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May 31, 1991 | By Mariann Caprino, Associated Press Inquirer staff writer Al Haas contributed to this article
The music industry might have to abandon the term going platinum to describe a bestselling record. The price of the precious metal plunged yesterday after Nissan said it had invented a cheap way to eliminate platinum in car pollution-control devices. Nissan Motor Corp.'s disclosure that it has developed a platinum-free catalytic converter, the boxlike device that transforms auto pollutants to harmless byproducts, sent the platinum contract for July delivery tumbling by the daily limit of $25 a troy ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
NEWS
August 5, 2002 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The jail sentences ended years ago, but the case of Chester County's most infamous white-collar crime lives on. Starting in the late 1980s and continuing until November 1996, five employees smuggled $2.76 million worth of platinum from the Johnson Matthey plant in West Whiteland. They melted it, formed it into bars, wrapped it in duct tape, and walked out with the contraband stashed in the handles of a dolly. Then they recruited middlemen to hawk the bars to precious-metal dealers.
NEWS
October 9, 1988 | By Henri Sault, Inquirer Coins Writer
With gold prices hovering near the $400 level, bullion coin producers are turning to the newly glamorous platinum as an investment hope. GoldCorp. Australia has rushed its platinum Koala into the U.S. market, offering the coin in four sizes. Those coins, with face values of Australian $100, $50, $25 and $15, are sold at the spot price of platinum, plus a premium. Based on early orders, GoldCorp. estimated sales of 100,000 ounces in the first year. In this country, Johnson Matthey has just released its Year of the Dragon platinum bullion medallion.
NEWS
April 10, 2000 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services contributed to this report
A word to the wise: If you're thinking of trying the platinum look at home - and we don't just mean blond, we mean platinum - it's not easy. Take it from Mr. Platinum himself, R&B star Sisqo. "I have the most high-maintenance hair in the business," the singer sighs. Sisqo, known for his glimmering metallic do, describes his labor-intensive grooming routine in the New York Times. "My hair underneath is actually blond," he reveals. "You can't dye it this color. There's no such hair dye as platinum or silver.
NEWS
July 20, 1989 | By Steve Wartenberg, Special to The Inquirer
If you're in the mood to buy a solid gold, sculpted doorstop, there aren't a whole lot of places where you can shop. But now there's Douglas Everett, a Chester County artist/entrepreneur who sells that golden doorstop, as well as a number of other items that give the wealthy new ways to spend their excess capital. Everett, who lives in northern Chester County, owns Mystica & Co., which designs and markets a line of decorative hardware and sculptures made of silver, gold and platinum.
NEWS
February 2, 2012 | By Clarke Canfield, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine - A treasure hunter said Wednesday that he had located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3 billion. If the claim proves true, it could be one of the richest sunken treasures ever discovered. But an attorney for the British government expressed doubt that the vessel was carrying platinum. And if it was, in fact, laden with precious metals, who owns the hoard could become a matter of international dispute.
LIVING
September 24, 1997 | By W. Speers This story contains material from the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Post, New York Daily News, the Orlando Sentinel, USA Today and Star
Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" was certified eight-times platinum yesterday, the first day of its U.S. release. The Recording Industry Association of America said the sale of 8 mil copies made the Princess Diana tribute the highest certified single in music history. The record, backed by the song "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," last week was tagged the biggest-selling single of all time in Britain. The tunes are included in John's new album, The Big Picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2003 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rap goes prime-time. Filmmaker Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) was talking to industry friends, telling war stories about working with rappers that she had heard from her husband, Spike Jonze, the Stanley Kubrick of MTV. Someone pointed out that the outrageous personalities, bitter feuds and sybaritic lifestyle she was describing would make a fascinating TV show. So Coppola, looking for someone with a feel for the material, teamed up with prolific African American writer John Ridley (Third Watch)
NEWS
October 6, 1998 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Six defendants will spend terms of at least three months in prison for their part in an elaborate conspiracy that netted $2.75 million in profits through the sale of platinum stolen from a West Whiteland company that manufactures precious metals. Those convicted sat in a quiet and packed courtroom yesterday. Some were with family members, some with friends, one with a priest, as Chester County Court Judge Howard Riley imposed sentences for charges that could have put them in a state prison for more than 10 years.
NEWS
December 16, 1997 | By Peter Smolowitz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Preliminary court hearings were waived yesterday for five of the seven men charged with being part of a theft ring that allegedly stole more than $2.5 million of platinum, and all seven appear headed toward plea agreements. Each defendant faces hundreds of years in prison in the smuggling of the precious metal from Johnson Matthey Inc., an Exton electronics firm. Those who waived their hearings yesterday were: Dennis Walton, 41, a Downingtown Borough Council member; Victor Gabriel, 54, of Downingtown; Webster Hilton, 41, of Downingtown; Gary Burns, 40, of West Chester; and Joseph Clark, 40, of Downingtown.
