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NEWS
August 19, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
BBC America's new historical drama, Copper , about an Irish American police detective in 19th-century New York, opens with a bang: A gang of bank robbers are making a frenzied escape through the backstreets of lower Manhattan when they are ambushed by three police detectives led by the show's protagonist, Detective Kevin Corcoran. Corcoran - Corky to his friends - identifies himself as a cop, but before the thieves can react, he and his pals, Detectives Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan)
BUSINESS
April 11, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Verizon customers with copper-line phones who call twice in 18 months for repairs - or live near someone who does - are likely to get a surprise when company techs show up at their door. They will be told that their "only fix" is to replace decades-old copper line with high-speed fiber as Verizon won't fix the copper, according to company documents obtained by the Inquirer. So far, 1.1 million Verizon copper customers have been switched to fiber in Pennsylvania and other states under an internal program called "Fiber Is the Only Fix. " Millions more of Verizon's customers may face the same upgrade because the effort is expanding.
FOOD
April 26, 1989 | By Sonja Heinze, Special to the Daily News
Q. I read somewhere that the copper-bottom Revere Ware pots that have rainbow-looking spots on the inside of the bottom of the pots have copper coming through and it is unhealthy to use them. Any truth to this? My pots are almost 40 years old and in excellent shape except for these marks. - D.J. Jones Sarasota, Fla. Q. I have a set of three covered stainless steel bowls. Is it safe to use these for all types of food to be kept in the refrigerator, such as puddings, vegetables and pickled beets?
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The copper-wire thieves ended up causing $175,000 worth of losses at Peco substations across Bucks County. They eventually were arrested, and a Peco spokeswoman says they should be glad they got away with their lives. On Tuesday, four of the alleged burglars in the eight-member "loosely associated" group waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Hearings for the four remaining members are scheduled for next week. Police said that during the fall, they pilfered what is known as "grounding wire," which is used to help control voltage, and then sold it for about $3 a pound to a scrap yard in Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
A Delaware County dentist is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whomever broke into his Upper Darby practice, stole copper tubing, and caused over $40,000 in damages. John-Eric Kramer, who had moved his offices from Philadelphia, was renovating a large stone Tudor-style building he had purchased at 7200 Bradford Rd. He said the thief or thieves broke in through a basement door. The repairs are costly, he said, because plumbing for a dental practice requires special fixtures to prevent contamination.
NEWS
July 29, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The thieves had only one thing on their minds when they broke into a Philadelphia library branch early Monday morning: They left it high and dry, stripped of all its copper piping. Forty personal computers and other valuables were left untouched. Officials estimate that repairing the damage at the Lillian Marrero branch in North Philadelphia will run about $80,000. "They took out every ounce of copper piping they could get their hands on," said Siobhan Reardon, the president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania regulators will look into union claims that Verizon Communications Inc. has neglected its aging copper phone lines in large areas of the state, according to a recent filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Administrative Law Judge Joel H. Cheskis has scheduled the first hearing for March 18 in Harrisburg. Cheskis will seek information on Verizon's copper phone lines and then make a recommendation to the PUC as to whether to initiate an investigation, PUC spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen said.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
With most of the Northeastern United States hurtling toward super-fast communications, towns in a swath of rural South Jersey fear being left far behind - even off the grid at times. Wireless reception can be weak there, officials say, because of a dearth of cell towers and because Verizon Communications Inc.'s decades-old copper lines, hanging from telephone poles or snaking through underground conduit, hum, crackle, or go dead during rainstorms or fog. These lines also deliver DSL Internet.
LIVING
August 3, 2007 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: The previous owners of our house spray-painted the copper flashing over the bow window at the front. Any ideas on what the best method is to get the paint off - something that won't ruin the shine of the copper flashing? I've gotten sick of looking at the brownish spray-paint marks. They did a horrible job to boot. Answer: Why anyone would spray-paint copper flashing is beyond me, since copper is so expensive and gives any house a high-end look. I'm assuming the copper began weathering to a nice patina, and they decided they didn't like green, so they painted it brown.
NEWS
October 11, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thanks to a sharp-eyed Episcopal priest, Haddonfield police have arrested and charged a pair of suspected copper thieves. "Don't mess with a priest," the Rev. Patrick Close of Grace Church on Kings Highway posted on his Facebook page Tuesday. Close saw two young men the previous day in an area of the church grounds not open to the public and went out to question them, he reported. They departed, but when he left that night, Close noticed the rectory's copper downspouts were gone.
