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February 5, 2002 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
The childhood memoir offers inviting but treacherous terrain where it's all too easy for a writer to get burned - a fate that, with one major exception, Charlayne Woodard avoids in Pretty Fire. Adults who can magically and accurately conjure the fears, fantasies and perspectives of childhood rather than merely filter them through later experience are rare indeed. It is a gift that is one reason for Steven Spielberg's immense success as a filmmaker, and it's one that Woodard shares.
LIVING
October 11, 1987 | By Gary Haynes, Inquirer Graphic Arts Director
Isaac Newton proved that "white light" is actually a combination of all the colors in the spectrum. It is important for a photographer to understand that most light isn't really white - that it is deficient in one of the ingredient colors - for one to learn how to see and to judge the quality and properties of the light being used to make a photograph. A few observations about the nature of light and color are in order. An object's color first and foremost is the color of the light it reflects.
NEWS
July 13, 1988 | By Christopher Hand, Special to The Inquirer
Ray Akers Jr. of Mantua said the inspiration for his business came from a Mr. Coffee machine. "I had been aware for quite some time that there was no inexpensive and rapid way to detect drugs in urine," Akers, 30, said last week. "So, while I was making coffee one morning in a Mr. Coffee machine, the idea hit me: Drugs are present in urine in minute quantities. All tests concentrate them. Why not filter them out of the urine?" That was about 1 1/2 years ago. Today, Akers and his father, Ray Akers Sr., run Drug Screening Systems Inc., a Blackwood-based company that produces the InstaScreen testing system.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 1995 | By Michael Hopkins, FOR THE INQUIRER
By the time the lights went up after Filter's hour-long set Thursday night at the Theatre of Living Arts, there wasn't an inch of dry skin in the house. Fronted by former Nine Inch Nails guitarist Richard Patrick, the industrial- spiked hard-rockers played nearly all of their latest CD, Short Bus, leaving the sold-out hall a satisfied sea of sweaty bodies. For most of the performance the shirtless Patrick and his four-man band were a surreal presence, pulsing and writhing through the shadows created by astutely crafted stage lighting that shifted from eerie washes of red and blue to bright, rotating spots that gave the feel of a prison break in progress.
BUSINESS
November 3, 1988 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lancaster County couple filed a class-action suit in federal court yesterday against Norelco Service Inc. and its parent company, North American Philips Corp., for selling thousands of Clean Water Machines that added a suspected cancer-causing chemical to tap water. Theodore E. and Gloria S. Walters of Landisville charged the company with racketeering, fraud, misrepresentation and other violations in their suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The suit was filed one day after the Federal Trade Commission upheld the finding of an administrative law judge that Norelco acted with "blatant and utter disregard" for the law by selling filters that added small amounts of methylene chloride to tap water.
NEWS
April 12, 1992 | By Michelle Pellemans, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
At first, they arrived one or two at a time, like a trickle of the water they were supposed to filter. But the supply of POET filtration devices to homes in Waterford Township is about to become a steady stream. The POET - short for point of entry treatment - is the line of defense against the contamination discovered last summer in some of the well water that supplies homes in Waterford Township. The contaminants include known or suspected carcinogens called volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, trichloroethylene or toluene.
NEWS
June 29, 1997 | By Scott Fallon, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
With the hot sun beating on the blacktop and the air becoming muggier with each passing day, there might not be a better way to beat the heat than taking a dip in a cool, refreshing pool. But unless you have one in your backyard or have a membership to a health club that sports one, you're out of luck for the next month or so if you live in the Deptford area. The public pool at Fasola Park is closed for at least another month. The problem at the 20-year-old pool on Delsea Drive was discovered in May, when the filter was turned on for a test run. "It just exploded," said Joe Picarte, the township manager.
NEWS
June 20, 1992 | By ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
Before discussing the new super-duper energy-saving light bulb, let us recall the Strickman filter. In 1967, Columbia University announced that it had been given patent rights to a wondrous cigarette filter (invented by chemist Robert Strickman) that would make cigarettes far safer. Columbia's respected medical school had verified the claims, and the filter was unveiled with great fanfare. Maybe you don't remember, Columbia later disowned the filter when more study showed it to be less effective.
NEWS
March 16, 2012
You didn't have the money to hire a plumber to fix the leaky pipe in the basement, so you got the brilliant idea to use bubble gum and duct tape to repair it "temporarily. " Maybe that was fine for you, but what about the next person? We mean, of course, the next owner of your house. Will bubble gum and duct tape create a laugh, or will the buyer and his or her inspector wonder if there are any other quick fixes around the house? "Deferred maintenance never helped to sell a home, and it helps less now than ever," said Cheryl Miller of Long & Foster Real Estate in Blue Bell.
