CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2008 |
Vinyl shower curtains sold at major retailers across the country emit toxic chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems, according to a report released Thursday by a national environmental organization. The curtains contained high concentrations of chemicals that are linked to liver damage as well as damage to the central nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems, said researchers for the Virginia-based Center for Health, Environment & Justice.
December 24, 2004 |
DuPont Co., the second-largest U.S. chemical maker, accused home furnishings chain Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. of selling oven mitts that violate DuPont's trademarks on fibers used in the protective gloves. In a trademark infringement lawsuit, DuPont claims that Bed Bath & Beyond, the largest U.S. home furnishings retailer, and John Ritzenthaler Co., which makes the mitts, used DuPont's Kevlar and Nomex names without permission.
July 31, 1998 |
Three D Departments Inc., the loss-ridden Costa Mesa retailer of bed, bath and home accessories, filed for reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana. The company said it has been having trouble obtaining credit recently, preventing it from restocking stores. This also has led to lower sales and more losses. The retailer, which operates 21 stores in California, Arizona and Connecticut, hasn't posted an annual profit in seven years. The company's chief executive, Donald L.
July 9, 1997
Strouds Inc. named former Kmart Corp. executive Charles Chinni as its chief executive. Chinni, previously Kmart's executive vice president of merchandising, will also join Strouds' board. He left Kmart in October 1995 after only eight months. He also worked at Federated Department Stores Inc.'s Macy's unit for 30 years. Industry-based Strouds is a specialty retailer of bed, bath, tabletop and other home textiles products. It operates 65 stores in five states.
July 30, 1999 |
In the last few years, antibacterial hand wipes and makeup remover towelettes have hit store shelves. Now there's even a towelette for your teeth. ToothTowels are pre-moistened with mouthwash to clean teeth and freshen breath when you don't have a toothbrush. The towelettes have a subtle mint flavor, and each comes in a sealed package. And no, using the textured cloth does not feel like rubbing a Kleenex across your teeth. $1.95 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
December 8, 1999 |
Forget bulky salad spinners. These plastic bags will dry lettuce with a minimum of fuss. Put freshly washed greens, herbs or lettuce into the plastic bag, twist the top closed and spin the bag vigorously 10 to 12 times. That forces water to the bottom of the bag, which then is poured out. You can also store greens in the bag in the fridge. And they're great for camping, boating or travel. Box of 4 Spin 'N Stor bags, about $4 at Bed Bath & Beyond stores, Linens 'N Things stores and Camping
March 7, 2007 |
I've never really seen the point of buying a wine stopper -- why not just reuse the cork? But this new one from Oxo, which doubles as a pourer, is actually fun to use and looks good on the table. A handy lever seals the bottle. Flip it up, with a satisfyingly cushy motion, and you're ready to pour, without dripping Syrah all over the white tablecloth. Flip it down, and you're good to go for tomorrow.