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June 13, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
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.
August 2, 2010 | By Jessie Schiewe, Los Angeles Times
It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Heidi Kling is reading in an all-white room. She's shoeless, but socks protect her feet from the 6 inches of salt that cake the floor. The only objects in the windowless room are four chaise longues and hand-molded plaster icicles that hang from the ceiling. If there were a Yeti in the room, you would swear you were on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Normally, Kling would be at work or running errands, but today her allergies, which cause her ears to ring, have brought her to this monochrome sanctuary.
December 24, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
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.
February 25, 2009 | Noelle Carter
Though shopping for a slow cooker might not require the time and energy reserved for more substantial purchases, like a car, the ever-increasing variety of makes and models out there can make the whole process a bit overwhelming. Whether you're looking to upgrade the exhausted heirloom on your kitchen counter or you've finally decided to take the plunge with your very first purchase, here are some tips to help you find that perfect match. First, consider size.
July 31, 1998 | Barbara Marsh
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.
June 13, 2010 | Erin Aubry Kaplan
I've always known that race and geography are intimately connected in L.A., a city practically built with segregation in mind. Though I deplore the effects of segregation, I always felt a nativist pride in the place I was born and raised, South Central. I felt the same about Inglewood, just across the border from South Central, where I moved as a teenager and where my husband and I bought a house six years ago. I imagine lots of people, whatever their color, have the same affection for their own stomping grounds.
December 8, 1999 | DONNA DEANE
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
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