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September 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita was recently yanked from the shelves of Whole Foods markets for purportedly having a non-natural preservative thought to be sodium benzoate. Though the bottle reads "all natural," the grocery chain wasn't OK with it. TMZ reports that a class action lawsuit has also been filed against the parent company alleging misleading claims about the product being natural. What is sodium benzoate, and should you be worried about ingesting it?
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February 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
In the morning while walking to her car, Michelle Kennedy sometimes detects a smell like cat urine. The asthma her 6-year-old suffers seems to have worsened. Kennedy blames the oil and gas wells pumping in and near her South Los Angeles neighborhood. She was especially troubled to hear that acid was being injected in some shafts roughly a mile from her home. Now Los Angeles could put a stop to several practices that Kennedy and her neighbors have lobbied against, at least inside its city limits.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Details about the vicious acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin continue to unfurl after principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko's confession Wednesday. Now Dmitrichenko, 29, has admitted to masterminding the plot against Filin, but he said that he paid Yuri Zarutski about $1,600 to scare and hit Filin, not douse Filin in sulfuric acid. The drama and intrigue of these events -- as they continue to develop -- have not only shed a spotlight on bitter infighting within the Bolshoi, but have also sent the international dance world spinning with speculation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Monday night on "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert addressed a serious topic: global climate change, with a serious guest, Harvard environmental scientist David Keith. As the author of the book, "A Case for Climate Engineering," Keith suggested to Colbert a very simple tactic to combat the steadily warming planet. Have a fleet of planes deposit tons of sulfuric acid into the atmosphere. "Spray pollution into the atmosphere to stop it warming," Keith said. "So in the end, pollution saved them all," Colbert said.
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June 21, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Sergei Filin -- the artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet who was attacked with acid this year -- has been left nearly blind despite 18 operations, according to company spokeswoman Katerina Novikova. He is preparing for a 19 th operation at a clinic in Germany. Filin, 42, was returning home late at night in January when a masked man hurled sulfuric acid in his face. He suffered severe burns to his eyes and face. Initial reports, after his treatment in Germany, were optimistic, but Filin's right eye is completely sightless and he's lost 95% of his vision overall,  Novikova said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By David Ng
A former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow has reportedly pleaded not guilty to accusations he organized an acid attack in January on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin, leaving the victim with severe burns and eye damage. At a court hearing in Moscow on Tuesday, Pavel Dmitrichenko formally entered a plea of not guilty. The Associated Press reported that Dmitrichenko has denied that he organized the assault with the help of Yuri Zarutsky, who is  suspected of physically carrying out the attack.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By David Ng
Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, has returned to the renowned theater for the first time since undergoing operations to deal with the aftermath of a horrific acid attack that severely damaged his eyesight. Filin, 42, wore sunglasses inside the theater Tuesday, where he was surrounded by journalists. According to reports, he said he felt well but isn't able to return to work yet. Filin has traveled to Germany to receive treatment for his eyes, and his vision has reportedly recovered somewhat but is still significantly impaired.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Moscow police have isolated three suspects in the bizarre case of an acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin. The suspects, one of whom is Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, were detained and questioned on Tuesday. Police suspect Dmitrichenko may have masterminded the attack, in which sulfuric acid was hurled into Filin's face outside of his home, authorities said. The incident left Filin with third-degree burns and almost blinded him. Yuri Zarutski, 35, is believed to be Filin's assailant.
WORLD
March 5, 2013 | By Khristina Narizhnaya
MOSCOW -- Police detained and questioned a suspect Tuesday in the acid attack that almost blinded Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, casting a shadow on Moscow's recently renovated iconic theater and exposing longtime bitter infighting among its dancers. The suspect, whose house was searched, is believed to be one of two or more people who carried out the attack, police said. The unidentified man had no direct connection to the Bolshoi but was involved in the attack on Filin, said Russian tabloid news site Life News, citing an unnamed police source.
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February 4, 2013 | By David Ng
Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, is traveling to Germany to receive treatment for his injuries sustained from being attacked with acid in January. Filin has said in recent interviews with the BBC News and the New York Times that he is "absolutely certain" he knows who attacked him and that he believes he may have been targeted by a group of people who wanted to replace the theater's leadership.  The acid attack occurred Jan. 17 as Filin was leaving his Moscow home.
