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December 31, 2010 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
More this week on vinyl floors being discolored by rubber-backed rugs. I really didn't know how widespread the problem was when I first wrote about it because I don't have vinyl flooring, but it is indeed a problem. Lowe's employee Jerry McHale from West Lancaster said he had the same situation occur in his house, only the floor turned a deep purple, and it could not be cleaned. McHale and his wife had placed a rubber-backed floor mat inside the French door in their kitchen that led to the deck.
NEWS
January 2, 2004
REMEMBER bumper cars? And the great fun you had crashing into each other? Lotsa fun - no injuries! With the technology we have today, automobiles could be made entirely out of rubber, body and chassis. Properly painted, you could not tell it from metal or fiberglass. If you crash into someone, you just smile (like the bumper cars) and say, "Excuse me," and go your way. So why aren't we building safe rubber autos, especially when you consider the tens of thousands of deaths each year?
BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hidden in plain sight, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. is celebrating its 90th year in 2013, and part of the happiness is that its stock set an all-time high this week. Founded by Herman O. West in Philadelphia in 1923, the company completed a new headquarters in Exton in February. About 330 of West's 6,750 employees work there. West also is building a plant in India and has one in China. On June 20, chief executive officer Don Morel rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
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September 10, 1992 | by Nicole Weisensee, Special to the Daily News
Philadelphia-area lawmakers who bounced checks at the now-defunct House bank received letters from the Justice Department yesterday clearing them of any criminal wrongdoing. Their response? "Pretty much a shrug of the shoulders at this stage of the game," said Mike Burke, spokesman for Rep. Peter Kostmayer, D-Pa., who bounced 50 checks. "Screwing up your checkbook is one thing, calling it a crime's another," he said. Rep. Bob Borski, D-Pa., said he also was not surprised by his letter.
NEWS
November 19, 2010 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I have inexpensive vinyl flooring in two bathrooms in my house. The house is now about 11 years old and I am having a problem trying to clean the floors - some of the area has turned yellow. I have tried several types of floor cleaners. I am seeking a solution to this problem. Answer: I looked on the Armstrong website for an answer, and rubber-backed bath mats or rugs might be the cause: Chemical compounds, referred to as antioxidants, are formulated into rubber materials to extend the life of the rubber and prevent brittleness.
NEWS
September 13, 2009 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To motorists on New Jersey's and Pennsylvania's interstates, the shredded tire treads scattered along the shoulders are refuse. To artist William Knight, they're raw material. He collects, washes, and transforms them, taking months to create a single sculpture. The rubber threads and rusted steel belts are coaxed into imaginative works that cover white walls and hang from the ceiling in his Mount Holly studio, casting lacy shadows and inviting onlookers to see unintended images.
NEWS
May 15, 1991 | By Larry King, Inquirer Staff Writer
From a 100-mile radius, they come to Conshohocken to die. Aged and balding, they are the worn-down rubber remnants of life in the fast lane, never again to hug a curve in the countryside. Junk tires. Truckload after truckload of junk tires arrive every day at the not-so-pearly gates of the Domino Salvage Tire Division in Conshohocken, where most will encounter a brutal demise. "The tire companies spend millions each year for one thing - to keep these tires from ripping apart," said Tom Rocks, secretary and treasurer of Domino.
NEWS
March 19, 1996
Gov. Ridge's plan to end health coverage for more than a quarter million Pennsylvanians - while hobbling hospitals and clinics that serve them - is on a fast track. It was rubber-stamped by a Senate committee last week; it was passed by the Senate last night. Mr. Ridge's false economizing is bad enough, but this lemminglike rush adds insult to injury. Are the honorables of the Senate and the House, with a fat pay raise in their pockets, so determined to build on the legislature's reputation as a club of compliant mediocrities?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1990 | By Barbara Beck, Daily News Staff Writer
In all the annals of jugglery - back to the god Jugglerius himself - few have ever done it like the Give and Take Jugglers. It's not just how they juggle, but what they juggle. Stuff that your mother wouldn't let you pick up in the street. Chickens, for instance. Rubber ones. Also giant tennis balls that look like they have a serious steroid addiction. And knives, and flaming torches. Trying to keep this stuff in orbit with flying bowling balls and machetes keeps a man interested in his work.
BUSINESS
December 27, 1992 | By Earl Bohn, FOR THE INQUIRER
Drivers heading north across the Delaware River on Interstate 95 into New Jersey may notice that a slightly darker road surface begins just a few miles after they cross the Scudder's Falls Bridge, north of Trenton. The darker color marks a spot that could be the wave of the future in highway construction. Right there, the rubber does more than meet the road: It becomes part of the road. This is not a question of trans-substantiation or metaphysics. It involves a more prosaic process: the addition of a small quantity of pulverized waste rubber to the standard asphalt and gravel-paving mix. That test patch is one of dozens throughout the country where highway engineers are determining the feasibility of getting rid of unwanted tires.