NEWS
April 27, 2007 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: The blades on my ceiling fan are very dusty. Does dust buildup affect the fan's performance? Even if the dust isn't having a detrimental effect on fan performance, I'd clean the blades regularly - every couple of months in the seasons of greatest use. I would also check the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning. This is what I typically do: Place a stepladder beneath the fan, have a family member hold the ladder steady for you, and then, while holding each blade in its turn, vacuum the dust.
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REAL_ESTATE
April 6, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A reader recently asked for advice about whether to operate a humidifier on his furnace, fearing it would lead to mold issues on duct insulation. I told him to use it, but to be vigilant. Bill Kane of Oxford, Chester County, was kind enough to weigh in with expert advice - 25 years of experience in making and installing ductwork. Kane noted that the reader's description of the lining inside his ductwork wasn't entirely clear, "so there are two possible types of construction.
REAL_ESTATE
January 19, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
  Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period. I already have a whole-house humidifier on the furnace, and I am concerned that she is going to cause a mold or mildew problem in the room, in addition to the unfinished attic and possibly adjoining bedrooms.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: The last few weeks, when I do a load of laundry, the water that is discharged smells like rotten eggs. I don't think the odor is coming up from the drain, because that doesn't smell. I have always cleaned the machine according to the recommendations, but when I do this now, it doesn't help. Subsequent loads don't trigger this smell, just the first load. Do I need a plumber or repairman? Answer: You didn't say whether you have a front loader or a top loader.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We're interested in refinishing a fiberglass pool slide that has lost its finish in several spots. Can you tell me whether anything can be done and, if so, what? Since I'm 77 and my husband is 81, neither of us use it, but our great-grandchildren love to. Answer: Pool slides are either made of fiberglass or coated with fiberglass gel coat, which is a finishing paint and provides protection from the sun's ultraviolet rays. You might get some help with restoring it at a pool-supply business or a marine-supply company.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
1. AIR CONDITIONER Avoid a first day of air conditioning stink bomb attack: Change the filter on your forced air heater/air conditioning unit now. The furnace blower motor runs harder with air conditioning, shaking loose the dust on an old filter. 2. ELECTRONIC DEVICES Take a vacuum cleaner to the open grill work on all your electronic devices. The devices will run cooler and last longer. 3. COMPUTER Clean out the accumulated tracking cookies on your computer. Just Google "removing cookies" and follow instructions.
NEWS
November 24, 2012
Bryce Bayer, 83, a retired Kodak scientist and the inventor of a widely used color filter array that bears his name, has died. Mr. Bayer, of Brunswick, Maine, died Nov. 13, a spokeswoman for Direct Cremation of Maine confirmed Friday. The cause of death wasn't released. His Bayer filter was patented in 1975 and is incorporated into nearly every digital camera and camera phone, Kodak said in a 2009 news release announcing Mr. Bayer's receipt that year of the Royal Photographic Society's Progress Award.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S BEEN only-God-knows how long since anyone has been able to watch TV without being bombarded with annoying presidential campaign ads. Barring any unexpected controversies (cough, cough, voter ID, cough), those annoying 30-second clips should end when Election Day draws to a close Tuesday night. In a somewhat masochistic move, the Daily News sat through repeated viewings of some of President Obama's and Mitt Romney's ads to find the best and worst of the campaign propaganda that's been blasted over the airwaves.
NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By Jason Nark and Daily News Staff Writer
A BANANA, an acoustic guitar, a few backpacks and some members of Occupy's National Gathering sat along the steps at police headquarters Monday afternoon, waiting to reunite with those still occupying jail cells inside. "Sol … Sol ... Solidarity," a group of people yelled to them from across the street. Philadelphia police said that 26 members of the Occupy movement had been arrested Sunday night, mostly for disorderly conduct and obstructing a roadway during a march toward City Hall.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Billy Shannon and COLUMBIA NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK — Next time you hear of a friend or family member's forthcoming wedding, be sure to check your e-mail in-box, in case the invitation has gone there. Richard Israelite of San Francisco said he saved more than $1,000 when he chose to pay about $80 for e-mail invitations before he and his wife, Katherine, were married last year. "To me it makes more sense," he said. "I think it's much more convenient in reaching people. " The quick RSVP function provided by digital, he said, made the process smooth.
NEWS
March 16, 2012
You didn't have the money to hire a plumber to fix the leaky pipe in the basement, so you got the brilliant idea to use bubble gum and duct tape to repair it "temporarily. " Maybe that was fine for you, but what about the next person? We mean, of course, the next owner of your house. Will bubble gum and duct tape create a laugh, or will the buyer and his or her inspector wonder if there are any other quick fixes around the house? "Deferred maintenance never helped to sell a home, and it helps less now than ever," said Cheryl Miller of Long & Foster Real Estate in Blue Bell.
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