SCIENCE
December 6, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Ocean acidification could alter the behavior of fish and make them more anxious, a new study says. The finding came in an experiment by researchers interested in the neurological effects of the shift in the chemistry of seawater that is happening as the ocean takes up carbon dioxide that has built up in the Earth's atmosphere from human activity. In a laboratory, scientists put one group of young rockfish , a common species along the California coast, in normal seawater and put another group of the fish in water with the lower pH the ocean is predicted to reach in about 100 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By David Ng
The Bolshoi Ballet dancer accused of organizing an acid attack on the company's artistic director in January has been found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison. The decision, handed down Tuesday in a Moscow court, capped a lurid courtroom drama that exposed internal corruption in the storied ballet company. Pavel Dmitrichenko had been accused of masterminding the assault on Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin in January. The acid attack left Filin with severe facial burns and damage to his eyesight.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Prosecutors in the case of a Bolshoi Ballet dancer accused of masterminding an acid attack on the company's artistic director want the defendant to serve nine years in a labor camp. A verdict in the Moscow court case is expected on Tuesday. Pavel Dmitrichenko has pleaded not guilty to ordering the January attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, who suffered severe facial burns and damage to his eyes. The attack was allegedly carried out by Yury Zarutsky, who is facing a possible sentence of 10 years, according to reports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
About 70 people in Carson were treated for exposure to fumes from sulfuric acid after a machine malfunctioned and leaked the chemical Monday night, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Initial reports indicated that about two dozen workers at a business in the 21000 block of South Maciel Avenue were exposed to the fumes, which can irritate the eyes, nose, skin and lungs. However, the number soon swelled to 70 patients, with 13 of them requiring a trip to the hospital, said L.A. County Supervising Dispatcher Robert Diaz.
SCIENCE
November 11, 2013 | By Monte Morin
A Canadian study has challenged the use of corn and safflower oils as healthy substitutes for saturated animal fats, saying the oils may increase the risk of heart disease. In a paper published Monday in the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal , researchers concluded that polyunsaturated vegetable oils that were rich in omega-6 linoleic acid, but relatively poor in omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, were not associated with beneficial effects on heart health. Specifically, authors said a review of recent research suggested that though omega-6 linoleic acid lowered serum cholesterol levels, it also seemed to increase the risk of coronary artery diseases.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Theater ballet artistic director who suffered serious burns over his face and body from an acid attack earlier this year, made an emotional appearance in court Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first and likely last time. “I will not forgive anybody for what happened,” Filin, 43, said firmly without looking toward the cage that held the three defendants, Pavel Dmitrichenko, 29, a leading Bolshoi ballet soloist who is charged with masterminding the plan, and two men who have been indicted for carrying it out. During more than two hours of testimony, Filin broke down, sobbing, as he laid out a detailed picture of the animosity and threats that he said he suffered at the Bolshoi Theater ever since he -- a former Bolshoi star dancer  --  returned to lead its ballet company in 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
About 70 people in Carson were treated for exposure to fumes from sulfuric acid after a machine malfunctioned and leaked the chemical Monday night, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Initial reports indicated that about two dozen workers at a business in the 21000 block of South Maciel Avenue were exposed to the fumes, which can irritate the eyes, nose, skin and lungs. However, the number soon swelled to 70 patients, with 13 of them requiring a trip to the hospital, said L.A. County Supervising Dispatcher Robert Diaz.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By David Ng
The Bolshoi Ballet dancer accused of organizing an acid attack on the company's artistic director in January has been found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison. The decision, handed down Tuesday in a Moscow court, capped a lurid courtroom drama that exposed internal corruption in the storied ballet company. Pavel Dmitrichenko had been accused of masterminding the assault on Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin in January. The acid attack left Filin with severe facial burns and damage to his eyesight.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Bolshoi Ballet leading soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and two other men were indicted Tuesday for the sulfuric acid attack on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin. Dmitrichenko, looking haggard and nervous in court, pleaded not guilty and after hearing the indictment read his own version of events from handwritten notes. The indictment says that Dmitrichenko, driven by animosity toward Filin over the distribution of dance roles and fees, hired Yuri Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov and masterminded the Jan. 17, 2013, acid attack months before.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By David Ng
A former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow has reportedly pleaded not guilty to accusations he organized an acid attack in January on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin, leaving the victim with severe burns and eye damage. At a court hearing in Moscow on Tuesday, Pavel Dmitrichenko formally entered a plea of not guilty. The Associated Press reported that Dmitrichenko has denied that he organized the assault with the help of Yuri Zarutsky, who is  suspected of physically carrying out the attack.
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