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December 8, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Gold has moved beyond deck-the-halls festive into the glitzy realm of must-have fashion. It's the season for gleaming flecks to sparkle on fluttering eyelids and glisten on mistletoe-ready lips. A bronzy link chain, instead of a ribbon, on tuxedo-style trousers is happy-hour sultry. And shimmering, silky pantsuits are both retro and relevant. Once civilization's most sought-after metal, gold shines brightest this year in classic yellow. But copper and rose blends, especially on sequined blouses, are trending chic, too. Unlike in decades past, however, the granddaddy of precious metals no longer feels arrogant or garish.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
US Airways and American Airlines, which are combining their frequent-flier programs, will continue to reward miles for travel based on distance flown, not fares paid. That benefits leisure travelers, who hunt for bargain fares, in contrast to business travelers, who often book expensive last-minute tickets. US Airways Dividend Miles members, who fly occasionally, won't notice much difference - they will get a new American frequent-flier number next year. US Airways' most frequent jet-setters, who log 25,000 miles or more a year, will see changes.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
We've all been there - wondering how to eke more efficiency out of our homes. We've switched the bulbs and tinkered with the setting on the hot water heater. We've beefed up the insulation and tangled with spouses over the thermostat. Janet Milkman and Bob Hankin did more than that. As they contemplated improvements to her brick rowhouse on Center City's Pine Street, where she's lived since 1997, they took drastic action. They decided to gut the entire thing. Out went much of the old building's innards - into a recycling bin from Revolution Recovery, which would recycle more than 90 percent of it, tracking and documenting how the material was reused.
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Michelle Faul and Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press
MARIKANA, South Africa - Hundreds of striking miners forced the closure Wednesday of four mines of Anglo American Platinum, the world's largest producer, as labor unrest spread in South Africa's biggest industry. More than 60,000 miners were not working Wednesday though it is unclear how many support the strike to demand a monthly take-home pay of R12,500 ($1,560) - and how many are frightened by intimidation and death threats if they report for duty. The plight of miners living in tin shacks while they produce the raw materials for luxury goods under dangerous conditions has put a spotlight on the South African government's failure to meet basic needs like clean water and decent health care.
NEWS
August 5, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Marilyn Monroe certainly achieved fame in the course of her 36-year lifetime, but in the five decades since her death, she has become such a celebrity-branding superstar, it often feels as though America's proto-platinum pinup never really left the building. She is routinely referenced in store windows and on runways; her image graces such products as glossy magazine covers and wine bottles; her persona regularly flickers to new life on TV and movie screens. The Monroe legacy is larger than her 33 movies, short-lived, high-profile marriages, and messy personal life.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2012
  BUD LIGHT Platinum is either completely deceptive advertising or evidence that the beer industry is now presided over by postmodern literalists of the Orwellian order. I'll grant that there's some actual Bud in this bottle, though its sweet, fizzy flavor is closer to soda than beer. I'll even concede there's platinum in them thar blue bottles. But light? Unless they're practicing Newspeak out there in St. Louis, there is no commonly accepted definition of the word that could possibly include this beer.
NEWS
February 2, 2012 | By Clarke Canfield, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine - A treasure hunter said Wednesday that he had located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3 billion. If the claim proves true, it could be one of the richest sunken treasures ever discovered. But an attorney for the British government expressed doubt that the vessel was carrying platinum. And if it was, in fact, laden with precious metals, who owns the hoard could become a matter of international dispute.
SPORTS
January 26, 2011 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS, record mogul? Oh yeah, baby. Rollins flashed in an MC Hammer video at age 13. He once tried to change his nickname, from J-Roll to J-Smooth. He carried sunglass frames with six different-color lenses. He decorated his bedroom walls in bamboo and jungle prints. A 5-8 Mighty Mouse, Rollins switched from No. 6 to No. 11 because, he said, 11 makes him look taller. He famously issued a treatise on afro-puffs vs. braids, before nature denied him either option.
NEWS
October 15, 2010
SKF USA has earned platinum LEED certification in the category of commercial interiors for its U.S. headquarters in Lansdale. The bearings manufacturer recently completed a $23 million redevelopment of the facility, including green features such as an extensive geothermal heating/heating-ventilation-air conditioning system, and the integration of natural and high-efficiency lighting, as well as refurbished furniture. Platinum is the highest classification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
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August 17, 2010
SAP's new North American headquarters expansion in Newtown Square has been awarded LEED platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, its highest ranking. At 218,000 square feet, the four-story office complex is believed to be the largest LEED platinum-certified building in Pennsylvania. Completed in May 2009 at a cost of nearly $90 million, the building scored the maximum number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design points in the categories of water efficiency and innovation and design process.
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