May 30, 2008 |
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.
July 26, 1990 |
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.
September 17, 1992 |
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.
August 7, 1987 |
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.
June 22, 2012 |
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.
November 18, 2005 |
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.
April 4, 1997 |
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.
July 20, 2011 |
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.
April 30, 2013 |
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.
February 3, 1999 |
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.