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April 4, 1991 | By Louis R. Carlozo, Special to The Inquirer
There is nothing funny about the funny odor plaguing a classroom at Whitehall Elementary School in Monroe Township, parents and teachers say. Members of Whitehall's Parents Advisory Council say the odor, described as a dry, caustic smell, has been strong enough to send a teacher to the hospital and sicken some students. Baffled in their attempts to trace the odor's source, school board officials hope to meet tonight with the advisory council and Testwell-Craig Laboratories of Mays Landing, which tested the classroom for possible contaminants on Feb. 27. The board expects to release final results of those tests at the meeting.
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September 26, 1986 | By VALERIA M. RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer
More than 75 parents blocked the doors of a West Philadelphia elementary school this morning, effectively closing down the school to protest an incident Wednesday when scores of pupils and employees were sickened by an odor in the building. Teachers also stayed outside the school, although some later entered the building to be with children who remained on the scene because their parents were at work. The parents at the William Cullen Bryant School, at 60th Street and Cedar Avenue, said they were worried that the school building is unsafe after many children reported headaches, dizziness and vomiting Wednesday.
FOOD
August 5, 1992 | by Polly Fisher, Special to the Daily News
Dear Polly: Help! Our freezer failed and some fish thawed, leaving a terrible odor. How can I get the smell out of the freezer? - Alice Wash out the interior of the freezer with a solution of half vinegar, half water. This may take care of the problem. If not, you'll need to do a more thorough cleaning and deodorizing. Wash the interior with a half-and-half mixture of chlorine bleach and water to kill any bacteria. Then, place a shallow pan of activated charcoal in the unit, turn it on, close the door and let it sit for a week.
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March 17, 1997 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
Market-Frankford train commuters are making a big stink about an overpowering stench of raw sewage that has SEPTA's 11th Street subway station smelling like a country outhouse. "The odor is so foul it makes me ill," said Marsha Rogozinski, of Bridesburg, about what she called "a God-awful smell that has been around for months. " Donna Craig said the last time she smelled anything so rank was when the compressor in her refrigerator broke down. "A carton of extra large eggs inside went sour, just like this station," said Craig, of West Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 1, 1995 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
School-district officials met with concerned parents last night at Atlantis Elementary School, declaring it safe for students but in need of repairs. A mysterious musty odor forced officials to close the school for nearly a week after some parents feared it was making children sick. The school reopened Tuesday after testing by the district's environmental consultant, E. Marko Associates. The odor was caused by wet insulation, a leaky roof and faulty ventilation, said JoAnn Gonzalez-Major, a consultant with E. Marko.
NEWS
January 18, 1988 | By MARK McDONALD, Daily News Staff Writer
Responding to hundreds of telephone complaints, fire trucks and Philadelphia Gas Works crews scurried all over West and Northwest Philadelphia trying to track down the source of a noxious odor yesterday afternoon. The quick and massive response from the agencies may have been related to natural gas explosions that severely damaged rowhouses in the Kensington section Saturday night and in Overbrook on Jan. 10. The crews did not find the source of the odor last night. Nor did an inspector with the air management services division of the city's Health Department.
NEWS
August 28, 1988 | By Deborah Lawson, Special to The Inquirer
Pet odor is a frequent cause of animals' falling into disfavor at home or inspiring complaints from neighbors. A household with pets should smell as sweet as one without, so before you start blaming the animals, consider how good a housekeeper you are. Do you regularly scrub, vacuum, dust and air your premises? A clean, healthy pet should be odor-free. There are no animal smells in homes in which the pets are well; where cat litter boxes are dumped (not merely sifted) and scrubbed daily with soap and water; where dogs and cats are thoroughly brushed three to four times a week and their ears cleaned weekly; where pet bedding is removable and washed every few days.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
And now, from the department of vital information that it never occurred to you to think about, we bring you earwax odor. Scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center report that compared to whites, the earwax of east Asian people contains significantly lower amounts of odor-causing substances called volatile organic compounds. Setting aside for a moment the tale of how this odd topic became the focus of study, it turns out that the fragrance of one's auditory canal could have medical implications.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | Staff Report
Residents of a Springfield Township apartment complex have been evacuated from their homes because of an unidentified chemical odor. A number of residents reportedly have been taken to a hospital. Their conditions are not known. The apartment complex is at 610 E. Woodland Ave. Firefighters have been there since about 7:30 a.m. Officials are trying to determine the source of the odor.
NEWS
February 23, 1988 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, and Robert W. Fowler, Inquirer Staff Writers
They smelled it first in South Philadelphia. Then it was over Center City and moving into North Philadelphia. And before the hour was past, the complaints of a strange odor were pouring in to police dispatchers in Montgomery County. Beginning about 7:45 p.m., police, fire and other agencies in Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County were inundated with calls from people who said they smelled natural gas or rotten eggs. Crews from the Philadelphia Gas Works and the city's Air Management Services worked throughout the area trying to find the source.
