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May 30, 2008 | By Mary Beth Breckenridge, AKRON BEACON JOURNAL
There are loos. And then there are lulus. The humble toilet isn't necessarily a plain-Jane - or should we say plain-John? - fixture anymore. It's gone upscale, fashioned in stainless steel, clad in leather, and pimped out with heated seats, water-jet cleansing systems, and all manner of gadgetry designed to make your stay more satisfying. It's all in keeping with the increasing emphasis placed on kitchens and bathrooms, says Lenora Campos, public relations manager for the U.S. arm of high-tech Japanese toilet-maker Toto.
NEWS
July 26, 1990 | By Mark Thompson, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Even though the Pentagon is bracing for steep budget cuts, it is still paying nearly $1,900 for toilet covers, more than $640 for urinals and almost $70 for rubber toilet seals, according to congressional staff investigators. The expenses were detailed in a memo this week to Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R., Iowa) and William V. Roth Jr. (R., Del.), who have been looking into a spate of reports on costly Pentagon purchases. The Air Force is paying $1,868.15 each for toilet covers used aboard the C- 5B cargo plane, the memo said.
NEWS
September 17, 1992 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
Day four of their stay at the Southwark Plaza public housing development and federal officials Elton Jolly and Michael Smerconish were waxing philosophic yesterday about what they had seen and experienced. Jolly, the Philadelphia Housing Authority special master, said there was a little maintenance problem Sunday night when the one toilet in the apartment they are staying in appeared to have sprung a leak. The problem turned out to be minor, Jolly said, and they fixed it themselves.
NEWS
August 7, 1987 | By Al Carrell, Special to The Inquirer
With a twist of the wrist, the modern flush toilet does its thing -unless it gets stopped up, and then you're in a heap of trouble. When we lived in an apartment, the toilet got clogged up fairly often. The maintenance man would come in and in a matter of a few minutes, he'd have it working. Now that we have our own home, I worry that this could happen. How would I take care of the problem? I'd hate to have to call a plumber very often. All modern-day toilets have a similar design, which means that most blockages, while out of sight, are close at hand.
NEWS
June 22, 2012 | By Sam Wood and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
  Following the explosions of at least 304 toilets, the manufacturer of a toilet flushing system has ordered the recall of more than 2.3 million units. Flushmate, a division of Sloan Valve Company, manufactured about 2,330,600 Flushmate III devices between October 1997 and February 2008. In recent years, hundreds of people have called the company to report the devices burst, releasing enough stored pressure to lift the lids and shatter the tanks of toilet. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 14 people have reported impact or lacerations injuries resulting from the commodes' ceramic shrapnel.
NEWS
November 18, 2005 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nearly a year after Jean Saxon moved out of a rented Levittown home, her landlord discovered a syringe in the base of the toilet - a find the prosecution in Saxon's murder trial presented in Bucks County Court yesterday as the case's smoking gun. Edmund Armstrong said he found the syringe after taking the toilet apart to see why it repeatedly clogged. He called a Bensalem detective to retrieve it. Saxon, 46, is charged with the murder of her estranged husband, Jerry, 52, who lapsed into a coma on March 17, 2003, and died five weeks later.
LIVING
April 4, 1997 | By Lini S. Kadaba, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Since its move indoors, the toilet has eased its way into ever bigger - and more luxurious - quarters. No longer is it just a place to answer nature's call. The master bathroom is an often-opulent extension of the master bedroom suite, with brass fixtures, whirlpool tubs, faux marble counters and more. It is also, no doubt, an example of the value we place on personal comfort. "It's now become a grooming center," said Gary Schaal, executive vice president of Orleans Corp., a leading home builder.
NEWS
July 20, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Philadelphia man on parole for murder who is believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a patron outside of an Upper Darby bar described as "a huge toilet. " Upper Darby police believe that John Gordon, 37, of Bellford Street near Buist Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, shot and killed Randy Campbell, 23, outside of the Venue bar on Garrett Road about 2:40 a.m. Monday after the two got into a fight in the bathroom, police said.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A passenger who flew from Philadelphia to San Francisco was detained on arrival by federal agents after a vindictive flight attendant claimed he had not flushed a lavatory toilet, according to a federal suit. The suit, which seeks $500,000 in damages, was filed last week in the Northern District of California. Salvatore Bevivino, 52, a business manager for Genentech, boarded a Virgin America flight on April 28, 2012. After the plane reached cruising altitude over Indiana, the former Amblerite pushed the call button and asked for a soda.
