September 30, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The American Society of Home Inspectors contacted me with its concerns regarding ionization smoke detection. According to the National Fire Protection Association, ionization alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates that ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters a chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, reducing the flow of current, activating the alarm. Though such alarms respond best to "flaming fires," the group says, photoelectric smoke detection is more responsive to fires that begin with smoldering.
September 29, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-5994
NUMEROUS Philly firefighters were in the unusual position yesterday of having to douse furious flames at their own building. An ambulance inexplicably caught fire inside the headquarters for Ladder 2, at 4th and Arch streets, shortly after 11:30 a.m., filling the Old City firehouse with a blanket of black smoke. "It's not something that you see often," said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Two medics called for help after trying unsuccessfully to put out the fire, which appeared to have started in the engine, with an extinguisher, Ayers said.
September 21, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
Larry Dennis started smoking at 16, usually Newports, and he didn't quit until March. "I stopped because I knew we couldn't smoke no more in here," Dennis, 57, said Thursday afternoon outside the Church Street towers in West Chester, where he lives in public housing. "I wanted to anyway. It was better for me. " The Housing Authority of Chester County is the first in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey to go smoke-free, although the Philadelphia Housing Authority hopes to test a policy at four pilot sites within a year.
September 16, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A half-century after a U.S. Surgeon General's report raised the alarm on tobacco, most Americans know that smoking may eventually cause lung cancer. Far less appreciated is what can happen just minutes - 60 seconds, according to some research - after taking in a breath of smoke, even secondhand. In the bloodstream, platelets are activated and become sticky. They clump together to form clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke. They stick to artery walls, ripping the lining when blood flow increases and interfering with the vessels' ability to expand and contract as needed.
September 4, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
AT SOME POINT during the long weekend in which we didn't publish a newspaper, you probably heard and read pretty much all you cared to hear or read about Danny Watkins. But teams don't give up on first-round draft picks after 2 years very often; the Eagles hadn't done that since they acknowledged their terrible error in the 1997 drafting of defensive end Jon Harris. So some sort of postmortem is required for the departure of the man who epitomizes the futility of the Eagles' 2011 draft, and underlines the personnel mistakes that paved Andy Reid's road to Kansas City.
August 25, 2013 | By Curtis Skinner, Inquirer Staff Writer
John D'Alessandro, 50, recently finished a six-week group-counseling and smoking-cessation course, "Clear the Air," at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. It has helped the two-pack-a-day smoker cut his use in half. D'Alessandro, of Broomall, began smoking at age 7 and stopped "cold turkey" 35 years later after coughing up a piece of pink flesh in the shower. But six years passed, the fear eased, and his old urges returned. "It was just the one, and one turned into two the next night, and within a week or two, I bought a pack," he said.
August 17, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We live in a circa-1890 rowhouse and have a good relationship with the family next door. We were very happy for them when they had central air-conditioning installed three summers ago. The problem: The bedroom where we keep our clothes is next to their bedroom of a heavy smoker. Our wall is brick and plaster and beadboard; their wall is exposed brick. As soon as hot weather arrives and they use their AC, a strong smell of smoke enters our room. Our efforts to deal with this include using a filtered air purifier, closing the bedroom door to keep the smell from spreading throughout the house, employing an air freshener, and taping over an electrical socket.
August 11, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
An unemployed hotel worker had smoked "wet" - a potent mix of marijuana and PCP - before he speeded into oncoming traffic, killing a mother and daughter, in January, a Camden County prosecutor said Friday. Anaida Medina, 36, and her daughter Stephanie Garcia, a senior at Cherry Hill High School West, died at the scene on Chapel Avenue in Merchantville on Jan. 31. The family had recently moved from Elizabeth, N.J. Garcia, 18, had repeated her junior year because she had missed school to take care of her mother, who was recovering from back surgery, said Medina's brother, Richard Quinones, 39. Keith Johnson Jr., 31, of Pennsauken, pleaded not guilty Friday in Superior Court to charges of vehicular homicide in the two deaths, and of assault by auto in the injury to his own female passenger.
July 26, 2013
Party platter These trays, handcrafted by furniture designer David Rasmussen, are both elegant and funky, made of classic black walnut with just a touch of color around the edges. So they can serve up fancy hors d'oeuvres as well as a pile of hot dogs. Each tray is sold separately, so mix and match. - Michelle Dembo Wud Walnut Platter, 18 by 12 inches, $49.95, at   Rolled and ready Buttery, smoky Scottish-style salmon is rolled with cream cheese mixed with chives and a hint of lemon to create these pinwheels.
July 8, 2013 | By Chris Palmer and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
GETTYSBURG - Nightfall is when the camps come to life. Campfires crackle as smoke wafts between tents, while soldiers scoop stew from cast-iron pans. Groups gather in circles as the sun descends, telling stories and singing as lanterns flicker nearby. For many spectators, reenactments are primarily seen as battle exercises, and thousands have been filling grandstands here to watch the twice-daily battles commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. But it is at night, many reenactors say, when the atmosphere in camp shifts to another era, as the excitement and adrenaline of performing in battle are replaced by the timeless allure of a fireside story.
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