four months since J.D. Drew elected to opt out of the final three years and $33 million of his contract with the Dodgers. But the soap opera that decision inspired continued Monday, with Drew saying he left because he didn't want to be traded and General Manager Ned Colletti saying Drew never asked for a no-trade clause. "We were looking for some job security," said Drew, who wound up signing a five-year, $70-million contract with the Boston Red Sox.
October 7, 2004 | Robin Greene Hagey, Special to The Times
As much as we say we don't like to clean our homes, two little words remain the biggest motivator for getting out the mop and broom: "Company's coming." "I tell my kids that I clean occasionally," says Diane Korpinen, a mother of four from Thousand Oaks who juggles a frightening schedule of after-school chauffeuring and a full-time job. "If we're having an occasion, I clean for it." Our relationship with cleaning is ambivalent enough to be noted by academia and studied by the cleaning business.
April 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Tens of thousands of Muscovites turned out to scrub, paint or sweep Russia's capital in the annual subbotnik, or spring cleaning. The custom of giving up time one spring weekend to spruce up parks, streets and courtyards began in 1919. Like many aspects of Soviet life, it now has nostalgic appeal. This year's participants appeared to enjoy scrubbing Moscow, which is left covered with litter and mud when the snow melts after five months of fierce winter.
April 1, 2004 | Robert Smaus
It's FINALLY WARM enough to plant tomatoes in most parts of the Southland, or petunias, or bougainvillea, citrus and other warmth-loving plants. There's no longer any danger of frost nipping new plantings, and putting them in now gives them a chance to become established before the heat of summer arrives. Citrus season This is perhaps the best time to plant citrus, from lemons to oranges.
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