August 3, 1996
I thought I had seen it all with NBC's Olympic coverage, which includes daily phony "live" broadcasts accompanied by dramatic movie music, maudlin up-close-and-personal athlete profiles and John Tesh posing as a sports reporter, but last Saturday night topped it all. At 9 p.m. NBC aired a commercial for TriStar's upcoming feature "The Fan." In this movie Robert De Niro plays a psychotic sports fan who becomes obsessed and begins stalking Wesley Snipes, who plays a professional baseball player.
November 7, 2002
Re "AQMD Puts Off Ban on Solvent," Nov. 2: There's a chemical that could harm me every time I go into a dry cleaner. There are alternative ways to clean clothes that are safe for workers and consumers and profitable for cleaners. And the South Coast Air Quality Management District can't decide whether to phase the poison out ... 17 years from now? With this kind of leadership, no wonder L.A.'s air is still the dirtiest in the nation. I hope the clean-air board shows some courage and gets rid of perchloroethylene.
December 20, 1991 |
Outside air has been pumped into Biosphere II to compensate for leakage, operators acknowledged Thursday, but they denied that it violates their goal of creating a sealed, self-sustaining world. About 600,000 cubic feet of air was pumped in Dec. 9, amounting to about 10% of the air in the glass-enclosed world, said Bill Dempster of Space Biospheres Ventures. Eight people went into the project Sept. 26 and plan to remain sealed inside for two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2008 |
Anybody breathing in the Los Angeles Basin during this month's wildfires knows the air was bad. But it's worse than you think. Researchers analyzing air samples taken during the October 2007 wildfires in Southern California found some nasty stuff in the smoke that blanketed the region. It was full of tiny particles -- 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair -- that can penetrate into the lower lung and migrate into the bloodstream. Their complex chemical composition makes them slightly more toxic than pollutants in a freeway corridor -- and they are spread over a much wider area.
October 24, 1992 |
Scientists say that further tests will be needed to determine if air samples taken Friday from a 17th-Century sealed lead coffin are pre-Industrial Revolution quality. The seal of the coffin found buried under the site of Colonial America's first Roman Catholic chapel appeared to be intact, but preliminary tests of the air were inconclusive, said Benjamin C. Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who is chairman of the Historic St. Mary's City Commission.
October 30, 1987 |
Microscopic air bubbles trapped in fossilized tree resin reveal that the Earth's atmosphere 80 million years ago was about 50% richer in oxygen than it is today, a finding that could have profound implications for the evolution of life, scientists reported Thursday. The discovery, if confirmed, reveals that the Earth's atmosphere is dramatically different today than it was during the Cretaceous period before the last of the dinosaurs died out more than 65 million years ago. Robert A.
March 3, 2009 |
The Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin testing the air around schools for toxic contaminants. The $2.25-million program will be the first of its kind. Monitors will focus on chemicals known to cause cancer and respiratory and neurological problems. States and local governments will monitor the air at 50 to 100 schools near industrial facilities or in cities with high concentrations of pollution.
May 13, 2010 |
Over the last 15 months, Sony Television President Steve Mosko has traveled to Russia, Tokyo, London, Holland and twice to India. He wasn't impersonating Ryan Bingham, the itinerant corporate hatchet man played by George Clooney in "Up in the Air." Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television since 2000, added international markets to his duties and embarked on a cram course in Sony's overseas operations, which include 122 channels in more than 140 countries. Among the "vertically integrated" media giants, Sony is supposed to be at a disadvantage because it doesn't own a broadcast network or a bunch of cable channels through which it can funnel its shows.