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July 16, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy and Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writers
The twin 3-year-old daughters of Christina and George Berry had just sat down to their spaghetti dinner Sunday night when it happened. A man knocked on the door and told them to leave their Dogwood Lane home because unknown fumes - possibly dangerous - had been detected in their Skippack neighborhood. The girls became scared. Really scared. Their dinner half-eaten, the girls ran outside, Christina Berry said, screaming in fear. Christina and George eventually had to eat at a Wawa.
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June 11, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE SMELL from the house next door was both nauseating and relentless. Janeen Mills had no idea what was causing it - maybe dog feces or a sewage pipe - but whatever it was, it was unbearable for her and her seven grandchildren. Moreover, Mills had lost hope that the landlord or any city agency would make the odor coming from 2730 N. 22nd St. stop. Then one night, she heard a noise outside her North Philly rowhouse. She went to the window and what she saw made her gag. Her neighbors were dumping human feces down the storm sewer.
REAL_ESTATE
March 3, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Now that we're at least on the same calendar page as spring, it's time to tackle a reader's question about removing pine sap from her car. Thanks to all for their suggestions. Trish Davidson says that she makes Christmas wreaths and rubs her hands with olive oil to remove the sap. Lindsey Nair of Roanoke, Va., says any kind of vegetable oil, as well as peanut butter, would work. Let the oil soak into the sap spots overnight to loosen them. Susan Grantham of Tallahassee, Fla., uses rubbing alcohol, putting some on a soft cloth and rubbing gently.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
And now, from the department of vital information that it never occurred to you to think about, we bring you earwax odor. Scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center report that compared to whites, the earwax of east Asian people contains significantly lower amounts of odor-causing substances called volatile organic compounds. Setting aside for a moment the tale of how this odd topic became the focus of study, it turns out that the fragrance of one's auditory canal could have medical implications.
REAL_ESTATE
September 16, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A few weeks back, a rowhouse dweller asked for advice about dealing with cigarette-smoke odor finding its way into her living space from the other side of the party wall. The odor was most noticeable, she said, when the neighbors turned on their central air conditioning. Harris Gross of Cherry Hill, a licensed professional engineer and home inspector, says older homes retrofitted with ductwork for central-air systems often lack sufficient return ductwork, especially on the second floor.
NEWS
July 23, 2013 | By Thomas J. Sheeran and Andrew Welsh-huggins, Associated Press
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Authorities responding to a report of a foul odor from a home discovered a body and arrested a registered sex offender who sent police and volunteers through a poor Ohio neighborhood in a search for more victims, officials said Sunday. East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts had cautioned searchers Sunday to be prepared to find one or two more victims, but he declined to elaborate. After a daylong search that included 40 abandoned houses and other areas, no more bodies were found.
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July 23, 2013 | Associated Press
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Authorities responding to a report of a foul odor from a home discovered a body and arrested a registered sex offender who led police on a gruesome hunt through a poor Ohio neighborhood in a search for potentially more victims, officials said yesterday. East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts said Sunday that searchers should be prepared to find one or two more victims, but he declined to elaborate. Mayor Gary Norton said the suspect has indicated he might have been influenced by Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was convicted in 2011 of murdering 11 women and sentenced to death.
NEWS
July 1, 2013
Q: I'm a woman with excessive moisture in my groin area, especially when exercising. Is this common and what can I do? A: It's hard to know how common it is because people don't talk about it. The causes are probably how your nervous system is wired. Being at your ideal body weight is a good thing. If you are obese, you are going to sweat more in the groin area. There are genetic predispositions: Some sweat more, some sweat less. We have some skinny women who come in at ideal body weight and say they sweat a lot. Sweating can raise your risk of a yeast infection.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I had a question awhile back from a reader who had a smart meter installed and checks online for usage. The reader reported usage was normal for one or two days, then surged for the next day or two. There is no pattern to the surges. She said it was almost like a timer was turning on. Not realizing the problem dated back several weeks - there is a backlog of hundreds of questions, and I receive 75 to 100 new ones every week - one reader suggested that perhaps, because of the recent heavy rains, the basement dehumidifier was the culprit.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Janice Sachen of Chicago offers what she says is a sure cure for that cat-urine smell. "My older cat started urinating on the basement floor and she would always go back to the same spot because she could smell the urine. "I tried everything to mask the smell to no avail. Finally I tried peroxide, the regular drugstore kind, although there are stronger concentrations available at chemical supply houses. "I sprayed a full-strength solution on the concrete area, and it neutralized the smell.
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