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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service | April 30, 1995
Q: I have a substantial collection of old ashtrays from various places throughout the world, dating from the '30s, '40s and '50s, which belonged to my aunt.Is there an Ashtray Collectors Club I can contact? Or how can I determine if they are worth anything?A: Ashtray collecting is on the rise, and information on various types and related items can be found in the Ashtray Journal -- A Newsletter for Ashtray Collectors. It is available for $14.95 a year for six issues ($20.95 Canada) or $3.95 for a current or back issue from Ashtray Journal, P.O. Box 11652, Houston, Texas 77293.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | August 1, 2005
A WONDERFUL newspaper columnist, the late Lewis Grizzard, once wrote that he wasn't afraid of flying. It was crashing and burning he was afraid of. That's sort of how I feel about driving. As a general rule, I'm not afraid to get behind the wheel of a car. But crashing and burning, sure, you'd just as soon avoid that if you could. I bring this up because our prolonged national debate about how to cut down on distracted drivers seems to be heating up again. You've heard most of the solutions proposed, of course.
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August 25, 1993
Two youths, ages 15 and 16, have admitted putting gunpowder in a Hanover, Pa., shopping mall ashtray, which burst into flames and burned a Manchester man as he tried to extinguish a cigarette, police said.The teens told police they wanted to see the black smoke they expected when the powder was ignited.Instead, Nelson W. Smith, 55, suffered second- and third-degree burns on his face and left arm when the powder exploded Saturday night at North Hanover Mall. He remained in serious condition yesterday in the intensive care unit at York Hospital.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 7, 2004
GENERALLY, I like to live and let live, but certain types of drivers just get my radiator in an uproar. Sara Richards agrees. "I hate smokers who seem to feel no remorse for throwing their cigarette butts out the window," she said. "All you have to do is look out your window at any traffic light next time you are waiting for the light to turn green to see the curb covered with used cigarettes butts. It's disgusting! "What I don't understand is that most of these offenders would never dream of throwing out a used fast food bag, but they'll toss their butts out almost [without thinking]
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | January 5, 1994
DETROIT -- Having weighed Americans' vices, Chrysler Corp. has determined that they prefer caffeine and sugar to nicotine.The company's next new family sedan will be the first mass-market car since the days of wooden wheels and fold-down windshields to come without an ashtray. In its place will be an additional cup holder.Old habits may die hard, particularly in Detroit, but when the designers of the new Chrysler compact sedan tried to cram in all the doodads that buyers crave, they found themselves scratching their heads over that murky little compartment with a designation only an auto executive or a Pentagon analyst could concoct.
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By Matthew Gilbert and Matthew Gilbert,BOSTON GLOBE | January 17, 1996
This sendup of 'hood movies feels about as funny -- and as long -- as its title.If there is potential in a film that ridicules the John Singleton-styled black-men-are-doomed movies like "Poetic Justice," "Jungle Fever" and "Straight Out of Brooklyn," "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" squanders it on a series of repetitive gags and sexist jokes. What chuckles there are -- the young teen-age hero's name is Ashtray (Shawn Wayans), his father is also a teen-ager, his best friend is Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans)
NEWS
August 24, 1993
AL GORE'S favorite prop these days in his audit of federal agencies is an ashtray. It's his symbol of what's wrong with Washington.You see, when the bureaucrats want to order some ashtrays, they must first wade through a nine-page list of specifications for "ash receivers, tobacco (desk type)."Each "Type I" ashtray must be "glass, square, 4 1/2 inches (114.3 mm).""A minimum of four cigarette rests, spaced equidistant around the periphery and aimed at the center of the receiver, shall be molded into the top. The cigarette rests shall be sloped toward the center of the ash receiver.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 3, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- The regulars at the Studio Lounge in Hollywood are cabbies, retired government employees, old soldiers. The white-haired guy at the end of the bar, Jim Fults, served in Korea.They are much more likely to be Republicans than rebels. But that was before the politicians decided that as of Jan. 1, smoking in virtually every bar, nightclub and hotel lobby in California is illegal."This is still America," Fults said as he defiantly lighted his third cigarette in five minutes Thursday, the first day of the new year and the new law, the toughest anti-smoking measure in the United States.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE | November 19, 1995
I recently inherited my mother's collection of 260 teapots. Is there a book or publication that lists the original purchase price and current market values for Hall teapots, etc.?You'll find countless teapots and other pieces fully described and pictured in color along with their patterns and current values in "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Hall China -- Second Edition" by Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer.It is available for $26.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 9, 1991
BY AND LARGE, dining out is a pleasant experience -- at least until you dig into your $9.95 shrimp cocktail appetizer and discover it contains exactly three shrimp which can be detected only with the aid of an electron microscope.Yet if I may address the many hard-working waiters and waitresses out there, here are a few modest suggestions:* Let's tighten up those pre-meal introductions."Hi, my name is Kevin. I'll be your customer tonight. This is my wife Nancy. We just had a big fight, I'll tell you all about that later.
