October 31, 1990 |
Typewriter Warehouse, located on a side street off Springfield Road in Westbrook Park, sits in a windowless, cinder-block structure that looks abandoned. But the building is alive inside with imagery from the past: Glossy photos of stars of the golden age of Hollywood stare down into the showroom. And, somehow, Clark Gable and John Wayne seem right at home with vintage Royals and Remingtons. Typewriter Warehouse, owned by Joe Haig - who also happens to be a movie buff - is one of the few outposts of the manual typewriter in Delaware County.
August 5, 2012 |
SANTA RITA DO SAPUCAI, Brazil - Brazilian inmate Ronaldo da Silva hops on a bicycle and pedals furiously, clocking up several miles before slowing down and jumping off. Silva hasn't gotten far, in fact not an inch. He's still inside the medium-security prison where he's serving a 51/2-year sentence for holding up a bakery, standing next to a stationary bike. But he did move a bit closer to freedom. Silva is part of an innovative program that allows inmates at a prison in Brazil's southeastern Minas Gerais state to reduce their sentences in exchange for generating power to help illuminate the town at night.
June 27, 2010
Thousands of homes and businesses remained without electricity Saturday as utility company crews worked to repair the outages left from a powerful storm that swept the area Thursday. About 30,000 customers still did not have power by about noon Saturday, said Karen Muldoon Geus, Peco Energy Co.'s director of communications. All electricity service should be restored by Sunday night, she said. More than 200,000 homes and businesses lost power, mainly because of downed trees that snapped lines.
August 25, 1998 |
Last Friday morning, PGW managers pulled out the stops when they announced their intention to partner with a California energy company to sell electricity under Pennsylvania's deregulated electricity market initiative. In a gala media show, actors portraying Thomas Edison and Ben Franklin lauded the alliance between the city-owned utility and Edison Source, of City of Industry, Calif. There were balloons, PGW sunglasses and plenty of pastry. By day's end though, some of those balloons burst when the public advocate filed a 25-page opinion urging the Philadelphia Gas Commission to reject PGW's proposal.
November 12, 1988 |
A freak accident in the Grenloch area of Washington Township knocked out electric power to more than 5,200 customers yesterday, according to a spokeswoman for the Atlantic Electric Co. Washington Township police said a backhoe being transported on a flatbed trailer fell over on its side at 6:50 a.m. on Grenloch-Hurffville Road near County House Road, as the tractor-trailer was making a turn, and knocked down an electric transformer housed on...
April 30, 2014 |
FirstEnergy Solutions, facing an uproar in several states over its proposal to charge fixed-rate residential electricity customers a one-time fee of $5 to $15 to offset high winter costs, has decided to rethink that idea. "Even though our contracts allow us to pass through surcharges, we have decided we won't seek reimbursement from residential customers for the added costs," Donald R. Schneider, president of the Akron company, said in a statement Friday. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission last week delayed ordering an investigation of the "pass-through" charge, which First Energy had proposed to offset extra charges imposed in January by the regional grid operator.
November 28, 1997 |
Electricity is in the news these days. After more than a century of being sent a regular take-it-or-leave-it bill from our only source of it, now we're being given a choice of a supplier. But that raises a lot of questions, not just about what we're being asked to choose, but also some more basic questions as well. Here are some: What is electricity, anyway? Well, it's two things, actually. One, it's a stream of minute particles called electrons, so small they're invisible to us. And, two, it's a commodity that can now be bought and sold on the open market.
July 21, 1987 |
That weather furnace enveloping the area is breaking electricity records as well as thermometers. Forecast for a tumble today is the day-old record for hourly consumption of electrical power. Philadelphia Electric Co. spokesman J. William Jones predicted 6.463 million kilowatts of electricity would be drawn by customers between 4 and 5 p.m. That's when temperatures were expected to be in the high 90s and, according to Accu-Weather meteorologist Ken Reeves, "some bank thermometers are going to read 100 or slightly higher.
November 20, 1996
Just when you thought it was safe to make a long-distance call without getting bugged by the Dime Lady, the Legislature is itching to enact a sweeping bill that would deregulate who could sell you electricity. The bill looks pretty good to us, but (surprise) we know our wisdom is not infinite. So it's a deep concern that the final language has been in place only since Nov. 12. Something minor but important about how it all fits together just may have been missed. And how many legislators understand what they'll be voting on - or as lame ducks have incentive to care?
September 16, 2012 |
Warning that extreme weather is here to stay, state regulatory officials this week began weighing steps that New Jersey electric utilities should take to improve response times when restoring power to customers. At a hearing Wednesday in the Statehouse Annex, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) heard a consultant retained by the agency detail some of the 143 recommendations made to deal with future major storms. Two unprecedented storms in 2011, which left nearly 3 million electric customers without power, triggered the investigation.