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2008-07-20 09:00:31

By TOM BREEN By Tom Breen The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. Grave robbers, a curse of burial grounds for centuries, are back for new valuables: metal ornaments that can be melted down for quick cash as copper and other metal prices climb. In West Virginia, it was vases bolted to headstones. In Washington state, it was bronze markers on veterans' graves. In Chicago, it was nearly half a million dollars' worth of brass ornaments. "It's a crisis of the times," said Ruth...

2008-06-20 12:00:32

By Ron Ingram, Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill. Jun. 20--DECATUR -- Robert "Buster" Powell is mad and exasperated. Thieves seeking to capitalize on the sharp run-up in scrap metal prices worldwide are cutting into the profits of Powell's Aaction Equipment, a firm that buys defunct restaurants, refurbishes the equipment and resells it. This month, thieves broke into locked semirucks that Powell uses as storage units and removed stainless steel kitchen equipment. "They cleaned me...

2005-08-08 16:58:40

In critiquing a common safety standard for brass used in plumbing, researchers have found the regimen may be flawed. As a result, they say, some of the lead that crept into tap water in Washington, D.C., and other metropolitan areas may be traceable to household fixtures, valves and other components and not just pipes and systems further from the home. The new study looked at the American National Standards Institute/National Sanitation Foundation 61 Section 8 standard--a protocol consisting...


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2005-05-26 11:10:00

Copper is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Cu and atomic number 29. Notable characteristics Copper is a reddish-coloured metal, with a high electrical and thermal conductivity (among pure metals at room temperature, only silver has a higher electrical conductivity). Copper may well be the oldest metal in use, as copper artifacts dating to 8700 BC have been found. Besides being part of various ores, copper can be found in the metallic form (i.e. native copper)...

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2005-05-25 10:26:23

Zinc is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30. Notable characteristics Zinc is a moderately reactive metal that will combine with oxygen and other non-metals, and will react with dilute acids to release hydrogen. The one common oxidation state of zinc is +2. Applications Zinc is the fourth most common metal in use, trailing only iron, aluminium, and copper in annual production. - Zinc is used to galvanize metals such as steel to...

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