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June 28, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
People who flocked to the Camden waterfront on a warm Friday afternoon for the second day of the Tall Ships Festival were met by sad news. Mama Duck, the world's largest known rubber ducky, was missing from the water. "This is like National Lampoon's Vacation . You drive to Wally World and it's closed," said Debbie Bettinger, 53, who had driven two hours to see the giant duck bobbing on the water, but instead found it lifeless and deflated on a flatbed truck. The rubber giant was injured Thursday as it was being towed to the Camden waterfront, said Ryan Whaley, spokesman for the event's organizer, Minnesota-based Draw Events.
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June 26, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Come to Mama. You'll have lots of company. Mama Duck, the world's largest known rubber ducky, will be making its Philadelphia-area debut on the Delaware River as part of the Tall Ships Festival Thursday afternoon. Weighing in at 11 tons and soaring 61 feet, the duck, which has drawn throngs around the globe, will be pulled by a tug for part of the 1 p.m. Parade of Sail, said organizer Craig Samborski of Minnesota-based Draw Events. Then, for the rest of the festival, which ends Sunday, this mountain of yellow vinyl with the friendly countenance will reign over the Camden waterfront.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Absolutely not" is what scientist and engineer Donald E. Morel Jr. said when he was first approached to join West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. as its research director. "I have no interest in making rubber and metal for the rest of my professional life," he said. Funny how that worked out. Sometime in the spring, Morel, 57, will retire as chief executive of the Exton drug-packaging company (think syringes, vials, stoppers, drug patches). "From start to finish, it's been a wonderful journey with the company," said Morel, who rejected the first offer in 1991, joined as research director in 1992, and became chief executive in 2002.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A GROUP OF longtime educators and school advocates is taking Bill Green to court. The education advocacy group Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools filed a lawsuit yesterday in Common Pleas Court alleging that Green, as chairman of the School Reform Commission, and the rest of the body, violated the "letter and the spirit" of the state's Sunshine Law during its Oct. 6 meeting when it voted to unilaterally cancel a contract with the Philadelphia Federation...
NEWS
November 28, 2013
Trusting the oversight of the nation's most secretive agency to its most secretive court never seemed likely to work. And as it turns out, it didn't. That's the impression left by the latest disclosures about the National Security Agency and the court established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, which is the shadowy venue in which the spy agency's activities are supposed to acquire a patina of legitimacy. The records were released with extensive redactions in response to lawsuits by civil-liberties groups in the wake of runaway contractor Edward Snowden's leaks.
NEWS
October 15, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
  William Knight can still see the flashing lights of the state police car and the trooper's bemused look when he tried to explain why he'd stopped along I-295 near the Rancocas Woods exit. "I said to myself, 'Remain calm, tell him you're an artist and that you're collecting raw material for your artwork,' " recalled Knight, of Burlington City, who had been picking up shredded tire treads along the shoulder. The trooper "just rolled his eyes and gave me the benefit of the doubt," he said.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hidden in plain sight, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. is celebrating its 90th year in 2013, and part of the happiness is that its stock set an all-time high this week. Founded by Herman O. West in Philadelphia in 1923, the company completed a new headquarters in Exton in February. About 330 of West's 6,750 employees work there. West also is building a plant in India and has one in China. On June 20, chief executive officer Don Morel rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
SPORTS
June 5, 2013 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
Check out the video of the infamous snake toss . First tee at Merion, playoff for the 1971 U.S. Open championship. That's a hyper Lee Trevino grabbing a 3-foot rubber snake out of his golf bag and dangling it, head high. That's Jack Nicklaus, sitting on one of those walking sticks, in the shade.   Trevino will tell you now that Nicklaus asked to see the rubber snake, so he tossed it to him and it slithered wide right, into some shrubbery. Now, check out the guy with the starched white face, wearing a starched white shirt, a regimental striped tie, a medal pinned to his breast pocket, a wide black armband on his left sleeve.
SPORTS
March 20, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
WILL THE third time still be the charm? That's the hope. Only one of Tuesday night's four PIAA basketball semifinals involving District 12 teams will be played in the city, and it will feature a pair of Public League powers that split their first two matchups. With a spot in Friday's Class A state final in Hershey on the line, Roberts Vaux will duel with Math, Civics and Sciences Charter at 6 p.m. at Ben Franklin High. Meeting No. 1 took place Jan. 24. MC&S won, 74-70, in overtime, as center Quadir Welton (Saint Peter's signee)
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | By Patrick Kerkstra, For the Inquirer
For those of us outside government, the astronomical figures our public bureaucracies pay for seemingly simple objects and services is an impenetrable mystery. Remember the military's $400 hammer and its $9,000 wrench? How about Councilman Jim Kenney's $29,000 Twitter service? And now, at the Schmidt Playground in West Kensington, we have the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department's $38,920 rubber mat. Technically, it is a "safety surface," a semisoft ground cover designed to cushion the blow for kids who tumble off play equipment.
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