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NEWS
March 7, 2000 | By Dave Barry
Recently, the Washington Post printed an article explaining how the appliance manufacturers plan to drive consumers insane. Of course, they don't SAY they want to drive us insane. What they SAY they want to do is have us live in homes where "all appliances are on the Internet, sharing information" and appliances will be "smarter than most of their owners. " For example, the article states, you would have a home where the dishwasher "can be turned on from the office" and the refrigerator "knows when it's out of milk" and the bathroom scale "transmits your weight to the gym. " I frankly wonder whether the appliance manufacturers, with all due respect, have been smoking crack.
REAL_ESTATE
July 7, 1991 | By Al Carrell, Special to The Inquirer
Summer is the toughest time of the year for the family refrigerator. It may be working overtime for any one of several reasons and can run more efficiently if you keep up the basic maintenance. First, clean it. A properly cleaned refrigerator, inside and out, can make a world of difference. Inside, you should check the drain system that carries condensation from the inside of the unit to the pan, usually located underneath. When condensation occurs in the unit, it is channeled through a tube down to the pan, where it is supposed to evaporate.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
1 The quoted repair cost is at least half the price of a replacement, Consumer Reports says. Tellingly, the publication only insists on repairs as "first option" on refrigerators less than 7 years old. 2 The motor is running continuously, a sign that the seals aren't holding or the compressor can't make the compartment cold enough. 3 The food isn't staying fresh, or frozen foods feel mushy even after the temperature setting is lowered. Ideally, a fridge should hold at 0 degrees in the freezer, 37 in the refrigerator.
NEWS
October 4, 2002
From the outside, refrigerators look much the same as they have for years, maybe with a few more gizmos. Internally, they couldn't be more different. In the last three decades, refrigerators have gone from energy wastrels to energy misers. That evolution is an example of the liberating possibilities as the United States faces the consequences of overdependency on fossil fuels, as foreign policy is held hostage by oil-producers abroad, and as the environment suffers at home. Those circumstances should fuel demand for new ideas to wean Americans from wasting scarce resources.
LIVING
August 6, 1999 | By Patricia McLaughlin, FOR THE INQUIRER
Notice how the refrigerators you see in magazines are hidden behind paneling, as if they have something to be ashamed of. Or they have glass doors through which you see a large, perfect bunch of grapes and a head of lettuce. Never do you see the half-filled mustard jars, ketchup bottles, and yogurt containers full of fuzzy leftovers I have in my fridge. Or the refrigerators are blank slates - pristine, immaculate, untouched. Nothing like real people's refrigerators, which function as combination message center/bulletin board/scrapbook/photo album/art gallery.
NEWS
November 21, 1989
What is this little rotund man to us, this Lech Walesa? Why did the crowds greet him with as much fervor on his whirlwind tour of the United States as they would that other charismatic Pole, the Pope? Why did even political cynics reach out to touch his hand? He holds no formal office. He's not educated. "If I'd been born in America I'd probably have been repairing refrigerators," he quipped in Philadelphia. Nor is he handsome. He has aged and fattened dramatically since the days when his drooping mustache was dark, when he first leaped the shipyard wall to lead the striking workers in Gdansk.
FOOD
April 3, 1996 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
Ah, the fridge - chamber of sustenance, vessel of life, keeper of the Swiss Miss chocolate pudding. We are what we eat, and what we eat is in the fridge. But what's inside the almond-colored side-by-side Amana is only one side of the story. What we really - really - hold dear is posted on the outside of the refrigerator: The yellowed Far Side cartoon of the smoking dinosaurs. Pictures of the new baby niece. The souvenir rubber elephant refrigerator magnet from the zoo. Our son's latest crayon rendition of the Battle of Gettysburg.
NEWS
March 9, 2009 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
Is your refrigerator eating you out of house and home? Chances are, if it's more than 10 years old, it's gulping enough energy to put a serious hurt on your wallet. Now that the federal stimulus bill is funneling $300 million into rebates for energy-efficient appliances, perhaps it's time to consider upgrading. Even though the money isn't available now and the rules haven't been set up, common sense says that whenever the program begins, you'll want to be ready. With 112 million households in the country, that $300 million won't go far. Over all, the trusty fridge is one heck of a guzzler, using anywhere from 5 percent to 8 percent of household energy, more than any other appliance.
NEWS
March 25, 1987 | By LEON TAYLOR and TOM SCHMIDT, Daily News Staff Writers (Daily News staff writer Ron Avery also contributed to this report.)
Police went to a house in North Philadelphia last night and found three young women being held captive in chains in the basement. They also found a human arm in a refrigerator. The officers went to the house on Marshall Street near Tioga after a fourth woman, 26, showed up at the 25th District Station, Front and Westmoreland streets, about 11 p.m. and told police she had escaped from the basement prison but that others were still being held there. The owner of the house, a 43-year-old man, was later found sitting in a parked car at a garage at 6th Street and Girard Avenue and was arrested.
