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Washington-based photographer Carol Highsmith has been photographing the American landscape for the past 30 years. Her latest project involves a 50-state tour documenting the cities, towns and countryside of 21st-century America. She is collaborating on the 15-year project with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, to whom she is donating her entire body of work, copyright-free.
Highsmith’s collection of photographs called “Disappearing America” documents a number of remote destinations, capturing covered bridges from Vermont to Indiana, murals and neon figures, classic cars and old motor courts, abandoned steel mills, plantation ruins and abandoned gas stations. Think what you will about big oil corporations, gas stations represent an important kind of small local business where all sorts of people have tried to make their start.
Certainly that was the case with many of these abandoned stations. The striking dissonance between the beautiful bright light and clear simple frontal compositions, on the one hand, and the evidence of dereliction, on the other, tends to obscure the sadness of the abandonment. Nevertheless, these are landmarks of an eerie kind, and documenting landmarks, especially out-of-the-way ones that otherwise might be overlooked forever, is close to the essence of Carol Highsmith’s project.
This piece presents a number of high-resolution photographs, a slide show and a documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/disappearing-america-maybe-we-should-take-pictures-of-old-gas-stations/Washington-based photographer Carol Highsmith has been photographing the American... more
TUALATIN, Ore. -- An intoxicated driver who crashed his van into a Shell gas station off Interstate 5 in Tualatin told officers he had a bomb in the van, police said.
Officers evacuated the scene at 7090 Southwest Nyberg Road and called in the Portland Police Bomb Squad at about 10:30 p.m. Monday night. Technicians later found no evidence of a bomb in the van.
Witnesses said the man earlier tried to pump his own gas but lost it after an attendant stopped him.
“The guy drives up to the gas station door, slams into them, knocks everything down,” said witness Bryan Jackmon. “He didn’t make it through the first time. He had to turn around and then went through and this time he got all the way in. Then you could hear him just driving around. I was still in front of my car watching him drive around on the inside.”
Police say the man also tried to pull a woman out of her car in an effort to steal it. He then jumped into her car and assaulted her, they say.
“He was trying to carjack people in the gas station’s parking lot, and jumped in this lady’s car,” said witness Alanna Moe. “He was hanging out the window and she was honking the horn, screaming. He’s like, ‘Just come with me.’”
The driver of the van, 33-year-old Zacharias Serrano, of Lakewood, Wash., was taken to Meridian Park Hospital for evaluation. It was determined that alcohol and drugs were factors in the incident, police say.
After being released from the hospital, Serrano was taken to the Washington County Jail on several charges, including recklessly endangering another person, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
There were no reports of injuries to anyone who was inside the gas station's convenience store at the time of the crash.
The exit from the freeway was closed Monday night because of the crash and investigation.
http://www.kptv.com/news/26784596/detail.htmlTUALATIN, Ore. -- An intoxicated driver who crashed his van into a Shell gas station... more
Auto-Flow Gas Levers Must Be Removed: Fire Marshal
By JESSICA GREENE
Updated 2:57 PM PDT, Tue, Aug 24, 2010
Setting the gas pump to flow while you wash your windshield or take care of other duties could become a thing of the past come October.
California fire officials on Monday announced they're mandating the removal of those latches that keep the gas flowing after releasing the pump handle. Some of the latches have been sticking in the open position, leaving them to overflow and cause serious injuries or pose fire dangers, officials said.
The pumps affected are made by Vapor System Technologies and are marked with the label VST. That includes 3,000 gas stations -- about a third of the pumps across California. Gas station operators must have the pump latches removed by the Oct. 15 deadline.
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokseman Daniel Berlant said the gas pump handles must be removed until a "permanent solution or new nozzle is ready," the Sacramento Bee reports.
Gas station operators are also advised to post signs telling people that the clips have been removed from the gas handles and warning them to not wedge anything in the handle to keep the gas flowing.
Officials worry that people will try to get around the latchless pumps by sticking gas caps in them or some other device to keep the gas flowing without squeezing the handle. Replacement latches are being made to fix the problem.
