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2009-05-27 13:26:16

A Detroit man who worked as a contractor for the Internal Revenue Service allegedly had been using an elevator as a urinal for two years, authorities said. An affidavit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court said Michael Hicks, 55, had been urinating in the IRS building elevator for two years while acting as a contractor for the tax collection agency, The Detroit News reported Wednesday. The affidavit said a security camera was installed in the elevator after someone complained that it...

2009-03-05 17:09:18

A popular Taiwanese restaurant chain that is expanding into China features toilets for seats and a bodily-waste themed menu. Modern Toilet, which has seven locations in Taiwan, one in Hong Kong and a location opening this week in Shenzhen, China, is decorated with lights and dish covers shaped like feces and seats customers at glass tables with sinks underneath, Time reported Thursday. The eatery's food is served atop miniature toilet bowls, ice cream dishes are shaped like squat toilets and...

2009-01-29 18:06:53

A Carl's Jr. fast-food restaurant in Utah said a funeral has been scheduled for a toilet that was accidentally destroyed by a customer's dropped handgun. Christian Martinez, manager of the Centerville eatery, said the slain commode -- which was destroyed when a customer's dropped handgun fired off a round in the restroom -- will be commemorated at 10 a.m. Friday with a memorial service and a moment of silence, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday. We have received e-mails and cards from...

2008-11-10 15:00:12

The twin office towers of Watt Plaza in Century City are the first Class A commercial high rises in Los Angeles to undergo a 100% retrofit with Falcon Waterfree urinals. The resulting 2.2 million gallon per year water savings at this single building provides welcome relief for the drought stricken area and exemplifies the success of comprehensive planning by local officials. This retrofit of Watt Plaza's urinals comes as Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles Department of Water...

2008-11-10 15:00:12

When it comes to the urinals at its twin 23-story office towers in Century City, Watt Plaza has gone waterfree. In completing the replacement of all of the building's 88 traditional urinals with water-free alternatives, Watt Plaza becomes the first Class A office property in Los Angeles to have a complete system of the environmentally-superior technology. The move, estimated to save 2.2 million gallons of water annually, underscores Watt Companies' ongoing commitment to sustainability....

2008-10-20 06:00:18

By Wendy Koch GERMANTOWN, Md. -- On the outside, Great Seneca Creek Elementary School looks much like any other. But inside, it is unmistakably green. This was the first public school in Maryland to receive certification as "eco-friendly" -- a concept catching on in schools around the nation. Eco-friendly schools offer ways to save energy, improve air quality and educate students about the environment. Great Seneca fifth-grader Eddie Graves explains it best. "It doesn't use as much...

2008-09-05 12:00:06

By Joan Morris Fluffing and folding the news Going boldly Our employers over the years have asked us for some odd things (showing up on time, meeting deadlines -- crazy things), but we think NASA takes the cake. The urinal cake, that is. One of the space agency's contractors, Hamilton Sundstrand, has asked employees to, excuse the imagery, hand over their pee for use in testing a space toilet that will orbit the moon for future missions there. Since real urine is full of unseen...

2008-08-07 12:01:19

By LAUREN ROTH By Lauren Roth The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH To save money, the School Board on Tuesday approved the installation of low-flow urinals, a geothermal heating system and energy-efficient lights in a few pilot schools around the city. The projects, totaling about $4 million, are part of two energy performance contracts with companies that install the equipment and offer a money-back guarantee. If savings targets aren't met annually, the companies, AMERESCO and...

2008-08-06 03:00:50

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 6--VIRGINIA BEACH -- To save money, the School Board on Tuesday approved the installation of low-flow urinals, a geothermal heating system and energy-efficient lights in a few pilot schools around the city. The projects, totaling about $4 million, are part of two energy performance contracts with companies that install the equipment and offer a money-back guarantee. If savings targets aren't met annually, the companies, AMERESCO and...

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2007-11-09 15:00:00

By BURT HERMAN SUWON, South Korea - Sim Jae-duck has made his political career as South Korea's Mr. Toilet by beautifying public restrooms. Now he's got a home befitting his title: a toilet-shaped domicile complete with the latest in lavatory luxury. Sim is building the two-story house set to be finished Sunday to commemorate the inaugural meeting later this month of the World Toilet Association. The group, supported by the South Korean government, aims no less than to launch a "toilet...