NEWS
February 3, 1999 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A teenager who delivered a baby in a bathroom at the Atlantic City bus terminal in July 1997 and left him in a toilet was sentenced yesterday in Family Court to two years' probation, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey S. Blitz. Vanessa Rosa-Gomez was 16 when she gave birth to the full-term baby, and her aggravated-assault case remained in the jurisdiction of Family Court, despite the prosecutor's efforts to have her tried as an adult. She was in custody from July 14, 1997, a day after the birth of the 6-pound, 10-ounce baby, until Dec. 14, 1998, when she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
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February 5, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE SPUDNIK'S decision to clog his apartment's toilet with potatoes to grab the attention of the building's maintenance department ended with mashed results, according to Upper Darby police. This potatoes-au-rotten story began about 8 a.m. Saturday, when Ralph Curry, 43, of the Oakwood Apartments on West Chester Pike near Cloverdale Avenue, couldn't get in touch with building maintenance, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. It's unknown what issue he believed needed immediate attention, but Curry's inability to contact someone left him hot under the collar, so he decided that starch was the way to go, Chitwood said.
REAL_ESTATE
November 2, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sarah Alfadl owns a beautiful house in Bryn Mawr, but she's traveled extensively around the world and owns houses in Europe, as well. So when she had to the chance, she wanted to renovate her Montgomery Avenue property's three bathrooms with cutting-edge technology, and give her kitchen an upgrade, too. Alfadl and her contractor, Jim Lebair of JRL Design in Oreland, installed an electric lighting system that uses wireless controls. The remote Lutron RadioRA2 control system eliminates the need for new wiring.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AMAN WHO beat up his pregnant girlfriend in an argument about a toilet seat claimed to be the victim of a robbery when cops found him last weekend, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. Now that man, Marley Aris, is facing charges of assault on an unborn child, aggravated assault and false identification to law-enforcement authorities for the alleged incident Saturday night. About 11:30 p.m., police received an anonymous call about a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex on Hampden Road near Ludlow Street in Upper Darby.
TRAVEL
April 7, 2014 | By Carrie Cushing, For The Inquirer
About three years ago, I was living my cushy lifestyle in Washington, without a thought of leaving. I had an amazing group of friends, a job and colleagues I adored, and a beautiful apartment in a perfect location on Connecticut Avenue. My now-husband, then-boyfriend, suddenly changed my entire life in one day. He explained that he had been offered a position with his company in Jakarta, Indonesia, and that he simply couldn't pass it up. He urged me to join him, but respected my wishes either way with a positive attitude of "we will make it work no matter what.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
No one, surely, would dispute that one of the lesser joys of parenthood is that interminable stretch of time when diaper upon messy, stinky diaper must be changed. Except for Eilish Volta of Norris Square, that is. The mother of an infant and toddler rarely faces the yucky chore. Seven-month-old son Thor handles his business in a most civilized way. He uses one of the potties scattered around the two-story house. And 2½-year-old Milo has used the regular commode for some time now. The Volta household practices a toilet-training method called elimination communication, or EC for short.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | Associated Press
BEIJING - A 22-year-old woman who raised the initial alarm about a newborn trapped in a sewer pipe in China kept quiet about being his mother even as she watched the sensational two-hour rescue unfold, reports said Wednesday. The woman, whose name was not revealed in state media reports, confessed to police a couple of days later when they asked her to undergo a medical checkup after searching her rented room and finding toys and blood-stained toilet paper, the state-run Zhejiang News website said.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
ALTHOUGH KERMIT Gosnell was tried for more than 250 crimes, the most serious counts he faced were for the first-degree murders of four babies (he was convicted of three) and the third-degree murder of patient Karnamaya Mongar (he was instead found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Mongar's death). The jury yesterday found Gosnell not guilty of murder in the death of Baby E, and the judge dismissed murder charges regarding Babies B, F and G after the prosecution rested last month.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A passenger who flew from Philadelphia to San Francisco was detained on arrival by federal agents after a vindictive flight attendant claimed he had not flushed a lavatory toilet, according to a federal suit. The suit, which seeks $500,000 in damages, was filed last week in the Northern District of California. Salvatore Bevivino, 52, a business manager for Genentech, boarded a Virgin America flight on April 28, 2012. After the plane reached cruising altitude over Indiana, the former Amblerite pushed the call button and asked for a soda.
SPORTS
March 31, 2013 | By T.J. Furman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ballparks around the nation have been very interested in human waste lately. Early last week came news that the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will have a "urinal gaming system" at their park this season. Step up, aim, and see how high you can score. Meanwhile, fans in Milwaukee may be upset because the Brewers are gaming the urinal system. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Friday that the Brewers have decided to prevent fans from bringing portable toilets to the parking lot for their tailgate parties.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
How does one outdo a toilet-training kit for cats? With a pillowcase designed to be worn - yes, worn - on the head, with a hole to accommodate earphone wires and a pocket for an iPod or a remote control, Rebecca Rescate believes. The Yardley mother of three has $15,000 in personal finances banking on it, and has just secured an additional $90,000 from Robert Herjavec, an investor on ABC-TV's popular Shark Tank . The technology titan missed out on Rescate's funky feline venture when she appeared on the show in 2011 - sales of the CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit have reached $5 million - and "I'm not going to do it again," he said when she returned for a Feb. 8 episode pitching the new product - the HoodiePillow.
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