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SPORTS
April 15, 2016 | By John Smallwood, COLUMNIST
IT'S JUST a Philadelphia thing. Whenever a local player is drafted in a professional sport, the question of how playing in the City of Brotherly Love helped prepare them seems to always come up. It happened to former Prep Charter and Rutgers guard/forward Kahleah Copper after she was selected seventh overall by the Washington Mystics in the 2016 WNBA draft. ESPN, which televised the draft, wanted to know how playing on the playgrounds with boys help toughen her mentally. Copper gave the perfect Philly response.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Verizon customers with copper-line phones who call twice in 18 months for repairs - or live near someone who does - are likely to get a surprise when company techs show up at their door. They will be told that their "only fix" is to replace decades-old copper line with high-speed fiber as Verizon won't fix the copper, according to company documents obtained by the Inquirer. So far, 1.1 million Verizon copper customers have been switched to fiber in Pennsylvania and other states under an internal program called "Fiber Is the Only Fix. " Millions more of Verizon's customers may face the same upgrade because the effort is expanding.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania regulators will look into union claims that Verizon Communications Inc. has neglected its aging copper phone lines in large areas of the state, according to a recent filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Administrative Law Judge Joel H. Cheskis has scheduled the first hearing for March 18 in Harrisburg. Cheskis will seek information on Verizon's copper phone lines and then make a recommendation to the PUC as to whether to initiate an investigation, PUC spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen said.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
With most of the Northeastern United States hurtling toward super-fast communications, towns in a swath of rural South Jersey fear being left far behind - even off the grid at times. Wireless reception can be weak there, officials say, because of a dearth of cell towers and because Verizon Communications Inc.'s decades-old copper lines, hanging from telephone poles or snaking through underground conduit, hum, crackle, or go dead during rainstorms or fog. These lines also deliver DSL Internet.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Communications Workers of America says it has photographic evidence showing Verizon Communications Inc. has been depriving its aging copper network of money for maintenance and repair throughout parts of Pennsylvania. The union - which represents 4,980 Verizon linemen, technicians, and customer service representatives in the state - filed the photos on Wednesday in a petition with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, seeking an investigation into whether Verizon has violated state utility laws by not maintaining its copper lines.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Communications Workers of America officials contend that Verizon has failed to fund the upkeep of its copper phone lines that still serve eight million customers and called Wednesday for Pennsylvania regulators to investigate. The CWA also sent letters to regulators in Delaware and Virginia, seeking investigations. The union is expected to eventually send one to New Jersey regulators. The union criticism comes as Verizon and the CWA are locked in thorny contract negotiations that include issues related to Verizon's commitment to its hybrid network of copper and high-speed fiber-optic lines, or FiOS.
SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Kahleah Copper, being in a holding pattern hasn't been that bad. The leading scorer on the Rutgers women's basketball team, Copper, a Prep Charter graduate, hasn't played a game since the Scarlet Knights (22-9) were eliminated from the Big Ten tournament in the second round March 6. On Monday Copper, a 6-foot-1 junior forward, and her Rutgers teammates found out they would be the No. 8 seed in the Albany Regional in the NCAA women's tournament. They will play Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against former Big East foe and No. 9 seed Seton Hall (28-5)
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unoccupied houses made tempting targets for a trio accused Thursday of stealing copper and burning unoccupied properties in Montgomery and Delaware Counties last year. The two men and one woman used real estate websites to find properties in foreclosure or on the market and unoccupied, and strip them of copper, according to a statement by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. At several of the properties, the three placed cardboard on a stove and lit it with a burner, starting fires, authorities allege.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A COPPER THIEF with a dark past received a visit from the coppers this weekend after his latest theft resulted in the explosion of a vacant house in Wissinoming, according to police. About 12:23 p.m. Saturday, a two-story house for sale on Howell Street near Torresdale Avenue that had been vacant for about a year exploded and was leveled by the blast. Police reported no injuries in the explosion. Investigators discovered that copper piping had been cut from the residence and said the removal of the piping caused a natural-gas leak that led to the explosion, police said.
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