Letters were sent in May to gas stations throughout the state advising them of the latch problems.Auto-Flow Gas Levers Must Be Removed: Fire Marshal By JESSICA GREENE Updated 2:57... more
Saturday morning and I need to get gas. The first place was out of gas so I moved on to the next station. It was a BP and I was about to pull in when I saw this guy with a sign reminding me of what had happened in the Gulf of Mexico, So I moved on to the next station and got my gas. Then I went home and got my camera and came back to see what this guys story was. And here it is the guys been out seven Saturdays in a row and next week he might have company.
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If a gas station (or petrol station) exploded, would you save the remaining fuel? Thought not...From theonion.com If a gas station (or petrol station) exploded, would you save the... more
Attendant error had customers lined up at the Lucky Mart on Tuesday
A day after a run on a gas station where an attendant incorrectly set the pump price at only 35 cents a gallon, the owner was looking beyond the lost revenue.
"We lost about 1,000 gallons of gas and about $3,500," Mimi Zidan, owner of the Lucky Mart on Derby Street, said Wednesday. "But I don't feel too bad because the people looked so happy when they were buying gas. If I can do this for them, that's all right."
Tuesday evening, the attendant on duty at Lucky Mart on Derby Street realized something was wrong when the customers' bills added up to no more than $5 or $6 each after topping off their gas tanks.
As he struggled to deal with the hordes pouring in, he called Zidan on her cell phone. Zidan had gone out to pick up some items for Lucky Mart, which like many convenience stores also sells soda, cigarettes and snacks.
Earlier in the evening, the attendant had adjusted the gas price, which should have read $3.50 a gallon, to 35 cents. That was about 5:30 p.m. The gas pumps were not corrected until about 7:30 p.m.
During that time, people called others to tell them to rush over and buy at the phenomenally low price. The result was that the situation at Derby and South Fifth streets was totally chaotic, with traffic backed up in all directions when Zidan returned to the store.Attendant error had customers lined up at the Lucky Mart on Tuesday A day after a... more
Perdue Delayed Asking For Gas Shortage Help
Governor Is In Europe On Week-Long Trip
ATLANTA -- While other southeastern states were asking for help with gas shortages, Gov. Sonny Perdue waited a week before requesting a waiver freeing up extra gas for Georgia.
Officials in Kentucky asked on Monday, Sept. 15, for a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency to lift restrictions requiring special gas. It was granted the following day.
Virginia and Tennessee also asked for similar waivers after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike struck the Gulf Coast, knocking out oil refineries.
On Sept. 22, a week after Kentucky's request, Gov. Perdue sent a letter to the EPA. The agency granted the waiver for Georgia the next day.
The waiver from the EPA lifts restrictions requiring gas stations to sell reformulated gas in metro Atlanta and other areas of Georgia.
Critics said more gas would be flowing into Georgia if Perdue had acted faster.
“By not managing this, by not reacting, not working steadily with the EPA, not having this relationship, not maintaining it, it drags until there’s another crisis and who gets hurt are the working people,” said Rep. Dubose Porter, (D) House Minority Leader.
Distributors Channel 2 talked with said they gave Perdue’s office a heads up three weeks ago that the crisis would likely happen because of a one-two punch from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Add to that the fact supplies are normally low this time of year as refineries switch from a summer to winter gas formula.
“This is the same pattern we’ve seen of waiting too long. There’s got to be that leadership whether it’s transportation, education or here in a gas crisis,” said Porter.
“The people who would criticize that, they don’t understand the way we’re working with the EPA. We were talking with them everyday and timing the request so we could get a positive response,” said Perdue’s press secretary Bert Brantley.
Gov. Perdue left Saturday on a week-long economic development mission to Spain, Portugal and Italy.Perdue Delayed Asking For Gas Shortage Help Governor Is In Europe On Week-Long Trip... more
Ever feel like you're getting mugged at the gas station by high oil prices? Well, in this episode of SuperNews that literally happens to an unsuspecting couple. For reals...Ever feel like you're getting mugged at the gas station by high oil prices?... more
A German man forgot his car after filling it up at a petrol station, police said Friday.
"He just forgot about it and walked off home," said a spokesman for police in the western city of Wuppertal. A German man forgot his car after filling it up at a petrol station, police said... more