NEWS
February 4, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: What is the most efficient way to run a refrigerator in an unheated garage? My father unplugs his refrigerator and leaves the door open. Unfortunately, at that point all the liquids tend to freeze. Answer: A garage does present some special issues for refrigerators. To avoid the premature compressor failure that can result from oil thickened by colder temperatures (and cause untimely fridge death), the air surrounding a refrigerator must be 55 degrees or higher.
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NEWS
February 18, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Barry Eisele, 69, of Voorhees, a branch manager for United Refrigeration Inc. in South Jersey, died of cancer Monday, Feb. 15, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. United Refrigeration is a distributor for parts and equipment for air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration units, with locations in 44 states. A 1964 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mr. Eisele served in a New Jersey unit of the Army Reserve. Mr. Eisele had been with United Refrigeration since his high school graduation year, his wife, Jane, said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2015 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
A motion-sensing toilet that lifts the seat and flushes was just what was needed for the Magladry family of Voorhees - two parents and four kids younger than 9. Installed eight months ago, its incorporated night-light was especially appreciated by mom Heather when she was pregnant. "None of my boys remember to flush the potty - ever, it seems - so that's one of the nice things," she said. Most smart toilets ($3,000- $5,000) come from Japan and require their own electrical outlet.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raleigh M. Woods, 92, of Northwest Philadelphia, who had careers in life insurance, welding, and refrigeration repair, died Monday, Jan. 5, of kidney failure at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice. Known as "Woody," Mr. Woods was the third of eight children. He was born in Covington, Va., and reared in Ashland, Ky., during the Great Depression by the Frank F. Fleming family. Later, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Ashland. Mr. Woods served in World War II with the Army in Normandy, the Ardennes, the Rhineland, Northern France, and central Europe.
REAL_ESTATE
December 8, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Q uestion: I have a Maytag side-by-side refrigerator. The water dispenser is not dispensing. It starts dispensing and ends up a trickle. The ice maker is producing thin ice cubes. I had tried to replace the water inlet valve in the appliance, but that did no good. The water line does not seem to be blocked. When I take off the filter, which I replaced in June, and press the water dispenser, no water comes out the filter head. Answer:   There 's a good reason why I was passed over for the role of Maytag repairman in 2007, but I will suggest two things.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
1 The quoted repair cost is at least half the price of a replacement, Consumer Reports says. Tellingly, the publication only insists on repairs as "first option" on refrigerators less than 7 years old. 2 The motor is running continuously, a sign that the seals aren't holding or the compressor can't make the compartment cold enough. 3 The food isn't staying fresh, or frozen foods feel mushy even after the temperature setting is lowered. Ideally, a fridge should hold at 0 degrees in the freezer, 37 in the refrigerator.
FOOD
April 4, 2013
Makes 4 small pizzas 1 teaspoon dry active yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 11/3 cups lukewarm water 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon fine sea salt About 3¾ cups flour 1.    In a large bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water, and stir to blend. Let stand until foamy, about 5 mintues. Stir in the oil and salt. 2.    Add the flour a little at a time, stirring until most of the flour has been absorbed and the dough forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until soft and satiny but still firm, 4 to 5 minutes, adding additional flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | By Caroline Tiger, For The Inquirer
Regina Blaszczyk went back to school to become a design historian while working as a junior curator at the Smithsonian in the 1980s. She noted that a lot of scholars were examining material life in the 18th and 19th centuries but few were focused on the 20th century. She decided to specialize in the recent past, specifically on aspects of everyday consumer culture - she's written on the rise of auto shows, Wanamaker's gilded age, and the increasing use of synthetic fibers in interior design-that shed light on our cultural traditions.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2011
Q: How can I post artwork, schedules and pictures on my stainless-steel refrigerator, since it is not magnetized? A: The smooth, bare expanse of a gleaming new stainless steel refrigerator looks clean and modern, and works in nearly any kitchen. The material, an alloy of steel designed to resist corrosion, may contain additional elements to increase its strength and resiliency. But these added elements can also cancel out steel's magnetic properties, making it impossible for you to personalize it with your photos and kids' art projects.
NEWS
April 8, 2011 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Problems with the refrigeration system at the long-anticipated, much-touted Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market are forcing a one-month delay in opening the facility on Essington Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, spokeswoman Mia DeFino said Thursday. Vendors were told March 31 to expect to remain at the old location, on Galloway Street in South Philadelphia, until May 1, said David Levin, whose company, M. Levin & Co., has been in the produce business for 105 years. Built with $218 million in private and public funding, the market was dubbed "the world's largest refrigerator" at a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 25. Trucks coming in from the Port of Philadelphia would be able to back into docking doors and unload without breaking the "cold chain," ensuring that the produce would stay fresh longer.
NEWS
March 17, 2011
Highly motivated, Gene doesn't want to be shackled to cholesterol-lowering drugs for life and would prefer to shed those excess pounds. That's why he and his family - wife Karen, 10-year-old daughter Haley, and 8-year-old son Luke - courageously agreed to let me raid their refrigerator, eliminating the diet-busting foods hiding there. Already a fitness buff, Gene plays gym hockey in a competitive league, so he has good cardiovascular endurance. The entire Fatula clan trains and studies karate.
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