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By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2004
WARNING: This story was written by a smoker. Its contents may offend, or even sicken, nonsmokers, warning-heeders and others. Forty years after the U.S. surgeon general first warned that cigarettes could cause cancer and other diseases, 46 million Americans are still smoking. The number of ashtrays, meanwhile, has dwindled to about 11. Or so it seems. Once, they were everywhere. In finer restaurants, clear glass ones garnished every table, omnipresent as salt shakers. In taverns, plastic ones were always within arm's length, dotting the bar like lights on a runway.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff | February 11, 2001
A kiss is just a kiss? Never. Well, hardly ever. Ask Snow White, who was brought back to life with a kiss. Or Al Gore who sent a message to his wife Tipper and the nation with a passionate kiss at the Democratic Convention. Or Romeo, whose final words were "Thus with a kiss I die"--thereby sealing his reputation as the most romantic lover ever. (By the way, the song, often misquoted, goes: "A kiss is still a kiss, / A sigh is just a sigh; / The fundamental things apply, / as time goes by."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 3, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- The regulars at the Studio Lounge in Hollywood are cabbies, retired government employees, old soldiers. The white-haired guy at the end of the bar, Jim Fults, served in Korea.They are much more likely to be Republicans than rebels. But that was before the politicians decided that as of Jan. 1, smoking in virtually every bar, nightclub and hotel lobby in California is illegal."This is still America," Fults said as he defiantly lighted his third cigarette in five minutes Thursday, the first day of the new year and the new law, the toughest anti-smoking measure in the United States.
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By Matthew Gilbert and Matthew Gilbert,BOSTON GLOBE | January 17, 1996
This sendup of 'hood movies feels about as funny -- and as long -- as its title.If there is potential in a film that ridicules the John Singleton-styled black-men-are-doomed movies like "Poetic Justice," "Jungle Fever" and "Straight Out of Brooklyn," "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" squanders it on a series of repetitive gags and sexist jokes. What chuckles there are -- the young teen-age hero's name is Ashtray (Shawn Wayans), his father is also a teen-ager, his best friend is Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans)
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE | November 19, 1995
I recently inherited my mother's collection of 260 teapots. Is there a book or publication that lists the original purchase price and current market values for Hall teapots, etc.?You'll find countless teapots and other pieces fully described and pictured in color along with their patterns and current values in "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Hall China -- Second Edition" by Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer.It is available for $26.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service | April 30, 1995
Q: I have a substantial collection of old ashtrays from various places throughout the world, dating from the '30s, '40s and '50s, which belonged to my aunt.Is there an Ashtray Collectors Club I can contact? Or how can I determine if they are worth anything?A: Ashtray collecting is on the rise, and information on various types and related items can be found in the Ashtray Journal -- A Newsletter for Ashtray Collectors. It is available for $14.95 a year for six issues ($20.95 Canada) or $3.95 for a current or back issue from Ashtray Journal, P.O. Box 11652, Houston, Texas 77293.
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By Lita and Sally Solis-Cohen | May 30, 1993
"The most important factor to consider when buying souvenir china is the image," advised collector Laurence Williams, a hotel consultant in Chatham, Mass. "If a piece is in excellent condition, has an unusual shape or view, shows a popular vacation spot, depicts someone's hometown, or is particularly nostalgic, prices generally will be on the high end," he added.Prices generally rise when the view on a souvenir no longer exists. "So many of these scenes are gone now. They've been replaced by parking lots," said Gary Leveille, editor of Antique Souvenir Collector.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff | February 11, 2001
A kiss is just a kiss? Never. Well, hardly ever. Ask Snow White, who was brought back to life with a kiss. Or Al Gore who sent a message to his wife Tipper and the nation with a passionate kiss at the Democratic Convention. Or Romeo, whose final words were "Thus with a kiss I die"--thereby sealing his reputation as the most romantic lover ever. (By the way, the song, often misquoted, goes: "A kiss is still a kiss, / A sigh is just a sigh; / The fundamental things apply, / as time goes by."
NEWS
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | April 3, 1994
You are a smoker, and you think you have it tough.For a few precious drags on a cigarette you will leave your office, march down to the street, light up, and then try to beat the clock and the elements.In restaurants, you always get the worst tables, the ones with the views of the rest rooms.At house parties, you are shunted to the porch.At the beach, you are yelled at by the young and upwardly mobile who bemoan the ills of secondhand smoke while their skin molts in the sun.But you have it easy.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | January 5, 1994
DETROIT -- Having weighed Americans' vices, Chrysler Corp. has determined that they prefer caffeine and sugar to nicotine.The company's next new family sedan will be the first mass-market car since the days of wooden wheels and fold-down windshields to come without an ashtray. In its place will be an additional cup holder.Old habits may die hard, particularly in Detroit, but when the designers of the new Chrysler compact sedan tried to cram in all the doodads that buyers crave, they found themselves scratching their heads over that murky little compartment with a designation only an auto executive or a Pentagon analyst could concoct.
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